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Old 05-30-2010, 05:17 PM
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Who is raising what this season. Lets see what evryone is raising for the Labor Day bar-b-que. I am sure Cgrand and twentynine are raising a few egg layers and broilers.

I just spent the weekend on some of my wife's good friends farm/ranch in Smthville, Texas. I collected eggs and fed the chickens, ducks and geese all weekend.
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Old 05-30-2010, 05:27 PM
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Chickens eating watermelon........!
I won't go near that one!
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Little peckers.
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:10 AM
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They eat with those peckers....
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:34 AM
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Don't do broilers. I would love to do broilers but no one in the family would eat'em but me. For some strange reason they prefer the embalmed chickens from the store.

Right now I have 5 black sexlink hens, 1 barred rock hen, 2 red sexlink hens, 1 light brahma hen. Plus a sicilian buttercup rooster named Stewie.

I think Chris (cgrand) got himself a dog that was real partial to chickens, so I don't know if he still has his.
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Last winter was hard on my flock. Down to about a dozen birds and I'm not getting anymore, when these die off I'm done. The price of feed has gone crazy and it's just not worth it.
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Originally Posted by nanjemoycat View Post
Last winter was hard on my flock. Down to about a dozen birds and I'm not getting anymore, when these die off I'm done. The price of feed has gone crazy and it's just not worth it.
Yes! Feed prices have gone through the roof. I have been raising chickens since you could get a 50# bag of Layena for $4+. I remember when it broke the $5 barrier, I thought that was expensive.

1st of the month to day, feed run. 100# of Purina Strategy (horse), 11# bucket of hoof supplement (horse), 1 dose Ivomec wormer (horse), #5 oyster shell (chicken), #5 coarse grit (chicken), 30# Nutro Lite (dog). Plus Farrier visit for the horse. Gonna knock a he!! of a hole in a $150 bill. No chicken feed because I accidently told my wife to buy twice what we needed last month, least ways that's her story and she is sticking to it. But normally the feed list would include #50 Layena Pellets, and #50 Flock Raiser pellets.

I ain't even included the cats or heart worm meds or flea meds or fly sprays, getting scarry so I think I'll quit.
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still have my flock (and the bloodhound...)
1 sicilian rooster (prince humperdinck), three black sex links, 2 ameracaunas, 1 red hen. i get 6 eggs a day, like clockwork

the chickens are now happily segregated from the dog in a 50x50 fenced yard
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still have my flock (and the bloodhound...)
1 sicilian rooster (prince humperdinck), three black sex links, 2 ameracaunas, 1 red hen. i get 6 eggs a day, like clockwork

the chickens are now happily segregated from the dog in a 50x50 fenced yard
Hey that's great Chris.

Humperdink ---- I had one named Clodhopper, that rooster was bent he had a strange love for tenis shoes and crawfish holes.
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After spending the weekend with the birs, I think we may have to have few around the house when we move.


I have always wanted to raise a few Bobwhite Quail. Do you think a chicken tractor would be the way to go, until the birds mature and we let them graze?
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I use a tractor as an in between. Kinda when they out grow the brooder but are to small to go in the yard.
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