I have lost chickens due to moldy feed on the ground. Make sure they cannot access it would be my advice. I like the black fortex rubber tubs or you can use an oil pan under a regular feeder to catch the stray feed. I set the feeder into the pan. This helps eliminate waste.
Why not a berber carpet for the stairs? Just replace when it gets old. We have berber on our stairs and it has been very durable. You would want a darker color though. We have a lighter color and it shows dirt.
Another benefit is that it is softer and gives sure footing in my opinion.
I am sorry your hen is suffering. It sounds like your vet is taking excellent care of her.
I am not sure that this link is referring to the same condition that your hen has- I...
They do need grit - sharp grit, not just calcium grit that is in layer feed. Some chickens can find this in the soil (sharp granite grit) but to be safe it is good to have it available if they need it.
I occasionally toss some on the ground in the run. Others provide a dish with grit in it.
Provide a dry dust bath for your girls- made from woodstove ashes/sand/dirt and food grade diatomaceous earth if desired. Lately I have been just using ashes and that works well. During the summer they use dirt. Make sure it is out of the rain!
Periodically you can spray your coop or dust with...
Oh that is terrifying! I hope you can find him in the a.m.
Been there done that- one time I found a little guy hiding under a tarp for firewood - I thought he was gone for sure. They do find a hiding spot if they can't get in the coop and it turns dark.
Temp. requirements are 90-95 degrees the first week of life and decrease by 5 degrees every week until fully feathered, usually around 6 weeks of age.
They should have the ability to get away from the heat, and it is fine for the temp. under the light to be hotter than that if they have ample...
Welcome to BYC! I would make a secure run for your chickens- you might want to consider using dog kennel panels and line the bottom vertically with some hardware cloth so that raccoons and hawks won't pull them through the fencing. This will also hopefully keep your dogs away from your chickens...