New urban chicken raisers - Edmond, OK

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by EdmondNative, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. EdmondNative

    EdmondNative Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 13, 2014
    Edmond, OK
    Hello, My wife and I are new to the whole 'urban chicken' experience. However, we recently moved to an acreage and decided to give it a try as a hobby and something enjoyable for our youngest relatives when they come to visit.

    We bought a coop from our local Sam's Club ($300 and claims to be good for up to 6 hens).

    We just want to start with 3 hens and see how it goes.

    Unfortunately it hasn't started off too well. We didn't know where to buy adult egg laying hens so we went to a place called Mary's Swap Meet. We bought 3 hens on Saturday morning (claimed to be 9 months old). On Saturday one was found dead and this morning another was dead.

    Not sure how common this is with chickens dying from stress of relocation or if they were diseased when we got them. Can't imagine we did anything to kill them - provide a coop in a protected area, provided a waterer and scratch.

    Hoping to get some good advice here.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2014
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    Unfortunately when you purchase birds from swap meets and poultry meets, many times they are sick to begin with. People don't get rid of healthy birds and these places are a quick way for people to dispose of their ill birds. I am very sorry you had this experience. The best thing you could do is get some chicks from the feed store in the spring, or even order them on line. Some hatcheries will sell only a handful of chicks for shipment.

    Maybe you could ask around at your feed store on where you might buy some quality birds. Lots of times feed stores have lines of good poultry.

    But it is great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Some chickens do stress out like that [​IMG]

    What kind of feed are you going to be giving them [​IMG]

    Your last hen try this boil up an egg and peal mash and serve
    this is to help with any recovery [​IMG]

    Keep your chickens out of the wind and weather [​IMG]

    Lets see a photo of your live chicken [​IMG]
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! It sounds to me that they were already sick. Chickens are very resilient and a relocation shouldn't stress them enough to kill them. When you said you were feeding them scratch did you mean cracked corn? If so, that is considered a treat and chickens need chick grower until they lay and layer pellets/crumbles when they start laying eggs. I recommend reading thru the Learning Center, it has some great information that will really help you out. Good luck to you! :)
  6. EdmondNative

    EdmondNative Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 13, 2014
    Edmond, OK
    Sorry, the person at the feed store called it 'scratch' but it is DuMor Layer Crumble for Backyard Poultry.
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC - sorry about your bad luck. Go to the social forum and locate your state thread in 'Where are you? Where am I!' - hopefully you can buy some locally raised birds that have not been exposed to the diseases frequently found at poultry markets.
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your birds, hope you are able to figure out the problem. You might want to post on the Emergencies forum about their symptoms. If you still have a bird remaining from the swap meet, you probably don't want to get new ones until you figure out if she has something that could infect new birds.
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree with Kelsie, the swap meet birds may have had a contagious disease. If you bring in new birds they will catch it too.

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