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Edited by browncow15 - 7/22/14 at 7:13pm
Video baby monitor much like a game camera, might require a bit of light.
hourly gathering of the eggs
Move all of the laying hens to a tractor and see if the production stays unusual. If there is an egg eating bird it will eat eggs in the new location but maybe another predator like a snake or skunk would take some time to find the eggs.
If the eggs still are getting broken, maybe try 2 separate coops / half the flock. Then if the problem is only in one group, try moving a hen at a time from the troubled group back to the good group. When the problem changes location you have found your egg eating hen or rooster.
It might be a low calcium thing if the shells are breaking easily then almost any hen will eat the broken egg. But that would not follow an every other day pattern.
Lots of feathers could mean the early stages off molt. This would not explain the mess or the every other day of increased production.
Maybe you have a hen trying to go broody and the others are stepping on the eggs in the boxes that the broody is farthest away from. If all of the chickens are fighting for the box on the end with no mama hen some eggs might get stepped on or squished. And once broken it is a free treat.
Chickenfest~ I'd like to thank jchny/Janet for starting this great thread as well as our Chickenfest get-togethers! She and her DH Brad (another Brad, not bradselig lol) worked hard to ensure that we had a location. Thank you to our volunteers including my co-chair CRSelvey/Cheryl who helped with Door Prizes (and her step-daughter, Natalie, who put the festive bags together). Cheryl also contacted a Purdue veterinarian contact who donated ISPA calendars containing biosecurity info. Thank you to barb s/Barb who handled reservations, updates, coordinating grilling, and donated some gifts for the Door Prizes. Barb also worked very hard alongside Minminme, our W. Virginian Hoosier, in setting up the food spread, which was enough to serve a small army. Minminme outdid herself after such a long, hectic drive. SallyinIndiana/Lori also helped organize the food, and everyone assisted each other. Our attendees generously provided delicious food from covered dish favorites to fancy breads (pipd) and other specialty items. Thanks to bradselig and racinchickins for bringing Chicken TV! I thought that the box of at least a dozen 2-day old adorable Silkies that bradselig brought should have been given away as party favors! Instead, amwchicken was the lucky shopper.
I also want to thank @lilmizscareall for getting handling the Tshirt project! Everyone should have theirs by the end of the week.
jchny~ CRSelvey is going to take my two Red Pyle OEGB pullets and my Wheaton OEGB roo-- the ones that hatched from the eggs you gave me for my broody Bonbon. As you know, I want to rehome them since my space is limited. I hadn't even asked her because I knew she'd been looking for LF laying hens since her DH has been wondering why she has so many chickens, but not many eggs. Since logic doesn't prevail when raising chickens, and CRSelvey loves OEGBs, she's going to adopt mine-- next month when her DH is out of town!! Shhhh!
Thats wonderful news! They really are wonderful lil birds.
Welcome back to keeping poultry, and enjoy our thread
great chicken coop setup and they don't even want it.
all i can say is
Don't worry about the boy, watch out for that killer chicken!
I bet I can fly there faster than you can run! ready...set....GO!
Here you go SallyinIndiana
I wasn't able to find very many good deals
Same here. Last week the deals were even worse. It is why Dh is outside framing and framing.
In chicken news my Big BLRW jumped on a 5 gallon bucket filled with food and somehow knocked it over. He is now the hero for the free rangers. Little did they know that the bucket was their planned nightly meal. Still I find it funny. At first my Franklin (the Rooster) was freaked out. Then he noticed the food and started making the I have found food calls. Then instead of eating he stood guard and blocked or chased off the 7 or so other free ranging roosters.
I have a goose that does this OFTEN! makes me crazy!
kabhyper~ So sorry you're dealing with a sick chicken! What's the breed, sex, and age? In my "Chicken Health for Dummies" book, these are illnesses that include sneezing and runny eyes, so all symptoms not apply to your chicken, but you can google the names to find out more.
Infectious coryza -- described as a sudden occurrence as you mentioned to jchny
Newcastle disease -- mild to severe forms
Marek's disease -- CRSelvey has experience
We missed you at Chickenfest! You're one of our regular, long-term members. Hope to meet you in person some day!
She is 3 years old. Silkie. Hen. Her pupils are not reacting to light and are fully dilated. Ruled out newcastles, mareks, coryza. Thinking inner ear or neurological. Indy vet said if she doesn't improve to put her down. Im waiting to hear back from the fort wayne vet. I will have the vet do it if I have to. Hoping she pulls out of it. Very bizarre. Looks like everyone had a nice time. Maybe next year. I was thinking it might be easier for people to go to chicken fest, if it was done before fair season, or in the fall, like mid september. I just noticed how busy everyone was this year with fair and 4h stuff during the time of chicken fest. It would be nice to meet more of you. :)
It would be great meeting you too! we are working on possible dates, and looking at Ideas for locations too.
Both guinea are girls! I love those big brown eyes, hope we have more soon.
What feed do you use, it sometimes is a protein issue. Egg eaters are a real pain! There are several good ideas and threads about it. I tried the mustard inside an egg trick. they didnt touch it. Snakes can get in and eat eggs too.