Every week at Community Chickens, we get dozens of questions from people across the world, hoping to find someone who has shared a similar experience. We try to answer them all, and forward them on to experts where we can. But many of the questions are unique, and because of this, we realize that sometimes the best people to answer the questions are precisely the people who are or have been in your shoes. This is why we often ask our guest bloggers to tackle questions – and they do such a great job!
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Q1: Kim writes: First….LOVE your site! We are fairly new Cookoo Marin owners….they have been great pets for our family. Have 2 girls. We purchased pullets at the fair.
We travel every summer to our rural cabin and stay for a month. It takes us 2 days to drive each way, however. I am trying to plan for next summer.
We want to take our pets with us, but don’t know how to do something like that. We have a place for them, all set up, at the cabin. But is there some way we can transport them safely, on our journey? I can’t find anyone responsible enough in our suburban neighborhood who can come over every day to feed & roost them at night. We’d love to have them come with us for our yearly trip.
Is there something we could make to house them safely for the journey? We brought them home in a hard shelled pet carrier, but don’t know how that can work for a 2 day journey.
Please… any help or advice is GREATLY appreciated. We hate to leave them here and try to find someone responsible enough to care for them each day. We’d LOVE to have them spend the summer with us. Thank you so, so much. We sooooo enjoy your site and continue to use it, pretty much … daily! Thanks!
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Q3: Jane writes: My buff orpingtons that just turned 2 years old on May 23, have stopped laying eggs. Actually they been slowing down considerable since February. The only thing I can attribute it to is too much scratch grain. Is that possible?
Perplexed in Wyoming.
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Q6: feather j writes: I have two: 1st my hens (4) have never started laying (they r all 6 months old) any idea why?Two varieties 1Oporpington (lg) and 3 leghorn (smaller) they r in a good cage with house for night & roost & r given scratch & laying crumbles 1-2 times daily depending on when they r out. along with vegie peels, fruit peels as well as grit. water is available always. 1 nest box (a refurbished milk crate is available to them in the roost house lined w/ grass & wood chips.
the 2nd question is about my rooster, he Will Not get up into the roost house at night he will go under the roost or outside but not inside, seems to not understand how to climb the ramp although all his hens do daily!
have tried to fedd him up the ramp but he just reaches up & pecks food have even held the food just out of his reach for hrs, although he will flap his wings & jump acrost the ramp he wont climb it??? hens do so just fine (?) what could be wrong with him, or is he just Dingy?
at my door step. They free range over 3 acres of grass and wooded areas
and they only place I mind their poop, is at my stoop. Any ideas?
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Q11: Vicki writes: I love this web site. I am also using apple cider vinegar in the chickens water. Ratio: 2 Tablespoons per gal. of water in chicken’s water. Is this the correct amount? What ratio would I use of the vinegar to clean the coop? Also, how do I use the dimacous earth in in their feed to worm the chickens? What ratio and how often? And for how long?
PS I LOVE your web site. 🙂
Q16: Kayla writes: Need some advice… My broody hen hatched some chicks a couple months ago. Since I have started letting them out and socialize and they stay with the broody. There is on though that can always be found cowering in the corner or underneath something and it freaks me out when I can’t find her. (We have had hawk problems) Should I cage her up for a while? This seems like it will make her more scared since she has nothing to hide underneath/next to…?! Help??… please!!
Q17: Tery writes: Ok I would like to know how much feed I should be going thru in a day for 11 (eleven) Hens? I feed them layer crumbles and they have a large run that I will throw food scraps into. Thanks in advance.