I hope Carl comes good again, and soon.
Gorgeous girls. Looks like they've got some nice shade at your new house.
In a way, once you've got one of a pet, having more doesn't make that much more work. I have to go and feed the chooks, whether I've got one or however many. You obviously get more poo and you need more food and bigger feeders/waterers, but otherwise it's not really that much different if you've got several or only one.
The problem comes when you can't assess accurately whether you've got the room for everyone to be healthy.
appps .... I found this elsewhere on BYC ... and it might help. ( hoping ). http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/293450/my-chickens-are-eating-dirt-why/10
Bottom line is ( from this post anyway ) feed natural greens - fresh cauli leaves ( mine LOVE those ) , scissored grasses ( as long as it is clean and you know where it comes from ) ... scissored heads of broccoli into minute flowerettes etc. . .... any other greens you can think of.
There are so many natural greens to feed. Buy some baby spinach leaves > wash them > chop up finely - and feed. It's not expensive - buying in small quantities at a time.
Just a thought or two .......
My little Mindy Araucana is in a super heavy moult - not eating much, except the cooked meat mince, oats, bran, finely chopped greens and a little scratch mix I give her and the other two ( although they probably don't need protein at the moment, except Mandy Welsummer who is also in an ultra ultra slow moult ). Molly just plods along - sheds a few feathers here and there, and has produced more eggs ( from no eggs from anyone - back to one egg every 3 days - courtesy I think of Molly RIR - to my astonishment ).
Mindy gets a full crop on meat mix stuff. Not too much interested in the layer pellets at all. I keep a check on her consumption --- by carefully measuring her layer pellets - they are not a favourite at the moment, by any means.
But ......she EATS a lotta DIRT .... so I think perhaps ( please someone correct me if I am wrong ) .... the dirt acts as something more than just grist and grit for her crop.
Mindy mostly poops large .... always with some urate on it and well formed. But occasionally drops some brown stuff that could be just a lot of dirt with no urate. And then she might go for a couple of days with only tiny poops - ( I guess depending on how much she has not eaten ).
Have noticed that her poop production when roosting is far less now than it is when she is in laying mode. She produces enough woopsies to provide the entire neighbourhood with excellent well formed vegie manure when in full on laying mode.
Hope these little hints help somewhat.
Aussie chook enthusiast !!!
Aussie chook enthusiast !!!