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Help with flooding and sudden flock mixing!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Georedhead, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. Georedhead

    Georedhead In the Brooder

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    Hi all, first post. I am chicken-sitting for a friend who is away (and out of contact) for another week. I’ve managed to get through one thunderstorm and two of the hottest days of the year, but tonight/tomorrow/Tuesday are supposed to continue raining.

    I have two sets of chickens. 6 laying hens and 9-10 younger, non-laying pullets (I think that’s the correct term for them? They’re at least 8 weeks old, probably older, but I’m not 100% sure. Note: this also includes one rooster...). The hens have a coop and a separate domed run. The pullets were in the garage, but it was too hot and I couldn’t leave them in there. I moved them to a short (as in height, not area) run in the yard, separate from the full grown hens. Both runs have tarp coverings and some shelter, but they’re on the grass. I can’t move the pullets back to the garage because I disassembled part of the little pen they had to add shade to their run, but the run is now completely flooded (and will continue to be so over the next few days!).

    I had to sprint earlier this evening to move the pullets from the flooding run into the coop, which is already occupied by the hens. The hens were sleeping so I’m hoping there won’t be any issues, but I’m worried about tomorrow. I’m not comfortable putting them back into the runs if there’s continued rain (and flooding...) but I don’t want to keep both groups confined to the same coop if they’ve not been properly introduced yet.

    Am I right to be worried? Does anyone have any suggestions? I’m limited on materials and time in the morning, but I really want to make sure my friend comes back to safe and happy chickens!

    Thank you very much.
     
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  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Is there a way to section off part of the coop, keeping the two (pullets & hens) separate? You may have an issue with the hens attacking the pullets in the morning, or you may get lucky and they'll be ok? Hopefully the rain will end so you can move the pullets back to where they were. Others may have better ideas ...
     
  3. Georedhead

    Georedhead In the Brooder

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    I’ll give it a try. Maybe I can figure out how to hang a tarp or something. They won’t have much room but I’ll cross my fingers, thank you!

    Any further ideas are also welcome :)
     
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  4. Doublete

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    Get there before sunrise...
    and use something to section it off as long as they’re under cover and dry...
     
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  5. the cluck juggler

    the cluck juggler Incubator Addict

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    I agree, use whatever to keep the two separated and dry today. It's crisis management, keeping them from being wet and also attacked by the others are pri 1 and 2. If they're a bit cramped, so be it.

    When you're sure they're all right for now, you can buy some chicken wire of sorts and do a more permanent solution, as the tarp will stop air flow and make it dark. If I were your friend and it was my chickens, I'd appreciate the work you put into it and gladly pay for anything you buy to keep them safe and happy.
     
  6. Georedhead

    Georedhead In the Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for the kind words and the help! It’s 3:40 here and I haven’t been able to sleep for worrying. Eventually I had to get up, so I finagled a new wall and cover for the pen in the garage and moved the pullets in there. They weren’t pleased to be woken up (my newly scratched and pecked hands will attest to that), but I figure it’s better than having six fussy hens give them a very pointed wake up call!

    They’ll stay in the garage until the rain blows over, hopefully by midafternoon on Wednesday. By then, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the runs will be (mostly) dry and they can return to hunting bugs and eating grass :) thanks again! I’m now off to sleep...my alarm is set for three hours for now so wish me luck!
     
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  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    Welcome, and what a great friend you are! Taking care of this flock in very difficult circumstances is stellar!
    Mary
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    No kidding!
    Great job @Georedhead ...do you have chickens yourself?
     
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  9. Georedhead

    Georedhead In the Brooder

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    Thank you all ☺️

    No, I don’t have chickens personally but I have many friends and coworkers who do, and who have asked my chicken-sitting services in the past! This just happened to be one of the more dramatic weeks to keep chickens
     
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  10. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    You done great, that's why you're asked. Now you need to get some of your own and have them chicken - sit ;)
     
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