It sounds brutal, but more brutal to have her try to live through that. Submitted by linda roland on January 10, 2020 - 3:06pm. I've got some beautiful bantams, 3 d'uncle and one buff brahman, I've had them about 9 months, and they are all laying well. You can opt-out at any time. I am not wanting to eat the eggs I am wanting babies. Introducing "One Thing": A New Video Series, The Spruce Gardening & Plant Care Review Board, The Spruce Renovations and Repair Review Board. Something digs holes outsise the coop and getting into my chickens. I would never force or fool my hens into laying by adding the additional hours of light just to get a few extra eggs from them. I am thinking about chickens and ducks now. Getting on a draft, quails can lose plumage and are more often sick. You do not need a rooster but, if you are allowed to have one then why not? I recently visited my brother in Washington and he has chickens and I FELL IN LOVE. My wife raises a lot of chickens and i got tired of all the work. I have a problem with a attack chicken. Submitted by PellyRdGirl on February 21, 2012 - 9:58am. It might be worth visiting a chicken coop to get a sense of the noise level and what you think will be acceptable. Thanks, Submitted by Marilyn Gee on September 23, 2014 - 8:36pm. Tending baby chicks isn’t difficult, nor need it be elaborate. He is terrifically protective. Caring for baby chicks in the first few weeks is a time-intensive but fun process. Her name: BLUE....She would come in the house if the door was open just to find him. Submitted by The Editors on November 22, 2015 - 11:51am. If you go away on vacation, you’ll need a reliable chicken-sitter—and they can be scarcer than hens’ teeth. Their chemists are paid to lie. Submitted by Michelle Hebbard on July 24, 2018 - 4:03pm. I have read to put oyster shells in their food because it sounds like they need more calcium. Submitted by Yolanda Wittman on April 20, 2020 - 7:31pm. Submitted by Sandy Teel on August 16, 2018 - 11:37am. I had enough of it and we had chicken soup. She will be very defensive, refuse to leave the nest, often she pulls feathers from her breast to line the nest and keep the eggs warmer. I purchased 3 hens which were exposed to a rooster. I really enjoyed mine! This keeps the temperature at 92°F (33°C) at 2 inches above the floor. Submitted by AmyC on January 12, 2015 - 6:47pm. Submitted by The Editors on April 25, 2020 - 8:11am. There are undocumented accounts of “yard chickens” living for more than 10 years. Do you have cats in your own home or nearby houses and fear they may attack your chickens even during daylight? 10-18 weeks Started feed. After that, they’ll scratch the ground and peck out hidden worms or insects, mixing up the soil in the process—all with endless enthusiasm and curiosity. Do you have any suggestions on what breeds to buy? An easier way to lay chicken wire instead of digging a trench for the wire is to lay the wire out about 18" running away from pen, then cover with a little dirt and let grass grow over it. The MMS will quickly disappear in sunlight, so it must be given daily for a while. what feed can i be feeding my hens so that they give me fertile eggs? They have such funny personalities. She got in the bath tub with them last night. Chickens need food (and water) daily. You can keep your chickens in a coop with just a small run attached, … We thought at first that something might had got her because she was the only missing hen until she came home 1 morning when it was time to be feed and as soon as she ate she left again. Now when it's time to clean out the coop all I have to do is hose out the bottom of the coop and spray down the pan. You will need to keep them under a heat lamp, monitor their temperature, and make sure they have food and water. For more details, see our, How to Care for Laying Hens on the Small Farm, Chicken Breeds: Plymouth Rock or Barred Rock, Where to Buy Baby Chickens and Other Poultry Online, Keep Your Chicken Coop Smelling Fresh and Clean, Easy Chicken Care Tasks to Make Part of Your Routine. As such, they are good flock protectors. Submitted by Shanique Nelson on August 24, 2017 - 1:04pm. We don't use lights either. The shells, along with the chicken poop, can be tossed right into the compost pile. 2 parts poop to 1 part bedding materials. Submitted by The Editors on September 7, 2013 - 1:52am, The question of how many chickens to buy depends on how many eggs you want (assuming you're raising chickens for eggs). Submitted by ROCKY on February 27, 2017 - 9:45am, Submitted by John birimumaaso on March 30, 2017 - 5:32am, Submitted by OBASI KALU UMA on April 15, 2017 - 4:42pm, Submitted by Karim Iddrisu on May 14, 2018 - 5:37pm, Submitted by Vince T. Padi on July 7, 2017 - 6:25pm, Submitted by Burl Cabe on December 31, 2016 - 7:44pm, For some reason I started thinking about the way about the way I used to keep eggs fresh without Refrigeration in the olden days We used to raise chickens when I was a kid in Illinois, but I don't remember hardly anything. Great Post! You've probably been so kind that this hen thinks she's above you in the pecking order. Submitted by VicEmae on March 27, 2015 - 7:45am. I have 4 in my coop, which would never go back in when I first got them, I had to put them in every night. Submitted by Brenda Burey on April 27, 2012 - 2:39pm. I have no idea where to start and love your input. They will come to you when you whistle very reliably and it comes in handy (or can be a good party trick for the kids!). I used to use a small two section yard outside the coop. We live in north east Indiana and have no idea where to start. Submitted by Monica on October 8, 2017 - 1:38pm. Chickens like all other animals need a balanced diet. Well a couple of things. I had perchesed 15 chicks their about 5 weeks old, when can I start feeding them pellets? Submitted by mason on June 5, 2020 - 8:32pm. Also, my mother would hold her and pet her neck until she fell asleep. Let’s “start from scratch,” so to speak. Best way to get rid of mites in legs. Recently moved to a farm and I am in heaven and want to take advantage of the space and area to have some feathered friends - but want to do it RIGHT for the chickens sake. Submitted by Patrick. If you’re going to have hot, humid summers, consider Black Austrolorp and Red Sex Link, and Delaware breeds. Also, sometimes there are certain breeds that just aren’t great layers. We don't use lights on our hens. Maybe it's because they are related. Submitted by The Editors on October 17, 2013 - 9:12am. Hens will lay eggs through spring and summer and into the fall, as long as they have 12 to 14 hours of daylight. Then keep them entertained with objects as simple as a homemade swing or a pile of rocks to keep them happy and content. When I raise my broilers, I like to keep a pine shaving bedding pack of at least 12 inches deep. I was told tomatoes and onions ? We have a pretty good flock of hens,geese and ducks that all live in the same barn like house that we built and there is plenty of room for all the animals to live comfortably together. I would set up a separate area for them using electric poultry netting and a charger. Thanks for all this great info! Feed is about $20 per 50-pound bag at my co-op, but prices vary depending on your location and the quality of the feed. When a critter tries to dig in he hits the wire and gives up. Do I cut this off ? About, 1/4-1/2 cup each, per feeder. The birds will need a place to spread their wings, so to speak: a sizeable chicken run, for example, or a whole backyard. Submitted by john on October 20, 2019 - 1:11pm. Submitted by Linda C on April 23, 2012 - 11:35am. We hatched out some eggs and got another rooster. The "T" posts are not strong enough for a determined big dog. Chickens do best eating naturally--with grass, bugs, and other foraged material. They are also very helpful in the compost pile by turning it over looking for food. take wood blocks and make a playground and screw them into each other. Feeding, watering, gathering eggs, and periodically cleaning bedding are the main tasks. We got rabbits, as I showed and raised those for 4H. Try throwing a few old eggs in a place near your hen house but not right next to it. The hens need that rest in the low laying season. Submitted by Ashley G. on April 14, 2019 - 5:20pm. Do your research! If you are concerned about the floor of your chicken coop check out the article here. What else can we do? Check out the breed list on backyardchickens.com - it's not complete, but it's pretty good. I am so upset. What should I do?? Submitted by jeremy on July 2, 2020 - 8:04am. Heat is a problem, isn't it? This is the easiest way to transition your chickens. But the thing I would caution you and all chicken owners is to be careful about commercial feeds. In terms of the breed, Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Australorps and Orpingtons are all great egg layers. Submitted by Michele kirchner on February 17, 2017 - 9:15pm, Submitted by kari simmons on September 15, 2014 - 2:18am. Submitted by Brenna Harlan on August 18, 2013 - 8:30pm. Will that hurt them anyway? Flip her around, and carry her around for 15 to 30 minutes in front of the other girls. Good layers and good meat. come from a long line of chicken farmers, love 'em! Simply a collection of cracked grains, it does not have a complete balance of any of the nutrients a chicken needs to live. I have a Rooster, he is the protector of the girls, not only from other animals but he also keeps the flock in order. Submitted by Dennis Germann on April 23, 2020 - 10:22am. Chickens with feathered feet scratch less and bantams can clear a 6 foot fence if they want to. I tried to introduce her back into the flock with only one other hen, but each one I tried her with lasted about 15 minutes before the pecking began. It's great to see that you want your chickens out and about, it's so good for them and you as they will be much healthier birds. I got creative for my coop and used an extra large dog crate for my coop. Hi to all, with eggs prices these days I am thinking to get a couple of chickens and commit to them but I live in far west texas in the middle of the desert, here is very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter (not like new york). If you live on a farm and have structures built, sure, but suburban or in towners must build a secure, up to code structure, or purchase one, and it will add up quickly. Much of the day, the birds entertain themselves, picking at grass, worms, beetles, and all of the good things that go into making those yummy farm eggs. Backyard gardens are on the rise, and many people are starting to raise their own chickens for eggs. However, if you are particular about your patio furniture, or anything for that matter, you need to know that they will perch wherever they can. During winter, they lay better. Chicky poo is great for the garden after it has been composed for 90 days. And PellyRdGirl, thanks for the chicken-training tips. I have two hens and one rooster In a 5'-5' coop. the vet around here is very expensive so i'm looking at you for something. I collect my eggs once a day. This kept the sperm from floating to the top Submitted by Jeneal on December 23, 2013 - 6:56am. Maybe you're looking for laying hens only or a combination of laying hens and birds for meat, but you're not sure you know how to care for them? My kids moved me to town. These are public records. Submitted by Chuck Adams on June 20, 2019 - 3:19pm. We use soybeans, worms, and yogurt mixed with whole grains (not corn). Submitted by we have chicks on April 22, 2013 - 11:43am. I did have some questions though first two are ... 1. They need to keep themselves warm and they are also burnt from egg-laying and need to recover. Submitted by LoLo3092 on September 22, 2015 - 11:19am. Is is grit or ouster? Boy do I have the stories about BLUE ! A rooster can be a great asset to your little flock. Then turn the chickens loose on it. Submitted by George McClelland on October 2, 2016 - 7:40pm. Plus, with their keen eye for insect pests, chickens make for great gardening companions. I think 4 to 6 hens is a good amount to have for a backyard flock, or at least 5 hens a rooster (Chickens are social creatures.). So, if you want a dozen eggs a day, buy 18 hens. I have 3 adult chickens.we can have cold weather. Have a Cool or Chicken Tractor built before you purchase pullets. Peg, Submitted by D'Annette on October 1, 2013 - 4:28pm. Then you just water in the waste into the grass. Think you want to keep some chickens on your small farm or homestead? My chickens got into paint chips (none lead) and mortar chips. I have yelled at them from the top floor out the window and was surprised that they got the message and got out!! They won't have time to dig holes. So wait for a cold snap, and keep the coop door shut for at least 48 hours. I don’t think there are any concerns. If you have a ‘nice’ garden that you don’t want spoilt, it’s usually a sensible idea to limit their foraging. Aw, thanks! A rooster has a larger comb (the fleshy crest on top of their head) than a hen, and longer tail feathers as well. Dried leaves with a handful of scratch mixed in works well also. Be prepared to RUN to the post office when they arrive!!! Your space limitations may determine the answer to this question. I wish you the best in your farming adventure. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Enjoy your eggs! What do chickens eat and drink? Well..I say, oh, oh yes, it will cost so very much more than that. When do you introduce grit? is that true? Submitted by hippie homemaker on February 22, 2012 - 5:49pm, Submitted by PellyRdGirl on February 21, 2012 - 10:07am. They would live to approx. You may even find zoning maps online. Rats love the sugar in coke and will be attracted to it. .chickens. My husband and I recently moved onto 10 acres, we have been wanting to raise chickens for years. To reduce mortality very important add special vitamins to the water, you can by them in any pet store. I observed that a few of my chickens started developing a weird behavior moving erratic, loosing balance like they have a neurological problem. When the gardening season has finished for the year, let the chickens into your gardening space and watch them go crazy! Toss Out Your Food Scraps. One of my hens had that problem when I purchased her and the old feathers had obviously been broken off. Daylight is for being awake and dark or night is for sleep. Is there any way to help cleanse them? Submitted by Marsha Benson on September 11, 2015 - 6:14pm. I began using the MMS therapy we use for our own health which goes into their water. I live in Northern Ontario, and only used heat lamps for babies (chicks and lambs). Thanks in advance. See more of our beginner’s guide below: Welcome to our Raising Chickens 101 Guide, a series of chapters especially geared to helping beginners! Did you have to go to hardware cloth instead of chicken wire? When he came into his roster roll, I hated him. I got miniature goats for dairy and make cheese too. Submitted by Tommy on March 8, 2017 - 12:12pm. A proper coop should be large enough that you can stand in it to gather eggs and shovel manure comfortably, but a simple henhouse can be quite a bit smaller. In general (all other requirements being fulfilled, such as a rooster), a hen will be more likely to produce fertile eggs if she is healthy and has good nutrition. It's been almost 6wks. You can use a heat lamp or ‘Electric hen’ heat plate. There are many possibilities for chicken coops. Allow the flock some supervised free range time. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Submitted by Katanahamon on December 4, 2020 - 3:01pm. What should we do? Regards They also need a comfortable perch, nest boxes, water, and nutritious food. Anne.Bella, Submitted by corey timm on June 23, 2013 - 11:47am. You will need to keep them under a heat lamp, monitor their temperature, and make sure they have food and water. They have places to take a dust bath and catch a few rays.) They will need to be warmed for around 6-7 weeks or until the ambient temperature is roughly the same as the brooder. Bread should be fed in moderation as it contains nearly no nutritional value. Or, you can also hold her upside down. If a chicken is aggressive, it does not mean it is a rooster. Thanks. I just noticed that my chickens are eating the insulation inside their coop. We have thrown out all previous eggs and will be starting new but how long do you think we should wait before consuming the eggs? Submitted by The Editors on February 24, 2016 - 4:26pm. My chicken coop at home which my husband and a friend built is almost done. We have a gravel floor in our barn and it actually works well for the chickens. However, if you want eggs to raise chicks, you do need a roaster to breed your own hens. Breeder feed is recommended when the hen is laying eggs for hatching; or second best, provide layer feed (for hens that have started laying eggs). Check out this automatic watering system- autowaterkit, Submitted by mvelase Dlamini on October 22, 2016 - 4:44pm. If you have the room, keep her by herself. Submitted by Mendawing on March 25, 2012 - 8:04pm. What Breed are your chickens? If you vacation, know that you have someone knowledgeable to tend your flock. Well, the problem with not having a rooster is, hens don't have the best defense against racoons. Submitted by Bj on October 21, 2016 - 11:52pm, she does this for hours a day. The same thing happened with the third when I found a home for my second rooster! Submitted by idol quilts on January 10, 2012 - 9:39am. Your production will be better for it. Plus, any housing must be sturdy enough to keep your chickens safe from all the predators out there! Same with pasta. Calcium in oyster shells for strong egg shells. Submitted by HomeGrownGirl on March 24, 2012 - 2:14pm. If you can’t do this work yourself, you’ll also be buying skilled labor. Submitted by Chicken guy on April 6, 2015 - 9:44pm, Submitted by emmanuel obanise on November 15, 2014 - 4:04pm. When egg-playing, they need more protein. 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