I have starter feed and regular layer feed. Trouble is, the big girls LOOOOVE the starter feed. And the layer feed gets scattered all over the run. It won't hurt the littles if they eat some of the big chick food as long as it isn't the only thing they get, will it? And why do the bigs like the baby food? Does it have chicken crack in it or something?
I have adult chickens, 14 week old chicks and turkeys all eating each others food! I finally got them all in the new run together and not hurting each other anymore. Romeo (our 1yr old roo) seems to be back to his friendly self again. I still don't let my kids go in without me just in case, but since we let the big guy and his gals out to the run extension with the other birds, they seem much happier. We also started sitting with them in the run and feeding by hand again and I think that helped too.
But yeah, we have chick grower, game starter, and layer pellets and they all eat the wrong stuff! I keep putting it all out and figure that they'll eventually figure out what they need or they'll eat enough of the right food that it won't be an issue. Right?
Checking in about our lice problem... I cleaned out the nest boxes really well and sprayed them down several times with peppermint oil and vinegar. I did not put new bedding in yet (they laid two eggs on the bare wood today, one cracked). I wanted to make sure I treated their butts really well before giving the bugs a new place to hide in the straw. When I checked them and sprayed again this afternoon there was a little brown bug in there... Almost looked like a flea, is that lice? I think it fell off a hen when she laid her egg but it was not happy on the vinegar/peppermint wood, I sprayed it again and it died. I assume the nest boxes are the main problem area because Romeo seems completely unnaffected and the poor girls are ravaged. I chased the girls around the run this evening spraying their butts with the peppermint oil vinegar. I was worried it would be too harsh, but I sprayed it on my own arm first (which had a good scratch on it from our rabbit)... It stung a little, but wasn't bad at all. I did not put a ton of peppermint oil in, had a good smell, but wasn't too strong. I didn't want to catch the hens and flip them upside down to do a really thorough job because I didn't want Romeo to get the wrong idea since he's been doing so well with us, but I think I did pretty good considering. The BA was probably the worst... Her poor butt is balding and I was able to spray right in her skin. She was grooming a lot after... Like I really sent the lice running (hopefully). What should I be looking for to know whether or not this is working? How long should I give it before I try again or try something else? Will she be able to clean off the eggs on the feather shafts if this kills a good number of lice? I imagine it will take a while for her feathers to start growing back in, but their poops should get better faster, right? I'm hoping I can get a positive visual by looking at the base of the feathers in a couple days.