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  1. Attila the Hen

    Do I have enough ventilation?

    I should add that my coop is almost all hardwire except for one wall. I’m in the southern Appalachian mountains. GA. It can get to 9 degrees or lower in a rough winter.
  2. Attila the Hen

    Do I have enough ventilation?

    My vents are at the roof line. There are roosting bars as high up as the vents. This means chickens get direct air currents in winter. Wouldn’t they know to go below the vents if it was too cold? I put up 1-2 layers of curtains over the mostly open coop design. I also have plexiglass on half...
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    Comment by 'Attila the Hen' in article 'Do Poultry Mourn Over The Loss Of A Flock Mate?'

    I ask myself: do they feel fear, pleasure, companionship, trust, distrust, distress, joy and other feelings? The answer is yes they do. Why wouldn’t I concede they feel loss and sorrow? Personally, I believe the root of cruelty to animals is the misguided belief that humans are superior to all...
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    Comment by 'Attila the Hen' in article 'Do Poultry Mourn Over The Loss Of A Flock Mate?'

    I think he will adapt to a new flock of hens.
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    Comment by 'Attila the Hen' in article 'Do Poultry Mourn Over The Loss Of A Flock Mate?'

    Beautiful stories. I’ve seen turkey moms mourn the death of their chicks. My story isn’t one of death but one that demonstrates compassion perhaps? One of my chickens became paralyzed and unable to walk. Another had the same problem a week later. I put them together even though they didn’t...
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    Comment by 'Attila the Hen' in article 'Chicken Behavior The Ignorant Gal's Guide To Things No Sane Person Would Tell You About Chickens'

    Beautifully written and hysterically funny. Loved reading the article. I haven’t actually had that poop experience. It’s the nasty black runny ones I hate. Either way there’s lot’s of poop with chickens and you learn to live with it on your shoes, porch hands etc.
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    Review by 'Attila the Hen' in article 'How Much Room Do Chickens Need?'

    Good article. Now I feel more comfortable with my set up. My birds are out free ranging all day. I’ve recently added more perches as the flock nearly doubled this year with those broody hens. Having an electronic door really makes life easier especially in the mornings. I still check nightly to...
  8. Attila the Hen

    Unstable 1.5 month old chick - PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!

    What was the outcome? I have a chick with the same problem and age.
  9. Attila the Hen

    Help! Surprise baby chicks

    I absolutely would allow the mother to raise it. She’s already done all the work. Plus she will make sure it’s integrated into the flock. I don’t separate my mothers. They can take care of themselves. However mine free range so they stay in the coop as long as they need to and everyone is...
  10. Attila the Hen

    Fun "Social-Distancing" Things To Do With Chickens During Covid 19

    Clearly more teachable than my dog.
  11. Attila the Hen

    Swollen eye treated

    I was doing it twice a day but she’s with the flock now and has been. This means I can’t catch her in the morning as they free range. I think she will be okay. It’s just going slowly. There appears to be a little bit of pus though I can’t be sure it isn’t an ulcerated eye. She has been very...
  12. Attila the Hen

    Swollen eye treated

    Just an update on hen. She is doing well in general although there is still some infection in her eye. I clean it once a day and apply ointment. It is not really swollen any longer. Her appetite is good and she tolerates me bringing her in each evening for treatment and snacks.
  13. Attila the Hen

    Swollen eye treated

    Yes I could not find anything in the stores I tried. The hen seems pretty well in herself so I will wait a little longer. Got some pus out last night. I’m keeping a close eye on her. Thanks again for your responses.
  14. Attila the Hen

    Swollen eye treated

    Okay. I’ll look into which one I can buy around here. I really appreciate your input. I’ll keep you posted.
  15. Attila the Hen

    Swollen eye treated

    Didn’t ask for help before but would like some advice now. when I first treated the eye it was very swollen and I got a lot of pus out. Since then I have rinsed and applied antibiotic eye cream twice a day. There has been little change the past few days. Still a fair amount of pus but not so...
  16. Attila the Hen

    Swollen eye treated

    Meal worms, yogurt. Chickens will eat many different things. Mine love bananas.
  17. Attila the Hen

    Swollen eye treated

    Sorry I actually meant terramycin antibiotic eye ointment.
  18. Attila the Hen

    Swollen eye treated

    I have some and it’s no problem to use it. Seems like you are recommending it. I really appreciate your input.
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