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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 Erin Mitchell on June 18, 2011 at 5:03am
Hey, Jodie! Everything that I've read depends on the temperament f the hen and when you put them in. Everything says late at night to put them in and that if they can't be under her while hatching, at week old they should be ok, but keep an eye on her :)
Comment by Jodie Westwood on June 17, 2011 at 1:46pm
So far so good with our setting hen on 10 turkey eggs. I figure July 2 for hatching. Have 6 more in the incubator that didnt fit under her. OK - providing the incu's hatch - how will sneek the hatchlings in with mama hen? My husband has serious concerns on where I am going to put these turkeys. I figure casualities, but out of 16 eggs I should get some. Any ideas on putting hatchlings with mama?
Comment by Caroline Malcolm on June 17, 2011 at 1:09pm
We ended up making a home for our chicks using the old "dog crate" for our lab and lined it to make it a bit more habitable  - it gave them enough room both inside and outside the house.  They'll be introduced to the coop soon!
Comment by Erin Mitchell on June 17, 2011 at 12:52pm
ok, checked on chicks today (still a few days to go) and all were warm and heavy! yay! about another week and we should have chicks! Now... what to do with their housing.. On a different note. Our 1 laying hen got up UNDER the coop.... SO much fun getting her out *sigh*
Comment by Erin Mitchell on June 10, 2011 at 9:17am

Lucky chickens, indeed! Good job!


Our broody hen has gotten up every now and again. the hubby went to put a bowl of food and water in the coop for her and was hissed at and puffed up at, so he said, "she can get her hoochie butt up and get it herself" lol

Comment by Sarah Beard on June 8, 2011 at 8:16pm

The New Chicken House erected at my folks place. 

Lucky Chickens!

Comment by dawn hughes on June 6, 2011 at 9:52am
I have a hen that went broody about 3 weeks ago. I think she's just coming out of it. I don't have another place or even space to raise babies. We live in an association neighborhood and have just 3 hens, who we love. So, every day, when the other 2 would lay their eggs, I went right out to get them. And every afternoon I would let all 3 out of the run to run around in the yard. I had to physically remove Jane from her nest box but, once she was out she would run around for awhile. She would sometimes try to head back to the nest but, I closed up the coop and run so she couldn't get back in. I wanted to make sure she was eating and drinking and stretching her little legs. On Sat she was in the run with the other 2 when I got home from work in the morning. She has stopped the incessant clucking and fussing and seems to be more like herself. I'd love to raise a clutch some time but, I need another place to put them and I don't have that right now. Someday though....
Comment by Meredith on June 6, 2011 at 1:43am
We have hatched two clutches of ducks with our broody hens (two different times, the last was just 2 weeks ago, darling things).  Both mama hens would get up and eat/drink once a day or so and take care of their needs.  We worried the first time around that the eggs would get cold....  All 9 fertilized eggs hatched, no problem.  Same with this time.
Comment by Erin Mitchell on June 6, 2011 at 12:56am
Standard feed stuffs... She's just sitting. She'll eat when hungry enough :)
Comment by Jodie Westwood on June 5, 2011 at 1:45pm
I have managed to get Henrietta (Barred Rock Hen) to set on 10 turkey eggs.  Let me count the days.  Any suggestions on additional feed or supplements to help her through the extra days?

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