Raising Chickens; An Update And A Trip To The Avian Vet

by Kristina on February 19, 2012

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It’s been a few months and it’s time for an update on the Mount Royal Farms brood.

All the girls are doing quite well and are now producing about 9 dozen eggs a week! The eggs vary widely in both size and color, ranging from small to extra-large, from pale blue and green, to pink, copper, and brown. Now that there are so many eggs, the girls are starting to cluck for their supper. Chris has been able to bring extra eggs to his coworkers in exchange for their support of the coop. The hardest part is collecting enough egg cartons.

Eggs in the nesting boxes.

"Hurry up in there!"

There are four nesting boxes in the coop and quite often there is a wait while each chicken takes her turn laying. Sometimes one hen will push her way into one of the already occupied nesting boxes!

The chickens are now being fed laying hen organic feed, and in addition we’re blessed to have a friend who works at local farmer’s markets. Every week she gives us big bags of leftover organic vegetables and greens and the chickens are thrilled with the bounty. You can see it in their eggs because they have bright orange yolks.

Eating their greens. I love the black Cochens with their fluffy feathers covering their legs and feet. They look like walking pillows (see photo below too).

 

Breakfast at Mount Royal Farms.

There was a bit of a scare a couple of weeks ago when one of the girls, Twisty, got sick (photos of her at top and below). Do you remember¬†the Ameraucana with the crooked beak? She stopped eating and clearly wasn’t feeling well. Chris brought her to an avian vet and it turns out she had some sort of infection (possibly from mites) but thankfully she wasn’t egg bound as we feared. She had a week of antibiotics and she’s just fine now! Phew!

Chris with Twisty, demonstrating how happy and healthy she is now.

Finally, I leave you with a photo of one of the Turkens, all grown up. There’s nothing wrong with this bird. This is the breed, Turken, and they have no feathers around their neck or shoulders. They may be a bit funny looking, but we love them just the same.

"Whatcha looking at??"

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Amy M. August 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Hi, I am studying veterinary entomology at UCR and I was wondering if you knew more about the possible mites on your hen? I currently work with Northern Fowl Mite on layers and trying to elucidate metabolic costs to the birds, but I have never heard of an infection that they, or the Red Poultry Mite, may cause.

Thank you,
Amy

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