Hey, so I've been on here before but took a fairly large hiatus, but now I'm back again. My chickens haven't laid eggs in a week and they also have really patchy feathers, is there possibly a nutrient that they are deficient in?
I've ruled out a broken bone, and she doesn't have any punctures to her foot pads. A friend of mine said possibly a pulled muscle... What should I do in the mean time? I'm afraid if I put her on the roost she'll jump down and break her other leg.
My 3 yo RSL is unable to walk. She is keeping her right leg tucked up underneath her when she stands and she is trying as hard as possible to not stand on it. She starts freaking out when I touch her hock and her stool is dark green and runny. Is it possible it's Mareks? :(
One of my hens is doing the head-bobbing thing showed in the video. She is with one of my other hens who is regrowing feathers and I gave them new food today. I went out to the other birds and when I came back my hen was wheezing and doing the head bobbing thing. How do I solve this? D:
You should keep them inside because the temperature is more controlled there. We haven't really had any sort of sickness with our hens, but one thing you should do is give her plenty of rest. Don't over excite her by handling her unless you have to. Scrambled eggs are really beneficial to...
It depends on what you're doing with the chicken wire. If you're trying to create a sort of sculpture with it, then yes it sucks. If you're trying to block up some holes, it's okay. It seems to work with making little temporary boxes that we use when our chickens are sick or injured.
Our 2 year hen Bessie has a pretty crossed beak, but seems to eat and drink well. She does take longer to eat and drink than the other birds, and is often pecked by them, but she's managed to survive so far.
For people with crossed beaked birds, watch out for cannibalism with your flock...
We do give free eggs to our neighbors, and we are also working on a composting system. I've also heard that mixing wood chips or sawdust with the composing poop reduces the smell by a lot.
We do have 12 chickens and we are planning to sell four of them so that we'd be within our local chicken...
They're complaining about the yard. We managed to get a lot of the poop to a gardener, but then he said that it would probably have to go to the dump.
Lime and DE and pine shavings are on the shopping list now. Thanks!
Some of our chickens are pecking at themselves/each other and are causing bald patches on the neck, elbows, and back/butt. I'm applying pine tar, but is there anyting else I need to do? I have AviaCharge vitamin water, and BluKote.
When I open up the door for them to go into their little yard, sometimes one of them will hop onto the door and then on my head and then into the yard and then give me the stink eye, as if I were not a good roost. Also, forgetful chickens trying to figure out how to get down are HILARIOUS.
I think that the experience depends on how the genes split. If your BSL shows more red, it's more likely to be a bit more aggressive towards the chickens. (will post pictures when I can)
It seems our two hens are a tidge aggressive, but they're still loving. While they're not quite as...