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FOX!!! 4 Replies

We started back in February with 9 left in our layer flock - one roo and 8 ladies.I had to come and get out my frustration. We had the rooster "processed" this morning as he has now attacked both my…Continue

Tags: grah, annoyed, chickens, fox

Started by Tasha Raymond. Last reply by Tasha Raymond Jun 11.

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.

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Comment by Tracy Johnson on September 27, 2010 at 6:52am
Thanks for the welcome & great feedback! My chickens now have laying feed and oyster shell, which they are gobbling up at a fast rate. I feel really bad that I wasn't aware that what I was feeding them wasn't good - but they're happy now & will hopefully start laying soon. Quick question - so what's the deal with having the rooster & the eggs being fertilized? Is it really gross? We just really wanted a rooster, but we're raising chickens for eggs - not meat.
Comment by rachel whetzel on September 27, 2010 at 11:38am
Actually, some of the eggs labeled cage free, and free range in your regualr grocery store can be hatched! (and so are fertile) There's no difference in taste with fertile eggs. You just need to be sure to pull them daily, and keep them in a cool area (like the fridge) so they don't start to grow into chicks! Some hens actually lay more productively with a rooster, but as you know, a rooster isn't necessary to get eggs.
Comment by Sue Tirrell on September 28, 2010 at 3:54pm
Hi Everybody! I wanted to ask if anyone has used a solar powered light in their coop (or barn, shed, cabin, etc). When I google solar lights, I just seem to come up with the kind you stick in the garden. Several years ago we stayed in a mountain lodge in Banff, Alberta that used small solar powered lights in the bedrooms and outhouse--the solar panel was mounted outside a window and the light was inside. I think these type of lights would be good for my small chicken coop, enough light in a small space to keep the girls from getting SAD. . . . any insights and direction would be appreciated!
Comment by Lynda Reynolds on September 28, 2010 at 4:09pm
If you go on ebay they have solar lighting for sheds...
Comment by Robbie Knight on November 3, 2010 at 5:30pm
If you build it, they will flock! We finished the coop and run and a friend had to move, so we now have 3 "guest" hens. One, the golden-laced wyandot, instantly displayed aggression issues so we have to separate her; she's across a chain link divide from the other two and now they're all learning to eat and drink and scratch right next to each other. the aggressive hen has not charged anybody today. Saturday I'm getting 3 more hens from my teacher who is coming over with a selection to "play chicken", or just throw a few combinations of hens in the coop to see how they interact and set up a nice solid flock for me. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this woman! If you live in Colorado and are thinking about a backyard flock, take Aimee's classes! She's at manifestedwings.com.
Comment by Robbie Knight on November 3, 2010 at 5:30pm
And welcome to Ashley English! Woo-hooo! Love your books!
Comment by Amika Cook Ortiz on November 30, 2010 at 4:11pm
Hi all - new here.

We have a large backyard flock - I say large because most others I know personally have smaller backyard flocks.

We have two roosters and 17 hens of various heritage and laying breeds... production red, buff orpington, barred rock, golden laced wyandotte, rhode island red, light brahmas, white rock, and partridge rock. With 15 chicks in the brooder that are delaware, golden laced wyandotte and welsummer.

My pet flock are my silkies; one partridge silkie rooster with two buff hens, one white hen, one grey hen and one black hen. We also have 5 silkie x cochins in that coop. We think two are cockerels and three are pullets at this time.

In addition we have ducks!! Love my ducks. And we keep them separate from the chickens. We have three cayuga, one buff and two blue swedish ducks.

In our other brooding pen in the barn we have 12 ducklings that were a hatchery special. Still trying to figure out what they are - certain we have one cayuga and five rouen but not sure about the rest.

Anyway just thought I would share... we have had them for over year and a half so if I can help with questions I will try.
Comment by Ellen Peavey on January 7, 2011 at 9:12pm
I'm new to this site, I live in southeast Georgia. I have three Barred rock hens one Bantams Rooster one Jersey Giant Red rooster and one bantam hen. None of the hens are laying, the three Barred rock hens are six months old, the little white bantam hen is older but I'm not sure how old. The big red rooster never crows but is always trying to peck the hens on the head. Should I get rid of one of the roosters?
Comment by rachel whetzel on January 7, 2011 at 9:21pm

First of all, WELCOME, Ellen!! It sounds like you have too many roosters and not enough hens. I would choose the rooster that is less agressive with your hens. Even then, the suggested number of hen to roosters is MINIMUM 8-1. I have had one roo with three hens before though, and because he was a less aggressive breeder, they all did fine.

That might not be what's causing your laying issues though. I would think that the most likely culprit is the cold weather and lack of daylight hours. I have 9 laying hens, without artificial light, and I'm averaging 4 eggs a day. Sometimes less. In summer, I get one egg a hen every day.

Comment by Aliza Ess on January 27, 2011 at 4:29pm
We recently have been having to do some small chicken first aid (I posted Tuesday about our White Orpington's injured comb). This morning I tried to put her back in the coop but not all the scab was off and our more aggressive Rhode Island Red started to peck at her. Good thing I'm tiny enough to crawl into our coop- I hustled in and pulled her out of there! Guess we're going to have to bring the Orpington back into our shower and work at getting all the scab off.

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