The Chicken Coop forum: Changing and Rearranging

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ImageCajuninKy
Mar 16, 2012 9:16 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Been busy the last 2 days doing some shifting around with the chickens. I have 2 EE roos. One has muffs and one does not. I have one hen with muffs and 3 without. I think I read that the muff gene carries a fatality with it so I did not want to breed muff to muff. I took care of the problem by pairing the muff hen with the muffless roo. I had put a very large wire dog crate in the chicken coop and had put both roos in it during winter to keep them off the hens. I didn't see any sense in the hens having bare backs from breeding when they were not laying. I put the nuffless roo and the muff hen in the large crate and turned the muffed roo out in the big coop with the rest of the hens. I have been collecting the colored eggs and my bantam eggs for a week now and this morning I put 2 1/2 dozen eggs in the incubator. I am hoping to sell most of the chicks.

Last night I took the muff hen out of the big wire coop and put her back in with the other hens. I caught the muffed roo and put him back in the big wire crate with the other roo. They were fighting but the tables have turned. Now the white roo is the dominant roo. He was really giving the red roo a bad time so I had to tie a string on the white roo's leg and tie him to the side of the coop. That way the red roo could get away from him. Then I caught my bantam roo off the roost in his cage at the house and took him to the big coop. I put him in with all the hens. The next group of eggs in the bator will be EE / bantam crosses. I think I can sell all those I want. I plan to keep a few. I will put the bantam hen, Henny Penny, in the big coop but I will put her in the small portable cage for a few days and let them get used to her before I turn her loose with them. I do not want the bigger hens to hurt her.

I didn't expect to get many eggs today with all the changes last night but I picked up 9 eggs today from 13 hens. I have been getting 9 and 10 eggs a day. I am also getting a few sales and it helps with the feed bill.
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ImageCajuninKy
Mar 30, 2012 1:18 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
The roos settled down well but it looks as though the white roo is getting "fresh" with the red roo and riding his back. He has feather loss like a hen during breeding season. I may have to seperate them.
I have successfully intergrated Henny Penny, the bantam hen, into the flock with no problems. I put her in a small cage and kept her in with the flock for about 4 days and nights. She was quite confortable as she was laying in the small cage. When I turned her out there was no fighting at all.

My duck, Miss Quackers, has layed the last 2 days. I was begining to wonder if she would ever start again. I have no idea how old she is or if age affects ducks like it does chickens. When I found the first egg hald buried in the sawdust on the coop floor, I nearly stepped on it. I made her a nest on the floor out of a big rubber feeding tub. I used to have her one in a tire before we moved. After we moved here my nests were all on the ground so she had no problem using them with the hens. But in the new coop the nests are about 3 feet high up on the wall. She couldn't get up there. She has been a very good layer in the past and I hope that continues.
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