All the girls are still in the run together.
Some ups and downs the last few days.
Yesterday was a little worrying as the new girls were being attached by the older girls. A liberal dosing with Johnsons Anti-Peck spray and some Gentian Violet where blood was drawn and things calmed down. Apparently the Anti-Peck Spray tastes of sour and strong apple. The chickens didn’t tell me this – it’s what it smelt like. A bit of pecking and they soon decided it wasn’t quite so yummy.
Today there was calm. No pecking. All very odd. Long may it last.
I’m getting into the habit of giving them Mash to eat during the day. No, not the kind based on spuds, but layers mash. Basically it’s Chicken Porridge. Well, not Porridge made from Chickens, but Porridge made for Chickens. Sometimes it also includes Human Porridge. Well, not Porride made from Humans. But Porridge eaten by Humans. Radioactive glow optional.
So layer mash’s ingredients may or may not include some of the following
- Large Dog Bowl (hopefully not eaten)
- 3/4 full of Layers Pellets
- A bit of Garlic Powder
- A bit of Chicken Spice
- Small handful of Bokashi Bran
- Small handful of mixed corn to keep interest
- Porridge (optional)
- Lots of hot water
- Leave for 10 mins to swell up / absorb the water
This keeps the chooks amused, and fed till about 3pm, by which point it’s mostly gone.
Layers Pellets et al are available all day should they scoff all the Mash.
As another diversion tactic … I’ve taken away the second waterer. So they’ll only have the SuperGlug to drink from, and this’ll also keep them busy as it vends water at one drip per peck.
The plan is less time for pecking. Well, pecking is not specifically prohibited as they’d starve. Pecking needs to be done for eating and drinking, not for causing minor lacerations of fellow members of the species.
We got seven eggs today. I am sure Delilah will come on line in the next couple of weeks.