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        05-10-2013, 11:56 PM
      #21
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    That dog crate needs a set of gate wheels!! ; -) not sure about just 1 hen but my barred rock trio would mow the grass in their lil 'grazing cage' theyd poop it up pretty good too in that area..

    Oh and don't feed your chicken onions!! It makes the eggs taste like yuck and their poop smells rancid! It will seriously gag you!

    We would feed ours some of the garden scraps-- never rotten stuff-- don't feed them anything you wouldnt eat! But they like bell peppers, watermelon, pumpkin, hot peppers, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomato, corn, and a few other stuff I can't remember-- if you do a garden theyll eat your stuff so watch it, lol.
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        05-11-2013, 12:00 AM
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    That's fantastic! I'll try to offer her some fresh veggies then No onions though!

    I want to clicker train her, what silly tricks can I teach a chicken? XD
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        05-11-2013, 12:14 AM
      #23
    Green Broke
    Okay... yes, it's a Rhode Island Red.

    You cannot depend on dropped horse feed or random bugs to feed her. The feed store will carry "layer feed" or "laying mash" or something similar. Chicken Scratch is a treat not a complete feed.

    Chickens don't eat *stones*, they use itty bitty gravel. If you free-range the chicken, she'll find her own. Keep her locked inside for a few days with plenty of food/water and then start letting her go outside. Make sure she is locked back up before dusk which is when all the predators come around.

    Chickens WILL fight, irregardless of the rooster ratio. Chickens do not like "strangers" and will go after them. As she is an adult, you can either raise baby chickens separately and then introduce them when they are large juveniles or you can mix in adults now. The best way is to have them in a space that's divided so they can see each other but not able to get to each other and then after a few days mix them together at night after they are roosting.

    Chickens don't have Vets. You might be able to get a Vet to look at one but it's highly unlikely and going to cost a fortune.

    They don't need to sit on eggs. Some chickens will go broody and sit in a nest but they'll sit there with eggs, no eggs or even golf balls. I keep golf balls in my nests, it encourages the hens to lay in the nest and not elsewhere.

    You can't clicker train a chicken. You can't train a chicken! The only *training* you can do is for them to come when you call and you do that by giving them something yummy whenever you call them.
         
        05-11-2013, 12:29 AM
      #24
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    Thank you Delfina!
    I will definitely pick her up a bag of feed!
    I'll definitely have her locked up at night thanks.
    That makes sense about introducing new chickens too.
    I've heard the golf ball thing I'll do that! My fiance has plenty of those laying around.
    I don't think she needs a vet, she seems pretty healthy - but should something happen what do I do?

    Also - I beg to differ about clicker training a chicken :)


    I've got to teach her silly things!



    Thank you all so much for your help Here's hoping she settles in well
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        05-11-2013, 12:41 AM
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    You probly already know this, but scratch eggs taste way better then anything at the store. Scratch eggs= free roaming chickens. Get ya some, you'll love em.
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        05-11-2013, 12:48 AM
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    Originally Posted by PunksTank    
    I don't think she needs a vet, she seems pretty healthy - but should something happen what do I do?

    Here's hoping she settles in well
    If you determine she's a hen (for sure) then I'd get some day old chicks and put them in a box and slide the box under her at night. She'll wake up in the morning with her own babies and will probably take over raising them.

    I buy Layena Egg Layer Ration for my girls (got rid of my last roo and MAN is it ever quieter without him) and as a special treat and to get them to come, I toss out a handful or 2 of Scratch (Chicken Candy). I holler, "Who wants Chicken Candy?" and they come running. Well, now, they hear the front door open and come running. It's HYSTERICAL to watch chickens run, especially Cochins. I try to do the candy every day at 4 p.m. So it becomes habit and they'll all group up in the same place every day.

    I'd keep her in the barn for about a week, then I'd leave the door open and let her figure out how to go outside on her own, if you want to free range her. If you want to keep her in the dog run, get her used to "limo rides" and pick her up and carry her there and then go in and pick her up and carry her back to the barn at night. I had an Ameracauna that would go up on a shelf in the feed barn every night and go to sleep until I'd come by and say, "Ok little sister, it's time for your limo ride." and stick out my hand. She'd step into my hand and then up onto my shoulder for the ride to the coop. They're amazingly easier to "train" (really creatures of habit) and much smarter than you think they ought to be.

    Vet for injured/sick chickens. Not real practical because most vets won't know nearly as much as you do about chickens (or at least after you've owned them for a little while) and they tend to either recover on their own, die on their own or if they get bad enough you take pity on them and put them down.

    Chickens are addictive and you'll soon become a victim of "Chicken Math". That's kind of an algorithm that goes something like this. 25 chickens plus 12 more from a neighbor plus 6 from the local auction plus 4 from the local feed store plus 2 that you traded with someone for.....and pretty soon you're building a bigger coop. I can't imagine life without my 'girls'!
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        05-11-2013, 12:57 AM
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    First there were some Ameracaunas and some Wyandottes and some Buff Orpingtons.



    Then came 10 Cochins. Lousy egg layers, but they sure are pretty.



    And then there were Guineas.....I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Guineas. Brainless, so ugly they're beautiful and the best alarm system you can buy. In additon, they're excellent bug control and snake eradicators.



    And then some more Cochins. See how the "Chicken Math" works?
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        05-11-2013, 01:00 AM
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    Hahaha! I hope not, I used to be terrified of chickens! Even our little Ameracaunas (thanks for helping me with that :P) made me nervous to touch. But this chicken is really sweet, maybe she's just nervous and doesn't squawk away or she's people friendly, but she lets me pet her and I carried her from my front doorstep to the barn and from the first stall to the second stall. She didn't mind either time.
    The first time I put my sweatshirt over her and held her body, the second I just picked her up with my hands over her whole top covering her wings and picking her up from the bottom. I guessed that was the easiest way. I plan on teaching her to step on my arm, but she's pretty big xD

    If I do get another chicken or two to be her friend/babies what type should I get? I'm in New England so the winters are tough, but otherwise I hope to be a good chicken mommy :)
         
        05-11-2013, 01:03 AM
      #29
    Green Broke
    You can get whatever you want as long as you heat their coop with a heat lamp. I keep mine inside if it's 0 or below and I don't turn off the heat lamp during the day as cold chickens will go back inside to warm up if needed.
         
        05-11-2013, 01:08 AM
      #30
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    Originally Posted by PunksTank    
    Hahaha! I hope not, I used to be terrified of chickens! Even our little Ameracaunas (thanks for helping me with that :P) made me nervous to touch. But this chicken is really sweet, maybe she's just nervous and doesn't squawk away or she's people friendly, but she lets me pet her and I carried her from my front doorstep to the barn and from the first stall to the second stall. She didn't mind either time.
    The first time I put my sweatshirt over her and held her body, the second I just picked her up with my hands over her whole top covering her wings and picking her up from the bottom. I guessed that was the easiest way. I plan on teaching her to step on my arm, but she's pretty big xD

    If I do get another chicken or two to be her friend/babies what type should I get? I'm in New England so the winters are tough, but otherwise I hope to be a good chicken mommy :)
    Depends on if you want a lot of eggs. Ameracaunas are very cold hardy, lay eggs like a machine gun fires, Cochins are very cold hardy and don't lay many eggs, Orpingtons are very cold hardy and are good layers, Wyandottes are very cold hardy and are good layers. All but the Wyandottes are known for being fairly friendly and docile. Wyandottes can be but tend to be a little more aloof. I have had several for several years, and I love them, but they took a long time to come around and still don't reallllly like to be handled too much.
         

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