New chicken keeper.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kipntig, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. Kipntig

    Kipntig In the Brooder

    Nov 21, 2019
    Retired and very recently widowed, live with my son who has just bought a small farm. Bought 12 chickens and two roosters, and 5 ducks. Having a lot if bad luck with them. One duck died, I think he may have eaten something harmful as they gobble everything in sight. We found what looked like black spilled paint, not sure. One hen was caught by a predator, and another just died. I now feel their pen is inadequate. It is an old French pen with the henhouse upstairs and 5 little rooms downstairs for small livestock. It is built out of concrete, which is old and cracking here and there. Now a hen became broody and hatched two eggs. The chicks were doing well until yesterday when one died. I discovered it was riddled in lice. I have dusted mother hen and the other chick with lice powder but they don't appear to be infected. Mother hen then lost interest in her chick, so I have brought it inside and it seems well enough. I feel I have to re-disinfect the whole henhouse but fear the concrete won't dry off quick enough as it is winter and I have nowhere else to keep my chickens. I have sprinkled D.E. in the coup and their dustbath.
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  2. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

    Sep 9, 2019
    Central Virginia
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I have never found that DE was useful for anything.
  4. Callender Girl

    Callender Girl Crowing

    Sep 18, 2018
    North Central Iowa
    Welcome to BYC. Sounds like you are off to a rocky start; I don't have a lot of great advice to help with your problems but I know there are plenty of people here who can.

    My experience with a single chick is that it likely will bond with you and insist on attention. I currently have one who NEEDS to go outside soon -- she is fully feathered and likes the outdoors. But, she isn't interested in other chickens; she sticks to me like glue.

    Try not to get discouraged. Do your research, do your best.
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  5. N F C

    N F C thankful

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hello, it's nice to have you here with us!

    About the lice, I would guess that if one bird has them, they all do. Their coop will also have to be cleaned up or the chickens will just get them again.

    For questions about the health of your flock, use this link to go to the ER forum. There are a lot of knowledgeable members there that could help you:
    Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures

    If you need help with the lice issue, you can get advice here:
    Predators and Pests

    Best of luck to you!
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  6. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi and welcome to BYC. It sounds like you’ve had a rough time. Hopefully reading resources here and asking questions will help.

    Here are some links to useful resources:

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
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  7. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

    Mar 22, 2019
    Good morning and welcome to the BYC flock!!! Please don't get to discourage or down on yourself. I have only just gotten into chicken raising this year and have had bad luck as well. I was ready to throw in the towel, but it is so rewarding once all the kinks are worked out! That's not a guarantee either, I recently acquired 3 new chicks and now weeks later one is experiencing wry neck. It is so frustrating seeing them have issues, but we care about them so much making it worth the fight! If you are able to get your loan chick a friend it would be best, but I wish you the very best and don't give up!
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  8. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    Sorry to hear about your husband.
    Chicken keeping isn't always easy. Sometimes things go very nicely and it's a joy to work with the chickens. Then all of a sudden, everything bad starts to happen and it gets frustrating and sad. You need to just tackle things as they happen and it will straighten out again. It is part of the process and a worthwhile endeavor.
    You feel free to post various threads for your various issues and you will get help and support along the way. It really helps. Good luck.
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  9. TheChiggens

    TheChiggens The Cluckmazing Factor

    Jul 7, 2019
    My Coop
    Sorry for your bad luck :( I hope BYC cheers you up!
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  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Raven steals Christmas

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    It's always something with chickens. :D But these issues help you learn along the way. The learning never does end either. Welcome aboard! :)
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