Monday, January 27, 2014

Feather Abuse

Do you have a chicken that is plucking other chickens. I have researched and researched all over the internet and then came back to my Mom and my friend and they told me what the problem was. Mom always knows when no one else does. My friend who raises chickens and has helped me a lot (I will call her "Bubles.") confirmed the diagnosis.

Our white chicken needs a white friend. Also our black rooster could probably use a black hen.

Meanwhile, Marigold is hanging out in our dog cage until we find a white hen and a black hen because she is scared to live in the flock. She is happy to be inside and is eating and drinking again.
Marigold does get out a little to walk around for exercise. She has even made us an egg in that pen. 

Diatomaceous Earth Issue 2

I have been taking a heaping teaspoon of Diatomaceous Earth or D.E. now for about 5 days at every meal. It has been going pretty good. Just remember the admonition to drink lots of water to keep every thing moving along smoothly. I haven't noticed any amazing results yet for myself, children or husband but I am still very hopeful and its early on in the adventure. Although I haven't noticed any changes for myself I have noticed some change in my chicken's egg laying.

Where I usually get 3 or 4 eggs a day now I have 11 in two days. On top of that my already large egg layer is now making jumbo sized eggs. I thought that was great! I have added cayenne and extra oyster shell as well so that could account for it but when I was researching the possibility of it being because of the D.E. I found a report that matched what had happened to me after I added it to the chicken's water. So I went back and added more to the water and added some to their feed to keep bugs out and continue the good job that they are doing.
just a little bit bigger but bigger

In other news my banty chickens have started laying eggs. They are super cute because they are the smallest bread of bantam in the world called surma.

To read more about our chicken care stay tuned.

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