Arizona Chickens

bunsnpupsnchick

Chirping
Jul 2, 2016
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San Tan Valley, AZ
Think I read about giving a diode of calcium, like getting up pull in water amount don't recall & soaking her in a warm bath for about 15 minutes. Past that, not sure. Give her some pumpkin maybe? Seeds too to help clear out the digestive tract? Couldn't hurt. Good she's eating & drinking. Much brave than me with the finger checking! If be scared I'd hurt her.

My bantams haven't laid in a while either. Could just be part of the cycle. I did find what I suspect it's a bantam egg from my oldest Cochin. In her spot, her color & shape. So maybe she'll start soon. Is she putting OK weight for winter perhaps too? Far out there thought I know.
 

BlueBaby

Enabler
Mar 21, 2016
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Maricopa, AZ. (near Phoenix)
Question........I have layer mash feeders that are the bucket style so the chickens put their heads in to get the feed. Very little beaking out and very little loss to the wild birds. BUT right now I am having a problem with the bees eating the mash and in the holes where the chickens eat. Has anyone else got this problem AND what have you done about it. I'm going to try putting out a tray of sugar water hoping to call the bees away from the feeders but that is problematic just by its nature, can't have it in the giant run because you don't want the chickens to eat it and is just outside the run close enough for them to "smell" something better!! Any ideas are appreciated......
Are you giving them a feed that has something like honey or molasses in it? The bee's could be attracted to those types of ingredients.
 

chicksurreal

Songster
6 Years
Dec 3, 2013
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Arizona
Question........I have layer mash feeders that are the bucket style so the chickens put their heads in to get the feed. Very little beaking out and very little loss to the wild birds. BUT right now I am having a problem with the bees eating the mash and in the holes where the chickens eat. Has anyone else got this problem AND what have you done about it. I'm going to try putting out a tray of sugar water hoping to call the bees away from the feeders but that is problematic just by its nature, can't have it in the giant run because you don't want the chickens to eat it and is just outside the run close enough for them to "smell" something better!! Any ideas are appreciated......
We have a problem with bees in the fall. It seems like every year we have them all over the mash because there is a lack of a natural source of food for them and they are attracted to the chicken feed. I haven't found a fix for it, but we do put out several pans of mash fa away from the run hoping that it will draw some of the bees away. It's a relatively short amount of time, but it's a huge hassle. The chickens don't want to eat around the bees, so they tend to not eat as much as they should.

I'm looking into the possibility of late blooming wild flowers to tempt the bees away from the chicken feed for next year...
 

DesertChic

Crowing
5 Years
Nov 13, 2014
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Southern Arizona
We have a problem with bees in the fall. It seems like every year we have them all over the mash because there is a lack of a natural source of food for them and they are attracted to the chicken feed. I haven't found a fix for it, but we do put out several pans of mash fa away from the run hoping that it will draw some of the bees away. It's a relatively short amount of time, but it's a huge hassle. The chickens don't want to eat around the bees, so they tend to not eat as much as they should.

I'm looking into the possibility of late blooming wild flowers to tempt the bees away from the chicken feed for next year...
@FeatherPugs

Do both of you use dry mash? I ferment the chicken feed in the cooler months and at least soak it during the hotter months and only see the occasional bee around the food. I see A LOT of them around the water containers, but not so much around the feed. (And every year we need to have at least one massive swarm removed from our property, but that has nothing to do with the chickens.)
 

FeatherPugs

Crowing
6 Years
Aug 13, 2013
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Casa Grande/Eloy, AZ
Are you giving them a feed that has something like honey or molasses in it? The bee's could be attracted to those types of ingredients.
@FeatherPugs

Do both of you use dry mash? I ferment the chicken feed in the cooler months and at least soak it during the hotter months and only see the occasional bee around the food. I see A LOT of them around the water containers, but not so much around the feed. (And every year we need to have at least one massive swarm removed from our property, but that has nothing to do with the chickens.)
We have a problem with bees in the fall. It seems like every year we have them all over the mash because there is a lack of a natural source of food for them and they are attracted to the chicken feed. I haven't found a fix for it, but we do put out several pans of mash fa away from the run hoping that it will draw some of the bees away. It's a relatively short amount of time, but it's a huge hassle. The chickens don't want to eat around the bees, so they tend to not eat as much as they should.

I'm looking into the possibility of late blooming wild flowers to tempt the bees away from the chicken feed for next year...
Thanks for the thoughts and ideas. I feed Purina crumbles - logically it is sweet. The fermented feed the girls don't like but I could wet it but I do free feed so that really doesn't help but to get more of the good food into them - I might try it. Obviously the bees aren't there in the cooler mornings so the chickens are eating but they sure are a pain in the booty. Wild flowers is a great idea for next year but I guess I'll be putting out some sugar water for now. Thanks again everyone!
 
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