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Note: Questions below are reproduced exactly as they were received.
the spring i couldnt get rid of the eggs i had now i get a couple a
day and thats it. same feed, same bedding, im at a loss. any
months old. they have been very good layers,until about a week ago.
(nine eggs aday)! they went down to eight eggs aday,then seven,and
today i got only five. nothing has changed in there feed or
enviorment. any comments or help would be welcome! thanks Gary.”
beginning and 5 others that been there almost as long.they always used
to get along fine but for the past couple of weeks 2 of the big hens
have been attacking our little banty.she won’t even leave the house
anymore.any ideas on what caused this to happen .we’ve been taking her
out of the coup for her own safety but i’m afraid they might kill her
if sometime we don’t get her out soon enough.”
it’s too long! In order to fence in only part of my garden, I have a
ton of fence left over. So it is just laying there on the ground.
Later on, I do want to use the fence for larger areas, so I don’t want
to permanently shorten it. What do I do?”
roost except to lay for 3 days. She also wont eat or drink unless I
feed her.Do you know what this could be?
one morning one of the hens had a large wound on the top of her head
and the other chickens were chasing her to peck at it.
I separated the injured chicken until the wound healed but as soon as
I returned her to the coop they began to attack her again.
For her safety and my sanity I gave the hen to my niece that has another hen.
2 months later another hen is beginning to have signs on her head that
she is being pecked.what can I do to avoid this form happening again?”
beak.The growth is on inside and outside of the beak.I tried to remove
it but it started to bleed,so I left it alone.Anyone know what and how
to treat this.Thanking you in advance, Sonny”
puting fence up.
mites. The only one I’ve heard is put them in a trash bag with their
heads sticking out, and kind of roll them around.”
brooding hen. She is a great mom, teaching them how to eat and drink.
They are in a vented 8 foot X 4 Food wood pen. We have a caged off
area outside of this pen. My question is should we open the door and
let her and the babies out for fresh air or keep them cooped up in the
pen for a full month. Our daytime temperatures range from 85-100
degrees, it is is the shade but? We would shut them back in at night.”
feathers, we are feeding them organic layer food, plenty of water and
they get moved to fresh grass every day or two. is there any thing
like oils? or suppliments we need to give them or could it be a
parasite problem? whats your suggestion? thank you”
creature that chewed thru chicken wire on the windows of the coop. It
beheaded and disemboweled them leaving some of the carcasses and
carrying others out thru a hole about 6 long by 4 inches wide. I have
a trail cam set up to identify the creature. I have been told that it
is a Fisher which reportedly our state Game Commission stocked to
control the recent porcupine migration from the north.
I am not ready to subject a new flock to this horror. But when I do,
how can I secure them from such a ferocious intruder?
Thank you for your help.”
10 hens. We live in Minnesota and it gets pretty cold in the winter.
Can chickens go outside during the winter?”
What feed would you recemend for them(brands of chicken food)?
elementary school. They are about 3 weeks old and one has lost
feathers all around its neck and starting to lose them down its chest.
One to two others are starting to get little bald spots in the same
area. Is this normal? Is it indicative of a certain breed, as the
teacher suggested? Is it a medical issue or chick behavior problem
(being pecked by others)? Thanks for your answer/advise.”
old. I noticed last week that one of them has a very large lump on the
right side of her breast. It’s soft and squishy. I thought it might be
some kind of cyst or something. It doesn’t seem to bother her and she
still acts normal. But today she started vomiting. She’d eat a little
and then throw up quite a bit of liquidy chicken feed and then go
right back for more food. She is still eating and acts normal (except
for the throwing up) but I don’t know what’s wrong with her. I tried
to look for information online but couldn’t find anything helpful. Do
you have any idea what could be wrong with her?”
beginning to slow down in thier production, but one has started laying
eggs with no shell at all, just an intact membrane. First, what causes
this? They all have the same exposure to oyster shell or another
calcium rich product. And second; What can I do with these super soft
eggs?Any help would be appreciated.