Originally Posted by IvanTsary
Given the approximate dimensions based on the "human" in the picture, skip the ramp to the nest boxes. They aren't nearly high enough to need a ramp, your hens won't even flap once to get to knee height. Save the floor space. Also, from the looks of it, the higher roost on the left is too close to the wall, it should be 12" minimum (though that could be a perspective thing with the open door).
Originally Posted by KDOGG331
That could be true but she just seems nastier than normal and i think some people have them get along fine so maybe mines just mean. Or someone told me she could just be a hormonal teenager right now and may settle down. I am hoping that's the cause because otherwise she may have to go
she is a black australorp and almost always picks on the buff Orpingtons. Maybe is low in the pecking order and can't bully anyone but them or takes it out on them? We have another australorp and as far as i kmow, she is not a bully. So I'm not sure what is up with this one. I'll give her another chance and maybe try separating her once the new run gets built but sadly, if she doesn't improve she may have to go
she has pecked me a lot too. I think it is just normal chicken behavior of liking shiny objects and sometimes she even acts scared of me so i don't know but she has pecked my gums last week and then yesterday my eye. And she pecked my albow hard once and made a mark
I have NO IDEA why you let that chicken close enough to your face to peck IN your mouth or to peck your eye. Grab her by her feet and hang her upside down. If you don't end up sending her to "camp" she needs to respect you as flock leader and if that means she is afraid of you, so be it.
Originally Posted by Roada Red
I would defiantly consider departing her for a while and let her be the new one to them flock and work her way back into the flock she should settle down then as it will give the others a chance to be higher in the order so she will be lower or she can be the highest and if u don't have a rooster some hens will act as the rooster the hen will crow and lead the lady's just like a rooster would do so maybe that's what she is doing how old is she
Highly unlikely. My Anconas have always been top of the order and think they need to remind the other girls frequently. EXCEPT when they are moulting and they feel vulnerable. But as soon as they get their feathers back, they go right back to "reminding".
Originally Posted by KDOGG331
That makes sense! I wanted mine for pets but also eggs, to my dad and brothers they're working animals (though they love them
), to me they're pets. I tried to pick breeds that were really friendly to me but also nice to each other. I think part of it is they outgrew their brooder by 2 weeks and were in it till 3 and the last day or so the roof caved it which i didnt notice till later. But maybe some of it is just big girl personalities. Maybe Australorps are just a bossiet breed? My Orpingtons are just the sweetest little things but one of them stands up for herself. My EEs and Barred Rock are extremely friendly and personable but I can't hold them. I don't know, I think they're all fairly gentle besides the one Australorp but hopefully they'll be okay when they move
Australorps are not typically a "top of the order" breed. Maybe you got a bad one. If she is actually damaging the other birds (other than a few missing feathers now and then) I would send her "somewhere". Of the 19 girls I have had, none ever went through a hormonal "teen age" period where they were nasty then got better.
Originally Posted by nfowler76
Thanks so much for the suggestions!! The box is actually bigger than it looks, it is 5ft x 8ft give or take an inch. The roosts I will be switching out to 2x4's in the very near future but right now my ladies are still small and love those little rods, I have read different ideas on the roosts some say flat footed and other say no. I think I am going to try both and see what works best and they like the best.
But will have to def get something a little strudier as they get heavier. I have installed vinyl floor in the bottom of each milk crate that I can remove to clean and to keep stuff from falling through, eventually I want to do the sloped roof on the top boxes. I find as we are building it the ideas I originally had I am scraping as I see it take shape. I also want the metal hardware cloth (I think that is what it is called) to put all the way around, however it is on the more expensive side so I have to buy in a little at a time. The whole coop is 12x8ft and then roughly 10 ft high at its lowest point so that is a lot of wire. Lol.. Please keep your suggestions and advice coming, I appreciate it very much!!!!
Oh and the girls are already in there... This is their first night in the box, as the have been in their brood box inside the coop for almost 2 weeks.
I do have one question, how often are y'all cleaning out the coop and the nest area??
They will like whichever type roost is the highest in the coop even if it is a very inappropriate 1/2 wide. High = safe in their "I am a prey species" minds.
I have deep bedding pine shavings in my coop and rake the poop in every morning. I have dragged it all out into the run and put in new twice in almost 4 years. I add some new every now and then.
I "fluff" the pine shavings in the nest boxes every week or so because they get compacted. If an egg gets broken in the box I will toss it and the surrounding shavings out. My birds do not sleep in the nest boxes so they do not poop in them. I add new every now and then here as well.