Welcome to our little suburban coop!
We've got 3 standard chickens and a banty cochin. From left they are Nugget, Dumpling, Gwen, and Tribble.
The coop is tucked into the previously unused side yard that's just 5.5 feet wide. You can see how close our house is to the neighbors' house...
She sounds shocked to me. I had something similar happen with a 3-week-old BO chick a year ago. She ran under my foot and it scraped off some scales. It puffed up and bled but wasn't broken. I treated her with bacitracin and bandages and kept a close eye on her.
A few weeks later I couldn't...
Try giving her a mash made of wetted food & in small quantities. If she's injured she'll need food to heal. A mash shouldn't have sharp edges to further enlarge the hole.
Keep an eye out for infections & be prepared to treat her if necessary with antibiotics. You can get them at any feed...
I'd stick w/ the Sevin dust (though this other sounds effective as well).
I've dealt with lice & mites - which are shed from wild birds - before without any real incidents. We did have a BR who died last year b/c of a combination of internal parasites and mites. She was too far gone by the...
There are lots and LOTS of posts about bumblefoot. From what I could tell, your hen does have it.
As for the head, that's probably a result of pecking. One of our BA got like that and is fine now that she's older, though the feathers haven't grown back. She lays massive eggs, which is great.
Hi all, been absent for a long time but popping in with a question.
We've got 2 polish who lay enormous eggs: ~58g (roughly the same as our BR and BA!). This is Beaker's egg on the right:
I noticed last weekend that Beaker had a mild prolapse. It's about the size of a small grape. We've...
We became chicken tenders (heh) about 2 years ago with a wee flock of 3.
That flock now numbers 9. Whoops!
Old coop: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=11883
New coop: http://pintsizedpioneering.blogspot.com/2010/04/pioneering-can-really-suck.html
I was cranky on the day I...
We just spent about $800 on building a brand new coop:
http://pintsizedpioneering.blogspot.com/2010/04/pioneering-can-really-suck.html (I was in a cranky mood when I wrote that).
Hubbie figured out that the 9 girls will have to lay 200 dozen eggs in order to pay us back. I sell eggs for...
My cochin is virtually silent except for when she's laid an egg, which is about every other day.
The Polish are neurotic screechers.
The Buff Orp just walks about going "brrrraaawk" all the time.
BAs are VERY chatty.
The rest are occasional cluckers, though the BSL makes a heck of a lot of...
The eggs look normal to me. We get eggs like that pretty often.
As for the "where" issue, that might be a problem of bullying from other hens or not enough nesting boxes.
BTW, my post may have been the one the PP was referencing - https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=323872...
These were terra cotta pots I had brought into the house for the winter. I put them on the porch during a cleaning episide and the girls moved in pretty quickly. They took about a week to empty the pots, which had been filled with lovely, dry dirt.