- Oct 3, 2014
Hy guys. My name is Oscar and I live in Namibia, Africa. I never had a chicken in my life and recently bought this little trio. I think they are black Pekin Bantams.
I am reading on internet the best way to take good care of them and decided to join this community to ask for a little help. My main worry is I did not find yet a vet in this country who can give the chickens the vaccinations.
I have a brick structure in the garden, like 3 mt by 2 with a roof and one side made of metal mesh.This is their enclosure now. I want to go slow introducing them to my dogs who, in any case, are used to my six pet parrots. The cage has a cement floor so I covered it with straw and added a couple of perches. One high and one low. I noticed they prefer the lower one.
I also noticed one hen is very dominant toward the other one so I feed them with more then one bowl.
I let them stroll around the garden twice a day but I see they do not go any far from the cage. I think they were always caged before.I do this to let them pick some insects and grit and have a dust bath. Things they do. In the cage I added a bowl with crushed oyster shells because the only egg they made had a soft shell. But I have them only for a week.
I would like to hear, especially from South African keepers, which kind of products to have at hand against external and internal parasites. I live in a remote area and I do not want to find myself in need of something which can take days to reach me. I would also like to hear how to properly disinfect their enclosure. Can I use Cypermethir (pyrethroid) once in a while? Without the animal in the enclosure of course.
Hope to hear from you soon.
All the best.