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Old 10-22-2011, 05:50 PM   #81
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If I were to do it again today I would build a "Chicken Tractor" so I could move it all over and keep them protected from predators. My only problem is I don't have much in the way of flat pasture to move it around on!

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One of our chickens was my pet when I was a kid. Great big RI Red rooster named Rojo. He was as big as I was, would eat out of my hand and let me pet him. He was the guard dog. we never had a fox or coyote problem until he died from old age. He even killed the neighbors beagle, and roosted on top of our catahoula's doghouse.

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Yesterday I acquired 8 more chickens, all Silkies, 7 hens and a gorgeous white rooster. Within 3 hours of placing them in the pen with the 6 laying hens, the rooster was busy trying to mount every hen in the pen, chasing the reluctant ones all over the enclosure. At one point he was even chasing the male guinea. It was hilarious! He was bloodied around his comb where some of the bigger hens had pecked him when they took exception to his amorous behavior, but that did not deter him a bit.

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Yesterday I acquired 8 more chickens, all Silkies, 7 hens and a gorgeous white rooster. Within 3 hours of placing them in the pen with the 6 laying hens, the rooster was busy trying to mount every hen in the pen, chasing the reluctant ones all over the enclosure. At one point he was even chasing the male guinea. It was hilarious! He was bloodied around his comb where some of the bigger hens had pecked him when they took exception to his amorous behavior, but that did not deter him a bit.
Ever think perhaps they really picked an appropriate name in "cock"?
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Oh, most definitely!

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Some great information in these comments. I agree a good solid layer is the Rhode Island Red. Gives you brown eggs. Good temperament. Generally hens lay best their first year, then gradually drop off in production for the next two years or so, at which time they are about ready for the pot. The cholesterol in the yolks of free-range chickens is not a concern. In fact, from everything I've read, it's good for you. Cholesterol in the yolk is directly related to what the chicken eats. Chickens raised in egg factories are fed the most gross animal by-product feed imaginable. That's the problem. Roosters are important if the chickens free-range. A good one will keep the hens together and supervise the egg-laying process.
Important things about a rooster: Don't have a 'pet chicken' in the flock if you have a rooster. They are extremely territorial and will punish that chicken beyond reason. And when, not if, they make that first 'rooster move' on you , have your foot ready to administer the body blow that teaches them respect. My wife failed to do that to the first rooster we had and she couldn't leave the house without a stick to beat him off. I finally had to butcher him. At the present time I have six hens and a rooster that I started last spring. I've been getting six eggs, sometimes five, all summer. Of course when winter sets in production will drop. Like I said, they're generally good for a couple of years, then I start over. IMO, they're well worth the trouble. But they are the stupidest bird
on God's green earth. One of mine, when she's frightened, figuratively puts her wings over her eyes and
runs out across the field in wild circles. (Like a chicken with her head cut off?) :>)

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I have given up on the chickens where I live, between the hawks, the owls and the damn coyoties, I can't do anything except provide gourmet banquets for the animal kingdom.

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YEA...I lost one to the owls.....

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It's easy. We have 19 chickens right now.

They drink a lot more water than you can believe.

Make sure predators can't get to them. Don't know what you have where you are, but we have to be aware of chicken hawks during the day and foxes and raccoons at night. Make sure they're inside at night and no one can get to them.

You have to clean the shavings on the floor of the coop out once a week at least.

They're about the stupidest animal on the planet, but they're actually kinda fun.

Good luck!
Ohhh ... that is pushing it. Congress, maybe?
But I find the idea of raising chicken interesting. Lots of luck indeed!
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Love this thread! Wish i seen it sooner. Lot of good information.

I just started my backyard chickens Ameraucanas. They are suppoed to poop green and blue-green eggs. Haven't seen any yet. Expecting some in December. Just started them on crushed oyster shells.

Right now they are in a rabbit hutch. I thought it was for chickens but they can't
stand up all the way in it. So i'm looking for a new one. I have only 2 hens in my
small backyard. The wife loves them and I get great compost. There are a lot
fewer bugs and weeds in the yard now.

I'll have to get more recent pictures of them.




More pics: Reader Request: Chick Update! |

Where i live in Commi-fornia, the local city ordinance tells me that I need to get
an animal fancier's permit to keep them and I'm not allowed to have a rooster (i'm
fine without the rooster).

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