Jen Fulkerson wrote: My wonderful husband can't bare to get rid of anything, so I'm embarrassed to say I can barely get inside my garage let alone keep my chicks inside. Thanks 😊
bruce, did you mean Bonnie Johnson's comment
bruce Fine wrote:what is Oregon essential oil?
Oregano as in the herb, made into an oil and usually sold in a jar with a dropper, is used as a anti-viral and anti-biotic when taken orally with water. If I feel a sore throat coming on, I will take a drop or two. I'm not *sure* what it does, but in my case it may simply be calling all the local white blood cells and telling them there's a problem, as the stuff tastes truly gross.
Oregano Essential Oil in the chick waterer
Some breeds are more aggressive than others and also have more tendency to get bored. Some breeds are better suited for some situations just as some plants will be happy in one climate and struggle in another. Despite that generality, you also can get a bird that's just plain mean and the freezer is a good place for it as you don't want to propagate those genes. However, if you think it is just environmental rather than personality, consider selling or giving the bird away to someone who might have a better home for her. I met a lovely hen once who's owner could *not* cope with how often she went broody. I managed to facilitate her going as an exchange to a 3rd farm where a broody hen could better be accommodated. Both people were very satisfied with the exchange!
She was being way aggressive with the chicks and ended up in the freezer.
Jen Fulkerson wrote: Not being raised a farm girl it's hard for me to eat my chickens. I don't know, time will tell. Thanks 😊
I'm very careful not to name birds that are going to end up being "dinner". It's much harder with a hen but usually by the time they're done, I don't mind just planting her under a tree or shrub, as I usually have young roosters or drakes to eat instead. However, you mention dogs, so one possible solution is to skin the chicken and turn it into dog food if you don't want to eat it yourself. If she's pecking eggs and picking on other birds, the risk is high that some bird is going to decide to peck with her and then you may have a much larger problem. Some people don't have a problem eating an animal that they've formed a bond with, but many of us certainly couldn't do that as newby farmers, so cut yourself some slack and look for other solutions. I don't know if putting the trouble-maker in "time out" any time you spot her being naughty would help (dog crate with water would do) or crating her separately at night and not letting her out until you've collected the rest of the eggs? You may need to try to convince her that "you're the top rooster" and she needs to get in line. These are just ideas you can consider based on your time and equipment. Hopefully you'll find a solution you're comfortable with.
Not being raised a farm girl it's hard for me to eat my chickens.