Hello from Slidell, Louisiana

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  1. KarenJane

    KarenJane New Egg

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    Hi, My name is Karen. I work with Sovereign Grace Homeland Missions in Slidell, Louisiana. We supply support for those who have been affected by hurricanes.

    Last April, 2011, we received 3 adult hens, my avatar is their picture. The original owner raised them from chicks and they are not old. Apparently they were pets, but their dog would not leave the chickens alone and they opted to donate them to our ministry. It was a great gift. But I have had some problems with them.

    #1 they hate me! [​IMG] One of them, the cream colored one, is quite docile, but the other two think nothing of chasing me, or sneaking up on me, and pecking the heck out of me!

    #2 they stopped laying eggs months ago. I figured it was the heat, being in Louisiana and all. But they laid all last summer with no problem. They just sort of quit. They are in a very small coop, which they were raised in. I also thought it might be that they feel cramped, but again they laid all last year and never left the coop once (they can fly and I was afraid they might try to go back home). I started letting them out and they seem to enjoy the yard and stretching their wings, I even tried to give them exercise by letting the chase me around the yard. [​IMG]But still no eggs. They eat the same kind of food that they have always had. I give them their egg shells, when we have them, so they get the calcium from that and I give them veggie scraps.

    The last issue I am concerned with is they have pulled out their feathers. Not down but tail feathers. The Red one has no feathers on her butt. I thought they were picking on her, which is why she was nasty to people. Again, I thought that letting them out would help but they are still doing it. There are feathers all over the place all the time. Is this normal?

    Any information you can give to help me live in harmony with these "angry birds" would be much appreciated. I have always wanted chickens and I want to make sure they are happy and healthy. [​IMG]

    Thank you
     
  2. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what size is the coop ? maybe you should give a treat sometimes, they love weeds
     
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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  4. KarenJane

    KarenJane New Egg

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    Thank you for the warm welcome. [​IMG]
     
  5. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    Hello & Greetings from Kentucky. Welcome to BYC!


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  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  7. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and[​IMG] So glad you joined us!!![​IMG]
     
  8. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    [​IMG] Well the red one,,,,,,,,well you know red heads,,,,do I need to say more? :p :D The other one looks like a leghorn and that breed is rather flighty to begin with so that probably explains that. Are they molting? Or are there feathers every where all the time. ? I would suggest: 1) free range time every day or as often as possible 2) do not let them bite you. Just give thema little peck with your finger on the head or shoulder then they will know who is top hen. 3)feed them layer pellets and oyster shell and food scraps... and hang a small head of lettuce or cabbage in the coop for them to peck ator/ a suet packed with bird seeds to peck at. Good Luck
     
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  10. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Karen, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined us! Wow! That sounds like a real dilemma! I think others have given you good advice so I'll keep mine to a minimum. I think the two that hate you don't really hate you - they think they are in charge. Unsure on the stopped laying. Could they just be past their laying prime?
     

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