New Chicken is Panting?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickenTownie, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. ChickenTownie

    ChickenTownie Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got 4 hens today from my friend's chicken farm. They all clucked around and ate the veggies I gave them in the run. They went in the coop at night and I went to check on them just after dark and one is roosted, but appears to be panting. It wasnt unusually hot or anything today and they have a waterer. Could it just be stress from the over an hour drive and new home?

    The waterer is a nipple waterer and I pressed their beaks to it and they got the water so it looks like they know how to use it... maybe thats the issue?
     
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  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    They may very well just be stressed over the long drive to their new home....which is also a big stress factor. Just watch them carefully, make sure they are eating and especially drinking. And no, the water nipple water system isn't the problem as long as you have seen each of them drink from it.

    When I first started my girls on the horizontal water nipple buckets I sat out there and 'clicked' the stainless steel thingie over and over and over. Eventually one of them came over out of curiosity and tried it...it was like she was saying to the others "hey! there's water here girls!" Once they get it, you're home free.

    Best of luck and let us know how it goes! [​IMG]
     
  3. ChickenTownie

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    I have the food and the water inside the coop. Will they go inside to eat and drink during the day?
     
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    Do you have a run attached to your coop? If so, I would suggest keeping additional water/feed there, too.
     
  5. ChickenTownie

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    Ya, I have an attached run. I will put some water out there for them. Its only 4 hens so I was trying to minimized the room taken up with feeders and all that
     
  6. iwiw60

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    Can you post some pics of your coop and run?
     
  7. ChickenTownie

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    Sorry for the delay, I was having fun the birds all evening!

    The First Night

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    The Feeder and Nesting Boxes are seen here (Waterer is opposite of Feeder)

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    The Coop and Run (I know the run is a little small at 4x8) but it is just for protection some of the time, I am fencing in about half my yard for birds only

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    Exploring the new yard

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    Supervised visits with the dog. He is afraid of them and they don't even care he is around. They will have separate areas in the yard once they are used the roosting in their new coop and night. For now, they stay in the run unless someone is home to keep an eye out. That didn't stop Betty from flying up into a tree when the sun was going down.

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    Also, no more panting! I saw two using the waterer today, but they all spent most of the their time exploring
     
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  9. ChickenTownie

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    Thanks for all the information. I will change the roosting bar as soon as I can. I prob won't have time for a few days... is there any concern of injury that I should worry about?

    I'll round those corners off on the feeder. The waterer is a nipple waterer and as of today, I have seen all of the girls using it quite easily.

    Is wing clipping something that I can do myself? Or do I need a pro? I would obviously study up on it to be safe. How long does is take for the feathers to grow back?

    Would it be worthwhile to add a roost outside? Would they use it during the day?
     
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