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  1. JoeInPA

    Increasingly Aggressive Rooster

    Yeah, I built my run very hastily in an attempt just to get the chickens out of the brooder and into something bigger (yep, another rookie mistake, bought the chickens before I built anything). It served it's purpose well for that, but its' shortcomings are making themselves very apparent at...
  2. JoeInPA

    Increasingly Aggressive Rooster

    Lol thanks aart. Yeah I've known about the chicken wire for some time. In 6 months I haven't lost a bird yet so I can't say it hasn't done it's job. We're in the dead of winter right now, it's either too cold or too muddy to do any real work, but as I've said, I've got some upgrades planned for...
  3. JoeInPA

    Increasingly Aggressive Rooster

    The chicken wire has to hold until spring when I can go back and get things done the way I want. The chickens are in the coop every night and that is locked up like Fort Knox, nothing could in there without opposable thumbs and a lot of muscle. The only daytime predators I have are hawks and...
  4. JoeInPA

    Increasingly Aggressive Rooster

    The top on the run isnt open. Its roofed with corrugated polycarbonate panels. The chicken wire hasn't been an issue yet. It was a rookie mistake, I should've used hardware cloth but didn't even know the difference at the time. I have some rebuild plans for spring. No not time for that, and...
  5. JoeInPA

    Increasingly Aggressive Rooster

    Yep the worst happened right after I let them out of the coop. He kept up the chase for a minute or so but I don't think he was able to catch any of them. He cornered the one but she flew up and over him. The others were still inside the coop waiting at the pop door.
  6. JoeInPA

    Increasingly Aggressive Rooster

    Okay, bit of a relapse this morning. I took a video to hopefully show what's going on. This wasn't the worst of it but by the time I got my phone out he had settled a little. He was chasing them and not letting them go. They were flying all over. He didnt actually catch any of them but the...
  7. JoeInPA

    Increasingly Aggressive Rooster

    Not really. He might chase them for a step or two, but generally I would say no. He has definitely backed off a lot in regards to food and his gatekeeper routine at the pop door.
  8. JoeInPA

    Increasingly Aggressive Rooster

    Just an update. I was out of town for a few days so I wasn't really able to keep a close eye on them, but I've been back now, and observing the chickens. In the morning the rooster is still a little jumpy, I think he's trying to mate and the girls aren't having it. When one gets close to him...
  9. JoeInPA

    Will chickens eat voles/shrews?

    Lmao! That is hilarious. My cat is an indoor cat, and my neighbors cats are old and lazy. My chickens are sorta strange with other animals. The only living creature I ever tried to feed them was a giant grasshopper that was on the roof of my car one day. I stuck it to a piece of duct tape and...
  10. JoeInPA

    Will chickens eat voles/shrews?

    Well I'm sure hoping that my chickens will kill the little pests. I've tried all kinds of things to get rid of them and nothing seems to work. Occasionally my one dog will catch one but not often.
  11. JoeInPA

    Will chickens eat voles/shrews?

    Every year usually around early spring I have a problem with voles and (what I'm told are) short tailed shrews. They are like tiny, mouse sized moles. They make a disaster out of my yard, tunneling through the whole the thing. With the warm weather we've had it seems the shrews and voles have...
  12. JoeInPA

    The Worst Predator

    So far I've only had an issue with hawks but they have a nest roughly 200 yards from my coop and run. The hawks have approached the run and tried to get in but never successfully. As for raccoons, my garbage seems to be a much easier target for them. My chickens are always in the coop at night...
  13. JoeInPA

    Increasingly Aggressive Rooster

    Well I added a second feeder in the run today and I spaced it out from the other one so hopefully it'll ease the tension some. Here is everyone pecking around and keeping to themselves after I threw a few handfuls of scratch around.
  14. JoeInPA

    Increasingly Aggressive Rooster

    Definitely no blood being drawn, he'd have been gone already if I was at that point. I have 84 square feet in the run divided into two sections, so there is plenty of space for them to get away from each other. And they can also go in and out of the coop as they please during the day so long as...
  15. JoeInPA

    Increasingly Aggressive Rooster

    A second feeder sounds like a good idea. I'm monitoring him closely. Heres a few pictures of him today.
  16. JoeInPA

    Increasingly Aggressive Rooster

    I have 5 chickens, 4 pullets and 1 rooster. They are now at 25-30 weeks of age and pretty much full grown. Still none laying eggs. The rooster has always been sort of at the top of the pecking order but mostly stays to himself. He's never been aggressive towards me or any other humans. But he is...
  17. JoeInPA

    Run Lighting

    Well if nothing else, it does help me to see things in the run much better and some of the light does make it into the coop. This morning is pretty dark and rainy and with the light on the chickens are out in the run pecking about. They usually wouldn't be out just yet being this dark, so it...
  18. JoeInPA

    Run Lighting

    I do have a very crude understanding of the topic, but I figure if as long as it's not hurting anything, it may be interesting if nothing else to see how it affects their behavior. It's not that I'm dying for eggs, I mean obviously this is a hobby, not an investment. I mainly just curious to see...
  19. JoeInPA

    Run Floor Material

    The wood chips sound like a good option. Every two years sounds a lot better than every few months like I've been changing the straw. I intend on rebuilding my run in the spring, and building the sides up is in the plan. The wet weather is just something I have to work around. I swear it...
  20. JoeInPA

    Run Floor Material

    I've been using straw in my covered 8'x8' run pretty much since I built it. I used it at the suggestion of my uncle who had chickens for several years. But honestly I've never been very happy with the straw. My main complaints are- 1.) It is messy. It gets everywhere. Outside the coop, on your...
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