Hi - I'm in the process of planning for our first flock of chickens. My selection has been based on chickens that are friendly, smart, good for beginners and somewhat heat tolerant as the summers in Santa Clarita can be brutal at times. Oh, yes, and a few eggs would be icing on the cake. My selection includes a Barred Plymouth Rock, a Rhode Island Red, an Easter Egger, and a Wyandotte. However, I have noticed that the Wyandottes don't seem to be recommended on this forum and have discovered that they tend to go broody. How difficult is it to deal with a broody hen or should I just switch to a different breed. If switching is the best choice, what would you recommend?
Hello, I have enjoyed my hens and coop from Dare 2 Dream since 2017. They are nice egg-layers as well. I am concerned about Goldie, the sex-link, who just sits on her hocks most of the day. She will take a few steps and then sit down and does not go up/down the ramp. She was getting picked on, so now she is separated and is brought in to the house at night. She is skinny despite eating. I am providing TLC and after a month, brought her to the vet. He really couldn't tell what was wrong with her w/o blood work and scans. Her poop tested normal and she does not have lice or mites. I added B complex to her diet a few days ago. Do you have any idea what this could be? Thank you for your knowledge.