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What do you get when you cross a chicken with a horse?
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Anne from Maine    Posted 05-07-2003 at 14:07:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
No, seriously....what do you get??? Stepped on chickens?!!! Horses with respiratory problems?!!

I have horses and I'd like to raise laying hens. I heard that chickens will eat flies and ticks and horses benefit by having them around. But is it good for the chickens?

Anyone have any experience with this? I'm new to the discussion board....looks like a fun place!


magpie    Posted 05-09-2003 at 05:00:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chickens will get along fine with horses. I would try to keep them out of the barn though, if you have any partial bales of hay around, chickens will scatter it beyond recognition.

Stretch    Posted 05-08-2003 at 02:02:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
We got both too. No problems except when the chickens decide they want to roost over the feeders. Then you have to make sure you clean 'em out before feeding time. Got a couple turkeys too. They roost right up on the stalls with the chickens. Make a little more commotion getting up there, but everybody is used to everybody else now.

Anne from Maine    Posted 05-08-2003 at 04:02:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you for the helpful information. My two horses are very inquisitive and I'm sure the chickens will be quite entertaining for them! Have a great day!

Cathy In Oregon    Posted 05-07-2003 at 19:40:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
With a subject line like that I do believe you will fit in fine around here!
I would make sure that the chickens have a secure place to roost each night so that the varmits don't get them.
That is the heart breaking part about having your chickens running about, they are easily eaten.
I lock mine up at night

Fawteen    Posted 05-07-2003 at 17:53:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I asked my vet about running chickens loose with my sheep. He said the only thing chickens trade diseases with is other fowl, particularly turkeys.

Go for it. Nothing prettier than a flock of chickens scratching around the barnyard. Murray McMurray sells a 25 bird "variety pack" with a mixture of layers. Not all prolific producers, but very pretty. If you want a combination of looks and productivity, hard to beat Barred Rocks.

Fawteen - PS...    Posted 05-07-2003 at 18:00:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where ya from in Maine? I'm in coastal Hancock county, across Frenchman Bay from Bar Harbor.

Anne from Maine    Posted 05-08-2003 at 03:48:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, neighbor! I love the coastal area. I'm in Greenbush living on an old Christmas Tree farm my husband and I purchased last summer. We're first time "fahmers" :)

Henry    Posted 05-07-2003 at 16:14:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
How about Kentucky Derby Fried Chicken,(sorry).

Tom A    Posted 05-07-2003 at 14:42:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've got chickens free-ranging and a mule and a donkey and everyone gets along just fine.

Sometimes, if the mule is "in a mood" she'll toss her head at a chicken just to watch her squawk and run (looks like she's teasing her), but that is rare and the hens don't take it too seriously either. The equines are always careful where they step, and the hens are happy scratching around the droppings, hay and straw.

And there's *nothing* like fresh eggs!


JanO    Posted 05-07-2003 at 14:14:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Horses & Chickens have no trouble getting along. The horses benifit from the chickens eating the pest, and the chickens benifit from what the horses leave behind such as missed grains.

When I was growing up we had many horses and alot of chickens (laying hens mostly) and never had a bit of trouble.

I say go for it!!

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