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FOX!!! 4 Replies

We started back in February with 9 left in our layer flock - one roo and 8 ladies.I had to come and get out my frustration. We had the rooster "processed" this morning as he has now attacked both my…Continue

Tags: grah, annoyed, chickens, fox

Started by Tasha Raymond. Last reply by Tasha Raymond Jun 11.

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GlyV8fA...!

Comment by Ellen Peavey on July 4, 2012 at 12:57pm

I have eight new chicks that are almost two months old. When will they be able to join the seven hens and one rooster? They are in a chicken tractor now. Thanks Ellen from Georgia

Comment by rachel whetzel on July 9, 2012 at 2:02pm

Ellen, here is my formula: The less space they have to roam and get away from each other, the closer they should be in size before you try to integrate. I am able to free range my birds during the day, so they have a lot of space to be "together" without being STUCK. I have some 3 month old pullets that free range in the day with the big girls (all fully grown adults) and two roosters. You'll actually need to watch the girls more than the roos. Mine don't seem to care much about the littles until they are big enough/old enough to breed. For now, because my coop is more confined (because I free range in the day) I keep my littles separate at night. Once they are big enough, I'll start collecting them at night fall off their roosts, and putting them with the big girls to change them over to full time in the regular coop.

Comment by rachel whetzel on July 9, 2012 at 2:07pm

Ginny, thank you for sharing that video!! I loved it! Hadn't seen it before. "I believe there's no point in having chooks if you can't have them work for a living." lol LOVE it!!

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