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A little chicken advice
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Kathy    Posted 10-25-2004 at 05:37:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have 38 Buff Orpington hens. There are 2 that I am concerned about. One seems lathargic, fluffed up and won't leave the roost. The other seems ok but won't leave the roost.

We get 28-33 eggs a day. We change the shavings every week to week and a half, they get fresh water twice a day. They are on layer mash and cracked corn with the occasional dried corn from our garden. They get turned out when we get home so they spend anywhere from 3 to 5 hours a day outside during the week and are outside all day on weekends.

Any ideas? Thank you.

Hawk    Posted 10-25-2004 at 06:00:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
i agree with Ron, they sound like they are getting broody but its getting a little late in the year to hatch out chicks unless you have a climate contrlled hen house.

Ron/PA    Posted 10-25-2004 at 05:50:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is it that they won't leave the "Roost" or the "Nest?" If they won't leave the nest, they're probably getting broody and want to set on a clutch of eggs to hatch them.

Charlie    Posted 08-18-2005 at 11:08:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How do you stop older chickens pecking and fighting with new ones?

Kathy    Posted 10-26-2004 at 03:30:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The hens aren't leaving the nest. This is our first time having chickens so I am not sure what, and what not, to expect for behavior.

Thank you.

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