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post #7261 of 7871
I have 3 coops. 2 have runs and the big one is open to free range with the cats and Horse. I fear more for my caged chickens than my free range ones. I guess it's the thought of being trapped with nowhere to go that worries me. Plus if I cage them my cats would have to ask and not be able to ride the 2nd in command hen "Big @$$" . She is a black austrolorp x gold spitzhauben and she is my biggest hen. The cats ride on her back and she keeps them bug free. Plus if I keep my flock caged then who is going to eat all the horse feed next door? The horse won't eat it.
post #7262 of 7871
Not to mention! If I cage everyone then the dog from down the road won't come around and I won't have anyone to throw snowballs or mud balls at. I need to practice my throwing so I can pitch for my daughter come spring.
post #7263 of 7871
The only thing of late has been dogs. The electric fence has made sure they leave the county whenever they hit it.
post #7264 of 7871
I have to admit my stress levels are off the charts. Work is driving me nuts and now My chickens are doing who knows what?!!! They might start running round with one of the neighbors "wild" chickens from across the ditch!!! Ohhhh the shame!!
post #7265 of 7871
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I have to admit my stress levels are off the charts. Work is driving me nuts and now My chickens are doing who knows what?!!! They might start running round with one of the neighbors "wild" chickens from across the ditch!!! Ohhhh the shame!!

 

My stress level has been high too, work off the hook and one of my hens (I only got 2!) molted like worst ever and then the other hen went all broody to molt crazy and started picking on her buddy... all because work messed with me getting home to release them. So now I release them before I go to work (Chickens are not awake yet when I head off to work) and then rush home before it gets dark to make sure they are safely up... but I worry about them because they are still snoozing when I open the coop and the raccoons, opossums, etc, are still roaming around. But the rough looking hen is looking better. I also have tweaked their feed to try and get more nutrients into them. 

 

So hugs and here is to hoping your birds do not become poultry delinquents and start hanging out with those poultry from across the the wrong side of the ditch! LOL 

May your birds always make you smile. 
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May your birds always make you smile. 
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post #7266 of 7871
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Originally Posted by JRNash View Post

I have to admit my stress levels are off the charts. Work is driving me nuts and now My chickens are doing who knows what?!!! They might start running round with one of the neighbors "wild" chickens from across the ditch!!! Ohhhh the shame!!

Just hope they don't bring them home LOL

Hens: 4 Black Jersey giants,  2 BR, 2 ISA ,  ...1 mix roo  ... labor day chicks 3 BJG mix (1 pullet), 1 BO mix pullet .. . Halloween chicks: 2  barred rock mix (1 pullet) and 4 cornish cross mix (1 pullet).... Turkeys: 1 BBB hen ,  4 Narragansett jakes  Yummy.....

1 dog 2 cats

If the hen defends her chicks beneath her wings; how much more shalt thou be safe beneath the wings of God ...

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Hens: 4 Black Jersey giants,  2 BR, 2 ISA ,  ...1 mix roo  ... labor day chicks 3 BJG mix (1 pullet), 1 BO mix pullet .. . Halloween chicks: 2  barred rock mix (1 pullet) and 4 cornish cross mix (1 pullet).... Turkeys: 1 BBB hen ,  4 Narragansett jakes  Yummy.....

1 dog 2 cats

If the hen defends her chicks beneath her wings; how much more shalt thou be safe beneath the wings of God ...

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post #7267 of 7871
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My stress level has been high too, work off the hook and one of my hens (I only got 2!) molted like worst ever and then the other hen went all broody to molt crazy and started picking on her buddy... all because work messed with me getting home to release them. So now I release them before I go to work (Chickens are not awake yet when I head off to work) and then rush home before it gets dark to make sure they are safely up... but I worry about them because they are still snoozing when I open the coop and the raccoons, opossums, etc, are still roaming around. But the rough looking hen is looking better. I also have tweaked their feed to try and get more nutrients into them. 

 

So hugs and here is to hoping your birds do not become poultry delinquents and start hanging out with those poultry from across the the wrong side of the ditch! LOL 

 

 

What is your weather like?  Is it green? Are there bugs?

 

 

If so tweaking the feed is not all that  necessary, they will find the nutrients in what ever they much on while free ranging.

 

You should sit them down and explain the dangers of crossing the ditch and becoming a gang member though.     

post #7268 of 7871
Got to come home for the weekend,Birdsare all doing alot better.
Ralph it never gets cold enough for long enough to stop the foliage around here. Plenty of bugs although lizards are getting scarce.smile.png
post #7269 of 7871
I ran another 400ft of electric fence. smile.png
post #7270 of 7871

I have a few toads and Turkeys that are moving inside Tuesday, if the weather gives me a break.  I am kind of interested in what the big boys will dress out at.

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