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Re: 1st time:raising chicks NEED INFO
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Posted by Tom A on March 01, 2001 at 03:27:33 from (22.214.171.124):
In Reply to: 1st time:raising chicks NEED INFO posted by cntryhom on February 28, 2001 at 11:44:51:
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,
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