Hello from Trumanda!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Trumanda, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. Trumanda

    Trumanda Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    I've been exploring the BYChicken Website for several months now, and finally decided to join. I purchased 4 baby chicks, just before Easter, with great expectations for eggs. I was surprised how much I enjoyed my girls, and kept them indoors for the first 2 months. Loved how they would eat meal worms out of my hands and follow me around. After the heartbreak of losing two girls to hawks (after reading inconsistent discussions on whether Hawks would be an issue)--I thought they were big enough--my girls were almost full size by the time I let them free range all day. Anyway, now I let them out in the early morning for 1-3 hours, and keep my eyes on the skies. I did replace my lost ones with two others of the same age. I thought 2 was too few. One of my original "girls" turned into a rooster though.

    My latest heartache is Stanley's limping. It is getting worse, but my husband won't let me take her to a vet. The unfortunate thing is that they roost in the rafter of the coop! I can't even reach them to get them down. They fly down, but are hitting the walls. I am considering building a ladder/ramp, but don't know how to do it. I picked up Stanley, tried to touch her thighs, but she seemed unphased. So I though it might not be not a fracture or break. However, she does not like to get down from the regular roost either. She was much worse today.

    I look forward to hearing and participating with you all.

    Trumanda
     
  2. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have you checked stanley for bumblefoot?

    with high roosts it can become a problem. fractures and breaks as you already know can happen too. as a rule of thumb i dont put roosts over 3 feet off the floor, most people claim 4 feet is safe.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Howdy from Kansas, Trumanda, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! I wish you well with your chickens!
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    You can get inexpensive bird netting and hang it across the top of the coop to prevent your birds roosting in the rafters. You may want to consider confining your injured bird to a cage to limit her activity and keep her from flying up onto the roosts - injured legs will not prevent flying.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  9. Trumanda

    Trumanda Out Of The Brooder

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    I did check for Bumblefoot. Did not see it. Started making a ramp for that top roost, but not sure they will use it. Maybe I should net off that top roost. That would have been a lot easier.

    Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]Glad you joined!!!! [​IMG]
     

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