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by ChickenCarol
18 Nov 2012, 18:37
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Can chickens see in the dark?
Replies: 11
Views: 771

Re: Can chickens see in the dark?

I have heard from expert chicken keepers that they can't see at all in the dark and if they are plunged into darkness they will sleep on the floor instead of the perches. i have an automatic door opener (light sensitive) and the chickens go in about twenty minutes before it closes but come out in th...
by ChickenCarol
14 Nov 2012, 11:53
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: we are not amused!
Replies: 18
Views: 699

Re: we are not amused!

My chickens go crazy for corn. I have mixed a scratch treat for them of equal parts corn, dried meal worms and sunflower hearts. I have heard this referred to as chicken crack and can see why. I give them a small handful between the four of them in the morning and before bedtime. They go crazy for i...
by ChickenCarol
02 Nov 2012, 20:07
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Could D.E. harm a chickens lungs?
Replies: 10
Views: 740

Re: Could D.E. harm a chickens lungs?

Thank you to all of you for your input on this. My conclusion is to carry on using D.E as its benefits out way any down fall. I think as you all point out, it would take a long time to cause damage and is unlikely to cause a chicken to die earlier than it otherwise would do. I really value all your ...
by ChickenCarol
02 Nov 2012, 08:17
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Could D.E. harm a chickens lungs?
Replies: 10
Views: 740

Re: Could D.E. harm a chickens lungs?

The hen I read about on the blog was two years old, so not that old. The owner was totally shocked.
by ChickenCarol
01 Nov 2012, 19:21
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Could D.E. harm a chickens lungs?
Replies: 10
Views: 740

Could D.E. harm a chickens lungs?

I wonder if anyone out there knows the answer to this. Everything I have read says D.E is good for chickens externally and internally to deter mites and parasites. I have always sprinkled it around and in the coop and my chickens love to peck at it through the coop door first thing in the morning an...
by ChickenCarol
22 Oct 2012, 18:28
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Can mice get through weld mesh?
Replies: 10
Views: 2503

Re: Can mice get through weld mesh?

Thanks for all your replies on this. We have filled all gaps except of course the weld mesh and seem to have stopped the rats but not the mice which I think proves that you are right and they can get through it. As someone said it is easy enough to pick up a few mouse droppings with the morning poop...
by ChickenCarol
21 Oct 2012, 19:37
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Can mice get through weld mesh?
Replies: 10
Views: 2503

Can mice get through weld mesh?

We have recently been getting mice and rats in our chicken enclosure. We know from droppings. We have spent days blocking up every possible gap but wonder if mice can get through one inch weld mesh. This is now the biggest gap left. We hope it was designed to keep everything out but are aware how ti...
by ChickenCarol
19 Oct 2012, 18:06
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Will she ever learn?
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Will she ever learn?

My girls also peck at all of those things. Bluebell my mildest hen twice pecked me hard on the back of my leg, broke the skin and caused a bruise. I later realised it was my freckles. They all peck anything shiny, tweak my hair, peck the hem of skirts and any dots on my cloths, plus buttons, rings a...
by ChickenCarol
31 Jul 2012, 21:31
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Severe Impacted Crop - HELP!!
Replies: 23
Views: 355

Re: Severe Impacted Crop - HELP!!

It sounds like you are going through similar to what I have just been through. I too had only had my chooks a few weeks when one developed a crop problem. I thought it was impacted and treated with live yogurt in the morning for their digestion and live maggots in the afternoon which they loved. I r...
by ChickenCarol
31 Jul 2012, 09:33
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Pendulous Crop
Replies: 6
Views: 2916

Re: Pendulous Crop

Hi Everyone Thanks for the advice. I took her back to the farm where we got her and they were very good. The guy massaged her crop and tipped her upside down to empty it. It was then that he said to follow up with Aviguard, which I couldn't find. I have since kept an eye on her and she looks much be...
by ChickenCarol
27 Jul 2012, 23:23
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Pendulous Crop
Replies: 6
Views: 2916

Pendulous Crop

Hi Everyone, I have a bit of a problem with one of my chickens and I was wondering if you guys could advise me. One of my chickens has pendulous crop and I'm not sure of the best treatment. I realised a while ago that my chicken had a pendulous crop, and it got bigger and bigger, and eventually I to...
by ChickenCarol
01 Jul 2012, 22:28
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: My new Dominique hens
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: My new Dominique hens

I have Knowels net over the top which I was advised is the correct net to keep the hens from getting out or anything getting in, it is quite tough. Also they will be shut in the coop at night. I have done everything that I have researched to make it safe. I value all advise though as I want to do ev...
by ChickenCarol
30 Jun 2012, 12:47
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: My new Dominique hens
Replies: 9
Views: 593

My new Dominique hens

Hi Everyone, I have been lurking for a while but haven't had anything to say until now, but yesterday I finally got my three Dominique hens! It was so exciting! I have learnt so much from reading the posts on this site, and you guys seem so enthusiastic about chicken keeping. Today they are out in t...