Need Bees Removed?
International
Beekeeping Forums
October 21, 2014, 08:48:27 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: Beemaster's official FACEBOOK page
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar bee removal Login Register Chat  

Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Hens and chicks combo troubles  (Read 1152 times)
twb
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 276


Location: Southwest Michigan


« on: December 20, 2008, 02:39:38 PM »

The family reunion is complete.  Seven eight week old chicks have been combined with five laying hens (one of whom hatched and raised the chicks.  Things have gone fairly well, but, the chicks have not been allowed,by the hens, to roost on the perch provided.  I added another perch and the hens claimed it for some reason, but the chicks do not seem to dare to roost on the other one.  They could actually all fit on one but obviously that is not going to happen.  The problem is the chicks go into the nesting boxes to "take cover" and get away from the hens and I do not want them leaving their deposits there where the eggs go angry.  So, do you think the chicks will figure it out and eventually roost on a perch, and how could I encourage this to happen sooner?
Logged

"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."  Proverbs 16:24

Sincerely,
TWB
Brian D. Bray
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 7369


Location: Anacortes, WA 98221

I really look like this, just ask Cindi.


WWW
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2008, 02:58:35 PM »

In my experience it's not unusual for 8 week chicks to still huddle on the ground.  Mine have always transistioned to roosting between 10-12 weeks, which is when I combine them with the older layers.  The situation will sort itself out over the next couple of weeks.
Logged

Life is a school.  What have you learned?   Brian      The greatest danger to our society is apathy, vote in every election!
twb
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 276


Location: Southwest Michigan


« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2008, 08:15:32 PM »

  The situation will sort itself out over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for the encouragement.  I was concerned that if bad habits were allowed to continue it may be tougher to remedy later.  We will wait and see. 
Logged

"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."  Proverbs 16:24

Sincerely,
TWB
poka-bee
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1651


Location: buckley wa

I am NEVER bored!!


WWW
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2008, 08:24:00 PM »

Don't worry, they huddle on the ground till they are ready, then one evening they will be on the perches all growed up! grin  J
Logged

I'm covered in Beeesssss!  Eddie Izzard
Irwin
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 2343


Location: Lakeside OR

howdy all


« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2008, 09:08:51 AM »

I used to put boards in front of the nesting box's just before they came in for the night. It keeps them allot cleaner  grin
Logged

Fight organized crime!  Re-elect no one.
kathyp
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 15194


Location: boring, oregon


« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2008, 01:18:13 PM »

a little poop on the eggs is going to happen anyway.  i used to just keep a bail of straw by the coop and change it out when it got mashed and yucky.  seemed there were always one of two hens that couldn't keep things clean.
Logged

.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Beemaster's Beekeeping Ring
Previous | Home | Join | Random | Next
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.20 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines | Sitemap Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.276 seconds with 22 queries.

Google visited last this page October 18, 2014, 08:54:25 AM