She’s trying to become a mother and she’s hiding somewhere to lay and hatch her eggs. Without proper training on laying in a specific location, a hen will lay an egg anywhere she feels safe. So, you really need to train your hens to lay eggs in their nest boxes. Additional reading: How to Find Where Your Hen Lays Eggs She’s been taken by a predator The list of poultry predators is long, but there are some common ones to look out for. Depending where you live, […]More info
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I have read much about the topic of introducing new chickens to an existing flock and there are several schools of thought out there on how to approach this. One is to ‘introduce’ the new chickens during the night while the others are sleeping. When they wake up in the morning they’ll be less aware of new chickens on the premises. Some suggest hang a treat (like a head lettuce) in the chicken coop — just above the reach of the chickens — and that distraction helps […]More info
What are the causes of feather pecking and what can I do to stop feather pecking and cannibalism in my flock?
Severe feather pecking can lead to skin and tissue damage, and cannibalism. No one knows exactly what causes feather pecking and cannibalism, but most likely causes are: Stress Boredom Overcrowding Overheating Excessive light Nutrient deficiencies Insufficient feed or water Inadequate nest boxes Adding birds to your existing flock Failure to remove injured or dead birds in the flock in a timely manner Sometimes you have a chicken who is a bully to everyone Abrupt changes in care management practices or the environment Genetically fast-feathering and slow-feathering chickens […]More info
Molting or moulting (British English) is a natural, periodic process of shedding feathers and regrowing them that all chickens (hens and roosters) go through. Humans do molt, too. We shed hairs and skin cells. A chicken starts dropping feathers in late summer to early fall, but some won’t even start molting until early winter. Molt’s purpose is to supply chickens with fresh, new feathers — the best defense against skin infections, and the cold and precipitation of winter. Chickens molt in a predictable order beginning at the […]More info
Wing Clipping Many backyard chicken keepers clip their chooks’ wings in order to prevent them from flying away. It’s best to clip only one to throw them off balance. For some they can still fly pretty well even with their wings clipped. The next step is to cover your pen. Higher Fences Putting some wire fencing or mesh on top of your existing fences should keep your flock from being able to high jump over. Chicken Coop Run Enclosure Getting a run for your chicken coop […]More info