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Old 03-04-2014, 04:33 PM   #1
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Lets see your chickens. My little one love collecting eggs and feeding the chickens. Now she want a milk goat.
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:40 PM   #2
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we've got some. it's our first time trying it. got 4 chicks late last year that turned into 1 rooster and 3 hens. figure the roosters days are numbered because we should be getting eggs anytime between now and easter.
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:46 PM   #3
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I started with game chickens too and then slowly went to Black Australorps and Barred Rocks. The game hen set really well but they don't have any meat on them. I still have two or three grey hens i keep around for hatching. One just hatched out 12 chicks Sunday morning.
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:54 PM   #4
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We have chickens ,peacock guineas and ducks . Don't have any pics . Think we have 18 or so chickens
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:25 PM   #5
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I grew up around game chickens. These were free. This is our first time to raise chickens. WE have 10 pullets and 1 stage. They have been laying any where between 6 to 10 eggs a day. Does anyone know a good wormer that is ok for egg consumption? Prefer organic.

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Old 03-04-2014, 05:27 PM   #6
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Currently 5 as I had to put one down just last week due to being egg bound or stroke
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:28 PM   #7
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Does anyone know a good wormer that is ok for egg consumption? Prefer organic.


you can mix in Diatomaceous earth into their food....

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Old 03-04-2014, 05:32 PM   #8
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Bought 120 meat chickens last year as chicks. Rhode Islands, I believe. Built a nice pen, all the fixings...

After the hawks got in, I installed a top over the entire pen. Then the coyotes came in. Installed mesh 3 feet into the ground around the pen. Then the raccoons and possums came...

By the time they were big enough to eat, I had 48 chickens at about $28/each. I just buy them now.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:35 PM   #9
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Bought 120 meat chickens last year as chicks. Rhode Islands, I believe. Built a nice pen, all the fixings...

After the hawks got in, I installed a top over the entire pen. Then the coyotes came in. Installed mesh 3 feet into the ground around the pen. Then the raccoons and possums came...

By the time they were big enough to eat, I had 48 chickens at about $28/each. I just buy them now.
I know how you feel. I am trying to train my 11yr old duck dog to leave them alone.
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:37 PM   #10
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Awesome to see your little girl doing that; my youngest son grew up tending to everything from cattle, to horses. Growing up with that responsibility he became a good provider to his family and recently got his daughters involved tending to livestock. What a way to grow up. Good job Bubba!
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:23 PM   #11
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Awesome to see your little girl doing that; my youngest son grew up tending to everything from cattle, to horses. Growing up with that responsibility he became a good provider to his family and recently got his daughters involved tending to livestock. What a way to grow up. Good job Bubba!
Thats how I was raised. Its pretty neat to know from start to finish where your food comes from. There is definitely a difrence in an egg that is only a day or two old.
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:22 AM   #12
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My wife and I started with 4 chickens in our backyard. Then she wanted a milk goat......,,then land hunt began and lasted a year, bought our small farm .
3 1/2 years later were living on 23 acres with about 70 laying hens, milk goat, milk cow and pastured pigs. It's an addiction that we love.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:46 AM   #13
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^^^^
Great pic

We have only two none laying hens right now.
Soon time for new chicks and slaughter of the old hens

Just love me a fresh egg
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:01 AM   #14
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I do quail
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:18 AM   #15
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Great pic

We have only two none laying hens right now.
Soon time for new chicks and slaughter of the old hens

Just love me a fresh egg

Thanks, my wife can do some great work with a camera. The freshness of the eggs and meat from raising your own food is amazing. Our daughter has seen and learned more being involved with all of it then some people do in a lifetime. We enjoy it very much and get excited to see others starting out just like we did, first just a couple chickens, then a goat and that's how it all begins. Good times
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:49 AM   #16
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LWarchery.... Not sure how long you've had the game hen or if you know anything about them. The hens make great moms, they set and brood chicks great. I just wanted to warn you in case you didn't know. If the hens hatch out chicks you have to be care full around them, Mine will attach me and my dogs if we get too close. I hate when I'm not paying attention and all of a sudden I have a ****** off hen in my face trying to get me to back off from her chicks....
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:32 PM   #17
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LWarchery.... Not sure how long you've had the game hen or if you know anything about them. The hens make great moms, they set and brood chicks great. I just wanted to warn you in case you didn't know. If the hens hatch out chicks you have to be care full around them, Mine will attach me and my dogs if we get too close. I hate when I'm not paying attention and all of a sudden I have a ****** off hen in my face trying to get me to back off from her chicks....
Yes sir I learned all about them when a was a little kid. This is my first time raising them. My grandfather has raised them for over 40 years. Thats how I got them for free. I have been beat on by those momma hens several times.
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:36 PM   #18
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My wife and I started with 4 chickens in our backyard. Then she wanted a milk goat......,,then land hunt began and lasted a year, bought our small farm .
3 1/2 years later were living on 23 acres with about 70 laying hens, milk goat, milk cow and pastured pigs. It's an addiction that we love.
That is my goal next is property with every animal you can think of.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:53 PM   #19
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Lwarchery ... those are some healthy looking chickens..... whatever your doing it appears right...
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Kinda a sore subject right now. Our new house came with a chicken coop so I beefed it up and we were given 2 hens and a old rooster (Gammpy). My wife fell in love and so did my 6yo son. I found my dogs in the coop Saturday morning. They dug through a layer of concrete and pulled back the tin. They then spent the next 4 hours in a very small travel kennel with a blanket over it, with 3 dead chickens. I'm going to beef it up a little better and get us a couple more.
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:27 PM   #21
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I wish I could raise them, buy eggs for a good price.
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:32 PM   #22
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This is going to be one of our next backyard projects.
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:38 PM   #23
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We just got 3 Gold Sexlinks that are 18 weeks old. Should be getting eggs soon.
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:11 PM   #24
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No pics but son just whacked a possum that was getting eggs. We provide welfare for lots of critters. Coyotes, bobcats, hawks, possums and chicken snakes like them

We have had chickens for years, fresh eggs are great
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Old 04-16-2015, 04:12 AM   #25
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My wife and I started with 4 chickens in our backyard. Then she wanted a milk goat......,,then land hunt began and lasted a year, bought our small farm .
3 1/2 years later were living on 23 acres with about 70 laying hens, milk goat, milk cow and pastured pigs. It's an addiction that we love.

awesome pic!
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:28 AM   #26
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I live in the city limits and my place isn't big enough to allow chickens. I am about to start raising Coturnix quail though. Jumbos for eggs and meat.
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Old 04-16-2015, 12:06 PM   #27
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right now I have about 250 hens at the house.
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:17 PM   #28
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can u post a picture of that coop or dimensions
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