Our ladies are about 4 years old now. They continue to lay but just aren't so reliable. Like people, chickens don't have eggs their whole life. I guess some of our hens are going through menopause. Do chickens have menopause? I wonder if they have hot flashes? Mood swings? Hmmmm.... Should I start adding
St John's Wort into their feed? About 12 weeks ago we ordered Buff Orpington hens from Murray McMurray Hatchery. Sweet little chicks.
They ate and ate and grew into much bigger poults. Too big to stay in the brooder so we moved them to their own section of the coop. They still had to share their space with the turkeys but had so much more room. They had to be kept separate because the hens would bully them. Evidently they haven't seen the PSA about bullying. I wasn't sure how to introduce the new kids to an established flock. I did what I do a lot. I went online. The Murray McMurray Hatchery site had a blog with ongoing information on just this subject. We put in a gate and a chicken wire mesh to allow the birds to see each other but not mingle. We did this for about 3 weeks. Then each day after I opened the coop up, and the hens went out to free range, we let the new poults out to get used to the coop.
They enjoyed the freedom. The hens would come in check out the new girls. There were a few episodes of hair pulling and pecking. Just like transition to middle school.
Everyone is getting along great. The poults still tend to roost together and no more bullying.
Now we have an integrated flock. I guess they get along well because they have so much room to range.
Much Love and Prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm