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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

Started by dale learn bayda. Last reply by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW Jul 2, 2015.

Insert your chicken pics here! 112 Replies

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

Started by Brenna z6 PA. Last reply by sarita hatch Feb 17, 2013.

snakes 2 Replies

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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Started by Earlene Sorrells. Last reply by 10edc775exkyh Nov 15, 2012.

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

Started by MrPKitty. Last reply by Lyn - Sydney Apr 9, 2012.

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Comment by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW on July 25, 2015 at 2:20pm

OK the wild chickens I picked up last year will never lay eggs in the barn on a regular basis after all this trial. Got that. So now the tame Rhode Island Red pullets are finally corralled into the coop. We plugged up the tunnels over to the neighbor's yard yesterday & cut back the blackberries so we can keep an eye on all escape routes. Left gates open so any strays could reenter & roost as usual, but No. They decide newly-pruned shrubbery is better & now are too high for me to reach to clip their wings & "coax" their little birdie butts into the barn to roost at nite. Taking lessons from those wild ones? Hope they enjoyed getting rained on. . .

Comment by mo puff on June 19, 2013 at 9:34pm

Catherine, googling did show me what their eyes would look like if they got IT..but  google didn't say how or IF it could be prevented? Mostly talked about humans and brain swelling. Hmm.. I will talk to local feed store and friend chicken keepers in the area. Just thought some in here may have experience. I DO really appreciate your response Thank YOU.

Comment by mo puff on June 18, 2013 at 11:21am

I just heard on the news that my county here in Fl. is having BIG mosquito problems and that some cases of encephalitis have been found in chickens. I know nothing about encephalitis, or symptoms, or how to treat/ prevent? Anyone have answers? What do I look out for?

Comment by Donna Lane on June 15, 2013 at 12:35pm

here is a pic of roo roo lucy and ethel roo  is in the back

Comment by Donna Lane on June 10, 2013 at 6:21am

so far no snake problems here but I watch very closely as we have a cow pasture behind us and we have had bad rain everyday but 1 so hope they don't wash out around here it will be their first and last mistake I hate snakes all snakes

Comment by Donna Lane on June 10, 2013 at 6:14am

oh I want some silkies so bad they are so beautiful my little buf's are enjoying the back yard so much had to seperate them from the barreds as they were pecking their feathers out so now everyone is happy will put them back in when they get big enough to fend for theirselves

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on June 7, 2013 at 3:01am
Donna, they are just the best, such a lovely nature. I currently have 4 Chinese Silkies that I bought as 11 week old chicks almost 3 yrs ago. They aren't prolific layers, eggs are very small and few and far between, but they are always happy to jump on the eggs of any of the remaining 6 chickens that lay huge eggs! Your Buff Orpingtons are beautiful!
Comment by Donna Lane on June 7, 2013 at 2:17am

oh I am in love with the white silkies I want a pair so bad we are going to check on some today couldn't sleep I was so excited here is my newest babies they are buf orpangtons and they are semi free range they stay in my fenced in back yard

Comment by Aubrey Mayle zn5 Ohio on May 4, 2013 at 8:26pm

New to chickens, but wanting to try chicken keeping on a small scale before purchasing a large coop, finding out I don't like it, and the leaving the coop sit unused.  I'm looking for a dual purpose breed that is cold tolerant- we get some pretty severe up and downs in temps in northern Ohio.  I've been looking at Rhode Island Reds or Buckeyes, but am open to suggestions.  This is the link to the coop we are looking at purchasing.

Comment by Pam Chewning on May 2, 2013 at 9:03am

Now that it's Spring,and I have started my vegi garden,I am not free ranging my chickens as much.This is due to the fact the first place they go to is the garden!My plants are just babies,and I need to protect them,so have put a four foot fence around it, but the "girls" found a way to fly over it,and get into all sorts of trouble!! How can I keep them entertained in their coop while my garden gets more established.All ideas are welcome:)


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