September 19, 2010 at 7:26 am #253253
I just thought I’d put up my new chook blog address, in case anyone’s interested.
The blog is called ‘The Natural Chicken’, though that’s probably a misnomer, as I do use commercial wormers and chick starter when I have to, and I’m not currently using broody hens but an incubator and brooder. But I’m trying to reduce these inputs, and have put up some detailed instructions such as how to make a cold brooder, for anyone else who wants to wean themselves off using so much power.
Meanwhile in the spirit of sharing… I hope you can excuse any mistakes! It’s all just starting up, but if people seem interested I’d love to keep going and documenting. :wave:September 19, 2010 at 7:44 am #478029September 19, 2010 at 9:04 am #478030
Looks good Chooken. Very informative! :tup:September 19, 2010 at 10:04 am #478031
We are expecting to receive 3 baby bantam faverolles very soon. They will be about 4 weeks old. How should we care for them in those important early days?September 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm #478032
Love your new chicken blog, its been added to my favourites! Thank you. Goldstone:clap:September 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm #478033
Thanks for that, Steve and goldstone! (Hey, you’re near me goldstone!)
Afallon, at 4 weeks old those chicks will probably be pretty well feathered. But depending on how they’ve been raised they’ll probably still be a little vulnerable to cold. I’d play it safe and keep them warm for the next 2 weeks, e.g. give them a low wattage heat lamp or a cost place to snuggle (or both). Once they have all their feathers they should be immune to cold, as long as the place they sleep isn’t too draughty.
The other thing is to feed commercial chick starter until they’re 6 weeks, then grower (or a feed formulated with the right amount of protein). If you feed chicks layer feed before they’re ready to lay, the calcium levels are way too high and they can get kidney and bone problems.
I hope that helps (remember I’m not a guru, just dabbling)!
ChookenSeptember 30, 2010 at 5:18 am #478034
Hi chooken I to have added your blog to my favourites list it’s very interesting and look forward to more.September 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm #478035
Hi Chooken, yes we both live on the beautiful central coast! Funny how things seem to come along just when they are needed….this morning went to let out the 4 isa browns and only one jumped out. I looked inside and they were eating egg shells! Oh no! They are fed good quality feed from crt and we add shell grit. We had 6 isa browns a couple of years back and we got done with old birds which eventually went mad and pecked each others bottoms. They went to live at the farm. I swore we would never get any more isa browns but then my preschool did the chicken hatching thing.. and we hand raised these 4. They are about 18 months old. I remember the other lot doing this too and I am worried this is the start of the end again. We also have two rare breeds in another run. They are my sons pets and we love them all. I will make sure we check for eggs more regularly which is ok whilst we are on school hols but we won’t be able to do that when school goes back and I go back to work as well. Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks Goldstone :hug:September 30, 2010 at 9:38 pm #478036
Hi… I’m a Central Coaster too, out of town…
Great pens and brooder you’ve built there, Chooken, and your dog is gorgeous!
Hi Goldstone, as well! :wave: With egg eating chooks, some people go to great lengths to swap the interior of an egg with a powerful chilli mixture designed to stop the chooks ever wanting to peck any more eggs! :p 😆 Larger flock owners probably just cull (kill) the offending chook. Because we have a few people living here we check regularly for eggs and collect them up. Unless I saw a chook pecking open an egg I wouldn’t know who the culprit was! Some people swear by a rollaway nest design which means the eggs roll away once the chook gets up to leave so you don’t end up with a group of eggs sitting there, looking inviting to a egg-pecker. Once an egg is opened, other chooks will move in to share the contents, so not all of them would be guilty of actually opening the egg in the first place. Just my two cents worth, anyway!
ReeSeptember 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm #478037
Thanks for this chooken, Will be studying your blog as I need to learn much more about chooks. We have 10 layers of whom 8 seem to be on sabbatical at the moment. So, will trawl your site for tips.October 1, 2010 at 4:59 am #478038
Hi Mumchook! We have spent all day running up and down collecting eggs, all two of them!! But there has been no more broken eggs. Oh well, we will be watching them…GoldstoneNovember 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm #478039
Oh! I haven’t checked ALS in a while, so missed these lovely replies.
Funnily I’ve just finished putting a ‘how to’ dealing with egg eaters on the blog. I’ve run through the things you can do to stop it as well as some of the causes; I hope it helps someone (just go to the blog and type ‘egg eating’ in the search box). Sorry, I bet this is too late to help here.
It’s great to know there are other chooksters near me! 🙂November 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm #478040
Hi Chooken, well in the time that has passed we have had no more pecked eggs but we have lost one of our isa browns (Diana) due to being egg bound. We took her to the vets but she had to be put down. It was very sad. Laura.November 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm #478041
Oh dear! I’m so sorry, goldstone.
I’ve currently got one ISA brown who insists on laying double yolkers. It’s not a good sign in a pullet… Then again I’ve got one that’s been laying for 4 years without a drama.
I hope you have more luck with your remaining chookens. It’s fabulous there was no more egg eating.
🙂November 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm #478042
Hi Chooken, are double yolkers bad in a pullet? I’ve had an australorp pullet lay a double yolker about three times now, probably about a fortnight apart – though she hasn’t for quite some time now.
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