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Some of my 1year old hens started laying odd shape eggs. Does any one know why this happens? Some are long and some are very pointy. Is there something I can do to help fix them?
My chickens range from 3 years old to 6 weeks. The light thing is something I do every night for them. And I'll probably will keep doing it.
We turn on a light while they make their way into the coop each night. Then after they settle down on their perch, of coarse after grabbing a quick drink or a bit of food, I turn off their light.
Maybe they feel safe with you around. Were they in a pen with several hens in the past? I think chickens feel safer in numbers. Maybe just by getting another hen or a rooster will help them feel secure while roaming the garden. Plus having freedom is new to them. They just may need time to adjust.
My chickens love the rain but if its raining hard, they will either go in the coop or under something. At first, they wouldn't go in the coup at all until I turned on the light for them. They don't like entering dark places. During a day time rain storm it gets pretty dark in the coop. Maybe turn a light on in the coop during rainy days. I do have two hens that refuse to go in the coop during any type of rain. I think they are too interested in getting to the worms first....
Thank you all for your advise.  I wasn't too surprised by the second rooster's aggression.  We were planning on culling him anyway but my husband was so busy that we kept putting it off.  Now he is gone, (a little too late of course) but I was surprised to see the 9 month old EE Rooster start to pick on my alpha as soon as I removed the second one.  I want harmony in my flock and my original alpha (a wyandotte)  is very sweet and took great care of the hens.  So I'm...
I need some advise on my rooster situation.  I have 40 hens and 3 roosters.  The group was happy and there was no fighting.  Then a couple of weeks ago, the second rooster attacked my alpha rooster and nearly killed him.  This rooster has always been aggressive, even with us, but our alpha kept him in line.  After the fight, we separated the aggressive rooster away from the group.  It took about a week to nurse back the blooded rooster but now all he does is hide.  He even...
Hi everyone, I'm having some serious bad luck hatching out mail order hatching eggs.  My incubator is working because I always put a few of my hen's eggs in along with the mail order ones and....my eggs hatch but the mail order ones do not.  I'm thinking about throwing in the towel with mail orders and sticking to local hatching eggs only.    Does anyone live in central virginia that has some fertile eggs that I can purchase?  The breeds I would really like are...
Well, no more eggs hatched!  I'm going to give it one more day.  Come Saturday I should have 8 eggs from my own Blue Laced Red Wyandottes to set.  I'm excited to see how these turn out.  Does anyone have any secrets to hatching out shipped eggs?  Out of 86 shipped eggs, not one has hatched for me.
I have 6 pairs of button quail and when the momma quail hatches her own babies, I just put 1/4 inch wire around the cage to hold in the little ones.  But when I hatch out the cuties, I keep them in a 20 gallon aquarium with a little stuff animal in it along with the heat lamp.  I use puppy pads (without the perfume) on the bottom and change it out every day to prevent amonia build up.  I keep them there until they get their feathers in then move them to a cage with 1/2"...
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