Texas flock and intro

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by grandma Henhen, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. grandma Henhen

    grandma Henhen In the Brooder

    Jul 24, 2016
    Hello. My name is grandma Henhen because I am a Grandma and my name is Henny! My daughter and I have about thirteen assorted chickens with one rooster. Our first batch were Buff Orpingtons and Barred Rock. Our second batch, which have just started laying, are Ameracunas, Black Austrolorps and a Silver Wyandotte. My daughter built the coop and run herself. The heat seems to have affected egg production but things seem to be picking up now. Thanks for all your tips on hot weather while they are in the run. They have shade cloth and lots of water plus they free range in the afternoon til sundown when they put themselves to bed! We are enjoying the healthy eggs and I also found a methed for boiling on this site as well. Great info!
    I do have a question about the Buffs. One of them up and died at about six months for no explainable reason one day (fell off the perch?) and another was a very bad layer ( shell less eggs ) and was dinner. We still have one we call Short Comb that lays thin shelled that sometimes are cracked and eaten. We give them oyster shell. Don't know whether to stick it out or make bone broth. Has anyone else had bad experiences with Buffs?
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Henny, and :welcome. Pleased you joined our community. Every year or so I'll have a chicken that just seems like it dropped dead for no explicable reason. Buffs are pretty feathery...could she have succumbed to the Texas heat? Unsure on the thin shelled egg or if there is a buff connection. Here is a great egg article written by one of the moderators that might shed some light https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/common-egg-quality-problems
    ...and here is a link to other buff owners that you might ask https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/495402/buff-orpington-thread
    Best of luck to you!
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2016
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! I'm sorry to hear you lost one of your buffs. It's always very sad when we lose them. Redsoxs has left you some great links to check out above, I'm sure you will find them most helpful.

    Wishing you the very best of luck for the future and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Are your hens getting layer feed? If not maybe the crushed oyster shell is not providing enough calcium for them.
  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful

    Apr 11, 2010

    Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  8. grandma Henhen

    grandma Henhen In the Brooder

    Jul 24, 2016
    We give them organic layer feed as well as occasional vegetable and fruit scraps. Also sometimes meal worms. We are also working on crushed egg shells and I found a good way to use them. First I soak them in water which makes the membrane easier to remove. After I dry them I put them in an old electric coffee grinder. After 30 seconds or less, they are ground! We have had some strange eggs but that is probably new ones. Had a couple of double yolks from our Americaunas and the Silver Wyandotte. Eggsciting!
  9. grandma Henhen

    grandma Henhen In the Brooder

    Jul 24, 2016

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