Chicken Behaviors And Egglaying Common Questions Answers

  1. Courtney R
    Almost everyone has one or two questions about chickens, especially me :)
    My rooster is like a son to me. I got him when he was around 2 or 3 days old, he got dehydrated and couldn't drink or walk or eat. I opened his beak and put food in his mouth and he got used to me watering him by hand, most people said that he was respectful to me, we also had 3 others, but they died from wet pox. He follows me and crows when I'm not around. But, he attacks people also, roosters attack because they are protecting their territory and their hens. It can be a real problem if they have spurs, because they get big and sharp and will slice things very easily. To remove the spurs or despur the rooster, wrap the rooster in a towel and hold him still, then measure out from the beginning of the spur 5/8 of the length, which is the cutting point. After you cut them there will be a flat edge on the end. But, you can also get them removed from a veterinarian.
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    Hens can lay various colored eggs, depending on the breed.Some chickens lay 2 eggs a day to an egg every other day. But during the winter the hens slow down egg laying. In the winter there is less of a chance of chicks to survive. Also it takes a lot out of the hen to lay an egg, physically, also it takes away nutrients. During the winter they especially need the nutrients and energy.Plus, they also need around 14 hours of light to lay an egg. But, some chickens lay eggs all year long, such as Leghorns. When hens are incubating their eggs they are in the broody, when they are they usually have their feathers muffled and are always clucking. Also they will not want to be around other hens. But hens will take care of chicks that aren't theirs.
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    Chickens have behaviors that fit them and are particular in egglaying. Chickens maybe unpredictable but do things for reasons and there are answers for why they act the way they do.

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