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#1 -Q-

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:09 PM

my wife is all about having a small coop and raising some chickens (for eggs) i'm not sold on the idea. anyone have some experience and want to offer some advice? we're talking small like 4 hens

#2 Feesh

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:11 PM

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#3 Lemireacle

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:13 PM

One of Liz's good friends down in Louisville, raised them with her boyfriend for quite a while. I don't think they have any more on their land though. I'll ask her about them and see of she can offer any tips based on her experience.

The eggs we had at their place were seriously the best eggs I've ever tasted!! :thumbup:

#4 JBetty

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:20 PM

Easy peasy!
All you need is a solid shelter in a cooped in area, a light on a timer and a couple nesting boxes.
Fresh water, toss them some feed a couple times a day and lock them in at night to keep them from predators.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:28 PM

my sister is a chicken "expert". she even has an e-book about raising chickens for sale on her website: http://www.bluehillfarms.org/

she raises all sorts of birds, some are endangered. she also raises pygmy goats. but she's had chickens since we were kids.

check out her website! it's pretty awesome :)

#6 Tim the Beek

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:29 PM

Can't give much in the way of advice, since I'm just starting out this year...

#7 Joker

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:31 PM

http://gatheringofth...ead.php?t=67761

Edited by Joker, 13 February 2012 - 05:31 PM.
Good timing Tim


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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:35 PM

Tim you building your own coop?

#9 Tim the Beek

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:37 PM

Tim you building your own coop?


That's the plan...probably gonna build one on wheels.

#10 JBetty

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:40 PM

That's the plan...probably gonna build one on wheels.


That's a great idea! :jamguy:
Push it around and fertilize all sorts of different places.

#11 Tim the Beek

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:51 PM

+ more ticks get eaten, and the grass doesn't all get scratched up...least that's the theory.

#12 JBetty

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:55 PM

Will you let them out of the coop in an enclosed area, and if so, how does that move with the coop on wheels?

#13 unbroken_chain

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:16 PM

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*not good at raising chicken.

#14 B. Diddy

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:20 PM

I hear they smell *terriffic*. :D

#15 unbroken_chain

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:26 PM

they also shit out of their "Vagina" :coffee:

#16 georgi

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:32 PM

If I didn't have to clean their smelly poop, or be afraid they'd peck my eyes out, or deal with finding dead ones in the yard that an animal got to, I would totally love to have some chickens! :)

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:42 PM

That's the plan...probably gonna build one on wheels.


a Coupe de Wheels.... hmmm

#18 unbroken_chain

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:42 PM

If I didn't have to clean their smelly poop, or be afraid they'd peck my eyes out, or deal with finding dead ones in the yard that an animal got to, I would totally love to have some chickens! :)


nuff said, consider raising goldfish. :lol:

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:44 PM

nuff said, consider raising goldfish. :lol:


mmmm sushi.... :drool:

#20 JBetty

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:44 PM

I hear they smell *terriffic*. :D



They're fine during dry weather, but when it rains...

#21 Tim the Beek

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:45 PM

Will you let them out of the coop in an enclosed area, and if so, how does that move with the coop on wheels?


Probably try true free range to start, and if they start getting picked off during the day, put up some lightweight, moveable fencing...

a Coupe de Wheels.... hmmm


:funny1:

#22 mountain mama

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:47 PM

:chicken: hey Carl! i've got about 40 chickens and like JBetty said, they're easy peasy! check out the magazine backyard poultry (or better known as "cock magazine" around here) - lots of good advice in there. seriously, the best eggs are the ones right from your own back yard. best of luck!

#23 georgi

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:49 PM

nuff said, consider raising goldfish. :lol:


I have 2 cats and 2 dogs. Their poop does NOT smell half as bad as chicken shit. (I grew up down the street, likes, miles down the street from a chicken farm, and I can still smell the stench of it on a hot, blustery day. Oofa!)

I was also right across the street from a dairy farm. I find the smell of cow manure comforting. :lol: I also like the smell of skunk. :lol:

But chicken shit, no way Jose. :lol:

#24 Franklin

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:57 PM

I'll be jumping into chicken raising myself for the first time this year....

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:00 PM

I'm talking about 4 chickens not 4,000 lol can I leave them in the coop for the weekend with a bowl of water and feed like the cat?

I have 2 cats and 2 dogs. Their poop does NOT smell half as bad as chicken shit. (I grew up down the street, likes, miles down the street from a chicken farm, and I can still smell the stench of it on a hot, blustery day. Oofa!)

I was also right across the street from a dairy farm. I find the smell of cow manure comforting. :lol: I also like the smell of skunk. :lol:

But chicken shit, no way Jose. :lol:



#26 unbroken_chain

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:01 PM

I have 2 cats and 2 dogs. Their poop does NOT smell half as bad as chicken shit. (I grew up down the street, likes, miles down the street from a chicken farm, and I can still smell the stench of it on a hot, blustery day. Oofa!)

I was also right across the street from a dairy farm. I find the smell of cow manure comforting. :lol: I also like the smell of skunk. :lol:

But chicken shit, no way Jose. :lol:


:lol: well, a full on chicken farm does make for a lotta shit..so...


and yah, as a former country lad, I too find comfort in the waft of cow manure on a warm day.... :smile:

#27 JBetty

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:08 PM

I'm talking about 4 chickens not 4,000 lol can I leave them in the coop for the weekend with a bowl of water and feed like the cat?




Yup!
As long as they're secured in their coop and you're sure the water won't tip over.

#28 georgi

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:34 PM

I don't even think it was that big of a chicken farm. But I guess if there are over 50 of them, that's a whole lot of chickens. :lol:

#29 stylzing

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:47 PM

easy and worth it..free range ..FRESH eggs are the best..coop on whells great idea..

we have 10 -20 usually..right now we have 3 roosters from letting eggs hatch..need to off em soon for the soup pan

#30 DF

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:12 PM

Got 6 hens..might get 6 more chicks this Spring. Chickens are addictive.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:33 PM

Already have old coop that I will be sprucing up. Will be our first year. Want them mostly to eat ticks as I don't eat eggs but the wife does. I can see donating some. Sign & basket at end of driveway "free eggs":gop::wink:

#32 staggerlee024

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:48 PM

we have 4 chickens. good times. awesome eggs. the questions you should be asking are really dependent on whether you are urban or rural. we have a 1/4 of an acre just outside of an urban area. houses are not too close here and we have no issues. if they are close, you will want to factor in noise concerns. chickens can be very loud.

#33 staggerlee024

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:50 PM

I have 2 cats and 2 dogs. Their poop does NOT smell half as bad as chicken shit. (I grew up down the street, likes, miles down the street from a chicken farm, and I can still smell the stench of it on a hot, blustery day. Oofa!)



Dog poop smells far worse than chicken poop. So does cat poop. The chicken farm probably did a poor job of picking up the chicken poop. Imagine having hundreds of dogs crammed into a small area and having the poop just fester. it would smell far worse.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:55 PM

Rural here. There are geese across the street and he says he is getting a pair of ducks soon also.
Haven't decided on what breed of chickens yet, advice?

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:59 PM

Just seems like alot of work and money for one egg a day per chicken. :plain:

#36 DF

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:09 PM

Just seems like alot of work and money for one egg a day per chicken. :plain:


Yeah, usually the eggs don't cover the cost for feed (especially Organic) and time, but my hens are more like pets. I love their cackling and the fact they follow me around the yard.

I get about 12 eggs/day with 6 hens, most of which I give to neighbors, family and the local food bank.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:32 PM

Haven't decided on what breed of chickens yet, advice?


We have Buff Orpingtons (my favorite), a Black Australorp and a Barred Plymouth Rock.

#38 Tim the Beek

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:02 PM

Just seems like alot of work and money for one egg a day per chicken. :plain:


Factor in pretty dandy garden fertilizer (once it's composted), some tick control, knowing exactly where those eggs came from, the stress relief that comes from keeping animals around and the bit of insurance that comes with knowing you'll have food around if things ever get really upsidedown, and the cost sounds pretty good to me.

#39 Jwheelz

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:05 PM

Tim does this mean you're going to change your forum name to Tim The Beek And Chickenf?

(The "F" is for farmer :funny1:)

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 12:36 AM

i've got plenty of room 2 acres. thanks for the help people

#41 Tabbooma

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:21 AM

Tabbooma's thinking of raising dumplings :wink:

#42 JBetty

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 02:27 PM

Chickens helped build America. :chicken:

#43 Tim the Beek

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:00 PM

Tim does this mean you're going to change your forum name to Tim The Beek And Chickenf?

(The "F" is for farmer :funny1:)


:funny1:

Tim The Beef? :huh:

#44 JBetty

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:11 PM

If you are looking for serious bug control, you might consider a few guinea fowl.
They are also very territorial and will go nuts when strangers (predators or people) invade their space.
And their eggs are good.
And they look funny.




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#45 Jam Fan

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:21 PM

we had one chicken who was part guinea hen. Her egg shells were pale green.
She acted the momma hen for the other girls and they would follow her around the yard.
but she could fly up into the trees.

she was the only survivor of the fox that picked them off.

#46 JBetty

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:55 PM

I wonder what this girl's eggs taste like. :undecided:


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#47 MeOmYo

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 02:10 PM

guineas are mean, and LOUD. Only loud when you're trying to sleep though. :funny1:

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:27 PM

just bought a used small coop off craigslist. it will hold three chickens, sounds like a good placed to start. of course i'm thinking what the hell did i get my self into :shocked:

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:29 PM

chicken?

I wonder what this girl's eggs taste like. :undecided:


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#50 JBetty

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:34 PM

Stay thirsty, my chicken.