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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 rachel whetzel on August 3, 2010 at 3:41pm
Rachel, do you have a Rooster? Sometimes Roos can pull out feathers when they mount hens. Otherwise, she may be molting, and it's only showing on her neck.
Comment by rachel whetzel on August 3, 2010 at 3:43pm
Amy, it may be nothing but heat. Keep her well watered and cool. I had some chickens with messy vent feathers, and all it took to clear it up was to take scissors and trim them all off. Some of my hens just seem to HAVE runny poo. When it gets caught in their vent feathers and dries, the mess just gets worse until I trim up the feathers. I'm not 100% positive, but I think that your comb issue may just be "wilt" from heat.
Comment by Cornelia on August 17, 2010 at 11:37am
For those of you raising meat birds, we're gathering up your favorite chicken recipes in the HOMEGROWN Cookin' group. Please share!
Comment by rachel whetzel on September 16, 2010 at 11:31pm
Welcome, Mary!!
Comment by Mari Mann on September 17, 2010 at 10:44am
Welcome, Mary! Wow what a change for you, from suburbs to rural Kentucky. And 10 acres! I hope you will get chickens, you'll love them- they have so much character and are always doing something interesting to watch. Better than TV!
Comment by Lynn S on September 17, 2010 at 12:33pm
Amy, sorry I didn't see your post sooner than today. How is your hen? Have you thought of (or checked for) coccidiosis??
Comment by Tracy Johnson on September 22, 2010 at 8:42am
Hi everyone - I'm new to the group & new at raising chickens. I've got 9 hens (variety) & 1 rooster. They are going on 5 months old & haven't started laying eggs yet. Do I need to be feeding them the "laying" feed? Is there anything else we should do to encourage them to lay? Or just sit back and wait?
Comment by Mari Mann on September 22, 2010 at 9:56am
Hi Tracy and welcome to the group! I have 7 hens and 1 rooster and they are about 5 months too and haven't started to lay. I've been feeding them organic laying pellets for about the past month. My rooster just started trying to mount the ladies and he's crowing a little so maybe they're just starting to get old enough to lay. (I know you don't need a rooster to have eggs, I just thought if he was entering "puberty" maybe they were too :) I guess we're just anxious and have to be patient! Mari
Comment by rachel whetzel on September 22, 2010 at 2:06pm
Tracy, welcome!! Laying feed is a good way to be sure your hens are getting a well rounded diet. They need protein especially. Be sure you also offer free choice oyster shell. Don't make the mistake I did, and buy the little bags either!! WAY cheaper to go to your feed store, and ask for the 50lb bag.

Mari, If your rooster is noticing your hens, they are coming of age. I had an adult rooster and pullets for a while, and he didn't pay them ANY attention until they started to get mature enough to lay. :) May take a week or two more, but I'd start being on the look out!
Comment by Meredith Cope on September 22, 2010 at 2:17pm
Hi Tracy!
We got our hens as babies in April, so I guess that makes them 5 months old also. They are laying great, and have been for a couple of weeks, yours can't be far behind. It's so exciting to find those first little pullet eggs.

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