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Chook Chat Thread

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  • #511539
    lisannelisanne
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    Why do chooks have such a fascination with polystyrene boxes??? gawd it’s annoying

    #511540
    BelBel
    Member

    I wish I knew lisanne! They not only peck it, they seem to eat it as well! Surely, it can’t be good for them?! Ours will go a polystyrene box whenever they find one…..

    #511541
    VickieVickie
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    Hi Nane, welcome 🙂

    I rememeber a while ago we were talking about feather loss, someone said their chooks were eating feathers. Well today mine were pecking AND EATING feathers off each others backs. :ohmy: silly things.

    AND i almost want to re-name one of my girls ‘through a hedge backwards’ because she is so feral looking. :laugh:

    But, finally we are getting some eggs.. i am having to be very very careful not to let them out until after lunch so they lay in the yard.. otherwise who knows where they go and hide their eggs :shrug:

    #511542
    rdtj04rdtj04
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    My lot was laying ok but out of 13 chooks I’m lucky to one egg every couple of days. I’ve put fake eggs in my nests and that only helped for a couple of weeks… One of the girls is soooo scrawny looking she’s scary! Tried wet dog biscuits as a vet once advised and that’s not working either! I’m afraid I’m about to start buying eggs… Shuddering at the thought… :sick:

    #511543
    RavykRavyk
    Member

    They’ll be moulting, once they stop moulting they’ll start laying again.

    #511544
    VickieVickie
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    Ravyk, i agree. Moulting takes a lot out of them. As i said above, one of mine really does look like she has gone through a hedge backwards, and some are even down to skin. Luckily, mine still lay.. but no where near as much.

    ALSO Ravyk.. how is baby Ember? You may have written in other threads but i missed it 🙂

    #511545
    RavykRavyk
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    She’s good Vickie. 🙂 I will put some more photos up maybe on the weekend. I’m currently on work placement for the week at a vet clinic and am so buggered each night.

    #511546
    VickieVickie
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    Ravyk, we are probably getting off the chook-ie topic, but i have done placements (teaching) and the ones i did BEFORE i had babies were much easier. Getting home after work never means you get to stop working when you have kids, and the then there is the written work to go with it in studying :angry:

    I have until the end of may and then i am done with UNI :cheer: . how long have you got?

    will look forward to the pics.

    well back to chook talk.. the wind blew the gate open and the chooks have had a nice morning diging through my mulch :dry: .. The good thing was DH caught the rooster and i was able to clip his spurs. You should see the look big bad rooster gets on his face when he is carried around by little miss 3. He just shuts his eyes. :laugh:

    i’ll put on a pic if i get time.. 🙂

    #511547
    BlueWrenBlueWren
    Member

    My word …..little Miss 3 is a game champion chooker :laugh: ……..or rooster is very docile!!

    #511548
    RavykRavyk
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    End of the year and I finish my vet nursing cert. 1 more term of theory and the rest is work placements. I get my final assessment done in Nov. Hopefully I’ll pass then and be a fully qualified vet nurse.

    #511549
    VickieVickie
    Member

    Ravyk.. good luck! not long at all 🙂

    Blue wren, she is quite good at catching the smaller ones. The rooster is not violent at all, towards us or the kids. And he is very lovely with the chickens . I wouldn’t say he enjoys being held enough to come up to us .. but he puts up with it when we catch him 😛

    #511550
    BlueWrenBlueWren
    Member

    All the best Ravyk for the last bits.

    Nice roosters Vickie!

    My new boy is very timid, and I still think he looks lonely poor boy.Perhaps my girls are just too old and wise! I still haven’t named him , just been calling hhim Roosty! – it’s going to have to be something gentle.Not sure yet if I am getting fertile eggs but he’s here to stay anyway.Haven’t looked closely at any eggs yet for the right spots.

    I just rolled two eggs off the roof ……… :shrug: Have caught them all so far!!

    #511551
    EdiediohEdiedioh
    Member

    Ravyk post=342028 wrote: I’m planning on doing a weekly blog series on Keeping chickens. Just wondering if you read it, what would you want to read about/what things would you want covered?

    http://thechookchick.blogspot.com might give you some ideas…

    That Chook Chick is pretty awesome 😉 😉

    #511552
    EdiediohEdiedioh
    Member

    Vickie post=342131 wrote: Hi Nane, welcome 🙂

    I rememeber a while ago we were talking about feather loss, someone said their chooks were eating feathers. Well today mine were pecking AND EATING feathers off each others backs. :ohmy: silly things.

    AND i almost want to re-name one of my girls ‘through a hedge backwards’ because she is so feral looking. :laugh:

    But, finally we are getting some eggs.. i am having to be very very careful not to let them out until after lunch so they lay in the yard.. otherwise who knows where they go and hide their eggs :shrug:

    Feather eating? Give them a massive protein boost and don’t give them any corn until they stop doing that. I’d even go as far as feeding them raw mince for a few days — and comfrey leaves if you grow comfrey.

    #511553
    EdiediohEdiedioh
    Member

    Just had another idea… Get band saw dust from the butchers.

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