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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 Ellen Peavey on September 7, 2012 at 8:21am

Hi  Rick  Lakin doesn't do this all the time every once in a while he will try, one time this week he did and I threw a small bucket of water he way, he shook it off and left. I know if you grab them hold them upside down and usually this calms them. My son in law is much better at handling him, he will be trimming his spur this week end.  Thasnkss Ellen from Georgia

Comment by Rick Nichols on September 7, 2012 at 6:58am

I realy don't think the squirt bottle is going to do much. I would just watch for the next time he tries to get aggresive, grap him, pin his wings to the body like a carry position, and push him down to the ground. hold him there while talking in a soothing tone until he settles or at least quits struggling. Let him up slowly, if he is properly calmed he will shake himself and walk about , then crow and flap. If he attempts to jump back at you, you might have to swat him down, and repeat the proccess for a longer time. I have had a lot of roosters who were very terratoriel, as long as they respect the caretakers, there is no problems.

Comment by dawn hughes on September 6, 2012 at 11:28pm
Umm, I'm assuming that coq au vin means to cook him??? Unfortunately, I really am not able to do that so, I'll keep at him with the squirt bottle and hope we can come to an understanding. He's just really territorial. How old are they when they get their spurs. That's what I'm most afraid of. They can do some real damage with those suckers.
Comment by Ellen Peavey on September 6, 2012 at 8:06pm

Thanks I will check on the bumble foot, your right he might have to be turned into coq au vin      Ellen from Georgia

Comment by HOMEGROWN.org on September 6, 2012 at 5:06pm

Ellen and Dawn, a couple of responses to your Q's from HOMEGROWN's Facebook page:

Bec Stolze check for bumble foot on lame chicken

Louise Sugar I agree...bumblefoot on lame hen...and your roo is being an onery teen...feeling his oats...sometimes you can train them out of it but sometimes your best bet is coq au vin

Comment by Ellen Peavey on September 5, 2012 at 8:34am

I have a white leg horn hen that in one day couldn't walk, kind of crawled on the ground. I have kept her  away from the other hens and feeding her and water also. After a week she finally stood up but only for a minute, her leg isn't broke check it. Could it be in the muscles?  I think she is getting stronger any suggestions?   Ellen from Georgia

Comment by dawn hughes on September 5, 2012 at 6:04am

I was wondering if any of you chicken veterans can tell me anything about rooster behavior. I have a 5 month old barred rock who does not have his spurs yet, thankfully b/c he has decided to chest butt me when I have my back to him. He left a nice little scratch on my lower leg the other day and I am starting to get worried about how he's going to be as he gets older. I hear horror stories from people who have had their sweet roos turn into monsters as they get older. I have been taking a squirt bottle out in the yard with me and give him a good squirt when he tries to sneak up behind me.  I don't know if that's good practice or not but, I can't have him ripping my legs open or getting into the habit of attacking either. It breaks my heart b/c I have had him since he was 6 days old. Anybody that can give me some good solid advice will be greatly appreciated.

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!!

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 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


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