New urban flock in TX

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hishigata, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Hishigata

    Hishigata Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    I am a newbie to urban chicken farming but have some experience with chickens. I currently have two lovely girls named Salt and Pepper. Salt is feisty lakenvelder and Pepper is a very mellow ameraucana (both pictured below). The girls love to eat cottage cheese, grapes and any new plants in my garden. They live in a wee coop but spend most of their time running around the backyard making a mess of the compost piles.

    I joined BYC when one of my hens got sick and died last month. My other chicken, Salt, was weak, lethargic and breathing heavily when I found her. I got lots of good advice and now Salt is better and as rambunctious as ever. I am currently debating getting a new hen to replace the one I lost. If anyone has advice let me know.

    I also want to ask if anyone else has a lakenvelder. My girl Salt is a real handful. She barks like a rooster every morning from 7:30 until around 9:00 and I don't think the neighbors are too happy. She also picks fights with people. The other day she fluffed out her neck feathers like dilophosaurus and pecked my roommates hand so hard she drew blood. Further proof that modern aves has saurian roots. This is not the first time she has attacked someone and usually does it while we are gardening. Perhaps thinking we are pilfering her worms? Anyone have success teaching an unruly lakenvelder to have some manners? So far we put her in the pen when she misbehaves and that helps a little.

    Thanks!


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  2. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and [​IMG] So glad you joined us!!!!![​IMG]
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from California! I once had a hen who acted like a rooster, she would charge me all the time what a meanie! If I hadn't seen her lay eggs I would have sworn she was a rooster.
     
  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Hishigata, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Wow! What a couple of great looking birds! I'm jealous! I don't know much aout taming down unruly hens but I have read in BYC that one can simply scoop up the bird and hold her, walking around the yard for awhile. This seems to show the offending bird that she isn't in charge like she thought she was. May take several of these lessons. Might be worth a try. Good luck to you!!
     
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  7. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    Awww sorry to hear about the sickness!! We have two BRock that are Salt and Pepper LOL!! kids named them! Sorry I dont have that breed : ( But Hello and Welcome!!!
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  8. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. I have done what redsoxs suggest to a roo before and it really helped so maybe it will work on your hen. :thumbsup
     
  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     

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