too many chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by msshepherdess, May 2, 2011.

  1. msshepherdess

    msshepherdess In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2007
    We've had chickens for almost 10 years. I get new ones every other fall or so, since we're selling eggs. We've lost many over the years to predators (mostly opossums and hawks) and one whole flock to marek's (now we get them vaccinated). They're completely free range and a lot of them are roosting in the barn. There completely a mess, I don't know which ones are laying any more. I'm sure they need worming. Basically, I don't feel like I'm taking very good care of them. Probably need to get rid of the old ones (all except for Lady, the java, and she's 9 years old!), but don't know how I'd do it. So question is - how do I worm them when they're all over the place? They do come to feed at the same time every am. Wormer in the feed?
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. ellie_may12

    ellie_may12 In the Brooder

    May 31, 2009
    St Tammany
    Reducing the flock is very hard to do! I just did that and have been missing the girls even though I know it is for the best. I did keep several who I consider pets and really don't care if they are still laying or not. Some are based on how many eggs I'm getting.

    I put the wormer in my chicken's water. I also don't use the eggs for 4 weeks after worming them.

    ETA: I only worm on an as needed basis...when I see worms in their poops. The eggs don't go to waste during that month. I cook them up and feed them to the dog, cats and chickens. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 2, 2011

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