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HOMEGROWN Eggs vs Store Bought 4 Replies

In the last 6 months there are now 4 places selling eggs.  FREE RANGE EGGS say the signs.  I am a city slicker what do i need to know about store eggs vs road side farm eggs?Storage?Do they last…Continue

Started by Joe Klinkhoff. Last reply by Joe Klinkhoff Mar 7.

Winter Chickens 11 Replies

Well, my chickens are in the bathroom for the winter. Once the water dishes started freezing up, in they went. What do you all do with yours?Continue

Started by Jana Franzen. Last reply by Jana Franzen Jan 31.

recommendations needed guinea - chickens - chicks - keets are COLD & DYING 5 Replies

I have approx. 86 chickens and 7 adult guineas.  8 little chicks and about 34 guinea keets.  They are in a very big barn that is 60' long.  They is a lot of open space.  I have 34 keets that are over…Continue

Started by Cindy. Last reply by Tasha Raymond Jan 8.

Discouraged! No eggs 11 Replies

My chickens are 6 months old now and I still have no eggs.  I have nesting boxes filled with straw in the coop.  I have put about a 1/2 a dozen guinea eggs in the boxes to show where to lay.  I have…Continue

Started by Cindy. Last reply by Eric Bateman Oct 30, 2013.

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Comment by Ginny Hopper on May 31, 2012 at 10:43pm

Here's a great idea for backyard chicken runs. Forgive me if this has already been shared.

Chicken Tunnel Man



Comment by rachel whetzel on November 21, 2011 at 11:51pm

Yes Judy, they can molt that young. I have some spring chicks that molted and they are about the same age. What are the dimensions of your area?

Comment by Nancy on November 21, 2011 at 9:14pm

If your chickens are pecking each other, we use an antiseptic pump spray that stains  purple.  The chickens are given a spray of antiseptic and the purple disguises their skin from the other chickens so they will stop being pecked.  I can't remember the name but we picked it up at Tractor Supply.  I'm sure you can get it at your local Agway or farm supply.  Came in handy many times.

Comment by Judy Hendricks on November 20, 2011 at 9:30am

Thank You Rachel for commenting~Could they be molting at this age?

I'd say they're 9 mths old.   They aren't free range,  they are backyard chickens in a small town, and I'm afraid of dogs that might get them.  We have a small coop with a fenced area for them.  Maybe they do need more room, I'll have to watch them.  (I'd post a picture if I knew how)

Comment by rachel whetzel on November 20, 2011 at 2:55am

Judy, it could be that your hens are molting. They look pretty terible when they are, and usually it shows in the lower back/tail area. If there's picking going on, and you've not noticed it before, I'd say it's because they started molting, and then your hens noticed, and started picking at the molt area. If this is the case, and your hens aren't free range, it might be that they need more space. Otherwise, I'd place my money on  molting.

Comment by Judy Hendricks on November 19, 2011 at 8:03pm

I have eight red hens that have been together since the beginning.

We've had them since early spring.   Why is it now that I'm noticing that most of them have been pecked badly on their lower back, clost to their tail?

Advice anyone?


Comment by Judy Hendricks on November 19, 2011 at 8:01pm

I have 8 red hens that have been together since the beginning.

Why is it now I'm noticing that their lower back is being pecked at? 

What causes them to do this; What should I do?

Comment by Meredith Cope on November 16, 2011 at 8:30am

That's great Nancy!  Hope today is another good egg day.  :)

Comment by Nancy on November 15, 2011 at 10:42pm

"Someone" must have been reading my comments on this page because my husband got 9 eggs today! One from one of my old hens. I am calling this an early Christmas miracle. Now I can bake again. I just refused to buy those yucky store bought eggs! And, thank you Rachel, I had read somewhere about the warm oatmeal and was going to try it this cold cold winter. They may make me feel guilty enough to repeat it over and over again. thanks. Nancy... wow, I can't believe it. I am having eggs for breakfast!

Comment by rachel whetzel on November 15, 2011 at 1:18am

Well I've not heard of hens that never lay, so I think you're good there. :) Hang in there! Sounds like things should pick up... I've also heard from old timers that chickens need to feel warm to lay, and swore that feeding warm oatmeal was the ticket. Might be worth a try!


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