In the Brooder
- Jan 9, 2013
Hello! I hope that I am posting this thread in the correct forum. If not, I apologize! We live in a suburb of Kansas City and due to the very large size and seclusion of our fully-fenced backyard, our hens are able to free-roam. We recently had some dogs jump the fence into our yard and proceed into full blown attack on our 4 girls. I looked out just in time to see a them dash by and run out back barefoot, in my pajamas screaming like a mad woman. They had just gotten a hold of my buff orpington, and if I hadn't gotten out there when I did she would've been history. They did, however, have her feather strewn all over the yard. After finally running them off, I found my silver laced wyandotte with a puncture wound and a broken wing. She passed away shortly thereafter. Needless to say, I now have my remaining girls secured in their run. While the size of the run is more than generous, they are MISERABLE. All they seem to do is pace near the door. I've thrown some scratch among other scraps, hung some cabbage for them to jump and eat off of, and added weeds and dirt clods to scratch through. Does anyone have any other ideas to help them adapt to this transition? Thank you and sorry for the lengthy post!