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A place to discuss and share the joy and trials of chicken raising! Share your chicken knowledge, photos, coop plans, ask questions, anything chicken related!

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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 Rachel Hoff on June 17, 2010 at 2:40pm
We currently have 11 layers. We just added wooden eggs to a nest box to get one of them broody to raise some chicks for us. We're going to try our hand at raising meat chickens, but not the Cornish Xs, but rather heritage birds. Not sure which breed yet.
Comment by Meredith Cope on June 17, 2010 at 3:02pm
Rachel, I just posted about Meat chicks, but check this out:
http://www.jmhatchery.com/free-range-broiler/freedom-ranger-chicks/...
Comment by Rachel Hoff on June 17, 2010 at 3:57pm
Yeah, I've seen Freedom Rangers before. I think we're going to go with an older breed though.
Comment by Nicole Karr on June 18, 2010 at 11:36am
Hi there. This is my third year raising meat birds and our fourth with layers. We now have 52 peeps, 2 roosters, and 13 adult laying hens. I love to stand around watching them. see more of my flock here http://whenareyoustartingablog.blogspot.com/search/label/Chickens
Comment by Mel W on June 26, 2010 at 10:08am
Hi all. Just wanted to introduce myself. We have had egg layers since 2003 when one of my daughters joined the 4-H Chick Chain. We currently only have Black Sex Link hens but in the past have raised Brown Sex Links, Barred Rocks, Americanas (quite a treat with their peculiar habits and colorful eggs), and Dark Cornish.
Comment by Pete and Izzy's Mom on June 28, 2010 at 4:38pm
Hi Mel, I have two easter eggers right now, they are so much fun, we love the blue/green eggs! I would love to raise purebred Ameracaunas someday when we can keep a rooster. We also have black sex links and barred rocks, my sex link hen lays the BIGGEST eggs I have ever seen!
Comment by Maleah on July 8, 2010 at 8:32am
Hello! New here as well and new to chickens. We have 4 that are around 8-weeks old, think. They are a hoot! We have two Buff Orps, a Silver Laced Wyandotte, and a Black Australorp.
Comment by Amy Sirk on July 18, 2010 at 1:14pm
Hi, I'm new here too. I've been growing lovely organic food for 4 years now (since we escaped L.A.), added laying hens back in March and have now started a batch of meat birds.
I'm looking forward to enjoying y'all's company and learning lots of new things.
Comment by Amy on July 20, 2010 at 5:49pm
I have a sick Rhode Island Red on my hands and no idea what might be ailing her. Her comb is pale and droopy and she sometimes has very runny waste. The feathers around her vent are a mess. She is eating and drinking but does not seem to have her usual spunk. Her tail feathers are not droopy and she doesn't have any respiratory issues. The temps are up around 100, so I have her inside where it's cooler. Any thoughts and remedies are welcome.

Comment by Rachel Brownlee on August 3, 2010 at 12:53pm
Hi everyone. One of my chickens has been loosing feathers just on her neck. Does anyone have any insight on why or what to do? I put a pan of diatomaceous earth out, thinking it might be mites, but it's not improving?

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