Wow. I guess you can't go away for a weekend around here! Finally got caught up!
I have a few newbie questions.
1) I just picked up 15 new chickens on my way home. Impulse buy...kind of. I'm trying to figure out what some of them are and may need to rely on your expertise. In the meantime, they're in a separate section of the barn (previously for my chicks). I *know* rule of thumb is 30 days for quarantine...does anyone else shorten this? I free range and don't have an outdoor pen set up...I don't want to keep them inside for 30 days (they're all adults). I do have extra chicken wire, so I *could* rig something up...
2) My coop is a giant section of the bottom level of a bank barn (aka a German barn). The only issue this causes is...rats. We've tried to block up where they can get in, I take up their food at night, I have two barn cats. We've also (unsuccessfully) set multiple types of traps. Aside from building a moveable structure (I have acreage that I can eventually rotate, but I'm just getting the farm back into working order), does anyone have any suggestions?
3) One of the new ladies has a naked, swollen, red balloon butt. I searched it and came up with an inconclusive old thread on here that didn't have much of a solution...but it was primarily newbies posting on it (which always makes me nervous). I was told that she was 1. Should I treat her for being egg bound, rub her with DE, let her go until she shows symptoms, or something alternative (like draining)?
I appreciate all of your help. I try to research instead of inundating you all, but that's where my research has left me.
Rhode Island Red? I have ones that are much darker.
The previous owners claimed that these were Silver Laced Wyandottes, but they look Barred Rock to me (the one in the back has pretty green shiny feathers).
? She's a bantam...and nice and fluffy! She has pretty blue shiny ears.