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        06-02-2013, 03:40 PM
      #571
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Chevaux    
    That is indeed strange. I don't make a habit of candling my eggs but I think I'm going to start now!!

    Did you eat the egg(s), by the way, freia?
    Yes, we did eat them - both of them. Mighty tasty, too!
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        06-10-2013, 12:04 PM
      #572
    Yearling
    I have a health question for all of you. On the weekends, my hens get a lot more free range time than they get on a typical weekday- they spent a good 4-5 hours out free ranging on the weekends, as they tend to stick close to the house, gardens, and garage when my husband and I are out there working. On an average weekday, they probably only get an hour or so.

    After this, I notice that they tend to have a lot of diarrhea in the following days- it tends to be greenish tinged and contain a lot of undigested grains (from their scratch mix). I'm thinking this is because they're eating a ton more plants and bugs than they scrounge up in their pen on a typical day, and that change in diet wreaks a little havoc on their digestion- sort of the chicken equivalent of going on a weekend bender and paying the price on Monday.

    Still, diarrhea is really never a good thing, so should I be worried? They certainly don't look sick- they're bright-eyed, active, hungry, chatty, laying fine. What do you think?
         
        06-10-2013, 12:22 PM
      #573
    Trained
    I'd put a dish of yogurt in with them on the weekends, that might help the diarrhea. I think you're correct about the diet change throwing them a small curve.
         
        06-10-2013, 12:27 PM
      #574
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
    I'd put a dish of yogurt in with them on the weekends, that might help the diarrhea. I think you're correct about the diet change throwing them a small curve.
    I can definitely do this. I wonder if they should have it a couple of time during the week too, so it's not yet another different thing on the weekends?

    Do you think it's a mistake to give them more free-range time on the weekends because of how it throws off their system? While I'd love to be able to give them that much time (or even more!) out every day, unfortunately I just can't keep them supervised for that much time. Given that the two chickens I lost over the winter/spring were killed while free-ranging when I wasn't around, I think I selfishly can't take that again.
         
        06-10-2013, 01:22 PM
      #575
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by egrogan    
    I can definitely do this. I wonder if they should have it a couple of time during the week too, so it's not yet another different thing on the weekends?

    Do you think it's a mistake to give them more free-range time on the weekends because of how it throws off their system? While I'd love to be able to give them that much time (or even more!) out every day, unfortunately I just can't keep them supervised for that much time. Given that the two chickens I lost over the winter/spring were killed while free-ranging when I wasn't around, I think I selfishly can't take that again.
    If you're too emotionally attached to be able to let them out at 7 a.m. And back in at 7 p.m., then I'd keep doing what you're doing. Maybe give them a little yogurt every day to help minimize the change/stress on the weekend. Anyway you can toss some grass or greens in with them during the week? If not, I wouldn't worry about it, chickens are born to "make do" with what they have/get. The yogurt will be a nice treat for them and should help their digestion.
         
        06-10-2013, 01:33 PM
      #576
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
    If you're too emotionally attached to be able to let them out at 7 a.m. And back in at 7 p.m., then I'd keep doing what you're doing.
    Oh, Dreamcatcher, I am hopelessly attached to these girls Right now I just have 2 hens, and with that few, they really are individuals to me.

    I also have 6 chicks that are about 3 weeks old. I'm hoping that when the flock is bigger, I'll be a little less attached to any individual, but that's not looking good either....

    They do have constant access to grass in their pen, so they are getting greens at will on a daily basis. Probably just not the same variety as what they get when they're out and about.

    Anyway, thanks for taking the time to talk through it with me...
         
        06-10-2013, 01:34 PM
      #577
    Trained
    They will most likely be perfectly happy if they only get out an hour a day. They are not that good at telling time anyway.
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        06-10-2013, 02:39 PM
      #578
    Trained
    LOL! Never seen a chicken with a watch on, that's for sure!

    @egrogan - I am starting to know what you mean. I still have about 15 chickens left out of my original 75, and I'm getting pretty darn territorial and protective over those "girls". I still turn them out in the morning and they put themselves to bed later in the evening, but I go out every night and "tuck" them in, shut their coop & run doors and do a bedtime check.
         
        06-10-2013, 03:16 PM
      #579
    Yearling
    Glad to know I'm not the only one that tucks their chickens in at night.
         
        06-10-2013, 03:21 PM
      #580
    Green Broke
    I sometimes talk about doing things for my chickens to my hubby, that I'd like to build this or that, that I worry about this one or that one, or that they needed a new heat lamp or a better feeder. His reply is always, "They are JUST chickens." I'd love to smack him. They are not "just chickens" to me or the girls.
         

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