Picked up some new hens this week. The lady said they were all golden comets but the red ones look distinctly different to me than the lighter colored ones. Not just color, but their waddles and combs are different too. Wondering what the BYC experts think about breed. On the plus side, our wait for eggs is finally over! These ladies are a little beat up (they were hardcore farm chicks) but we're getting eggs daily now and have two more who will be laying soon!
Questions - first, the farmer indicated some of the hens were molting and thats why they were missing feathers. I don't have a close up but you can see how bad this front one is beat up. Her tail feathers are stripped and she has a huge bare patch on her back. Is this typical rooster abuse or something more I should be concerned about? Been watching her closely and the other hens, nor my roo, haven't been picking on her so I'm hoping she just heals up but I feel bad for her! Its really red and irritated looking but no puss or open wounds.
Secondly, we still had our 4 mo old chicks on starter feed. We just bought a new 50 lb bag before we got the newbies. I had planned on purchasing layer feed next time we needed to buy but now I'm wondering how critical it is that I go get it right away or is it ok for the ladies to finish it off? They are eating A TON -- besides several treats a day, I'm having to fill the quart food jar 3-4 times a day. Will they slow down with the layer feed or do they just generally eat a lot more than the chicks so I should buy a larger container? We have 8 chickens total now including my handsome roo we're trying to rehome. TIA!
Edited by riverwed070707 - 8/18/12 at 10:08am