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Hey, Guys! Just yesterday, we got our first snow, and it's one of the earliest snows we've had in a while. The temperature is currently in the '20s/30s and dropping. This is only my second year of raising chickens and last year we didn't have a cold winter. I'm not sure if I should put a heater in the coop or if there are other way's you could cold-proof the coop. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated . Thanks, Guys!
Hello! We have 20 hens and 1 rooster. We converted a lean-to we had on our property into a coop, so it’s a large walk in style coop. We just had a decent snow in Iowa and I’m wondering how and where to setup dust baths in the winter? Is it ok to put them in the coop? They’ll freeze up outside.
I have seen a lot of threads about people wanting to neuter a rooster because they're not allowed to have them or wanting to change a rooster from being a rooster so that they can keep them... I guess I want to vent today
There are a lot of concerns about chicks hatching out of eggs when you have a rooster. I have two roosters and I have never had a chick hatch without me knowing. The only way you can get a chick out of an egg is if you incubate it or allow a broody to sit on it! There has to be perfect conditions for a chick to grow in an egg.
Why are people getting straight runs when they know that they could get cockerels, but don't have a plan to get rid of them? Why aren't people buying point of lay pullets (POL) or hens if they are not allowed roosters/cockerels?
Neutering a rooster/cockerel or trying to make a rooster not a rooster (using collars or other means) will never work and can injure them! If you are not allowed to have a rooster/cockerel nothing will change...
My first and only of 5 hens to lay has been laying under the roosts in the coop for three weeks now. I do deep litter and although I fluff it all up every day, she is still laying in a poopy area.
I put golf balls in the nesting boxes with plenty of fresh straw. I blocked the area under the roosts with cardboard held down by pieces of wood but she just wedged herself under the cardboard somehow and another time, just nested on the floor alongside the cardboard. I put her in the nesting boxes but she doesn't seem to like them and quickly hopped out, continuing to make her little nests under the roost.
The coop is 4'×6' with 3 additional 12"×12" nesting boxes. My other chickens aren't laying yet but are at least starting to check out the nesting boxes. Maybe they'll show her? Her eggs are shiny and clean in spite of everything so should I keep trying to change her ways or just accept she found a better nesting spot than the one I provided?
I am pretty certain that I have read that during the winter it is best to provide enhanced protein feeds to help them withstand the colder temperatures (I get -10C to -15C on average December through March with occasional multi day plunges as low as -30C) and encourage continued egg laying.
I have been augmenting their normal mash feed (16% protein) with fresh vegetable scraps and a weekly treat of scrambled eggs but the vegetable portion will diminish through the winter.
I have 7 pullets about 26 weeks old and 8 chicks between 5-6 weeks old. Currently I provide separate food source for the chicks placed in their in-coop brooder; this is enhanced grower feed having 22% protein content.
My question: I am running out of the layer mash feed and will need to purchase more in the next days. I am wondering if I should just consolidate to the enhanced protein growth feed for the winter. If yes is there other feed content that I should check to ensure the layers get what they need?
I have 6 hens about 2 months ago I was having problems wt snakes and a rat going in and eating their eggs. Well, my husband & I got rid of the critters by laying golf balls and reinforcing their coop along wt making new nesting boxes but they still won't lay? I feed them chicken pellets n chicken scratch along wt plenty of vegetables & water, but still no eggs? Can some one please give me some advice on how I can get my ladies to lay again? I don't want to place them on the table just yet. Thanks
We are newbies with a roughly 50 sq. ft. coop that we converted from just a basic outbuilding. The manner in which we got the birds was a bit rushed (to help out a friend who was in a pickle) so we did our best on the fly (and have modified over the course of the year) to put together a coop with a roost, three nesting boxes (which we think might be too small/not private enough because they've been laying in the corners on the floor/bedding), water, feed and grit/oyster shell stations.
There is no insulation, three badly-installed windows (installed before we moved in) that are very drafty, some screened openings at the top that we have boarded over and the door to the yard that opens downwind. We have a red heat lamp that we only use when it's really cold. I'm sure there is loads of ventilation now, but I understand that draftiness is not the same as ventilation and can be a problem - we woke up to 2 dead leghorns last year (late winter/early spring) kind of out of the blue and...
Just curious as it's getting colder out.
I have a covered run that they don't seem smart enough to stay in on their own in the rain. I know in summer they have no issue getting soaking wet, but I'm thinking I need to keep them in the run during a cold, soaking rain. They get so annoyed when I don't let them out though.
I have 8 pullets ( 20 to 25weeks old) that their crowns and waddles are turning red, but is it to late in the year for them to start laying?
I am still feeding them a 20% grower feed (available all the time) with alfalfa and black sunflower seeds as treats twice a week. Thank you for any advice and comments.
I completely understand abiding by minimum posted space requirements for chickens for folks in urban environments. I'm lucky enough to be rural with acreage, so I'm really trying to figure out the right amount of space for my girls to keep them as happy as they can be.
I tried free-ranging for a short period of time, and despite having very happy hens temporarily, my reward was coyote eaten hens. I can't go through that again.
I started with a 20' x 30' space for my 17 girls (no roosters). They just seemed cramped. So I expanded out another 16' x 16'. That gives them 50 square feet per hen. As I watch them fly around, and race back and forth following my movements outside, it seems adequate, but I still question whether it is enough.
For people without space restrictions that do still keep their hens contained, wondering how much space you're giving them?
We have a young Leghorn pullet (approx 35 weeks old) who has been laying for a couple of months now. Everything is great with her laying ability. She's weighing in just shy of 2 kg (last weekend) and eats constantly.
But the eggs she lays are bewildering! Normally, a Leghorn's egg is to weight around 55 grams, from everything that I have read. But not my girl....at least 4 days a week she will pop out a giant! I'm talking 85 grams or so. Today, it was a whopping 94 grams!
Now I know there is someone who is thinking that its one of our other hen, but, today my son sat outside the coop until she announced to the world that she had laid, and this is what he found.
My wife laughing said, "that's like if I gave birth to a 11 lb baby!"
We are not complaining, just wondering, "Whats going on?"
So tell me.....how big is your egg?
Hey y’all, I tried to use the search feature to find my answer but I’m not very good at using it yet. The results are always all jumbled on my phone.
What is the best cheap roofing for a run? I like the corrugated plastic but it wouldn’t be the cheapest to do a 12.5 x 8 run with...
I am curious if it is possible to have a chicken run that also works as a composter. I would like to throw a certain amount of food scraps (things that can be composted), leaves, etc. and collect compost from the run to use in my garden. Needless to say, it should not smell as I have neighbors nearby.
Just a few info, my run has a roof so it doesn't get wet by rain. If necessary I can spray water by a controlled amount.
If this is possible, what would be the ideal bedding material? I am currently using construction grade sand but this is probably not ideal for compost. Perhaps some soil mixed with wood chips?
Anybody has experience on this?
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Some of you may remember that this summer I experimented with growing barley fodder for my chickens (My $10 Inexpensive DIY Fodder Tower with Dollar Tree Dish Bins). My fodder tower was in my garage at that time. That was a successful experiment and I stated that I wanted to try growing fodder in the house this winter.
Well, it's October in Minnesota and the fresh green grass is no longer growing. Today I snuck in my fodder tower while the wife was in town. I put the fodder tower in the bathtub of our second (mostly unused) bathroom. I pulled the shower curtain across the rod so she cannot see the fodder tower if she walks past the second bathroom. Problem is, sooner or later, I know my wife will find out.
So, if anyone wants to offer a list of excuses I can use on that occasion, I'd like to hear your suggestions so I can keep peace in the family. I am kicking around a few ideas, but don't know how well they will go over when I get found out.
1) Fodder tower? What fodder...
So I'll start off by saying I'm a bit of a germaphobe. My girls are almost ready to lay. I clean out their coop once a week and give it some clean pine chips in there. I also sanitize their drinker and feeder with a vinegar solution. the run is sand based so I scoop that out once a week too. Is that sanitary? I keep thinking their walking all over their poop? mean I see a lot of people out there have dirt runs and I'm assuming they don't clean them very often? Just curious to see if there's anything I'm missing.
Just curious really - do any of you offer your flock anything for entertainment? By that I mean treats, toys, different elements to their environment and that sort of thing. I know that's probably a step too far for some of you but I'm just interested to know. I enjoy watching our flock and seeing how they interact with different things!
Ours have a wellington boot which they greatly enjoy pecking. My mum got annoyed with some of them pecking her boots all the time so she gave them one of their own. They also have an old seed tray filled with water so it's like a shallow pool, plus a few items hanging from trees (some blocks of corn/seeds for example). Their dust bath is now a giant old tractor tyre which they greatly enjoy. We also have a few chairs in there, mostly for us to sit on, but they seem to enjoy climbing on those too. Lastly I have a little ball which you fill with food and they can roll it around and knock food out.
I'm thinking about making them a swing but...
Hello everyone, I'm wondering about how to go about introducing a puppy to my flock. The pup in question will be an Australian Shepherd. The flock has run of the entirety of the yard- about 1/2 an acre that's fenced. I'm assuming that keeping the puppy leashed initially is best but beyond that I'm not so certain. I've heard both to introduce them directly and to keep them apart for awhile. If it helps our breeder has young pullets in a run so the pup will grow up seeing chickens but won't be exposed to free-ranging ones until he gets home.
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