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Egg Prices 3 Replies

Hello everyone, I'm curious what everyone is selling eggs for a dozen?  In your area how many chickens do you need to make a profit?Continue

Started by richard maxwell. Last reply by Jana Franzen Mar 3, 2016.

Help! Brooding hen? 3 Replies

I have one hen, ginger who has decided she wants some chicks. The problem is we had no rooster!I kicked her out of the coop cause she's been in there for almost 3 straight days, and now you can tell…Continue

Started by Jessica. Last reply by Jessica Jan 20, 2015.

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, 2014.

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, 2014.

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Comment by cheryl on February 8, 2011 at 2:47pm

Hi, I am new here. I am from the city but moved to TN on 5 acres. I have been learning to be selfsufficient by learning how to grow food, raise animals and also alittle about water catchment,solar and wind power.

I got my first hens and a rooster 2 years ago. They were 3 months old when I got them I didnt know anything about them. The 5 hens are black sex links and my rooster which turned out to be blind is a barred rock.

After 6 months the hens started to beat up the rooster so I build him his own cage before they killed him. I ended up getting 2 rhode island chicks at the store and housed them with the rooster and they are great together.

I am a work in progress with all this...lol I hope I can share and learn from all of you.

Comment by Rebecca Tando on February 8, 2011 at 3:24pm

Hi Cheryl!  Glad you're here.  :)

I'm new here too.

Five acres in Tennessee? Sounds like heaven to me!

Good job figuring out how to preserve the rooster's life!


I got my chickens about 6 weeks ago, full grown from a friend.  Two hens and one rooster.  They JUST started laying!  They chose (oddly enough) the coldest day we've had here in Texas (south east) so far... it got up to 18*F that day, whereas most of our winter has been downright balmy, in the fifties to sixties!

Comment by Cynthia Morehouse on February 21, 2011 at 6:26pm

Greetings all. New here as well. So glad to find this site. We just aquired about 16 acres not too far from us now in PA. Our goal is to become as self-sufficient as possible.

We definately want chickens. Will probably be one of the first animals we get. Of course making the land livable is goal number one!!

Comment by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater on February 27, 2011 at 10:54pm

Hello!  I just wanted to share this essay I wrote a bit ago for our local  NPR station...it seems to be the way of things 'round these parts!  We have about 19 chickens in upstate NY. Chickens are the New Labrador Retrievers

Comment by Shellie A. Gades on March 18, 2011 at 12:25pm
New here... working out plans to build a backyard coop. I love chickens!
Comment by Erin Mitchell on March 28, 2011 at 10:40am
Our first dozen!
Comment by Rebecca Tando on March 28, 2011 at 11:04am
Congratulations, @Erin Mitchell!!! :D  Isn't that a great feeling?  Did you get them all in one day?!
Comment by Aliza Ess on April 4, 2011 at 4:10pm

One of our Orpingtons got broody so we got six fertilized duck eggs for her to hatch... a friend of ours works at the zoo and showed us how to "candle" eggs to see if they are still healthy.  It was a fun science experiment!


Here's a photo:


If you want to read more about the backyard menagerie! >


Comment by Nancy on April 4, 2011 at 8:04pm
A week ago a weasel, or better described by my investigating, a stoat (?) attacked and killed 8 of our chickens.  We have kept the rest of the girls in the coop for fear of death until we can catch this evil critter.  Tried a foot trap to no avail.  Found out where his scat is but can't seem to find where he is holing up and since the chickens are not luring him out anymore, I have no tracks to track.  One of the traps suggested using a drain pipe for it to run through but that would be if I knew his usable trail.  Anyone have any suggestions?
Comment by Meredith on April 18, 2011 at 12:56pm
Sorry if this is a repeat....  I have (had) a healthy flock of nine laying hens and two ducks.  I noticed one of my healthy hens developed red feet.  She didn't seem to be in distress and continues her normal behavior.  A few days later she seemed ill with lethargy.  No cough or sneezing, eyes remained bright, she ate and walked around if motivated.  I quarantined her and started her on sulfanomides, but she was dead by morning.  I am keeping a close watch on the rest of the flock.  One might be coming down with illness (no red feet) - so I separated her for the past few days.  I am paranoid about cholera (someone put that thought in my head).  And ideas?


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