International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

kfelton0002

Crowing
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Im very sorry for those who have lost birds. Its awful.

I just reenforced all my pens and runs with hardware cloth because i had a sinking feeling and know something will get in with just the chickenwire. It was time. Chicken wire was just to get the pens up and running.

We have only been here at this place for 10 months. Predators should be moving in soon for mine. Ive noticed over the years that i have more attacks in the fall than any other season.
Hubby is building me a new grow out pen with a solid floor so varmints can't dig in. I can't take another year of this. Believe it or not, I can handle raccoons and possums taking grown birds free ranging better than rats killing and eating my babies! At least you can set traps and shoot larger varmints like possums and coons to keep them at bay. Rats are never ending. They reproduce so rapidly it is difficult to stop them, you can only hope to control them. :(

Rats only take smaller birds though so that is a plus. They don't bother grown birds. However they did kill some of my son's bantams. Heartbreaking..
 

chickengr

Free Ranging
Dec 29, 2014
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Hey everyone. I posted this on the emergency thread, but thought one of you guys may be able to help me.

She is a 20 wk old pullet. Just yesterday I was watching her check out the nesting boxes and I was happy she was doing that!! she was free ranging and chest bumping with her flock mates, she roosted fine at 7 pm. This morning when I opened the coop and everyone ran out- she was laying in the hay, so I moved to her, and she scooted away on her chest/face/ flapping all over and pushing with her legs. I had a 10 am appointment to get my snow tires on so I put her in a cat carrier with food and water and when I got back I took this video.

Any help or ideas? I have inspected her legs and wings and she seems very healthy, although she did have her beak open this morning when I carried her to the feed room and put her away into the cat carrier. So sad. She is holding her tail open (like a turkey) and her head down low to the ground. Cannot balance. When you hold her, you can't feel anything is wrong. She feels strong.



sorry for your chicken.

I had in the past similar cases. some of them had worms, some of them had egg laying issues, some of them MG, etc.

she might be in pain. aspirin will help with that. I mostly give human medicines to my chickens. b complex is the best in such case (in my experience). overdosing for 2-3 days has never been an issue in my experience.
 

chickengr

Free Ranging
Dec 29, 2014
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Hubby is building me a new grow out pen with a solid floor so varmints can't dig in. I can't take another year of this. Believe it or not, I can handle raccoons and possums taking grown birds free ranging better than rats killing and eating my babies! At least you can set traps and shoot larger varmints like possums and coons to keep them at bay. Rats are never ending. They reproduce so rapidly it is difficult to stop them, you can only hope to control them. :(

Rats only take smaller birds though so that is a plus. They don't bother grown birds. However they did kill some of my son's bantams. Heartbreaking..


a rat is trying to make a nest under my coop. I have been burning cloth pieces in the hole for the last 2 days and it keeps coming. they ignore poison that I left for them.
 

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