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  • I have to be smarter than a chicken

    One of the hens has decided that she really like laying eggs in Spur's feeder (corner feeder). We tried blocking it with plywood (she just knocked it off), plywood with an emply bucket on it (knocked it off), then I put a bucket of water in the feeder. After spending about 2 hours on the stall wall cackling in anger she layed an egg in Ben's feeder. I suppose now I hope to put water buckets in ALL (only three horses) of the feeders.

    I have got to get smarter than that hen.

    Bopper

  • #2
    Why not get her her own corner feeder?
    Barn rat for life

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    • #3
      Where do you want her to lay eggs?

      Didn't you start your chickens in a chicken house and teach them to lay there, before they could run loose and find their own spots?

      Do you have a too bossy hen keeping that one from the nesting boxes?

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      • #4
        Chickens~!! I just last night got rid of my 5 Buff Orpington hens and two Roos. Garden destroyers those guys~!! I could NOT keep them out. They flew over the fence and destroyed all my plants, so on to CL they went~!!

        My one hen got broody and decided the floor of the pen was a better place to lay and set than in one of the 4 nest boxes I made for them. She sat there and got soaking wet as she was right up against the outside wall. No matter what you did, she went right back there. They don't call them "Bird-Brains" for nothing~!!

        Lock her in the pen for a while til she uses her nest box. If you haven't a nest box in there, put a corner feeder in there for her.

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          #5
          Our chickens have two sets of nest boxes in the coop. One set has 10 boxes and the other has 5 boxes each on different sides of the coop. She has just decided she likes the barn better. We usually try to keep wings trimmed so that we don't have escapees but she is so spooky we can't catch her.

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          • #6
            Bopper, Get yourself a net. $15.00 at Walmart buys you a nice big aluminum framed net. That's how I caught the Roosters when they decided they didn't want to go back in the pen at night.

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            • #7
              Chicken domination!

              I love my 22 hens and little bantam roo. In order to have them lay where I want them to (in their nest boxes) I have them contained. They have a chicken paddock and a chicken pasture and all are covered with pheasant netting to protect them from hawks and also to keep any flyers in.

              I don't usually need to chase any to get them to come...they see me and come running! I'm the food lady!

              Happy coexistence is possible but you do need to make some adjustments on your end too.

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              • #8
                Chickens are a trip...old hens in particular. I have mobile coops with electric poultry netting paddocks and never had any problem until recently with them using the coop. One of my Buff Orps decided she wanted motherhood and stole a nest in a far corner of their larger paddock in some taller grass. By the time I found it, it had over a dozen eggs in it. I was afraid to eat them or sell them as I had no idea how old they are. I did find out that feeding questionable or cracked eggs to broilers is a good use for them! No waste and the broilers get some yummy nutritious protein.

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                • #9
                  They do have their own brand of Evil Intelligence....

                  Can you confine the Rogue Chicken to a coop w/nestboxes for a couple days? A week?
                  That might work.
                  Might.
                  Once they set their teeny little minds on something, resetting can be futile for us puny humans
                  *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
                    They do have their own brand of Evil Intelligence....

                    Once they set their teeny little minds on something, resetting can be futile for us puny humans
                    BWHAHAHAHA never was a truer word spoken.

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                    • #11
                      True & pitfully sad.

                      My Flock of 6 + 1 Rooster has 5ac to roam freerange, including pastures full of yummy manure.

                      But Noooooooo!

                      Instead they cross the roads (my place is right at an intersection) to go rearrange the landscaping of my only neighbors who give a fig about it.

                      This morning I felt sorry for them, confined to their fenced yard & coop by nasty weather over the weekend. We've been having windgusts up to 30mph - blows their tailfeathers right up.
                      So I let them out when I went to feed and not 20 minutes later I hear the school bus honking the horn.
                      Look out to see 6 + 1 fluffy butts running back out of the road
                      Back to Chicken Gitmo!

                      They all line up at the fence when I drive off to work, looking pitiful, but not pitiful enough so I let them out when I'm not there to chase them back to the right side of the road!
                      *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                      Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                      Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                      Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
                        True & pitfully sad.

                        My Flock of 6 + 1 Rooster has 5ac to roam freerange, including pastures full of yummy manure.

                        But Noooooooo!

                        Instead they cross the roads (my place is right at an intersection) to go rearrange the landscaping of my only neighbors who give a fig about it.

                        This morning I felt sorry for them, confined to their fenced yard & coop by nasty weather over the weekend. We've been having windgusts up to 30mph - blows their tailfeathers right up.
                        So I let them out when I went to feed and not 20 minutes later I hear the school bus honking the horn.
                        Look out to see 6 + 1 fluffy butts running back out of the road
                        Back to Chicken Gitmo!

                        They all line up at the fence when I drive off to work, looking pitiful, but not pitiful enough so I let them out when I'm not there to chase them back to the right side of the road!
                        Well, that answers that question...

                        Why did the chicken cross the road?
                        To ruin the neighbour's garden...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kookicat View Post
                          Well, that answers that question...

                          Why did the chicken cross the road?
                          To ruin the neighbour's garden...

                          You've solved it!

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                          • #14
                            Well, I don't have chickens in the city, but my mom does. She has a coop with 4 hens and a rooster named Little Jerry. Remember Seinfield? Yep. That's my mom. My mom takes the dogs to the nursing home as well as Little Jerry. She brought me the newspaper article they did on it recently. They residents love Little Jerry. She picked hubby and I up at the airport recently and had just come from the nursing home. Little Jerry was sitting in his open carrier making happy little rooster noises as she drove us home.

                            Just thought you could use a good chicken story.

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                            • #15
                              love the little jerry story! our rooster (einstein) is mean mean mean and likes to sneak up on you and then jump up and spur you on your hiney- it's super fun.

                              if he wasn't so pretty i would have gotten rid of him. i'm afraid he would end up cock fighting though since i live in GA and people still do that sort of thing unfortunately!
                              Jazz- 4.9.01 OTTB, loved since 12.6.09
                              Skip- 3.3.91 APHA, i miss you buddy

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                              • #16
                                skip, a few years ago we had a rooster named Carl that did that! it was crazy you had to always keep an eye out for him, he would attach our dog and the dog thought it was a game and that the rooster was playing with him

                                I sadly had to hit him away with a shovel a few times to get him off me and I think he once went after Burbank cause he kept an eye on that rooster when in the barn

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