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    Intro chicks to surrogate

    Mine was in nest box (upper section) as well. I blocked her area off from other hens a day or so prior to putting babies in. She protected them very well. After about 48 hours, I moved her and the babies to a protected area of the roost (we have walk-in roost) so they could be contained but have...
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    Automatic watering system

    I hang my garden hose over the fence so the water fills bucket below. During hot afternoon or when lazy, I leave it open a drip, and if it floods some of chicken yard, they seem to enjoy the cool mud. I have seen u tube videos of some cool auto systems...
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    Flock attacking Mama Hen

    Just a follow up - After separating mama, dominant hens, and rest of flock (3 areas), and reintroducing a new hen with mama every couple of days, all was going well. After most hens were back together, I let dominant mean girl back and it wasn't 15 minutes before she went right back to attack...
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    Flock attacking Mama Hen

    THanks. I am isolating mama with a friend inside big covered run, adding another hen every couple of days. I was just telling husband I need to add a 2nd roost bar in new space so dominant hens can roost higher. My 16’ roost has one long bar at one height. I was noticing when mama is being...
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    Flock attacking Mama Hen

    **1st Pic is from inside new coop - can see the screened area looking into original coop / yard space. 2nd pic is original coop/yard, can see the start of construction for new coop area (posts/roof beams)
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    Flock attacking Mama Hen

    THank you. No see/hear will be difficult, but will make it happen. Mama had choice to go with chicks... she did go with at first, but started staying hidden ...
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    Big run fiasco--is it worth it?

    We also have a "secure" run, coop, and a bigger run. Our big run is 80'x10', running along our 6' wood privacy fence. It is worth it for me. Your situation has lots of hazards. Is there any other way to create a larger run for them? I am considering chunnels... If you plan well, you can make...
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    Flock attacking Mama Hen

    do you think it is ok to swap them out in the same space... put queen and BFF in space 1 for morning, then move them into space 2, and let another group into space 1 for afternoon, or would you completely separate them out of sight / ear shot for that time
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    Flock attacking Mama Hen

    OK! So, I have one hen who was almost the nanny with mama. Mama was tolerant of her near chicks from very early. She is low on the pecking order, as well. I considered putting her and mama together, and then integrating another lower bird back with mama, kind of one addition at a time. I will...
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    Flock attacking Mama Hen

    Hi all! Thanks for helping me with my surrogate mama / day old chicks back in June. All are thriving, independent little teenagers now. Problem is the mama. When chicks started venturing into larger chick habitat, Mama stayed behind in the roost area. I continued to provide water and food for...
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    aggressive at 6 weeks

    I've never heard this. I am determined to handle my hens regularly now that mean roo is in his new home. I didn't handle him or his hatch-mates much, and none are as friendly as my first girls, who we handled more often. I have 8 new(ish) buff orpingtons being raised by a black rock hen. They...
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    Mama hen being picked on by flock

    I went to spend time this afternoon with my girls. Mama has started taking her adopted babes out in the covered run - most of the other hens spend days under shade of their old coop in the "uncovered" area. I have noticed one senior member of the group menacing mama. Today, while they enjoyed...
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    Chickens not using roost bars ?

    Its a cute coop - but those bars are almost floor level after bedding. Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it, like other post said, unless they are sleeping in nest boxes.
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    Chickens not using roost bars ?

    OOO - i didn't even see that its only 2' high. that might be a big problem down the road... eeek
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    Chickens not using roost bars ?

    my only suggestion would be raise the bars at least 12-18" .. see if that tempts them. I wouldn't worry too much if they aren't using it yet... but it may be low enough that they do'nt recognize it as a roost. When I put my original chicks out in their coop, I had to go after dark for a week or...
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