Originally Posted by katsdar
Hey have you integrated your new girls yet? No eggs yet here, oh well we wouldn't want them to pay their rent, they are taking a break along with the rest of them, so many girls so little eggs, well except the bantam girls are really out doing them selves, now if I could just figure out how to blow up their eggs to equal at least 2:1 instead of 3:1.
yes did it today. went out to see how the seating was on the roost, 3 of the new girls, then an ameraucana, then the 2 aussie, then the other two new girls then the rest of them.
I did see a little bit of 'pecking order establishment' going on today, but that's to be expected. Got three eggs from the new girls, being a bit older than mine, theirs are a bit bigger so easy to tell. At least until my girl lays one of her 'oh my she needs and epidural' eggs.....
also moved the babies from the brooder to the divided section of the coop and run. They sure did enjoy having enough room to run and stretch those wings! Had to physically put them in the coop after dark, but I did expect to have to.
on another note, last week I noticed a couple of my hens pecking the back of the rooster. While I was in the coop checking on them all, I got him down, much to his dislike, and checked him out. He has a pretty good sized bare spot in the middle of his back right in front of his tail! Is there something I can put on him to make them stop, or is there something I SHOULD be putting on the bare spot to protect him? apparently I just THOUGHT I knew what 'henpecked' meant, now I'm seeing it first hand. He makes NO effort to try to make them stop