Food in Chicken Coop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Midwayruth, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. Midwayruth

    Midwayruth Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicken coop is a 16' x 16' building. I don't have a covered structure for their food. Is it ok to have their food where they nest and lay?
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I keep food and water inside.. summer time I water outside
     
  3. Sonya9

    Sonya9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. Be aware that it will attract mice/rats, they can sometimes be a problem for the birds plus they attract snakes.

    Heck here the snakes are always trying to get into the coop regardless of the mice or rats. When you have chicks or small bantams you do have to be extra careful about them though.
     
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  4. Midwayruth

    Midwayruth Out Of The Brooder

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    We have found a dark grey fungal looking growth at the base of the feathers near the vent area. It almost has the feel of a cattail reed. As the growth gets larger it moves slightly from the base of the feathers, where as the new growth is right near the skin. Also some of her skin looks like once you have had a blister and the skin is now coming off, somewhat shriveled looking. Help!
     
  5. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    Midwayruth Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much. I was able to find some pictures that matched what is on our chickens and they are lice. I also saw a bunch of tiny little blond looking bus which do look like lice. Thanks for your input.
     
  7. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    It is a bummer but luckily it is easily treated.
    I had mites on mine a couple years ago and treated with sevin dust. Killed on contact so I was pleased and so were the hens.
     

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