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Old 03-28-2009, 11:12 AM
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My wife has decided that she would like to raise some chickens, is this really going to be a pain in the ass or are they fairly easy to raise?
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will be alot of fun, should bring ya alot of laughs,
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Chickens are funny and fresh eggs are great. Buy sexed hens. Raising them from hatchlings is a PITA. You can count on a little less than 1 egg per day per hen. I like Rhode Island Reds. As an added benefit if you have dogs your flea and tick population will decrease. Put a light and timer in the Henhouse during winter months to keep egg production up. Have fun.
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hehehe. I don't know if I believe you, Sid. You just don't seem to be the chicken-farmer type....

IF IF IF you are serious, I have a little tip for you. If your WIFE gets chickens, and she gets bantams, they will roost in your trees, or your neighbor's trees. May want to ask the neighbs if they want chickens, also. lol.

twentynine should be along here shortly with more tips. The man knows quite alot about them, seriously.
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My wife and I have chickens, what would you like to know?

They are easy to raise, provide great tasting eggs. If you get Americana's you'll have "Easter Eggs", multi-colored blue, green etc... Ours roam around all day and eat various things. Handy too, here you can see various chickens inspecting my boat.

Dave :-)
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don't let a rooster get in with the chicks,he will stand on their body and pull off their heads.
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You gotta ask yourself some questions.

Do you have room for them to free range? They will cover some ground and your nieghbors may not like chicken crap on their cars and carporch. Your boat covered if it ain't they are gonna be in the boat.

Caged or couped, everyday and I mean everyday feed and water, water and feed. Do you plan on travelling, well you would need some one to feed and water the chickens for you.

Okay. Those questions answered. What do you want. Chicks, pullets, laying hens?

Chicks are sold at most feed stores, and can be mail ordered too! That's right you get a box of baby chicks in the mail. The chicks are sold as straight run, in other words as they hatch that's what you get, usually works out to about 50/50 hens to cockerals.

You can buy sexed chicks,--- hens. Bought as chicks it will take about 6 months for them to be laying good.

Pullets-- hens that are a couple months old, a little more expensive then chicks, but a little more durable. You will lose some of the chicks just because, pullets are a little more hardy.

Laying hens---- Mature hen already laying, cost you maybe $5-10 each maybe more if they are young birds.

If it is just you and your wife you don't need more than three hens unless you run a restaurant.
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Chickens don't get on your car or in your boat. They hide UNDER the car and boat! We have about eighteen birds now... they will be predated on. Got to lock them up at night, foxes, raccoons and during the day, Cooper's Hawks, Red Tail Hawks and Bald Eagles at least where we live. We give the extra eggs to our neighbors and co-workers. Just order a straight run (on line) from McMurry hatchery, you'll get some roosters (in a box of 12) but that's part of the experience.

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Sid are you looking for layers or broilers? I have considered growing broilers but slaughtering the darn things could be a PIA.
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Originally Posted by KJS View Post
I have considered growing broilers but slaughtering the darn things could be a PIA.

all u have too do is choke it
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I have ordered hundreds of chicks from McMurry. I still get the feeling of excitement when I think about the box of chicks coming in the mail.

I ordered straight run mostly, red rocks, white rocks, barred rocks, rhode islands. The best I ever ordered was a black chicken, for the life of me I can't remember the breed, but they were laying machines. Seems maybe it was a black ostralorp(spl) Dang I guess I'll have to go to the McMurry website to look.

Boy, I remember one time McMurry sent me a flier in the mail(pre-email days) about special offers. One was named "freezer special" or some such thing. Any how the chicks were maybe .50 or .35 each. They described it as being what ever was left over. Talk about wants overloading my butt. I ordered 300 of them jokers, figuring I'd have plenty for the freezer and if I was lucky I'd end up with maybe a couple dozen pullets. Shucks I ended up with like 50 pullets, most of them of a breed that were chickens bigger than german sheppard dogs. They didn't lay a whole lot but they sure could eat. I also ordered some of the fancy breeds, top hats and such. By and large I found them to be to delicate for free range. All of them except the auricanas them dang things would eat snakes rats toads, and Lord knows what else. Roosted in the top of the trees.


Predidation-- never had much problem with hawks, dogs, coons or owls. But a mink, if a mink gets into the hen house, you will be hawling dead chickens off by the wheel barrow full.
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Yeah, we love getting the chicks - pretty exciting! Could your large birds have been "Jersey Giants"? We got several of those and boy they were large!

We had a problem with predators, seems we kept finding headless birds. Turns out both raccoons and hawks tear the heads off first. Walked in to the henhouse one day and found a hawk removing a chicken's head. Geesh, turns out it was a Cooper's hawk and known to just fold his wings and walk into the hen house's small chicken door and take his pick.

I eventually put netting over the run, and kept them in thier yard when a chicken thief was hanging around.

We had some Polish (fancy) and some other of my wife's experiments but as you said they couldn't take the free range life.

Dave :-)
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Originally Posted by PossumBoy View Post
all u have too do is choke it
I knew that comment was coming in here somewhere.....
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when thier wings grow they take flight, how can ya gather the eggs when they roost in the trees, everyone does realize they do grow and fly, as a kid i grew up on a farm, cliped the wings and gathered the hens in a pen at night from the barnyard.
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Yeah I never pictured my self as a chicken farmer But she is convinced so I'm going to be building a coop and a run for them, I'm not going to let them roam except in the run I'll fence in for them. Were going to raise broilers, about 20 of them for starters cornish x I think she said. I've got plenty of room but can't let them roam because of the dogs around here would eat them all.
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Originally Posted by PossumBoy View Post
all u have too do is choke it
Do you mean Choke The Chicken ?


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Originally Posted by Captain Sid View Post
My wife has decided that she would like to raise some chickens, is this really going to be a pain in the ass or are they fairly easy to raise?
My son of 30 decided it would be cool to raise 8 chickens. He has 2 each of 4 different kinds. I get to baby sit them when he takes off to wherever.... I'd say they are easy to care for but someone needs to be there to care for them. He lets me know he left after a few days and I'll go get the eggs and make sure they have feed and water. What the heck do you do with 20 eggs???? You go back the next day and there is another 8 more! Its only me and wifie so our egg usage is limited. What do you do with all them eggs??
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Originally Posted by Captain Sid View Post
Yeah I never pictured my self as a chicken farmer But she is convinced so I'm going to be building a coop and a run for them, I'm not going to let them roam except in the run I'll fence in for them. Were going to raise broilers, about 20 of them for starters cornish x I think she said. I've got plenty of room but can't let them roam because of the dogs around here would eat them all.
The correct terminology is Chicken Magnate!

Broilers?

Sid have you ever killed, scalded, plucked and gutted a chicken?

It ain't like in the movies and they don't look nothing like the broilers you buy at Winn Dixie.
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Well I figure it's pretty close to processing a turkey or duck, and I have done that many times over the years
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i have three laying hens and one rooster, i get three eggs a day
this weekend we got four more pullets

sid if you have any particular questions fire away. twentynine helped me out a bunch when i got my first flock. all they really need is food, water, and a secure place to roost..they are cool characters to have around

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