Use locking mechanisms that require an opposable thumb to open- raccoons cant open these. So I have this aggressive rooster that I don't want and I'm wanting to eat it but I just don't know how I should kill it? WRONG ! Do you want to be more self-reliant? This involved catching him and then dispatching as humanely as possible and as far from his harem so that the death doesnt traumatize the hens. Sometimes chickens eating feed meant for putting weight on can be too much- causing them to get too big to move. The real world doesn't work that way. The girls have been very healthy and happy and so this morning we were shocked to say the very least. Whatever the case, if you want them gone, youll need to take action - your roosters wont be moving out on their own anytime soon! Be sure that your perimeters are safe, and remember to bury your hardware mesh. They will often start crowing when a loud sound startles them or if another rooster in the area is considered a threat. While DE is thought to rid chickens of external and internal parasites, too much can cause respiratory problems. Required fields are marked *. We watched her swim about 60 feet across the pond to the other side ! I stopped and had to back up and I didnt see him, I felt the bump and my heart sank. Not mentioned under Poison is any non-organic anything. Then keep an eye on her symptoms. This usually sorts them out within 2-3 days. One day I noticed our German Shepard dog was playing with the chicks in the yard and had killed about 10 of them. They all end up in the same place, the freezer. Me personally I would choose between the Wyandotte and Leghorn.Look for the best personality. She seemed fine all day but, in the evening, when I was giving treats she didnt appear so I went to look for her and found her on the coop floor, dead. she has been trying to feed THEM, and hasnt been eating. Simply because I have no idea what it is and dose it harm them.  3 Place the collar on the back of the rooster's neck. !.I might try a different brand of layers pellets but Im not holding my breath.. Pat, I would try a different brand and ideally one with at least 18% protein content. I'd personally not cut it's throat if you're not eating it. I came out to put them away for the night, and she went missing. So, yes; be extremely careful about dropping things on the ground or the floor. As we all know, chickens arent much bothered by HMOs. When its obvious that youve got a roo in the flock, what can you do? Dont want it to happen to you Two hours later when we came back, both chickens were under the coop and had passed away. I hollered to Dad, who picked up one of the dead chicks, swatted Duchess over the nose with it, pulled her ear, and told her NO MORE! Hell start crowing pretty early in the morningaround 3 or 4 am. Could this possibly a poisoning or toxicity to something she ate? I clean their coop out daily and ensure there is lots of straw and it is warm and dry and lots of fresh water. So that rooster that came with your pullets at least had a little bit longer lifespan. Hi Pat, In fact, many bird rescue places will try to rehome hens with responsible owners. If you really cant bear to give your unwanted roosters away to someone who might eat them, look for a farm animal sanctuary or chicken rescue group in your area. Another MUST is to keep anything edible cleaned up. No need to wing it, become the ultimate chicken eggspert! Not everyone wants to deal with a rooster in the flock. Yes. Absolute no-nos- chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, raw dried beans, moldy produce, avocados and salty stuff. I left to do normal day-time things. If anyone has any suggestions on what we can do please help. Do you dread trying to catch a chicken to examine it or treat it - especially those roosters? Maybe youve hatched a clutch of 12 eggs and ended up with 10 plucky little roos, or maybe you live in suburbia, where local council laws or cantankerous neighbours make keeping a backyard rooster difficult (but not impossible). I use a metal chain to suspend the fixture, duct tape to secure the wiring, and an extra securing with strong twine for securing all! You can go through a humanitarian organisation like the RSPCA if you wish, but note that adoption rates for chickens, and roosters especially, are actually fairly low. This can be categorized into two: Snapping the head by hand and the broom sticking method. He was born May 2018. Claire. -Vindicators don't have AOE spell, evokers have. Here are a few tips to trap them: Get acquainted with the feral chickens' habits; know where they forage. The objections to this are usually ethical and/or personal, but ultimately, something needs to happen to these unwanted animals. Be aware that smaller terrier-type dogs will dig underwire, so you need to protect against that possibility by burying your wire mesh. They absolutely must have access to clean, fresh water at all times. I hate to ask this question but youd be surprised the number of times people find a secret nest where their hens are going to lay- are you certain they arent laying whilst they are out roaming? Suffice it to say, I wont be using that poultry expert againespecially as one girl died within 12 hours of said advice, and the other had to be killed after 5 days as she became so poorly. I dont think it was bumble foot. I was at the end of giving her poultry cell and B-12 compound when she dropped her head to the side. I would read about Bumblefoot to find out more about what youre describing. From, their fantastic courses. So do I! To be sure research it. I have a hen with these symptoms, dirty butt, yellowish poop which smells weird, abdomen is swollen, waddles, comb is a little dark and sort of dusky on comb tips. Can they live a normal life with my laying hens? I made the decision to put her to sleep so she had no more suffering and now I am wracked with guilt. Subscribe my Newsletter for new blog posts, tips & new photos. She must have thought it was a worm! Lemongrass (dry/dead) Preferably a cool place that she can rest. She did and I went and got my hair dryer. We have put together some of the most common ways chicks or chickens health and survival can be severely impacted and what you can do to avoid these things. Poisoned small prey is someone elses next meal. Im pleased to read that Im not going mad in wondering if tomatoes could be poisonous to the girls. Go you! Whether that's for the pot, or because a bird has become ill, or simply because . ) anyway, these are only a few of poisons weve taken for granted for years, but they are verboten when raising backyard chickens.