hello from Down Under in NZ

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by shenkhan, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. shenkhan

    shenkhan Out Of The Brooder

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    Im very new to having hens, but really enjoying them. I only have three frizzles bantams, 2 wee hens and one feisty rooster.

    I look forward to learning from this informative group.
    unfortunately the wee black frizzle has gone clucky. I take her off the empty nest each day to make sure she drinks and eats. I m wondering how long it will be before she, a. stops nesting all day, and b. maybe starts to lay again.
    They really are delightful, and such time wasters :>))
    Shenkhan
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Frizzles are the cutest chickens love all the fuzzy fluff. With your girl, broodys in general though can go on quite awhile if you don't keep them off the nest. They don't just stop at three weeks, you usually have to "break" them of being broody. For broody breakers I usually just use a wire dog crate, size doesn't really matter, bottom wire spacing is usually around 1x4". I put a couple of perches in there and hang small food/water dishes on the sides so they can't stand or sit in them. Put the crate out in the open, I tend to put them in the middle of the barn aisle or coop so there is a lot of activity and light. They don't like to walk on the wire so they spend pretty much all the time on the perches, that works pretty well for most of them. Some people have mentioned putting a small fan under them to cool them off even more. They will usually start laying a couple of weeks to a month after they stop being broody, unless they go into molt, then they take longer.
     
  3. All Henned Up

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    Welcome and enjoy!
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  4. shenkhan

    shenkhan Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, thats such good information and easy for me to try. I have two Whippets and a cat, so plenty of cages for me to use.(Not that they live in cages but they travel in the car that way)
    I will certainly give that a try.
     
  5. shenkhan

    shenkhan Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Steve, thanks for the welcome. I am going to enjoy learning for sure
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  7. shenkhan

    shenkhan Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Brent, thanks for the welcome. Its mid way thru Spring, and already very dry. Hens are happy as they don't much like the rain anyway
     
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  9. sumi

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  10. liz9910

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