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post #41 of 48 Old 05-17-2013, 10:12 PM
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Feed her at night when you wanna put her up- my chickens run to where the feed is when they hear the scoop. They get ta cackling too, lol. feed her out of the barn in the morning-- shell get it. People think chickens are 'dumb' theyre actually very intelligent. Id also get her a trough feeder so she has a spot to eat (at nights) and shell know where to go.

We would pile up hay in the corner of their stalls and theyd make a nest and lay in them. You can use fake eggs- or the olden type white doorknobs for a fake egg (to trick her into laying) in her little nest and she should lay there. --chickens wont lay in the same spot if you remove all the eggs (they think a preditor is stealin em) so that's why youd use a fake egg..

Id take away the black watering thing-- show her where the water is by poking it with my finger (like a rooster would to show her) then shell get what to do.

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post #42 of 48 Old 06-18-2013, 12:22 PM
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Remember that laying pellets are poisonous to horses, don't let the horses get into her dish. ... Kitchen scraps are good but like said onions are yucky and bananas and their peels are poisonous.
Layer pellets are poisonous? That can't be so. My old stallion found the chicken feeder pan a few times and helped himself. There was never any ill effects. My chickens love, love, love bananas, without the peels of course. No problems with those either.

Another thing chickens love is yogurt. And it's good for them too! They also love hummus! My chickens practically licked the container clean. They like cooked rice, the "crumbs" from the bottom of cereal bags, and cat food. I had to move the cat food bowl because they kept stealing all the cat food.

If you really want to learn about chickens the best site to visit is Raising BackYard Chickens, Build a Chicken Coop, Pictures of Breeds. A great site and the forum is wonderful! You can spend hours reading there.
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post #43 of 48 Old 07-04-2013, 08:41 AM
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Well,horses can colic from hen feed, I had it happen to my horse. Especially if they aren't used to grain.
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post #44 of 48 Old 07-05-2013, 02:31 PM
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If you want eggs you need to keep her up until after laying time. Usually best to do this anyway depending on the predator situation. Provide a place and a a dummy egg. If she's young and still laying she'll lay there or pick out another spot and you can do what you need to keep it clean. Mine preferred to lay in the dog carrier. So we took it apart, turned both so they were like little houses and filled with straw. Keeps the eggs clean and makes gathering easy. New chickens don't get turned out until they learn where the food is and who brings it. Then they all get turned loose late in the afternoon and locked up when they come it to roost. Leaving ours out during the day is an invitation to the local hawks, foxes and other chicken lovers to have a free meal.
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post #45 of 48 Old 07-11-2013, 09:13 PM
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Well,horses can colic from hen feed, I had it happen to my horse. Especially if they aren't used to grain.
They are only bad if they eat a lot of it....ask me how I know this! My draft mare broke into my harness shed and ate 25lbs of chicken mash...5 and a half days at a specialized vet clinic, I.V.'s and lots of meds. Thank god no founder either out of all of this....but it was touch and go. So, saying it is poisonous is a lot different than saying it can cause colic if a lot is eaten.

Your hen is a Rhode Island Red, they are good layers, and careful on the corn as it can make them fat or cause a lot of fatty build up around their liver, both will stop a hen from laying and/or cause harm to their health. We give our flock of 19 hens and one roo a wild bird seed mix as it has all the good stuff in it, flax seed, black oil sunflower seeds and a little of the small seed but not much. Putting her water in a black bowl shouldn't be a problem, as I have our two chicken water bowls are the heavy rubbermaid ones so they can't tip them over. And also, that is a hen, no roo there to worry about. She doesn't have the neck feathers nor the tail feathers or "saddle" feathers that are long and slender. No spurs can be seen, though hens can have small spurs as well.

If you want to worm her, put a capfull or two of apple cider vinegar in her water, but it has to be in a plastic bowl, not metal. Give that to her for a week then stop, it also will help with the Ph of her stomach to better utilize food and digestion. Be careful giving her anything that is moldy, molds can cause bacterial infections or bronchitis in chickens from the mold spores, no raw taters either, there is something in them that can kill a hen, if you want to know I can go downstairs and find my chicken book.

As for a treat...ours LOVE freeze dried meal worms. I can shake the bag and call "Chick Chick come on" and they come running.

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post #46 of 48 Old 07-12-2013, 01:14 AM
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Hehehe. This thread is sooo cute.

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post #47 of 48 Old 07-12-2013, 04:19 AM
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Hehehe. This thread is sooo cute.
agreed. And its a good reminder to go check out chicken threads. ;)

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post #48 of 48 Old 07-12-2013, 08:02 AM
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My BO has about 6 Guineas. Those things have quite a temper! They try to chase me down all the time. They'll even go after my horse sometimes!
Good thing she isn't as scared of them as I am haha
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