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1st time:raising chicks NEED INFO
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cntryhom    Posted 02-28-2001 at 11:44:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've been saving egg cartons for about a year now. Not even sure what type of laying hens we want. We've got 13A with horses, pygmy goats, outdoor cats (problem ?), two dogs and a mini rex - and two kids 10 & 8. Any info will be appreciated-catalog/orgering, supplies, bantams vs standard size. WE ONLY WANT A SMALL FLOCK-probably 6 or so. I've got the link to, but haven't been there yet. Thanks!!

Michigan farmer    Posted 08-27-2005 at 20:15:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
When raising chickens, it is imperative to keep 2 things in mind. Whatever you do, do not plant them too deep or too close together.

elaine    Posted 04-13-2004 at 18:22:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a variety of chicks 1 buff orpington, 1 barred rock, 2 aracaunas, 1 black sex-link (very friendly) and 2 R.I. Reds. After I read the R.I. Reds are agressive I have become concerned because Jill and Miss(maybe Mister)belong to my youngest son(kindgrtn). He loves them so much and handles them several times a day. Will they eventually turn on him? Especially if Miss is really Mister? The Reds are 2 weeks old and Miss's comb is more developed and her legs and feet are thicker than Jill's. Have I choosen the wrong chickens?

t    Posted 12-29-2002 at 13:32:27       [Reply]  [No Email]

duane    Posted 12-09-2002 at 12:45:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
dont make the mistake i did,plant them with there heads up!!

Matt    Posted 05-31-2002 at 17:34:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here is a qustion what if your duckling isnt at all walking well and keeps on laying on its back I know it just came out of the egg.But Im pretty worried.So if You can write to me soon as possible that would be great thanks.

Chicken George    Posted 01-12-2002 at 09:03:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cntry home,
Try get you a catalog/wishbook. they have EVERYTHING I've been dealing with them since dirt was New,real nice people! always get more chickens than you order.
I like there ornamental laying pullets, pretty chickens and eggs for the table. they used to supply the birds/fowl for all our 4H kids when I was younger and superintendent at the fair

ed    Posted 03-02-2001 at 20:36:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have read all the info and It sounds good. My question would be do you have kids? If so, the best thing that you could teach them is from growing your own chickens from the egg. There are alot of adds for a small incubater in mag's like Mother earth news. Put an add in your local newspaper looking for eggs to hatch and get ready for the calls. I think the incubater will take only for eggs but it is worth it to see your kids eyes when the see them hatch. A neighbor hatched out some mallard ducks and the kids just went wild with the process. He also had 7 little new kids following him around all summer. I plant crops just down the road and to see those ducks fly nearly head high and hear then is realy inspiring! He let them go on their own and they flew south last fall. I hope he does the same thing this year, and I hope the others come back. My ideal chicken would be the road island red for a standard breed, with the buff white or black orpingtons (they make a nice lawn orniment). If you want an different kind of layer I would get the oraconas. They are the ones that lay the green and pink eggs. They are big and somewhat wild. The eggs are no different on the inside, and they taste like chicken too. I hope this advice helps you out. Ed

adam and alex    Posted 04-21-2002 at 12:56:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hi we found some duck eggs and were pretty sure they are mallard duck but we were wondering what time of the year do they usually lay eggs because were not sure how long we have to incubate them. we found them today which is the 22nd of april. please email me with ur response and some tips on how to incubate them.

Duck7878    Posted 06-07-2002 at 09:39:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
You do realize it's illegal to gather eggs from a wild mallards nest.

ed    Posted 03-02-2001 at 21:01:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try looking up for a listing of chicken breeds. I also had some of the buff chochen banties that real cool with fethers all the way down to the ground. Ed

NilsDK    Posted 03-01-2001 at 14:00:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
HI-cntryhom. All that Dan has told about chicks is very true.To control the temp under the heating light you have to vatch the behaviour of the chicks. I have the know how from my father who has raised chicks for 78 years. He is 84 now.If they pile up it is to cold, they try to warm each other.If they spread out to the border of the lamp ,it is to warm.At the comfortable temp they lie side by side tweeting.
Good luck. NilsDK

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 03-01-2001 at 07:12:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a small, mixed flock...down to 4 hens and a rooster right now. I think my favorite is a "Production Red" that lays the biggest, brownest eggs I ever saw. I also have a couple of Wyandottes and 1 Black Sex-link that do very well. I'd suggest buying your chicks locally if you can, or even buy some grown hens from a neighbor, so you don't have to wait so long for eggs.
If you get chicks, keep'em in a box, inside, with a light over them for warmth. They like it over 90 degrees for the first couple of weeks. Feed them Chick Starter, free choice, and keep FRESH water in there at all times. You will need to change their water and clean their food tray frequently, as they are notoriously untidy creatures.

Issac    Posted 06-02-2005 at 04:58:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks for that! i have chicks but its a chicken that ran away!!!!!!!!!

Andrea Hoemann    Posted 03-29-2003 at 15:44:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am getting 50 chicks next week and am trying to find a recipe for mixing my own chick starter without any medication but I need it to be fully nutritional. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Tom A    Posted 03-01-2001 at 03:27:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've kept 15 hens for home use for several years now. We got an old semi-endangered breed called Dominiques--pre-cursors to the Barred Rocks--and love them. They're considered dual-purpose, those ours are just for eggs. Average about 10 eggs per day for the first full year of laying, then the production decreases slightly. The older breeds are great (Dominique, Barred Rocks etc) because they forage for much of their own food (we do provide feed, but for most of the year they ignore it and prefer to find their own), and are 'street smart.' Have had two hawks attempt to get one of ours and the hawk has lost both times...saw a feral cat try to get one, and the flock ran it off with its tail between its legs. Our own cats give the hens a wide berth. My only concern would be with the baby chicks...have to keep the cats away til their 3/4 grown.

Lots of chick suppliers out there--mail order works fine, but try to find one relatively close to you so they don't spend more than a day or so in the mail. Get a book now before you start, there's several decent ones on raising chicks and chickens that are quick reads.

Good luck, have fun,


MikeinKS    Posted 02-28-2001 at 18:10:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I dont know what mom has but the cats dont mess with the chickens at all. In fact the cats wait at the door for scraps and if they don't grab and run the chickens will take what ever they can from the cats( ive never seen the chickens mess with the cat food ) I've seen 4 chickens attacking a cat over scraps, It tryed to make a run for it and the chickens followed pecking him till he droped it.

F14    Posted 02-28-2001 at 14:51:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you want a good, hardy chicken that lays large brown eggs, good producers and easy keepers, with a good dispostion, go with the Black Sexlink. It's a cross-bred bird, specifically selected for laying. They are commonly available at any Feed & Seed type store. They will lay an egg every other day or slightly more.

If you want a dual-purpose bird (eggs and invite one to be dinner occasionally) Barred Rocks are hard to beat.

Rhode Island Reds and Leghorns tend to be kind of aggressive, which isn't good around kids.

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