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Old 04-27-2011, 10:06 AM   #11
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If you can, make sure you have one rooster. A rooster will act as your guard dog and will 'try' to protect his flock. And make sure you can lock them in at night so raccoons can't get them. We lost one chicken to a fox before we got a rooster and lost one to a raccoon before we locked them in. Predators are your biggest concern. Hawks are the other one that can get them if you let the free range. Even if you lose some the eggs you'll get are worth every penny. They are just not the same garbage you get at the store. Plus it's fun the watch them. Good luck.
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A Rooster at 6:00am...every morning ...now your scaring me...That sounds like H3ll on earth...just kidding...Hawks..You guys got everything covered...I guess you can't stop a Rooster from crowing till later in the day,like tricking him or something??....
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A Rooster at 6:00am...every morning ...now your scaring me...That sounds like H3ll on earth...just kidding...Hawks..You guys got everything covered...I guess you can't stop a Rooster from crowing till later in the day,like tricking him or something??....
He's right, you MUST have a rooster.

And just as many roosters crow at different times of the day as those that crow at dawn, so it's kind of a crapshoot in that respect.
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I thought all Roosters crowed only in the morning.....
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I thought all Roosters crowed only in the morning.....
Nope, they crow when ever they want through out the day. I used to think they crowed when ever a hen laid an egg but that's not true either. Just when they want. They are a necessary evil. Needed to guard the flock if free ranging. Not needed if you have an enclosed yard but that gets expensive fast.
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Inside our coop. Rooster in the middle. $hit everywhere.


Ours are only two months old. For the first several weeks, they were kept strictly inside. We starting letting them out three weeks ago. They are still very timid about going outside, but they tiptoe out a little further every day.
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Do you have a Naked Neck or is she just molting? The are the strangest looking chickens, sometimes called Turkens but have nothing to do with a turkey at all. To put this on a gun related note....what are you going to shoot them with? Just kidding of course.
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Yeah, we have three or four Naked-Necks.
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That's a good looking and functional coop you have there. Looks a lot like mine except mine is metal. We only have six with one rooster. Figure that's all the eggs we need even considering the fact that free range eggs are more healthy than the commercial ones.
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