Self Containment is Not Possible…

October 5, 2011

…when treats are involved!  It never gets old.  Happy little chickens knowing that they are about to get their daily treats.  As I squatted today in front of the run fumbling with the lock, I snapped this picture. When they hear me yell out “giiiiiiiiirrrrrrrllllllsss” they come running.  Leaping up from their dust baths or out of a nesting box from freshly laying an egg; they are there at the door, like exuberant dogs greeting their owners.

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest

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Melissa

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6 thoughts on “Self Containment is Not Possible…”

  1. I just discovered your blog. I love it. I have a question. What kind of hen is Sunshine? I have 10 of the same and love them but the store where we bought them as babies said they were California White's and I don't think mine are. I am a new chickenphile.

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  2. I have a question for you, can too many treats cause chickens to stop laying? I was getting 2-4 eggs a day from my 5 girls who had been laying for 2-3 weeks. Last week I gave them more treats than normal mostly veggies, a little fruit and now they're not laying. Does a sudden stop in interacting with them (due to weather) impact laying?

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  3. Hi Kim! Yes, too many treats can stop them from laying. Decreased interaction should not affect them, but they do need a high protein diet. Try giving them dried meal worms for snacks and sunflower seeds and limit the fruits and veggies to about 2 cups per day. Try to have them stick to eating their layer feed and make sure they have access to the feed especially before bed; as the egg forms at night while they sleep 🙂 Lastly, if the girls are over a year old, they should molt around this time. Egg production naturally decreases. Keep us posted!

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  4. Congratulations on sharing a whole year of your adventure with all of us. I got my girls about the same time as you and I have laughed and cried along with your posts!

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