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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by jchny2000, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. Mother2Hens

    Mother2Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to give my injured Violet a bath in a plastic wash tub. I add a little Dawn to the lukewarm water and a little on a washcloth. I have another plastic tub with water and around a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar. I put her in that to give her a short soak before rinsing her under the faucet. (I mentioned before that I watched some youtube videos about giving a chicken a bath.) She's used to the routine.

    Violet gets watermelon stains on her lavender feathers from the watermelon splashing as she and Adeline peck at it. The pink watermelon stains on her gray feathers give her a true lavender color! It makes her kind of sticky though, so I have to give her a full bath and blow dry every other day, and a mini wash off/hold her rear end under the faucet every day. This is one of those moments that, "I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be doing this!"
     
  2. Mother2Hens

    Mother2Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so glad to see Gus in your avatar! I don't know anything about his desires-- haha-- but I kinda doubt he'll be backing off (no pun intended) anytime soon. You should probably sew up some hen aprons for your poor girls. And get them into counseling. It sounds like you're doing the right thing by showing Gus that humans rule. : - )
     
  3. kabhyper1

    kabhyper1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    LOL! If he doesn't cool it I'm shipping him to you! [​IMG]
     
  4. jchny2000

    jchny2000 Goslings are precious!

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    Just keep doing what you are doing. I joke about it, but Red, my GLW I love so much, I couldn't do it. Red is my first Roo. He makes me upset at him, but I correct him when its needed.They may mellow as they get old, but mine are still young. Roos are at the peak the first few years, so the easiest answer is to separate. But if you have a roo, his job is to watch the ladies and fertilize eggs. Watch for raw backs, necks and wings, and torn combs. If he has spurs, watch close for punctures to the girls sides/backs and do trim the spurs back. I lost one of my oldest hens due to punctures from Red, even with the spurs trimmed! It was too late by time I realized she was injured. I assumed she was broody since she would not leave the nest, and lost her due to my ignorance [​IMG]. Some of my girls will just squat as soon as he walks by her, poor things. I do confine him on occasion and give him "time out" If I see he injures a hen now. I plan to build a bachelor pen to give all the girls a break in the winter.
     
  5. jchny2000

    jchny2000 Goslings are precious!

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  6. kabhyper1

    kabhyper1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Gus doesn't have his spurs yet. He just turned 5 months. He is just a big boy. He weighs about 10 lbs already. I don't know when they stop growing, but I hope soon. He is plenty big! I haven't been letting the kids that visit out in the pasture with the chickens because they don't know how to handle him. I don't want to make it worse. He was running with/ chasing my ten year old nephew, so I had him hold Gus too. It was pretty comical seeing a little boy holding him. As soon as you pick him up he just submits, but man does he test anyone who walks into that pasture. I am very attached to my chickens, so I will have to figure something out. I just got back my cochin roo from Cluck because I broke down into tears when I saw him. I'm ridiculous. These are our first chickens, so I haven't calloused myself to the emotional aspect yet. Probably never will. I haven't eaten chicken since we got them in february. The thought of it makes me gag. So gus will probably live his life out here. Rotten and all. I do have a quarantine cage in the barn. Should I isolate him for a bit? Or would that make it worse?
     
  7. jchny2000

    jchny2000 Goslings are precious!

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  8. Mother2Hens

    Mother2Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I happened to see this ad and since it's not a typical breed and they have hens, roos, and hatching eggs, I thought I'd post it in case anyone is interested. I'm sure bradselig already has these in his catalogued collection. Ha


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  9. Too Fast

    Too Fast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice info about the roosters and their loving ways (pun intended). We are having a rooster dilema here, my vote is to not get ours back but I don't have everyone in the family convinced. I like our quiet mornings again and all I can see in the future is for Merlin to get more aggressive.
     
  10. Webechickens

    Webechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm having the same problems with my cockerel, Spurs. He's a BO and about 17-18wks old. He was always the sweetest and friendliest until a couple weeks ago. He decided he didn't like the girls coming over to us anymore and sitting on our laps. He's in "jail" (rabbit pen) right now in the coop with eveyone else. The girls love being able to be around us. Hate seeing him separated but am loving the peace. Trying to figure out what I want to do.
     

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