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Well, I don't think a hawk would swoop down while you're in the run but not having a covered run is an invitation to a chicken feast. Everything has a way in and the chickens have no way out...not very fair for the chickens.That said, I always make sure there is human presence when letting my hens free-range my yard. This Saturday, we had our first attempted hawk attack. I've seen them hanging around the run (completely enclosed in hardware cloth) staring at the chickens...
Well, we've had a banner week. We averaged 8 eggs a day from 12 hens that were all finally coming on-line.Yesterday it was 9/11 hens. VERY exciting.
Reyvaughn, do you have red heat lamps or white?
I can't say from experience, this is just what I've gathered from reading. But I believe the mother hen would defend her chicks and "introduce" them.
I had to separate mine when I could see the bald spots forming--when it's relentless, I would separate them. Especially that young. I noticed my chicks went through the pecking order bit at 2-3 weeks, so if the older ones are doing it and the younger ones are just terrified and too small to fight back...It doens't seem fair, to me, to subject the day-olds to harrassment by older chicks. I found that I had to wait to join the 2 flocks when the younger ones had caught up to...
I would keep them separate until the younger ones are the same size as the older ones--that's what worked for me. Otherwise the little ones were always too much smaller to defend themselves. They were one month apart.
1. Make the height of the clean out door even or slightly higher than the container you will sweep the bedding into (such as a wheelbarrow). Make sure there is an overhang otherwise the bedding will drop between the wheelbarrow and clean out door.2. Paint the entire inside (especially chicken butt height and downwards) with glossy exterior pain. Multiple coats.3. Minimize crevices in the coop if possible. We have studs exposed (but painted) so they make for a lot of...
PepsNick, do you have access to CountrySide Naturals? They have a soy-free certified organic Layer mix--it's actually whole grains, not dusty until the very end from all the stuff that sifts down. I was using it but my girls were billing it out to look for what they wanted. I switched to Blue Seal Organic Life pellets but am anxiously waiting for the Country Side Naturals to go pelleted in 2012.
Definitely a walk-in run. I can't tell you how many times I go in there to fill their water, grit and shell cups, to catch a chicken, check on a chicken, spend time with them, clean the run, adjust things. I can't even imagine having a short-height run. I've done a lot of soil scraping and adjusting in there--full heaight for me (which isn't that high anyway! )
I would either use the Vet glue (super glue), but you need to make sure skin is dry and this is hard. We used dissolving and non-dissolving sutures (ordered a practice student kit from Amazon)-they come with needles and that made ALL the difference. Also a surgical scalpel is wonderfully sharp and does a great job.
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