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Chickens

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:03 pm
by fruitfly
Is there a particular reason why chickens poo so much? It seems disproportionate compared to other small animals.

Re: Chickens

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:11 am
by ina
:lol: I have no idea - never noticed!

Re: Chickens

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:49 am
by fruitfly
And they drop them wherever they are, is there anything I can do to make them toilet in a specific area?

Re: Chickens

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:28 am
by Odsox
No.
But a good plan is to move their run to different places over your garden so they naturally fertilise the soil for you.
Especially good to let them run over your vegetable garden in winter to remove pests and manure the soil equally all over in one go.

Re: Chickens

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:07 pm
by fruitfly
Talking of pests, and this didn't happen when I had chickens a few years ago, when these chickens pooed, within ten minutes loads of flies came out of nowhere to work on the droppings in the garden (not in the shed, thankfully). I got four of them on Friday and today is the first day I let them free range so it's not as if it was all out there for ages. Is there a tried and trusted way of repelling flies from a garden - plants, gadgets, anything.

Re: Chickens

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:05 pm
by fruitfly
I've been dusting with the diatomaceous earth powder, hopefully will keep problems at bay.

Re: Chickens

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:31 pm
by fruitfly
I was putting food out the other day for the chickens and one went wild when it saw my ring (stones), so much so that even though it was downward, the chicken bent its neck to peck upwards, and with force. It happened again and now I have to make sure I don't wear stoned rings when out dealing with them as I'm worried I might have to squish loads of chicken poo to find a gemstone! Is there magpie in chickens, I wonder