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Comment by Rudi Brown on May 15, 2014 at 3:02pm

Thanks Jewels, we talked to all the neighbours and let them know. Hopefully we have a bit of neighbourhood watch going on now :) The two surviving hens are a bit lonely now, but once we get more secure we will get them more friends.

Comment by Jewels Annabell on May 15, 2014 at 2:59pm

That's really sad Rudi, I'm sorry that happened to you!  I have a fully fenced yard in Howick, a very sturdy chicken run and a dog of my own that would probably let me know what was going on... Hope you find out who did it, and maybe report it to dog control so that if it happens again, they know the dog is regularly loose and doing serious damage.

Comment by Rudi Brown on May 15, 2014 at 2:47pm

Hi Jewels, sorry only just saw your comment. I am central AK.

Comment by Jewels Annabell on May 7, 2014 at 10:20am

Rudi, where in Auckland are you?

Comment by Rudi Brown on May 7, 2014 at 10:00am

Hi Guys, I just came here to share - four of my chickens got attacked by a dog as they were going to sleep. Two survived as they roost up in a tree. They must have seen it all. The dog ripped a panel of wood off the side of their hut, scared them out and ripped through the netting to get into their run. Very sad. anyone else had this happen?

Comment by Jewels Annabell on May 7, 2014 at 9:37am

Hey Ricardo, there are plenty of runs on TradeMe with no floor (that's where I got mine), but I'm not sure it's a good idea to have no floor in the coop (or if they even come that way).  That would make for a very cold, damp coop, especially in winter, and uncomfortable for any chickens that prefer to sleep on the floor, not the perches (like one of mine).  Good luck with your search :-)

Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on May 6, 2014 at 10:16pm

Hi: I am looking for a chicken coop with a run and NO FLOOR neither in the coop neither the run to use it as chicken tractor. Any spare or recommendations?

Comment by karen sainsbury on May 6, 2014 at 8:21pm

thanks guys.  I have made their area a bit bigger too so now she doesn't feel the  need to hide in the house.  I think from watching that she actually likes her own space a bit more than the others lol.  I put her into a nice pen with lots of grass and pulled back dirt full of grass grubs and she had a great time.  The other three laid, so I put them all together in the pen.  Then Bandy (she has a red band on her leg) was put into the house on her own (which has a small run) and she was happy, she even laid an egg too.. Thanks for your advice it all helps

Comment by Jewels Annabell on May 6, 2014 at 3:54pm

I introduced two new hens to one existing chicken - she used to chase the cats so thought I should get two who could take turns being henpecked! haha.  It took a bit of time but they all got used to each other.  I used to stay after I put food down, to get them used to me, and also to stick up for whoever was getting pushed about.  I would encourage the Peckee out of the house as much as possible (find a favourite food maybe?) and see if you can foster better relationships between her and the others (tell her from me that hiding is not the answer! *grin*).  I will admit to annoying Buttercup anytime she pecked anyone else - nothing like patting a hen that doesn't like it to distract her from pecking someone LOL  Not sure if it sped the process up, but it made me feel better, and I'm sure that the hen pecked one recognised that someone was in their corner :-)

Comment by Kali on May 6, 2014 at 5:42am

Hi Karen, things will settle down, these ladies just need to get used to each other. chicken politics and pecking order is a curious thing!


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