Crossed / Crooked Beak

Scissor beak aka: Crossed beak- What it is and How to Manage It

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by Kathy Shea Mormino  The Chicken Chick

Scissor beak, aka: crossed beak, crooked beak, is a condition in which the top and bottom beaks do not align properly. It can be caused by genetics, an injury or the inability to maintain the beak’s length and shape… Continue Reading

 

Broody Hens in the Coop

A Solution… For When the Broodies Take Over the Nests

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Broody hens claiming the community nest area.

Sometimes broody hens can take over the nest area and not let any other members of the flock enter the hen house or their nests. That means the other hen’s routine is upset and this can interrupt or even stop egg production.

It’s better to move the broodies to a confined area. But if you don’t have a separate area suitable for them, sometimes it’s just better to go with the flow and put extra nest boxes in the coop for the others. This is a much better idea than to let them find a place on their own, because what you’ll be doing in that case is going on an everyday egg hunt!

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Extra Nest Box

As you can see, members of the existing flock will rather quickly claim the new extra nest boxes and egg production will eventually resume. One way or the other, problem solved! To help them along, a ceramic egg or golf ball in the box often helps lure them in.

Simple? Probably not, it’s almost inevitable that two hens will claim the same box!  So put out a few!