Which one is that?
Originally Posted by chicken grandma
Juise, I am coming to the conclusion that any time you add chickens to your flock you are taking a risk. Because unless you take a poop sample (fecal sample) to an avian vet and have it checked for worms and coccidia (which is a very nasty parasite that lives in the chickens intestines for their whole life and lives in your soil for 4 years even after you give them medicine to treat it), and then be sure to have the vet take a swab of a chickens throat so you can check for chronic respiratory illnesses that they may be carrying but showing no symptoms of at all. And you would have to do this for the old existing flock and then the newcomers.
So just keeping animals apart for 30 days and then putting them together is not going to solve these two problems.
If you buy chickens from a hatchery that does testing for disease buy enough chickens at one time from one place and let it be enough. That is the best way to start with and maintain a healthy flock. Then, don't wear the same shoes from the TSC or FFH stores into your backyard or you can track disease from other peoples farms onto your land. And be sure to keep mice/rats and wild birds out of your chickens area as best you can.
This sure gets really frustrating. I know I can't protect them from everything, and don't expect to, especially since we do free range ours. But I also don't want them to come to harm simply from my own ignorance or negligence, you know?
They may not get all the birds, but our 4 cats do at least keep down the rodents around here. The only time I normally see them, they are in at least a few pieces.
Well we didn't get much damage here, and amazingly little snow, considering. We are pretty close to the lake, so if anyone gets snow, we are usually dumped on. We've only got enough so far to barely cover the grass. It was still so windy this morning though, that I was actually a little nervous to go out to the coop. When we got all that wet, sticky, heavy snow a bit back here, I had a giant pine branch come down just as I stepped into the run. It nearly had my head!! Since the sticky snow had plastered the run, there wasn't actually much inside. I had mostly shut the door as I came in to keep the blowing snow out so that the chickens would still at least have their run to go out in. The branch came down pinning the door shut and it took me 15 minutes to get back out! Oh well, at least I wasn't concussed. I shan't be forgetting the sound of that thing whooshing past my head anytime soon, especially 'round about 3am.
Nova, I see you are in the land of tulips as well.