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Chickens

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 Your chickens look fine to me, they've got loads of room to scratch around. Happy chickens lay delicious eggs. Do you eat the chickens too?

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We don’t eat our own chickens yet, hoping to move to a bigger farm next year with space to expand then we’ll definitely be keeping both :yep:

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Bear in mind at least half those chicks could be cockrels

 They can’t all stay together

keeping chickens is easy and rewarding

foxproofing is high priority

as is being ready for rats that invariably arrive

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Check out the Omlet range of moveable, funky designed, fox proof pens. You'll pick one up on e-bay for the same price as a new 630 CMH.

 

As been said, they'll destroy a garden in the nicest possible way..

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This morning’s little haul:

 

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I cook chicken wings later.

After that I hope your chickens are ready. lol

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I like chickens

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I kept them - great animals and thoroughly enjoyed it. Small town garden too at the time. Major things to consider - found it a ballache having an absolute shit ton of eggs 8 months of the year and buying my own for 4, then having 4 old hens to look after when they stop laying or the unpleasant task of dispatching a bunch of pets you've grown accustomed to, by which time they are past eating too.

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my dad kept chickens before I was born mum was terrified of them, day before I was born she fell over trying get into the house away from one that had scared her, after lots of trauma and pain my grans next door neighbor brought me into this world, probably caused most of my bad mental, so I got no love for chickens I just eat them and their eggs

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Hope this doesn't bring back too much birth trauma!

 

 

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In our first year with Chickens, interested in any tips and tricks with dealing with them in the winter. I have three in a small, off the ground coop, connected to a big run but they also have free run of the garden daily (apart from the veg patch which is completed enclosed to keep all birds out). When I first got them it was cold but as a newb I kept them in the Greenhouse to keep them warm, not doing that this year so they will be out all winter. It seldom snows or frosts here. Any help would be apprecieted by us and more importantly the chicks!

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@distractedWouldn’t worry about the cold mate, as long as they’re not commercial  Lohmann Brown hybrids - as they’ve been bred for warm sheds and so don’t have a lot of feathers to keep them warm. My mixed lot just poke their heads out of the shed when it’s snowing, some come out and others just don’t want to know lol

Keep them well fed with protein rich feed - that’ll keep them warm, and you’ll get less eggs as the photoperiod decreases but it’ll go back up in the spring. 

 

Keep the foxes away, we got a crafty one who knows how to bump the latch and just helps himself. He takes them away with him, I’ve caught him a couple of times with one in his fat gob, our dog chases him off and he jumps straight over the fence, chicken still in his mouth!

 

I take the food away at night cos it only encourages rats. Once they know it’s there they make it part of their nightly run to go help themselves and you end up with a problem, not only do they eat more food than the chickens do but they also eat holes in the wood and crap out their diseased shit everywhere in the shed. 

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Thanks mate, all boundaries are over 6' high and never seen a fox here but the coop is secure in it's own right anyway, long sliding handle

 

Been rationing protein as I read it affects egg production, but if it is going to fall off anyway that makes sense.... thanks again

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Maybe use a Mix either layers or growers add some corn :oldtoker:

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I use layers and a grain mix with cracked corn, lots of veg and they eat a good bit of grass

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