Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. maryhysong

    maryhysong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only times I ever have chickens eat eggs is when the shells are a bit thin and they get broken; then it is a feeding frenzy. I have been really working hard to make sure they have as much oystershell as they will eat because when the shells are thick there is no problem. Also if shells seem to be getting thin, even with oystershell out I will mix yogurt or buttermilk along with finely crushed eggshells into their feed, in a couple days the shells are thick again.
     
  2. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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  3. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

     
  4. Sally Sunshine

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  5. Sally Sunshine

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  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I got a message from Bernie that the chicks inside the coop (my precious 8 week old purebreads) have wet poo

    Coccidiosis treatment plan is in effect.

    I have Amprolium powder on stand by - thank goodness. If they do not rapidly improve I will add a sulfonamide

    The adventure continues
     
  7. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    One solution is to... give them MORE EGGS! Then the novelty wears off a little bit and they go ugh, maybe later at the egg they just laid. Perhaps long enough for you to collect the eggs. I would leave various numbers of fake eggs in the nests not just one- don't let them catch onto one egg- fake, two eggs or more-one or more is yummy!

    Either fresh eggs pre-broken for them or hard boiled. Let them eat as many as they want. Leave them all over the ground. Seems illogical but has worked with pheasants and a few hens that were egg eaters.. I did end up culling the egg eating chickens after hatching chicks from them though. If not careful they can teach other chickens to be egg eaters also and doesn't seem to be ever completely cure-able- eggs are just too delicious.. so it is sometimes better to just start over fresh.
     
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  8. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I saw another two roll out's recently, one here in Deb's post #836
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/631861/diy-thread-lets-see-your-inventions/830

    and another one that was lined with green astro turf. I can't find the link though at short notice.

    Here was another type,
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/703571/my-roll-out-nest-boxes-pic-heavy

    A budget version,
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...-out-nest-box-build-it-yourself-in-10-minutes

    A tall one,
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/407917/roll-out-nest-boxes-my-dh-made-me-pic-heavy

    Still didn't find the green fake grass one though.
     
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  9. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Hopping things work out for the best in a hurry!

    Scott
     
  10. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Here is hoping

    Bernie has a cache of imported antibiotics for various illnesses there. He is very quick at recognizing problems so hopefully we caught it fast enough. There are 2 birds that look weak.
     

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