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Hi all! New to chickens this year, and excited about our little flock of 6. My family (husband, two daughters, a baby on the way and a dog) and I got our chickens in April the day the hatched. We build the coop/run from reclaimed materials and live the inner city of Columbus, OH! They have free range a few hours a day.
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We have 6. Most of which have their own problems, so if you have suggestions for us, comment here:

Junia - exchequer. She was the smallest and easiest for my 4 year old to handle for a while until about August when she started being more aggressive. She's now jumped up at a few kids and hasn't started laying yet... while we love her, she's our problem girl.

Wendell Berry - lakeshore egger (olive egg layer breed developed at Meyer Hatcher in Polk, OH). She was our first layer (early August) and is the resident rooster (no roosters within the city limits here). She's a tad aggressive, but has stopped coming after me (still goes after the Littles).

Heidi Boss - golden buff. She is suuuuper sweet, but doesn't like to be picked up much. She hasn't started laying yet, which is a little concerning.

Fluffy - easter egger. She's laying beautiful teal eggs but is on the bottom of the pecking order and has been getting her little back feathers picked off by our next lady...

Daisy May - golden laced wyandotte. She's been laying for a while. She's the hardest to catch but is friendly toward humans... not so with Fluffy. For some reason she's pecked the back fo that little lady to a bald spot about 2 inches wide :(. We've tried giving them entertainment and salt in her water... to no avail.

Origen - barred rock. She's been my favorite since the beginning. Sweet, likes to be held, no aggression and not too shy. She's been laying for a while as well. Only issue is Daisy May did peck at her neck a bit. But it doesn't seem to be getting worse.

I'm a little concerned about two ladies aren't laying yet and they're about 26 weeks old... Our chicken food provider encouraged us to switch to layer feed a few weeks after the first chicken started laying, but maybe that is causing problems for our non-layers?

Like I said - any advice or ideas are welcome to help us with our woes!
 
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Hi all! New to chickens this year, and excited about our little flock of 6. My family (husband, two daughters, a baby on the way and a dog) and I got our chickens in April the day the hatched. We build the coop/run from reclaimed materials and live the inner city of Columbus, OH! They have free range a few hours a day.
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We have 6. Most of which have their own problems, so if you have suggestions for us, comment here:

Junia - exchequer. She was the smallest and easiest for my 4 year old to handle for a while until about August when she started being more aggressive. She's now jumped up at a few kids and hasn't started laying yet... while we love her, she's our problem girl.

Wendell Berry - lakeshore egger (olive egg layer breed developed at Meyer Hatcher in Polk, OH). She was our first layer (early August) and is the resident rooster (no roosters within the city limits here). She's a tad aggressive, but has stopped coming after me (still goes after the Littles).

Heidi Boss - golden buff. She is suuuuper sweet, but doesn't like to be picked up much. She hasn't started laying yet, which is a little concerning.

Fluffy - easter egger. She's laying beautiful teal eggs but is on the bottom of the pecking order and has been getting her little back feathers picked off by our next lady...

Daisy May - golden laced wyandotte. She's been laying for a while. She's the hardest to catch but is friendly toward humans... not so with Fluffy. For some reason she's pecked the back fo that little lady to a bald spot about 2 inches wide :(. We've tried giving them entertainment and salt in her water... to no avail.

Origen - barred rock. She's been my favorite since the beginning. Sweet, likes to be held, no aggression and not too shy. She's been laying for a while as well. Only issue is Daisy May did peck at her neck a bit. But it doesn't seem to be getting worse.

I'm a little concerned about two ladies aren't laying yet and they're about 26 weeks old... Our chicken food provider encouraged us to switch to layer feed a few weeks after the first chicken started laying, but maybe that is causing problems for our non-layers?

Like I said - any advice or ideas are welcome to help us with our woes!
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