New member -new to keeping chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wildspiritedelz, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. wildspiritedelz

    wildspiritedelz Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I'm Elz!

    I'm new to keeping chickens (always been a dream of mine)..
    Recently, moved house with my little family (2yr daughter, hubby, dog and 2 cats).
    We rely wanted to live the "good life" and buy a house with a few acres so we could have chickens, goats ect.

    So we built a 15x15ft pen with a cute 8 bird house in the middle complete with 4 nest boxes attached to it so birds can wonder around happily in the pen and the dog can't get them! Though strangely the cats are scared of them! I feed them an entirely organic feed and they also have all bed peelings/scraps (no meat) which they love! Especially kiwi fruit peelings and strawberry tops! They also have "stratch" in the afternoon too. Inside the pen it's all nicely and newly turfed lawn (which is doing very well... Must be the chicken poop! Haha!).

    The "girls" are 2 light Sussex hybrids and 2 speckledys. I bought them at the point of lay and i believe they are around 20wks old now.
    I've joined this site trying to find answers...
    Firstly, my very pretty speckledy had a bad foot and one morning wouldn't walk on it... Looks like she had dirt compacted in it (which we took out) on top of an injury that looks like she had been clawed by another chicken (scab came off and she started to walk ok).
    Now... One of the light Sussex hybrids has got a huge red swollen bottom.. Does this mean she is about to lay an egg? She keeps squatting and I can see she's straining down there.... Ideas? I've never owned chickens so don't have a clue what I should/shouldn't do!

    Thank you lady's and gents for your help!

    xxx
     
  2. SA Farm

    SA Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. sdm111

    sdm111 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I wonder if the one chicken has bumble foot, the other I have no idea. You could post in detail on "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures," thread
     
  5. wildspiritedelz

    wildspiritedelz Out Of The Brooder

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    I posted in there I think :S as for bumble foot... Il check that out, although she's walking much better today do I'm hoping it was just to do with the scab on the top of her foot tht my friend got off....
     
  6. wildspiritedelz

    wildspiritedelz Out Of The Brooder

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    Ended up the chicken with red bottom was going to die and the one with affected leg had a stroke (according to my very knowledgeable friend). So I sent all four back to where they came from... When I told my friend that I bought them from fosters chickens she told they they are terrible! I only wish I had co silted her before buying chickens! But we both went off and bought lovely healthy chickens today that she helped me pick! They are beauts :) fx they will be here for a very long egg laying time! xxx
     
  7. sdm111

    sdm111 Overrun With Chickens

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    Pics of the new ones
     
  8. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my goodness :( poor chickens. Welcome to the site, I'm glad you joined us
     
  9. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  10. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased to have you in our flock!! Good luck and best wishes!
     

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