Originally Posted by DwayneNLiz
Originally Posted by Honora
Last picture I took of my chickens: This is our favorite cockerel, hatched April 7th. Just found a lady who wants him for her hens after I grow him out a bit, so happy!
That is totally cute...agreed! Such a good chicky just sitting there.
Originally Posted by ChickenCanoe
Originally Posted by Wickedchicken6
@Sally Sunshine @ChickenCanoe
Wow, the whole queen bee ID thing is very cool! I love the stuff I learn on here.
I never thought about needing to I.D. queens!
Thanks for all the information! I will take that under advisement. I have a major assortment of rubber bands for hatch chicks, and of course the zip ties I already mentioned, plus marking paint. (many of my girls look the same...lol)
I am wondering/thinking/considering about trying the below types of elastics to sit at the base of the wing IF I can find a size of band that fits and isn't irritating to the bird. ID/info could be written on the elastic. It'd be like a tag, sort of.
I find rubberbands to not work well because of stressing small legs and feet while trying to get them tight enough.
I have tried the small bands for horse hair when they are first born, but yes...like the zip ties better.
Have you tried anything on the base of the wing once they're a bit older? That's what I was thinking with elastics in the pictures.
IF I can find the proper size, I'll try it. I have an inkling that it may be irritating to the bird. But my girls are always all over my feet so it'd be easy to take off again.
I meant to answer this yesterday. I use "Raidex" livestock marking spray on my chickens.
We've used it for years for the cattle and sheep, and the numbers would stay on the sheep's sides for 2 breeding heats to track breedings.
The hog barn I worked at also used it on the hogs on the skin. It's low odor and I can use it in the coop with my allergies and such.
It's also available in stores in my area. I've been using it a lot lately and have quite a few colored chickens now...
I tried a florescent orange livestock paint in another brand and WHOA! Couldn't use it inside at all.
I marked Louise's OEGB chicks before I put them in the brooder so they look pink.
I also colored Louise so I could tell at a glance if it was her or her exact replica sister who was thinking of setting.
Her paint's still vivid. She's chocolate, no blue or green.
Originally Posted by KDOGG331
I was a little behind on changing the coop so a couple sneezed a couple times but nothing major I noticed and I think we may be having minor mite troubles or knats (sp?) Because they seem to be scratching semi a lot lately because I stopped putting DE in the coop and run a couple weeks ago (never had any issues when I was using it) but anyways, I let them free range yesterday while I fully cleaned out the entire coop. I saw lots of knats then. But took everything out, sprayed the whole coop (floor, walls, outside walls, roof, roosts, everything) and the run down with Poultry Protector then put a bit of DE and Sweet PDZ down in the coop floor and DE in the nest boxes then a really thick layer of pine shavings over all of that, used the entire bag between the nest boxes and coop floor. Then I sprayed them with Poultry Protector too. Some let me do the whole thing and others fought it more so that I wasn't able to get under wings really. But so far today they seem much much better and happier. But anyways, I guess my question, since I saw mention of antibiotics on a different thread, is if you think antibiotics are necessary for minor sneezing or if now that the coop is cleaned out any issues should rectifiy themselves???? Next on the list is treating for possible scaly leg mites. Not entirely sure if they have it but I've had a suspicion about one for a little while (okay... a couple months..) and seems to maybe be spreading but I initially thought it was normal chicken legs but so I figure it's better to treat them all just in case. Already bought the Vaseline last week. Just a matter of if they're gonna let me wash their legs off and apply it. Probably not. That should be fun. Thinking of wrapping them tightly but not too tight in a towel so that they can't flap their wings and get free and possibly coming up with some sort of a blindfold so they can't see as from what I've heard from animal shows and such, not being able to see or get free generally calms most other animals down so we'll see if it works on the chickens. And I noticed a couple days ago, Tuesday I think, that one of the chickens also managed to chip her beak somehow. No clue how. So gotta treat that too. Picked up some Vetericyn spray today. Fortunately, she appears to still be able to eat perfectly fine, wven eating treats like a pig still, and it appears to just be a surface layer peeling/chip type thing rather than a really bad issue. But still annoying. Ugh. Lots of issues this week. But I suppose I'm lucky that we have had zero issues the whole time I have had them except losing the one chick at 6 days and one hawk attack when I wasn't looking last month (and even then, everyone made it home and zero injuries except one chicken losing lots of feathers and being terrified). It's just kind of annoying everything happens at once.... Guess that's how it goes thoug . When it rains it pours. Although they all seem healthy so fortunately it's minor issues, if it's even an issue at all, and of course it wouldn't have occurred if I hadn't gotten behind on cleaning but I wasn't even that far behind. Chickens I guess.
I HATE bugs.
Originally Posted by cabinchicky
Well the broody eggs are gone. Partial development then quit to turn nasty. Ewww! So hopefully the eggs in the incubator will have better results. I need to candle them!
That sucks...sorry to hear the broody eggs didn't turn out.
Edited by Wickedchicken6 - 5/14/16 at 1:20pm