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HOMEGROWN Eggs vs Store Bought 4 Replies

In the last 6 months there are now 4 places selling eggs.  FREE RANGE EGGS say the signs.  I am a city slicker what do i need to know about store eggs vs road side farm eggs?Storage?Do they last…Continue

Started by Joe Klinkhoff. Last reply by Joe Klinkhoff Mar 7.

Winter Chickens 11 Replies

Well, my chickens are in the bathroom for the winter. Once the water dishes started freezing up, in they went. What do you all do with yours?Continue

Started by Jana Franzen. Last reply by Jana Franzen Jan 31.

recommendations needed guinea - chickens - chicks - keets are COLD & DYING 5 Replies

I have approx. 86 chickens and 7 adult guineas.  8 little chicks and about 34 guinea keets.  They are in a very big barn that is 60' long.  They is a lot of open space.  I have 34 keets that are over…Continue

Started by Cindy. Last reply by Tasha Raymond Jan 8.

Discouraged! No eggs 11 Replies

My chickens are 6 months old now and I still have no eggs.  I have nesting boxes filled with straw in the coop.  I have put about a 1/2 a dozen guinea eggs in the boxes to show where to lay.  I have…Continue

Started by Cindy. Last reply by Eric Bateman Oct 30, 2013.

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Comment by Nancy on November 14, 2011 at 11:05pm

They can feed whenever and I have had the light in there for the past couple weeks anyway.  I wouldn't butcher them.  I only butcher the meat birds I ordered with them and they were wonderful.  They grew huge and I cooked our first one this past week.  Wonderful! Just can't figure these girls out.  They are stubborn, I tell ya!  They even have a rooster so, I hope, they will have some babies next yr, if they ever lay to begin with. Meredith, I am jealous of your hens productivity right now. Thank you both for your info. Very informative!

Comment by Meredith Cope on November 13, 2011 at 8:28pm

Nancy, I think it would help if you put a light in your hen house.  Just turn it on between 6-7 am and turn it off around 9-10pm.  We do this, and we've still been getting a good number of eggs.

 

Also, how are you feeding them?  Do you have a hanging feeder that they can eat from free choice, or do you feed them an amount once or twice a day? 

We were feeding our hens twice a day, and I noticed that we weren't getting as may eggs as we should have been getting.  We bought a free choice hanging feeder, and that has helped significantly!  We went from 2-3 eggs a day to 11-13 eggs a day.

Comment by rachel whetzel on November 13, 2011 at 4:59pm

Nancy, I wouldn't waste all your money and time you've put into raising these gals up into butchering. If you want to help them lay now, you can always put a timer and a light in your hen house and lengthen their "daylight" hours up to the 14. I don't artificially light, so I'm not getting eggs right now... but I would consider that over butchering with hens I just got.

Comment by Rachel Hoff on November 12, 2011 at 11:46pm

Though I generally like to give my girls a rest, you could put a light in the coop. Put it on a timer so they have at least 14 hours of light. Might help squeeze some more eggs out of them.

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:49pm

Thank you for that info.  Well, isn't that just great.  I hate buying eggs.  I have some older hens and only one is laying.  They are not older than 2-3 yrs old.  Why would they not be laying? I would certainly dispatch them if all I am doing is feeding them. I figured it was the molt but they all look good now. Those 3 should be spitting out some eggs.  It has just not been a good Fall for us, I think.

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:48pm

Thank you for that info.  Well, isn't that just great.  I hate buying eggs.  I have some older hens and only one is laying.  They are not older than 2-3 yrs old.  Why would they not be laying? I would certainly dispatch them if all I am doing is feeding them. I figured it was the molt but they all look good now. Those 3 should be spitting out some eggs.  It has just not been a good Fall for us, I think.

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:48pm

Thank you for that info.  Well, isn't that just great.  I hate buying eggs.  I have some older hens and only one is laying.  They are not older than 2-3 yrs old.  Why would they not be laying? I would certainly dispatch them if all I am doing is feeding them. I figured it was the molt but they all look good now. Those 3 should be spitting out some eggs.  It has just not been a good Fall for us, I think.

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:48pm

Thank you for that info.  Well, isn't that just great.  I hate buying eggs.  I have some older hens and only one is laying.  They are not older than 2-3 yrs old.  Why would they not be laying? I would certainly dispatch them if all I am doing is feeding them. I figured it was the molt but they all look good now. Those 3 should be spitting out some eggs.  It has just not been a good Fall for us, I think.

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:48pm

Thank you for that info.  Well, isn't that just great.  I hate buying eggs.  I have some older hens and only one is laying.  They are not older than 2-3 yrs old.  Why would they not be laying? I would certainly dispatch them if all I am doing is feeding them. I figured it was the molt but they all look good now. Those 3 should be spitting out some eggs.  It has just not been a good Fall for us, I think.

Comment by Nancy on November 12, 2011 at 10:48pm

Thank you for that info.  Well, isn't that just great.  I hate buying eggs.  I have some older hens and only one is laying.  They are not older than 2-3 yrs old.  Why would they not be laying? I would certainly dispatch them if all I am doing is feeding them. I figured it was the molt but they all look good now. Those 3 should be spitting out some eggs.  It has just not been a good Fall for us, I think.

 

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