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Poultry in Urbania

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Comment by Natasha Bagley on November 8, 2011 at 9:28am

Hi poultry lovers. I got four rescued battery farm hens last week and they have been settling into their new home in my back garden. They all appear to be eating and drinking well. They are dust bathing, scratching, flapping etc.. so seem to be quite happy..oh and laying an egg a day each. One thing I have noticed though is they are not using the perches. I know they would not have had perches in the farm and I did lift a couple of them up onto the perches on the first night, but how important is it that they actually sleep there?

 

I have two nesting boxes and at present all four of them seem to be trying to sleep in the same one! I wonder if they are cold as the weather has been quite rubbish this week and they are missing a lot of feathers. Any ideas on making them warmer or whether I let them keep sleeping in the nesting boxes? They currently have a wooden house with shavings and hay. Thanks

Comment by kathryn kneepkens on November 8, 2011 at 9:15am

Hi Tim, Last night was the first night, I have put all the chickens in the one house, all seems to have gone well. 

As for sexing the young birds, Yes I think, to be sure, you have to wait.

They love getting into the veg garden. had to rescue my beans and corn from them. 

 

Comment by Natasha Bagley on November 3, 2011 at 4:57pm
Hi Kathrina, I'd be keen to get a copy of the article on hens and eggs please. My hens arrive tomorrow. My email is natashabagley@gmail.com.
Comment by Kathrina Muller on October 24, 2011 at 2:41pm

Hi I hav ecopied out an article Producing Eggs is Hard Work, from and Australasian Pultry Magazine, which as good info about how hens produce eggs, including on producing the shell.  It is too long to include here beingin 2 A4 pages, but if you are interested email me  and I will send it to you.

Kathrina

Comment by Kathrina Muller on October 22, 2011 at 8:41pm

I had that problem when I had brown shavers.  It happened when they  had been laying for ages, and due to moult soon or if they got sick.  Brown shavers are breed to keep laying what ever.  I haven't had that problem with the older breeds.  If something is wrong they just stop laying for a few days.  It gives them a chance to recover. 

Comment by Shannon McKenzie on October 22, 2011 at 6:31pm
getting leather eggs from one of my girls again. They have plenty of grit in there - any ideas why?
Comment by kathryn kneepkens on October 21, 2011 at 2:15pm

I will just have to wait and see. I brought, a hen and 16 babies of trade me,  I have homes for some of the roosters, as long as they are not ALL Roosters. LOL. That would be a bummer.

At the moment I have them in a seperate house from my three big girls, they can see each other. At what age can I let them in together. I dont want them killed by my big girls.

Comment by Hester on October 20, 2011 at 9:42pm

Kathryn,

Sexing chicks is a bit tricky. Some breeds are easier to tell apart than others. I would recommend that you do a Google search for your breed and you should find at what age the different characteristics will show.

Comment by kathryn kneepkens on October 20, 2011 at 8:10pm

At what age can I tell, if I have Roosters or chickens.

Comment by Lisa L on September 23, 2011 at 3:08pm
Thanks for the interest in the chicken wire it has found a new home!
 

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