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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by haddiemoo, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. haddiemoo

    haddiemoo Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have now had my three hens since late summer/early fall. Being new to chickens I am wondering how to tell by looking if my girls are doing o.k. They seem to be doing fine, they have stopped laying but I assume that is due to molting and the cold weather. Since they cant talk to tell me how they are doing and I am by no way a chicken expert what can I look for (as far as their health and well being) I keep them in an coop that is 5 x 10 with a dirt floor and has a 4 x 5 enclosed box for them to get in at night. I feed them a mixture of laying pellets, corn scratch feed, vegtables, sunflower seeds, treats, ets, and give them fresh water every day or other day. How can I grade myself by looking at them to see if I need to make any changes. Thanks
     
  2. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    It would probably be a good idea to look for mites and/or lice and also to worm them. Otherwise they sound healthy.
     
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    pick them up..can you feel the breast bone...

    do the feathers look "nice"...or do they have a dirty disheveled look...

    are skin parts bright or dull...eyes bright...

    things like that...are they active or lethargic...
     

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