New Member Introduction

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kathchick, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. kathchick

    kathchick New Egg

    Jul 19, 2011
    Hi there, I have just joined this forum, have already used many times for info. I am a new backyard chicken person. After doing a lot of research, I decided upon Australorp Bantams, and in April I managed to get some POL. They settled in really well and started laying within a day or so. The whole family are very attached to them, in particular my Autistic son! The Chickens are allowed free range when we're at home. Sage (top hen)is brown, Onion (middle hen) is white and Thyme (the most hen pecked - but probably my favorite!) is a speckled grey colour. Well that's my introduction. I will now go on to seek some help!

    Firstly, Onion, wont stop preening her self, obsessive chicken disorder I think.!(last 6-8 weeks) I weekly disinfect the hen house with Jeyes, have pressure washed it, and sprayed with Permethrin spray. Over the past 6 weeks I have treated all hens with spot on formulation (ivermectin for parrot sized birds) and sprayed them with anti-mite extra (permethrin). She eats and drinks well and lays most days. Is it just her personality?

    Secondly, Thyme, the lowest in the pecking order, has stopped laying eggs since beginning of July. She is still eating and drinking well and enthusiastically free ranges. I can't feel anything, is it constipation as I only see 2 piles of poo in the morning. I'm very fastidious in clearing poo on a daily basis.

    I have also wormed with Vermex, and am giving tonic in the water. I love them to bits but seem to be worrying about them all the time. Look forward to hearing any advice that you can offer - even if it's just STOP WORRYING!
  2. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]


  3. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

    Apr 18, 2011
    Welsh, LA
    Hello and [​IMG]
  4. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Central, Illinois
  5. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from a sizzling Ohio. So glad you joined. It sounds like you are doing everything you can, it could just be her. [​IMG]
  7. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Michigan! Your hen might be molting and getting new feathers. When that happened to mine, the ends of their feathers looked a little ragged and they were very itchy. Weather can play a part in a hen not laying but you might want to post a topic about it in the chicken behaviors and egg laying section.
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Good luck [​IMG]
  9. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!
  10. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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