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Roosters are very territorial animals. They crow to mark their territory and warn other roosters off or establish their order of rank if there are several roosters in the flock. The easiest solution would be to have all the hens living in one big coop together and reduce the number of roosters to 1. You'll still hear him, but much less constantly. If your ...


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Snakes are extremely beneficial to have around, as they are very effective in keeping down vermin populations. However, there are many species that will quite happily eat eggs, hatchling chicks, or even full-grown chickens if the snake is large enough. I'm not an advocate of killing snakes, even poisonous ones. There are some nonlethal steps you can take ...


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Beak-trimming will always cause a deprivation of sensory input in the beak, an important source of information in birds, and the end goal should be the avoidance of beak-trimming altogether through genetics, housing conditions, and management. – Philip C. Glatz, ed., Beak Trimming, 2005, p. 77. The arguments against debeaking are: Debeaking is often done ...


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You've already received an excellent answer, but I just wanted to add my recommendation that I feel that beak-trimming should be avoided. I would also strongly advise against housing roosters together. While there may be some exceptions, in general, housing two males together is going to result in aggression. Beak-trimming may deprive the aggressor of his ...


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I have found that around a dozen hens and one rooster works well. I know that some people keep roosters with smaller groups of hens, but this can lead to problems as with only a handful of hens, the rooster's attentions will be more "concentrated". We never separated the rooster from our hens. If they went broody, we'd either let them sit and hatch their ...


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Chickens always scratch the ground while foraging for seeds, which damages the grass. If you mow the grass too short, it will be very vulnerable and the chickens may finish it off. However, if you let the clippings lay on the mowed grass, the chickens will probably prefer them over the intact plants. Source: 3 Ways to Save Your Grass When Raising Chickens ...


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Roosters crow, and there is no practical and humane way to silence them. You said "urban" so you live in a city or town. Many cities and towns have become more chicken-friendly in recent years, but in doing so they have enacted ordinances that limit the number of chickens per lot, set minimum distances between chicken coops and the lot line, and ...


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I couldn't diagnose the cause of this problem itself, but I would offer some insight. I don't think it would be possible to reliably diagnose this over the Internet, without physical examination performed by a specialized veterinarian, after all. At first, as far as I know, grit is not the source of dietary calcium. Chickens, and some other birds as well, ...


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You need to be aware that German Shepherd dogs are working animals. They are bred to herd animals, protect farms from intruders and help police officers and soldiers with their duties. These are no lap dogs. Additionally, your dog is young and full of energy. She's like a child running around and playing on the playground without becoming tired at all. So ...


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My partner had a similar problem with a bird enclosure and a local company recommended she use a fairly heavy mesh that worked well and solved the problem. The following Garden Zone 403010 1/2" x 1" Mesh 16-Gauge Galvanized Wire Fence available on Amazon looks pretty similar. It was fairly tedious but I left a little overlap on the inside and tacked the wire ...


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There are a lot of variables including age and breed of rooster. Ranges for cock to hen range from 1 to 8 and 1 to 20, these numbers are for successful fertilization. Having to many roosters to hens, can also cause harm to your hens as the roosters will try to make the same number of matings per day regardless of the number of hens, so each hen gets more ...


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Each hen is unique (just like people) Each hen has a number or volume of eggs that will make her start sitting. It could be anything from 1 to a dozen. Hens cannot count, there is one and more then one, and just enough If a hen wants to sit (not all hens want to be moms) and everyday you take her egg, she will try laying them in a different nest/location ...


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My Mum had chickens as she was a child by her parents. She told me a lot of times that she could see how the weather will be because of the chickens. If the weather will be rainy chickens have a greasy secretion that they will cover their feathers with. They go with their pecker through the feathers and distribute this secretion. So if you see this before ...


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A chicken's beak will grow back over time. Presumably, the beak was trimmed by someone who knew what they were doing. Any attempts on your part to correct by trimming the lower part are likely to just cause more issues. As a now free range chicken, they should both manage their own beak growth; they may choose to rub the bottom beak against a rock and ...


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Here in south west Nigeria, I have lost so many turkeys brooding over their eggs as a result of snake attack. What I do now is to clear the surroundings of the nest and use a 6 yard (around 5.48 m) length of mosquito net to make a peg-suspended fence around the nest, making sure no openings are left. With a door to allow the hen food and water, I close it up ...


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Chickens will always squabble, it is part of their mental need for a pecking order. Some particular breeds are notorious for being especially nasty, so if your two hens are different breeds, you might want to look into that. You only need to worry if the pecking is excessive, for example, bald spots forming, blood being drawn. A peck here and there and a ...


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I also have a chicken as a pet, but she is an Easter egg chicken. For a while, her eggs were similar to yours in the picture, so I moved her playground cage to a grassier place with more bugs/worms and sunlight. I also gave her more fruit like apple cores and grapes and watermelon peels in addition to regular chicken feed; not sure if that helped, but I ...


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Without question; Water should be available 24/7 there are a number of ways to accomplish this. Depending on the solution, you will need to clean the water bowl/supply daily to weekly. Personally I have normally provided food 24/7 there a number of feeders available. I like gravity feeders where you just add more to top, the chickens take it from the ...


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Ok, so I should update this. I searched around a bit and figured that the only valid concern was that the chicks might eat too much of the bedding and get impacted crops. However there were also reports of compacted crops in cases where the chicks had eaten pine shavings or other bedding types. So I eventually just went ahead and used the sand. The chicks ...


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Hang a cabbage from a piece of string! Seriously - they love it - my mother's hens dance and bounce when they have cabbage-on-string to play with. Here's a random example on YouTube – disclaimer: I don't know these hens! :)


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Chickens are browsers, the like to walk around trying different foods. Normally they would follow mom for a few weeks and learn from her. But even without mom around they will just try different stuff. You should try to limit how much artificial stuff they can eat (like string). If they are outside, the can eat all the bugs, grass, rocks, etc that they ...


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You should always be aware that bringing a new pet home means work. And it will be more work if you already have other pets. You need to introduce your cat and your dog to accept each other, you can find lots of posts about that around this website. About the chickens: It is normal for a young dog to be playful and they do not know how to behave. You will ...


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When you get the chickens get them from different breeders so they are not related and maybe get different types of chickens (nicer to look at some variation in colors and behaviour) and it is easier to identify them. You will, at some point, have to give away or in other ways limit the number you have so it is best to plan for this. Chickens do already have ...


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They will destroy your yard, at least a little bit anyways to get to food! Even if you have a bowl of food for them, they will still stratch at the earth and get living things. According to CommunityChickens.com, If your chickens have access to the garden, they will absolutely destroy it. At least a little bit. Chickens are voracious and indiscriminate ...


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I cannot give you a definite answer, but I observed a similar thing with our neighbor's chickens. We often throw a certain kind of garden weeds (which they love) over the fence for them and the hens always come running. But the rooster always waits and lets the hens eat first. Sometimes he starts eating after several minutes, sometimes he doesn't eat at all. ...


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Chickens have more sense than most people realize. They seem to enjoy a light to moderate rain (and the worms and bugs that come to surface when it rains), and they know enough to find cover when it rains too heavily for their comfort. There is a very helpful discussion of chickens in the rain on the Community Chickens website: https://www.communitychickens....


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I can't say for certain as there doesn't seem to be enough research surrounding them but I do believe they would lay eggs. Eggs from a "fertile" hen are all considered sterile until fertalised by a rooster. A hens egg is produced similarly to a human female with the expectation that she will reproduce regardless of whether or not she can or cannot ...


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