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Chicken Rearing 101 a very funny lesson in chicken rearing A MUST READ! 10 Replies

Capon: A castrated male used for meat. [How much could that yield?]Pullet: A female chicken under one year old.Hen: A female chicken over one year of ageRooster: A male chicken over one year of…Continue

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A place post pics of the cute chicks we love =-)

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does anyone have any issues with snakes in or around the chicken coop or areas where the chickens or eggs are? If so, what do you do about them and how do you keep them away?Continue

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New to chickens, what's a bantam? 9 Replies

I got chickens, (Rhode Island reds, Polish crested) mostly for insect control.  My husband suggests we should get some bantams but I have no idea what makes a bantam a bantam.Is it just size or…Continue

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Comment by Alison Baker on March 17, 2012 at 9:17pm

anyone know what is considered safe fertilizer on grass the chickens graze on?


Comment by dale learn bayda on March 12, 2012 at 10:44am
Sharon, Hybrid will lay longer than heritage, green egg layers are fickle.
Read about the egg producers from the hatcheries sites.
DONOT get a straight run unless you plan to put most of them in the freezer (most turn out to be roosters)
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Good luck, there are as worrysome  as they are delightful!
BTW my coop has been tested by the bear, coyote, fox, hawk, and mountain we say chickens are nothing but easy prey!
Comment by dale learn bayda on March 12, 2012 at 10:43am
I think the cheapest coop is the one that works right the first time. We use dog kennel panels, get 6 one for the top and one for the bottom...add enough dirt for the chickens to scratch deep enough the will not catch their toes.
Put coop inside, ventilation is important warm enough their combs will not freeze, the need shade they can overheat easer than get too cold.
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on March 11, 2012 at 9:58pm
Alison, I use either sugar cane mulch or straw in the chicken house. The mulch came about by pure accident when I asked hubby to carry bale across to chicken run for me to line their floor. He carried the wrong one and lined the cage, so after discovering it worked out cheaper than straw we carried on using it. We did try the wood shavings after hubby picked up huge bagful (as in as big as my car boot)lovely I thought, until he lifted it out, caught the bag on the boot lock and it showered all over my car - inside of course! Once that batch was used I said never again!
Anyway we now empty chicken house and throw it all in compost bin and just stir occasionally and use it when everything has broken down nicely, usually 3 months minimum depending on weather. We do have 2 compost bins on the go at one time. Friend of mine has 4, lined up like little soldiers!
Comment by Sharon Howell z7NC on March 11, 2012 at 2:36pm

I want to get some chickens, never had them before. How old do they get when they stop laying? Also need to come up with a cheap coop for them. will  have to fence them in we have fox around here

Comment by Sharon Howell z7NC on March 11, 2012 at 2:21pm

Lyn....momma and baby is so cute

Comment by Alison Baker on March 11, 2012 at 1:46pm

THANKS  for your input Dale, really appreciate it. think I need a second compost bin! or third.

Comment by dale learn bayda on March 11, 2012 at 11:28am
I clean out my coop when I put the garden to bed in the fall, I just cover my beds w/their stuff cover that with black plastic. The next spring everything is alive! Worms and yummy smelling soil.
I can not compost as others do because my nights are so cool the compost never gets hot enough.
I know fresh pine shavings will leach out the nitrogen in the soil...but chicken poop is so full of nitrogen too....hummm
I would give it a season? Let it sit and add it in the fall.
Comment by Alison Baker on March 10, 2012 at 8:40pm

does anyone else compost thier chicken poop, thats mixed with the pine shavings? how long until you can safely use in your garden?

Comment by dale learn bayda on February 17, 2012 at 8:41am
Fencing the chickens in is easer than fencing all your yummies in.

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