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post #11 of 14
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Thank you. Yes, I realized that about the stairs about an hour after I wrote it.  The door stays closed now.  I don't know where they will find shelter when outside of the coop as they roam a large area and the woods. It remains to be seen. The neighbor has geese and they have gone into that shed sometimes but he chases them out if he sees them.  But   I can get started on the locking up for awhile right away.

In fact, I could use some advise on what the real problem is...

 

The chickens actually belong to him,.............

 
I am too close to the issue.  What does it look like from objective viewpoint?  Please be brutally honest as I'm tired of feeling frustrated with his actions.  
What can I do if anything? How might he be looking at the whole thing?
 
 
If I have scared anyone off with my venting, I apologize.
 

Sounds like you stepped in it when you start 'taking care' if his chickens.......

....you tried to 'help' but he doesn't seem cooperative, but I won't try to fathom the machinations of the relationship from here.....

not sure how you'd get out of it.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #12 of 14
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Wow they are really pretty.  About how long does it take to get full grown?  I see a difference between the 5 and the mystery hen.  You can see she is thicker in her shoulders and her neck.  Is there any way to estimate the age of a chicken?

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I hadn't thought of that, thank you.  Who knows they just had a new baby and maybe he doesn't want the responsibility but doesn't want to say will you take care of them.  That could be true. 

I keep wondering about the geese too.  It never occurred to me to ask to buy the chickens. I will let you know how it goes, thanx for suggestion!

post #14 of 14
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Wow they are really pretty.  About how long does it take to get full grown?  I see a difference between the 5 and the mystery hen.  You can see she is thicker in her shoulders and her neck.  Is there any way to estimate the age of a chicken?

Different breeds grow to different sizes. Most breeds reach maturity at about 6 months old. Some breeds take a bit longer. Most of my girls range from 5 to 6 pounds. I have one Easter Egger that is barely 4 pounds. 

ISA browns are a production type cross breed. They are usually about 4 to 5 pounds.

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