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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveInTheBed View Post
    Keep an eye on them, check them out for mites (under their wings, around neck and vent) ...but yes, chickens do go through moulting and end up looking quite scraggly - if healthy and fed well, they grow new feathers and look beautiful.
    Yep, mine are moulting now, have been for a couple of months, and they look awful! Can see the pin feathers on their wings (on their "shoulders"), their heads are bare and they are quite patchy everywhere else! Surprisingly they haven't gone off the lay though. Slowed down a bit, but still laying regularly.

    My hens are quite entertaining. We live on acreage, so they free roam in the afternoon (I let them out after they lay as otherwise I had eggs all over the place!) and they follow me around when I am outside. It's quite funny having 6 chooks chase you!

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    We are getting 4-5 chocks sometime soon.

    I'm trying to work out which is better- a) moveable coop
    or b) tractor runs.

    I will cry if they ruin my garden!

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    In the space of 24 hours they covered our yard in so much poo you couldn't walk anywhere without stepping in it and as we embed up locking them in dp's big shed for the night they did the same there!

    Yeah funny when they are chasing you. Not so funny when you are chasing them to lock them away to stop them jumping over your fence into the mouths of hungry dogs! Lol

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    I want chickens so bad! I've seen a cute little cope at a friends recently but I feel that's cruel/would much prefer free range. But we live in the city with lots of local cats so considering putting and enclosed run down the side of the house.

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    Our three girls have a generous coop, and a fenced off area off the yard. (about to have a larger area when we move home)
    They get a run around the rest of the yard occasionally, but not often as they do make a mess of gardens, and leave poo all over the place.

    We have a number of neighbourhood cats that like to sit on the fence and watch them, but I think our two dogs keep them out of the yard.

    When we move, I'll be making up some "salad bars" for them.

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    Okay, good news, we are getting chickens!!! I'm so excited & worried at the same time.

    I've gone with a largish coupe because I just don't think we can free range. Too many cats & bats & I'm not home all day to watch them.

    They're going in our front yard (which is not an area we use, were on a corner block & only use our 'back' yard)

    I'm just hoping I remember to feed them & look after them :-/

    We are also getting a rabbit & a cat

    Do I take the plunge & get them all together? Lol

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    Ps does noise bother them? Traffic noise?

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    Noise doesn't bother them

    Chickens are wonderful backyard pets! I had 2 ISA browns in a coop on my yard prior to moving to the country. When we moved, I gave the chickens & coop to my parents. They were still laying well after 4 years when my parents gave them to a friend (due to pesky dogs!)

    A good idea is a split level coop, so the chickens can get up off the ground and roost on a proper roosting pole. Chickens need a roosting pole to sleep on. It also helps to prevent fungal foot problems and the like.

    We used to let them out for about an hour each evening when I got home from work. Although, when there is no daylight savings, the chickens were often asleep in their bed by 5:30pm!!

    We never had a problem with cats or anything jumping the fence to kill the chooks (it can happen!) We also never had a problem with the chickens flying over the fence... but beware! Most breeds can fly well & will get up & over a 6ft fence if they want!

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    FITCHICK - just check your local council for rules regarding placement of chicken coops before you go ahead with it.


    They are fairly easy to look after - you should be checking on them daily anyway to collect eggs. Some people have a bulk feeder and others throw food in daily, it is a personal choice, just make sure they always have access to fresh water and shelter.

    The site I posted a few posts back, has some good recommendations on area needed per chook and also the best way to set up a coop, like countrylovin has mentioned - they like to be up high (highest point in coop usually) to sleep.


 

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