Could he be lonely? I don't know anything about them, but the vineyards around here that have them always have a pair. And I've seen people posting for a mate when one of theirs has been taken/died.
ETA - that one is an American site, but I think there is one similar here in Australia. Make friends with your local produce store people too. One lady in particular a mine is my chicken guru
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It's hard though because I'm in and out of hospital with DD's chemo treatment and we have to be careful with money being on one income, so it's not like we have loads of spare money to spend on a sick bird. But I'm worried about him and hope it's something easily fixed.
We've had a few Isa browns over the years. Kept them in a home made coop at night and free range during the day. We bought feed from our local produce and gave them veggie scraps. Also dug up a part in the corner of our yard that was always full of worms.
I would keep an eye on them with other pets. If your dog's don't end up liking them very much I suggest making their own little area. A friend of mine made tunnels out of chicken wire along the fence from their enclosure.
We are chickenless now after our last one died a few years back. Would you believe she lasted 10 years?! I would love a few more but our yards a bit small. Store bought eggs just don't compare to fresh eggs from your own chickens.
@gingermillie keep them fully secured for the first couple of months so they learn that's where they live and make sure they have a good secured perch to roost in. Chickens can still fly even with their wings clipped. I lost a couple who went up in the roof, then tree to tree till we couldn't find them anymore.
I like to think they are still living in a park somewhere in south Sydney. 😕
Thanks everyone I am so sorry things have been a bit hectic here (xmas, BIL arriving, DD being a nightmare etc) so I forgot I started this thread 😁 thanks for all the replies!
So we got some chickens! We ended up with 5:
Blue australorp (zuma)
Gold laced wyandotte (Goldie)
French maran wheaten (freckles)
2 black frizzles (shizzle and fizzle)
They're in 2 separate coops at the moment as the 3 chooks are 3-4 months old but the frizzles are only 4 weeks too cute. I read that the frizzles are fantastic in hot weather due to the feathers curling out. The blue australorp is top of the pecking order (bigger than the other 2) and the Wyandotte and French maran best buddies so far.
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Goldie has lovely lacing! My remaining female doesn't have strong lacing. The rooster was the prettiest, but he attacked my 3yo DD so had to go.
gingermillie ! How exciting We have chickens and ducks. We had a French Maran Wheaten called Matilda who was my favourite chicken ever. She was so beautiful and clever, used to want to sit on my shoulder all the time and would come running when I called her name! She passed away suddenly out of the blue when she was about a year old and I was devastated. We still have a whole herb garden dedicated to her with a big cross in the middle with her name!
You've got some great advice on this thread already. HOw big is your backyard that they will free range in? Just be aware, if you're not already, that they will scratch and dig up your grass and eat most of the plants. We have ours confined in one decent size area and it's a dust bowl lol. We did find a way to give them their own patch of grass though - we've laid a nice big square of it, put wood around the sides and mesh over the top. They can still peck at the grass and find bugs in it, but not scratch it up! We also created a few fun things for our chickens to do - interestingly stacked logs to climb on, a mirror to look at themselves in and 'snack baskets'(hanging baskets we put lettuces and other scraps in for them to use like a pinata )
I am trying to convince my DH we need a silver or gold wyandotte and a barred rock added to our flock
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