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Magicziggy 26th September 2013 12:10 AM

All things poultry..
Chickens, quails, turkey, ducks, geese, pigeons and doves.

But mainly chickens.

Anonymous 26th September 2013 01:42 AM

I grew up raising chickens. What do you want to talk about?

Magicziggy 26th September 2013 01:52 AM

We are moving to a new rental property which has space and permission (encouragement even) for raising a few backyard layers. This is something we both have done before, but any tips would be appreciated. The move is taking place over the next few weeks. I'll have to go to my local chicken supplier and put an order in. One of the main problems we have in our location is foxes.

And Charlou wants a duck.

borealis 26th September 2013 02:14 AM

Yay, Anon is here! :)

And a chicken thread, this is good. I like chickens. I have petted them and fed them and once I helped pluck a very large number of dead ones. That part wasn't as fun.

Anonymous 26th September 2013 02:17 AM

Having an outside dog (who doesn't pay attention to the chickens) will greatly discourage foxes. Alternatively, you can lock them in the henhouse at night so the foxes can't get to them.

If you have a duck, do not house it with the chickens. They will probably peck it to death. Chickens are not fans of "the other".

Avoid getting a rooster, unless you like being awakened at 4:30 in the morning to crowing. Having just hens will also discourage them from "setting" in the spring.

You don't need a tall fence if you clip the feathers of one wing. Otherwise, it's difficult to build a fence tall enough to keep them in.

Chickens adore just about any kind of food waste you can give them. If you can't free range them, then even giving them a few grass clippings from time to time improves their health and egg-laying vigor. They also get very excited if you toss insects and worms in from time to time.

If you have sassafrass wood, use some in the nesting cubbies. It discourages chicken lice and other parasites.

Chicken poop is very good for gardens, but don't forget that it is very acidic, so you'll likely need to add lime or bone meal to help compensate for that if you put it on your garden. A good practice to keep chickens healthy is to fill the henhouse with a deep layer of straw and then shovel that out from time to time and replace it.

They will need a place to perch, because that is how they sleep. 2X2s work for that pretty well.

The way we got corn for our chickens to eat was to talk to the neighbor who was a farmer. He let us go into his field after harvest and pick up all the ears of corn that were left over. It served him well, because he had a lot less volunteer corn in his beans the next year. We'd then shuck it and grind it ourselves.

Whatever you feed them, make sure to include ground up eggshells in it. Otherwise, they tend to get calcium deficient and will start eating their own eggs.

That's everything off the top of my head right now. I'm sure there's a lot more that I haven't even begun to think of, so ask any questions you have.

Anonymous 26th September 2013 02:20 AM

Hi, borealis.

Yeah, I didn't get into chicken slaughter, but I know a fair bit about that, as well. I can give tips on humane slaughter if you ever need that. Just be aware that free range chickens are tough birds and only suitable for a stock pot or slow cooker.

Magicziggy 26th September 2013 02:22 AM

There won't be a dog, but shutting them in at night isn't problem.

Anonymous 26th September 2013 02:24 AM

Shutting them inside a fence won't keep out the foxes. You'll need a structure inside the fence. When it gets dark, they'll naturally go in there to roost, and you can lock them in. Just make sure you let them out as early in the morning as possible.

charlou 26th September 2013 02:26 AM


Originally Posted by Magicziggy (Post 116082)
And Charlou wants a duck.

That's a typo.

I'd like a few ducks.

And a goose.

And a cow.

borealis 26th September 2013 02:26 AM

But they taste really good, or the stock does.

I shared a very rural house with friends for a while. One of my friends had eleven white Meat King roosters. There was a very old apple orchard near the coop. Every evening at sunset all these big long tailed red combed beautiful birds would go roost in this one apple tree. Most striking image, always looked like a Japanese eighteenth century painting.

Anonymous 26th September 2013 02:39 AM

Be aware, geese are territorial. They may not get along with the other birds. Or, they might ignore them. You never know with geese.

charlou 26th September 2013 02:44 AM

A single goose raised with the ducks seems to fit in okay, in my experience. The drake thought of her as part of his harem :D

Anyway, just getting some chickens will be a good start. The horses can wait too.

borealis 26th September 2013 02:51 AM

ob and I were talking about unique horse breeds. She showed me these Icelandic horses:

notice the gait, and the smoothness of the ride.

Anonymous 26th September 2013 02:52 AM

Too funny.

A place I worked had problems with a colony of Canada geese that just wouldn't leave. Somebody in management heard that geese are territorial so bought a male domestic goose, which promptly interbred with the Canada ones.

Then, we had goslings with grey, knotted heads wandering around the site. People were at a loss as to what to do. Are domestic/wild hybrids protected? If not, should they be killed to protect the integrity of the gene pool? I think in the end, they just let them be.

They never did get rid of the colony of geese as far as I know.

borealis 26th September 2013 02:53 AM

Damn double vid posting.

charlou 26th September 2013 02:57 AM

Those are pretty ponies :)

Interesting ethical dilemma, Anon .. I think I'd have gone with removing the hybrids to another location.

borealis 26th September 2013 03:14 AM

I think Icelandic horse owners are offended by having them referred to as 'ponies'. :D

gib 26th September 2013 04:00 PM

MZ, what breeds of chicken are you looking at?

Imp 26th September 2013 04:01 PM

Wear a hard hat. Trust me on this.

Anonymous 26th September 2013 06:06 PM

A hard hat? I'm curious. Whatever for?

Imp 26th September 2013 07:01 PM

You wouldn't ask that question if you ever had a chicken land on your head and peck it.

Anonymous 26th September 2013 08:53 PM

Lolz. Nope, never had that happen. I have been flogged a few times and pecked quite a few times. I even have a scar from being bitten. But, pecked on the head? Can't say as that's ever happened to me.

What the heck were you doing that they had the opportunity to land on your head?

Imp 26th September 2013 09:00 PM

Going to the toilet.

I used to work on a farm during my summers. Probably around 10 years old or so. They kept the chickens in a barn, which also housed some cows, a pig, and the only toilet that wasn't infested with all sorts of creepy-ass insects. It was pretty late, so I must've startled it and I was short enough that it could hop onto my head from where they were kept.

ETA: I ate its children in revenge.

Anonymous 26th September 2013 09:32 PM


That's the difference. Our toilets were all in-doors.

Magicziggy 26th September 2013 10:13 PM


Originally Posted by gib (Post 116167)
MZ, what breeds of chicken are you looking at?

It's the breed that the supplier has. I'll ask.

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