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My silly wife does the same thing. She'll sit in the meat chicken coop with the meat chicks, then she'll sit on the deck at the chicken house too. A couple days ago we put all of the new chick's in with the older hens. They all get along fine.
My young ones hang out in the main coop until dark and then the old ones run them off so they go to the apartment. There definitely is a pecking order.
 
I left the chickens in the run yesterday because I had to go back and forth to son's school. I opened run at 4 p.m. at 5, I went to feed them and saw too many feathers .

Looked around and found a dead hen in the coop. I think her neck was broken. The circumstances are odd. Need to call in CSI chicken to work the case.
 
We are having some wood replaced on the chicken house here shortly. It is going to be a pain because the hens won’t be able to stay in there. Planning on putting them in their run during the day and then making a place for them in the barn for night time. It will mean more cleanup and work moving them 🐔🐤 morning and night, but their house has to have quite a few side boards replaced. The original builders of it didn‘t use treated wood nor seal the bottom of the boards on two sides of the house…and then put dirt right up to them. The result has been rotting wood. 😣
 
Sorry to hear that Robin...always disappointing to find one injured, sick, bullied or dead. I found one laying dead inside the floor of roost area cple weeks ago. Not a mark on her. No idea what happened.
That's sure signs of vaccine shedding......or tool shedding. Not sure without further post mordem analysis
 
Not sure if this was good idea or not, but last week I was seeing quite a few mice in chicken area in their feeders. We have the hanging feeders. We Raised feeders up higher off the ground and I put out One Bite (rat poison) Several feet away around outside perimeters on back side of chicken fenced area...put on gloves, hammered it up in chunks, scattered it around with chicken food back into woods. Have not seen a mouse in the feed since but yesterday I smelled something dead and found a dead mouse laying inside the pen. Not sure if chickens killed it or if died from poison. Didn't have a mark on it and the chickens weren't messing with it.
 
Our 3 ladies had a pause but started laying again this week. We have decided to give them and the rooster to our adopted son and his wife as a starter kit.
We are going to borrow an incubater from some friends and get about 16 eggs into it by the end of the month so we can get a new start on chicks. We will keep the best and a rooster and sell or butcher the rest. Helena decides on how many...around 6-8 should be enough I think (and hope). Too much food for them and too many eggs will not help the situation here also. We have had a good balance of 3+1 and not needed too much food for them.
On the good side, the dent corn is about to be harvested around our place and we will get another 500 lbs of free food from what is broken down, knocked over, run over or otherwise not correctly harvested and left to rot. We are still using the corn and wheat from last year and could last another 4-5 months without getting new.
 
A few times a year I bring out feed can and put corn and such on top in the evening. Our local owl always, without fail, kills the mice who crawl on top! Evidence is seen every morning with small drips of dried blood.


EDIT TO ADD…

My son in Ohio gets tons of corn and wheat leftover in the fields and also thrown onto the ground during harvest. The farmers encourage him to get it!
 
Our 3 ladies had a pause but started laying again this week. We have decided to give them and the rooster to our adopted son and his wife as a starter kit.
We are going to borrow an incubater from some friends and get about 16 eggs into it by the end of the month so we can get a new start on chicks. We will keep the best and a rooster and sell or butcher the rest. Helena decides on how many...around 6-8 should be enough I think (and hope). Too much food for them and too many eggs will not help the situation here also. We have had a good balance of 3+1 and not needed too much food for them.
On the good side, the dent corn is about to be harvested around our place and we will get another 500 lbs of free food from what is broken down, knocked over, run over or otherwise not correctly harvested and left to rot. We are still using the corn and wheat from last year and could last another 4-5 months without getting new.
I'm down to 8 layers, 3 are pretty old and I'm averaging 4 eggs per day.
 
Personally, I would start with ISA Browns, Golden Comets or Rhode Island Reds. If raising chickens for eggs only. The first two named give you FAR more large eggs per feed ratio than any other hens. They lay sooner too. If raising meat birds that are known for great foraging, I would get either Barred Rocks or Black Australorps. There are so many options that personal preferences will vary greatly! LOL. 😁
 
Personally, I would start with ISA Browns, Golden Comets or Rhode Island Reds. If raising chickens for eggs only. The first two named give you FAR more large eggs per feed ratio than any other hens. They lay sooner too. If raising meat birds that are known for great foraging, I would get either Barred Rocks or Black Australorps. There are so many options that personal preferences will vary greatly! LOL. 😁

I like the Darkstars I got to replace the RIreds. About the same, better foragers though.
 
Ok crazy question here. My husband let mt chickens out and accidentally fed them some ant poison. How many days should i wait before consuming the eggs? Or is it just fine?

How much poison did they eat?
When we move to BOL2, my wife wants chickens or ducks so she can get fresh eggs. She really wants ducks, but I'd have to build a pond for them.
If we get chickens (mainly for our own egg supply) where should we start? She also likes free range chicken meat.
I'll make some unsolicited comments on the ducks-

They're sweet but a pain in the tookus. They're filthy. They take twice as much work and protection as chickens. They're essentially a meal on legs to almost every predator. And their eggs are almost always covered in poop. Oh, and that's if you can even find them. They drop them wherever convenient, so if you let them free range (which helps considerably on feed and cleanliness but makes you lose them frequently) - you'll probably hit rotten eggs with the lawn mower more times than you'd like.


So, if you can't tell by my comments... I don't highly recommend ducks. I really loved ours but they were exhausting. I will probably never have them again.
 
Ok crazy question here. My husband let mt chickens out and accidentally fed them some ant poison. How many days should i wait before consuming the eggs? Or is it just fine?

They will likely be ok. Put 25ppm CDS in there water. Or 1 lb Epsom Salt per 5 gallons water for 1 day or about 5 ounces of mollases per gallon of water.
 

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