Hello from Australia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JKambo, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. JKambo

    JKambo New Egg

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    I have 5 hens, 2 of which are bantams which were separated from the others. A trouble making rooster I was minding had to be housed in one of the pens, so the girls had to share the other. The bigger hens became quite nasty to the others, which led to egg eating & now they’re all doing it, even with the little ones back in their own home (the rooster has gone). However, taking advice from your great site I’m sure my girls will start behaving like ladies again soon!
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I'm surprised all the disorder caused egg eating. Hope the girls will be back to their normal selves soon. Roosters always seem to cause trouble in one way or another.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on roosters causing trouble. The only really good reason to add a rooster to your flock is if you want fertilized eggs for hatching. Roosters will be very hard on your hens physically; over-breeding them, injuring them with their beaks and spurs, and battering them. I currently have 25 hens, no roosters, and I get loads of eggs without feeding any non-egg laying mouths, without the aggression, fights, crowing in the middle of the night, injuries, and over-bred and battered hens that frequently goes along with having roosters (especially too many). I end up responding to members threads, four or five times a week on average, oftentimes more, who are having serious problems with roosters. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  4. kikithebird

    kikithebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    hello and welcome witch state and do you live near preston 3072
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    If they continue to be egg eaters, you can try the curtain method. I used to have a bunch of egg eaters because of a hen that was laying yolks. I ended up hanging curtains over my boxes to make them really dark inside. This kept the bird from not only eating or messing with the eggs while in the boxes, but they couldn't cruise for eggs on the outside of the boxes.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  8. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Howdy from SC!
     

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