Well there's a thread for puppies......
Awwwww DV - thats a shame for you. I hope you find them a good home.
My girls get more and more fascinating. I can't imagine not having them now.
I need to re-home my chickens...
If anyone can provide a safe, loving and happy home for my girls then please let me know. I have six. I would like them to all stay together if at all possible. Scroll back through this thread for various photos..
They are ex-battery hens, very healthy and they lay 4 or 5 eggs per day.
Hope your chooks were re homed successfully DV.
Doing a boing to ask if anyone can give me any tips for pecking. One of my girls is getting badly pecked by another. I've tried 2 types of antipeck spray but it doesn't help and causes the bird distress when I try and spray her. I then tried Vic vapour rub on the suggestion of another chicken keeper but that didn't work either. She seems fine in herself and just sits there perched content while the other pulls her feathers out! I've heard about some purple spray/dye but not sure where I get it from. Any help appreciated - ta.
When that happens to mine I usually isolate one of the birds for a while. If she is baddly pecked I will isolate the victim and give her a tonic in her water. Otherwise I isolate the aggressor for at least three weeks. It doesn't always settle things though. Being free range is helpful because it allows the "run away" option. You can buy special clips to put on the upper beak to stop pecking. I've never tried so I don't know how well they work.
Last week was a bad week. I young fox killed both of our ducks during the day early in the week. Hopefully it will be shot soon. We have also had a massive influx of rats from the combining. They got into the house and killed four of my 3 month old growers. All the females were killed and only the male survived, with a bitten leg. The rats are now history (hopefully) but it was a grim sight.
Johnny that sounds terrible. Hopefully the fox and the rats wont return.
My one of my four chickens laid their first egg yesterday, my daughter found it it was a lovely moment. I only got team BG (backgarden) two weeks ago so it was a unexpected surprise. The question is now who laid it - Bradley Chickens, Hen Anisley, Jess Hennis or Victoria Mentalhen. (She is a beautiful, quick mover and a bit sensitive.)
Thanks for letting me share my chicken news with like minded people.
I think it must be Bradley Chickens after the successful year he has had !
We had 3 ex-batterys but have just had to cull one of them (the good lady did it the old fashioned way ). She has now decided she wants a replacement but as her maths arent the best she seems to think that two will replace one. Are there any particular breeds of hens it would be easier to introduce to Winnie and Gretel ? Or do you have any tips to make it easier ?
katy briggs 2 wrote (see)
The question is now who laid it - Bradley Chickens, Hen Anisley, Jess Hennis or Victoria Mentalhen. (She is a beautiful, quick mover and a bit sensitive.) .
The question is now who laid it - Bradley Chickens, Hen Anisley, Jess Hennis or Victoria Mentalhen. (She is a beautiful, quick mover and a bit sensitive.)
Awwww, that made me smile
Congratulations on your first egg katy! Love the names. Mine are Brenda, Amy and Mavis. Brenda is because she is top of the pecking order so queen hen and if you know what Private Eye calls the Queen then you'll understand.
JA - thanks for the advice. I was wondering about isolating, but the question is where to? I've got an eglu and large run so not sure where to isolate to. I suppose I could divide the run in 2 and just isolate during the day? Awful news about the fox and the rats. Nature is so cruel.
carerusm - 2 chooks for one sounds good maths to me. No idea how to intergrate them though, I'm a beginner myself.
. The question is now who laid it - Bradley Chickens, Hen Anisley, Jess Hennis or Victoria Mentalhen. (She is a beautiful, quick mover and a bit sensitive.) .
. The question is now who laid it - Bradley Chickens, Hen Anisley, Jess Hennis or Victoria Mentalhen. (She is a beautiful, quick mover and a bit sensitive.)
Those names are fantastic.. LOVE Victoria Mentalhen
I was able to re-home my six and they went back to Norfolk.. ironically which is where they came from. Maybe one day I will get more, but it was the right decision at the time...
Carterusm. Your OH has the right idea about numbers! As for breeds, some are more docile than others, but ask about the strain rather than the breed. There are always more or less aggressive individuals. Our best layer is a real bully, but she lays an egg a day for most of the year so we can forgive a lot. It is always best to slip the new birds onto the perch in the dark so the old hens don't see them until morning. No matter what, there will be squabbles until the pecking order is established. This usually sounds worse than it is.
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What two sprays have you tried so far? I've had great success with one called Ukadex - officially the worst smelling thing in the known universe. To minimise distress to birds, do whatever you need to do to them at night, and as much as possible, in the dark. They're much quieter and more docile when the lights are out. Beak bits work too but can be fiddly to apply. If you're isolating, best to isolate the pecker and not the peckee, as removal of a bird usually drops it down the pecking order, and if it was getting picked on before, it'll be even worse once it's re-introduced to the flock.
Also, do you know that feather pulling/eating can be a sign of poor nutrition in the flock? Sometimes the birds are doing it to try to make up nutrients that are missing in their diet. What are you feeding them? Sometimes with hens, a varied diet with lots of treats isn't any good, as they fill up on low-nutrient 'junk' and don't eat as much layers feed as they should, thereby missing out on stuff like calcium. Worth a thought...
r-w-d - thanks thats brilliant advice. I'm feeding them layers mash but they do get loads of treats as well. They get meal worms, left over potato pealings/pasta/rice etc, dandilion leaves, sometimes I hang a fat ball in the run for them to jump up and peck at. Then they have the run of the garden in the afternoons when I'm around and dig up for worms and grubs and things. They are spoiled chooks so I wil have to re-think that.
Quick update - I've made my chooks work for their treats by putting meal worms in a ball that they have to roll around to get them out, and they get it at the end of the day. They have layers mash as well as pellets during the day (they seem to prefer pellets so thats what they will get from now on) and I've cut out the pasta and rice tit-bits, and put cider vinegar in the water. So I know they are getting a good diet but the pecking continues.
I've just got from the internet some violet spray and what is meant to be the mother of all pecking sprays so I'll report back. Fingers crossed.
Chicken sprayed with what is the most evil smelling substance known to man, beast and bird. Its a mixture of stale cigarettes and urine and it lingers. My whole garden stinks. The poor bird is now sat in the hen house sulking. She smells so bad that the others won't go into the house at all, just poke their head in and make a hasty retreat. I hope we haven't overdone the spraying.
Feathers growing back.
My eight hens are:-
Spot the theme
We have decided to get 2 more chickens; one of them is a Gingernut Ranger and the other is a Miss Pepperpot !
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