Originally Posted by lalaland
Seaquist, the little hen that looks like a seagull and has been sitting on three eggs, hatched one and yesterday I didn't see the eggs when she lifted up a bit. I dug around, and she had scratched hay over them and was sitting on top of that. She had pooped in the nest too, that might have been why she pulled hay over the eggs and poop. I put the eggs back but they were barely warm, almost cool. So I am expecting to toss them today/
Her lone chick came from one of the tiny eggs, so it is either half bantam, half icelandic, half seaquist, or half silkie. I tried not to get any silkie eggs in nest, so....guess we will see.
here's an important question: do you line the cattle panel hoop coop with hardware cloth on the inside or the outside?
Sounds to me like you need to come on down and get some brothers and sisters for that lone chicky. I have these fresh from the hatcher!
Originally Posted by cottonlouie
Well offer 2 treatments with sevin, which I do not like using at all, and 2 super duper coop cleanings (i ended up scrubbing roosts which I didn't think I'd ever do but heard stressing bad news so I took it out on the coop) I still have 2 bovan browns with lice eggs. Just 2. They have trimmed beaks (came that way) and I read the trimmed beaks impair grooming ability. I rarely see the bovans dust bathing. I think they are programmed to eat and make eggs. Period. Anyway, I have decided to add wood ash to their favorite dust bathing spot, dust all hens with DE one more time, dust the coop again and possibly repeat in 7 days. Since all the other hens look lice free and super healthy, I'm not going to worry about it. If the bovans continue to have lice egg issues toward end of summer they shall provide us with soup. It does kind of gross me out to eat a chicken that had lice but the all knowing Google says it's okay. Does this course of action seem reasonable?
Lice are easier to get rid of the mites, so consider yourself lucky. I went 4 years before I got either, and I didn't see any mites until last year, and now I have to constantly check on all my birds and treat. Now that it has rained, I will have to wait for the wood ash to dry out or start a fire just to have some, but I am going to add them to the runs after they are cleaned again and put DE too. I found my spare White Silkie rooster was covered on his head and neck with them yesterday. GRRRR
Originally Posted by scandiafowl
This is Handsome Tony. We brought him back from Japan three years ago and he has embraced farm life.
He IS handsome!