Returning Back-Yarder

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by eaglegreen, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. eaglegreen

    eaglegreen Chirping

    Mar 5, 2014
    Howdy Y'll Chicken people!
    I belonged here quite awhile back, and then, dropped out--lots of reasons. I'm now in a new location (and over 55 mobile home park), and have 4 backyard chickens which I got in March, as 1 mo old (hatched in Feb., about 19th). I have two Speckled Sussix; and 2 Easter Egger. I was really hoping to get a couple of Americana Bantams, but, living in a remote mountain town in S.W. NM, I just couldn't find a source. So, I have these 4 girls, raised from babies, and have just started laying. I think both Speckled's are laying, and 1 EE. The other EE is my concern: --she's kinda dumb about eating. She knows her name "Gertie", but will often be off by herself catching ants (we have a lot), while the others are getting cucumber peelings (a favorite), or mealworms, etc. I have seen her pecking at her mash/pellet mix, and drinking from a 2- nipple waterer, but she is so bony! She's feisty, but just seems kinda dumb about where to get the best eats, and when! Is there anything I can do to help this poor little dumb cluck?
    I'm 76, live alone (not by choice), in a wonderful community. I also have a cat who belonged to a friend for 7 years, who moved to the desert and was afraid the coyotes would eat her, so gave her to a mutual friend of ours. Their other cat didn't tolerate her, she she got evicted, and lived outside all winter. I adopted her, and told her this is her forever home, and she's treated well--tho I've recently discovered she has beginning kidney dysfunction. Well, as we get older, we all seem to have 'something!'
    Any help anyone can give me for Gertie, I'd appreciate--. Also, I'd like to know is there a thread specifically for EE's ?
    See ya around!
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  2. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Corning, NY
    Welcome back! :frow Make yourself at home here.....
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  3. BYC910

    BYC910 Crossing the Road

    Wow you don't post much . For some reason EEs are picky eaters :idunno Mine love crumbles and will eat all the crumbles before any scratch gains .Haven't heard of a EE thread but there is lots of EE owners on BYC. Is she at the bottom of the pecking order. Are the others running her away from the feed ?Oh have you dewormed her yet ?Just tossing out things hope you figure it out and she gains weight .:fl
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You could try putting "Easter Egger thread," in the search box above and see what comes up.
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  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi and welcome back to BYC and hopefully greater participation.

    Best wishes
    Pork Pie
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  6. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Crowing

    Jul 26, 2016
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    Try wet crumbles. I don't have Easter Eggers, but my Golden Comets love wet crumbles as a treat.
    I also wet crumbles for sick hens as a way to get nourishment and hydration into them.
    I would feed her wet crumbles several times a day, separately if needed then when she's done give to the other girls. Just make enough for them to finish, and keep the dry feed available.
    I also like a feed with 18 to 20% Protein. My girls feather pick when fed a 16% Layers feed.
    I am currently feeding a Non-Medicated Start & Grow crumbles with Oyster Shells in a separate container, to my three 27 month olds. I can get a 25# bag of feed. A larger bag goes bad before its used up. It gets a strong smell and egg production drops.
    I keep the feed in my house. 20180602_143543.jpg Feed kept outside with swings in temperature and humidity between night and day will not last as long. GC
  7. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Did you candle today?

    Welcome to BYC!
    :yesss: We are glad you joined our flock!
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  8. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

    Feb 28, 2017
    Florida Peninsula
    My Coop
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  9. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

    Feb 7, 2018
    Hampshire, UK
    My Coop
    :frowHello and welcome back!
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  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome back to keeping poultry and BYC.
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