In the Brooder
- Aug 9, 2012
Back in the Spring I raised a bunch of lovely little chicks for family and friends. On Mother's Day I proudly presented my Grandmother with 4 beautiful pullets. Two Cuckoo Marans, one Buckeye and a California Grey. Since Grandma had her stroke, the chicken keeping has fallen to Grandpa, who is the old farmer type. I didn't look in on these chickens for a couple months. When I finally got around to seeing them, they seemed undersized. I had birds that were 10 weeks younger than them that were bigger. I suggested to Grandpa that he change their feed. He said he would and life went on. Well I just got home and I will be getting at least 5 hens from him this week. They are very thin, combs are pale but still upright. They had leg mites, but no feather mites that I could see. He said he was going to get rid of them because they won't lay. Well I'm not surprised they're not laying! They've been fed nothing but hen scratch for months and are in a 10x10 coop. I refuse to let those hens go to any home other than myself. I know with proper feed and care they will be healthy again. I will be bringing home the four original hens plus an EE hen. I wish I could bring the rooster too, but that's just not possible. I will post some pictures when I get them and try to update this thread. Wish me luck!