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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Momoftwo04, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Momoftwo04

    Momoftwo04 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 2, 2012
    Hi there,
    My name is Andrea and I live in NH with my husband, 2 sons, 2 parakeets, 1 female Jack Russell and 8 beautiful chickens. Any advice you could give me on raising happy healthy chickens would be great. My girls live in the "Poultry Palace" a neat little coop my husband and father in law built with no plans. Just a drawing and my ideas. It holds up to 12 hens, has 6 nesting boxes and a nice size out side pen for them to scratch around in. I rarely let my girls out of the pen because of the amount of coy dogs and other predators on our area. For the most part they are pretty healthy. I started out with 4 bared rocks and added a speckled sussex and americana to the flock. For Christmas my hubby bought me an araucana, a barnevelder, a welsummer and cuckoo maran. Last month I donated one of my bared rocks to a cousin who's hens stopped laying. With in a few days of her being there, all the hens were laying! :) So that brought my flock down to 9. Then on 2/16 I cam home from shopping and found my sweet barnevelder, Maggie, laying in the corner of our outside pen, barley moving and very bloody. After 20 min of trying to help her, she died.I believe she was egg bound. Now I'm down to 8. Currently I am nursing my araucana, Blondie, who I believe is egg bound as well. I have tried all I can to help her. Mineral oil in her vent, warm baths etc. I will be taking her to the vet this afternoon as it has been 4 days since she has laid! She is in good spirits though and I am positive the vet can help her. Wish me and Blondie luck :^)
  2. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from Southwest Ohio....Hope your little hen gets better [​IMG]
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  4. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Welcome to BYC.

    I'll give you a few tips on how to keep happy backyard chickens.

    Keep them with fresh clean water.

    Let them free-range everyday (except on cold or raining days).

    Let them scratch and find their seed. This will keep them busy and happy.

    Give them occasional treats like bread, fruit, and kitchen scraps.

    Good luck!

  5. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    [​IMG] from Texas
  6. Momoftwo04

    Momoftwo04 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 2, 2012
    Thanks everyone. I took Blondie to the vet and she said she is not egg bound. So she is on a diet of mash, yogurt, cooked pasta, fruit, nutir-drench and electrolytes. Keeping our fingers crossed that she snaps out of it and starts laying again! [​IMG]
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Hope Blondie feels better very soon [​IMG]
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  8. Momoftwo04

    Momoftwo04 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 2, 2012
    Ok so now we are on day #5 that Blondie hasn't laid and I think she is enjoying being a house chicken. She still isn't eating or drinking much and doesn't move around much either. I have tried giving her yummy treats like apples, watermelon, yogurt and cooked pasta and she won't touch those either. UHG Not sure what else to do for her. Her sprit is good and "talks" to anyone that pays attention to her. Her eyes are clear and bright. What is wron with my girl????[​IMG]
  9. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
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