July 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm #511869
Thanks for everyone’s suggestions. :tup: :tup:
I put a few different sizes of wood on top of the metal structure and they rejected every one of them, so I think they are just not interested in roosting yet. For now, the metal is a bit cold so I’ll wrap some of that non-slip rubber mat for holding rugs in place around each of the rungs. It should have some grip and keep those red mites at bay. The lady I bought the cage from said it was 2m so I bought a 2.4m tarp, turns out the tarp just fits, so there is no overhang, but I think it will be ok as it covers the whole area. It’s stopped raining now and I’ve taken out the damp straw and will be going to a sawmill this afternoon to get sawdust instead.
I also replaced the lawnmower box as I didn’t realize that chickens have to stand up to lay an egg. In that case it was just too small for them. I’ve replaced that with the lid of a plastic box at the bottom and a cardboard box on top with the bottom and one side cut out. I have no plans to go to a poultry supply store any time soon, so for a decoy egg I blew out the contents of that commercial one I had and then paper mâchéd some tissue paper all over it. I’ll see how that goes, if they’re still not comfortable using the nesting box my other idea was to use a plastic box with a bit of a curtain hanging from the ceiling around three sides. I can cut up the previous, non-waterproof tarp to use as a curtain. I’m trying to only use things I’ve already got, I’m rather into repurposing things that would have been thrown out. I’ll see how it goes 🙂July 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm #511870
Just checking.Am I right about chooks needing to stand up to lay? My girls have always managed in the mower catchers, so perhaps they only have to squat up a bit?July 1, 2012 at 5:55 pm #511871EdiediohMember
Yes, they stand. Mine manage perfectly well in a mower catcher — even the big ones.July 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm #511872
Hrm, mine looked a little too small to get into. Maybe it was a small mower. All they managed to do was poop on it.July 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm #511873
Your catcher looks pretty standard.Maybe leave it there as well as the box and see which they choose.They will know which they prefer! And I don’t think I’d worry about the roosting either if it’s not happening.Chooks will really only do what they want to do however much we try to persuade them otherwise ! :shrug: :laugh:July 2, 2012 at 12:53 am #511874karyn26Member
I need abit of help with a chook,one of the girls has a compacted crop and she’s gone off her food.Small wonder as theres no room for more.
It was a thick lump in there yesterday then we poured cooking oil down her throat slowly and massaged the crop.This morning there was a slight change in the hardness of the crop so she was put in a seperate cage and this afternoon was quite hungry though the crop is a bit more manageable and she greedily ate a wet piece of bread-she actually ripped it out of my hand-then we poured more oil down the throat and massaged it again.
Her poos are small not runny but not solid,otherwise she seems to be ok.
Has anyone else come across compacted crop before and rectified it without cutting the crop open.This would be a last resort of course.July 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm #511875
One of my chickens has gone missing and I feel terrible. She was being bossy and wouldn’t go in her cage at 5:00. So at 5:30 I heard a loud chicken noise and saw it had gone dark and that it would be easier to catch her now. Went into my (fully fenced) backyard and she’s not there!?! :ohmy: 🙁July 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm #511876
So I looked in the backyard three times, searching every nook and cranny. Dejected I decided she was gone… then I remembered I needed to bring in the laundry. So I hung up my torch on the washing line and started unpegging the clothes… then AARRGGHHH! What the hell is THAT?
:laugh: :woohoo: :laugh:July 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm #511877Jenoka77Member
Glad you found her.July 5, 2012 at 12:02 am #511878EdiediohMember
Love a happy ending. :tup:July 5, 2012 at 2:24 am #511879
Told you so! Chookies will do what they will do! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Hope she didin’t crap on the laundry!!July 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm #511880VickieMember
miaowzen, she has a very cheeky look in her eye. funny.July 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm #511881BelMember
That’s hilarious Miowzen!! Glad you found her 🙂July 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm #511882
Good luck for tonight!! Keep us posted!! :laugh:July 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm #511883
They are so funny. They did their usual thing of looking for somewhere to roost. I remembered that I was going to take down the wooden roosts I put in as they didn’t like those at all. So I climbed into the cage and one kept flying on top of the cage and then bending over to look at me so that I just see this eye peeking at me from above the cage. Anyway, I took out all the pieces of wood and stepped back. Then Notte had this great idea, “why don’t I roost on that metal frame in my cage?” so she roosted right where she was supposed to in the first place and the others all piled in after her! :woohoo:
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