September 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm #525845
Local wild birds are scooching underneath Luna’s tractor and eating her seed, very annoying :/September 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm #525846
My sitting hen, got up. I now have two areas set up at least. So im hoping the next broody sit’s in the one i can block off.
Ayla, i dont mind the parrots eating some chook food, but it really yanks my chain when the maggies do, becuase they are so rude, swoop and carry on.September 15, 2012 at 3:01 am #525847
Miaowzen post=348767 wrote: There was some blood between the white and yolk of an egg I cooked this morning. Does that mean one of my girls is sick? :S
No it doesn’t. 🙂 A small bit of blood in an egg is normal and not that uncommon. When the ripe egg follicle bursts from the chicken’s ovary, sometimes a small blood vessel nearby may break and a little blood leaks, and it gets caught up in the egg as it forms.September 15, 2012 at 3:23 am #525848
Ravyk post=348755 wrote: It’s funny, now that information I got for BW actually applies to me! I noticed that my Marans eggs [which are very dark brown] are really pale now. So I’m off to try to discover the cause of that! Time for worming and dusting I think.
Been away for a few days and just planned to thank you for the info,ravyk .I can’t see that any of those reasons apply and that enormous and pale egg seems to have been a strange one off – all the subsequent ones have been normal.
I’m going to mix up my highly spiced worm treament for the older flock so may as well give it to the young ones as well.
Does it ever hurt a chook to lay? Do we know? My Cochin takes a couple of hours or more to lay , and she vocalises for the whole time!! Feel really sorry for her.The others may carry on after they have laid , but never during the process.
Hope your girl continues to improve,Ravyk.September 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm #525849
She’s doing a lot better now BW. The rest of my flock are now getting sick, so I went to the vet last night and got abs to knock the infection on the head before it gets as bad as the first was. I actually thought she might die to begin with she sounded that bad!
It’s a bugger though because I now will have to chuck 3 weeks worth of eggs. 🙁 At least the dogs will enjoy them.
I would think laying an egg wouldn’t be a pleasant experience! I’ve seen a chook lay an egg and it had an expression very similar to these smilies on it’s face! :S :pinch:September 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm #525850
Oooohh! Poor things ……..and all for our pleasure!! And nutrition of course!September 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm #525851
It would be like being constipated everyday trying to go, I reckon
hope you manage to knock the infection on the head RavykSeptember 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm #525852
anyone in Adelaide wanting a rooster, there is one to give away on gumtreeSeptember 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm #525853
i hope its not like it is for us having childrren :sick: that would suck.September 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm #525854
Poor kiwis, they have it the worst. Their eggs weigh 1/3 their body weight. Would be like giving birth to a 20kg baby!! :jawdrop:
Thanks Ravyk for that info re the blood.September 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm #525855
Well, I swapped BB BBB my vicious rooster a while ago for Hugo who is a lovely gentle boy……..but now I have an Attack Chook! She fair went for me this morning. :jawdrop:
It’s probably my own fault.She’s the really nosey, cheeky Barnevelder who was always just about under the fork when I was clearing the mandala , always under my feet when I’m changing their water and always waiting by the feed bin……or trying to get in it when I fill the container to fill their feeders.
I began picking her up for a cuddle – none of the others make themselves available for that – but she certainly didn’t enjoy it, always struggled to be put down , so now I suppose I have taught her to see me as a threat.Bugger!! :shrug:
Heaven help me if she ever goes broody!! Murphy’s Law says she will be the one!September 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm #525856
Colour changing in a Maran egg is a different matter altogether…
Their egg SHELL is white — the dark colouring is a layer of mucus that is smeared onto the egg as it’s laid. It’s sticky and can be wiped off when it’s fresh.
I think the darken towards the middle of the cycle then lighten off as it reaches the end of a cycle too.September 18, 2012 at 3:50 am #525857
YUK! :sick:September 18, 2012 at 11:32 pm #525858
#1 they need somewhere to dust bathe. Fill a child’s shell pool with a 50/50 mix of fine brick sand and ash from a woodfire.
For the basics on feeding, housing etc see: http://thechookchick.blogspot.com
Oh, and WELCOME! Keeping Chooks is… Well for once I’m speechless.Look forward to new joys every day!September 20, 2012 at 3:31 am #525859
Another welcome to ALS katiek.
Is it possible for your chooks to free range in your yard , or in part of it? Those bought pens are often on the small side , and if you can’t let them out, can you regularly move the pen onto grass or soil – chooks really need to SCRATCH! They won’t enjoy being on pavers very much.
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