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07-03-2016 03:55 PM
Rubberback
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Originally Posted by V-Bottom View Post
Was thinking about getting a bale of hay but I wanted to get ya'lls thoughts on this. I wanted to put some in the chickens RUN. Yes or no? What about putting some in the hen house on the floor?
Pine Shavings in the coop. Put sand in the run so they can bathe in it.
06-20-2016 02:22 PM
jebber backyard chickens dot com.

Great resource, they also have a 'free - rehoming' listing ... mostly roosters.

We had ducks for quite a few years, totally without animals now for the first time in ages.
06-15-2016 09:25 AM
monkeyman1 I like my eggs with a pinch assault.
06-15-2016 09:19 AM
sotexhookset Yes a run is a good idea. That way you could have target practice with armor piercing 22 shorts. Like a carnival game.
06-15-2016 09:14 AM
V-Bottom Was thinking about getting a bale of hay but I wanted to get ya'lls thoughts on this. I wanted to put some in the chickens RUN. Yes or no? What about putting some in the hen house on the floor?
06-05-2016 09:26 PM
bowmansdad We have about 20 hens and get 6-9 chicks every year or so to keep up with attrition. Wife raises them in the back bedroom until they are fully feathered out then to the big cage in the chicken yard. They stay there for 3-4 months while the other hens get used to them. We put out in the big yard at about 5 months and put them up in the cage to roost at night. After the other hens accept them we transition them to the big hen house.
06-04-2016 09:52 PM
V-Bottom My chicks are 2 months old now and I moved them to the big coop. I have two RR's that look full grown. Those two grew fast. I have some work to do on the run tomorrow and I will turn them out to do their thing. They will be on chick starter feed until they start to lay....then some scratch and laying mesh. I have 16, mixed dark egg layers. Not sure how long I should keep them in their run before I decide to let them roam in the back yard. When ever that is, their wings will be clipped for sure.
06-04-2016 07:59 AM
Jaysand247 We have 12 hens no rooster . I've had chickens all of my life .. above info is on point .. one thing use a small cage when the Bittys get their feathers .. don't throw them out in the big coopicture until they are 3 months or so old .. everything likeshould to eat chicken and small ones are easier to get .. we have tons of eggs .. I bring eggs for my whole unit at work .. we feed our some laying pellets and all of our scraps except raw meat .. chickens will eat anything ..
05-18-2016 02:36 PM
Deer-Slayer We have had chickens for years. You don't need a rooster unless you want more chicks. Buy either chicks or young birds, you don't want someone's old hags that have pretty much quit laying. It will take 14 to 16 weeks before the chicks begin to lay, take's a good while, but once they start each hen will lay an egg per day. Six hens and you will be covered up with eggs, 3 dozen per week, so you better like to eat em. Tending to them is easy, feed the chicks starter until they mature, then put em on hen layer pellets and throw them some scratch make sure they have water. Give em all your left over raw veggies, ie. potatoes peels, watermelon rind, salad, etc., they love that stuff. They will slow down laying eggs in the winter due to the shorter days, but those hens will lay for several years before you need to make chicken soup and start over.
05-13-2016 02:44 PM
hilton I have an extra rooster that you can have for free - we have way too many roosters.
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