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You really need the right breeds/birds, the right rooster or dominant hen, the right place, the right dog, the right perimeter fencing(if in town), the right hide outs/duck and cover places and the right attitude. Right breeds/birds~birds that are docile, slow moving, overly fat, used to being picked up in the daytime hours and have no quick reactions to alarm calls and aerial danger flying overhead are just sitting ducks for hawks. Silkies, overfed BOs, Polish (they can't see overhead as...
Here's a brief synopsis of a few treatments for those puzzled about how to treat for such things and still have eggs and meat you would want to eat. There are a few treatments that you can keep in your arsenal that can help if your flock gets mites but I can tell you that we kept chickens for over 30 yrs before seeing a mite and only then because we got chickens from a place of poor husbandry~so don't get too troubled and start thinking you have to do all kinds of preventative measures to...
I free range so that they have fresh soils under their feet all day and aren't living on and eating the soils of runs that are contaminated with high loads of feces. If you cannot free range, paddocks that are movable are an option. If those are not an option, doing deep litter in the run and using it for composting the feces and improving the soils can help. I utilize deep litter in the coop so that the soils there are not overloaded with fecal matter also. The litter bonds with the...
Here's something that works and works well if you follow through and do it with attitude: When is the last time anyone saw one rooster holding another as he walked around doing his daily chores? That doesn't even compute in his brain case. Chickens respond to chicken behaviors, not human behaviors. Treat him as one chicken would to another...in this case a dominant rooster would do to a subordinate. And dress for the job..other chickens have scales and feathers, so put some cloth on your...
There's not much about holistic poultry care out there and what there is is hidden deep among many old books, articles, etc. and most is taken from what is good for other livestock and even humans, then applying it to chickens to see if it works there too. It can take years upon years to slowly amass an idea of what constitutes holistic care for animals, especially when you have to sort through all the misinformation in order to get at the kernels of truth buried here and there. Some of the...
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