New to this but love my chickens already - Page 3
- Monkey Lookout
Actually, i wanted to cull the grey one last week, but my wife (who originally despised chickens) refused - how mad is that? She's great (the chicken), but goes broody all the time which is a pain. But anyway, her bacon was saved by my wife so thats how it will go. Ironic that its me that has to shove her in the broody buster every 3 weeks though!
Its always good to build up gradually, so you are right, in wanting to get more experience under your belt before getting more - and believe me, you will want more . Also, your current coop does not look like it will accommodate any more, so maybe make some plans to build a bigger coop (if thats possible) because insufficient space causes a lot of stress on chickens.
All the best
I have 9 hens but soon to be 7. I have to rehome my favorite girl b/c the rest of the flock terrorizes her and pulls all of her feathers. I have her in her own 'room' inside the coop but its not fair to her to keep her locked up like that. So I'm sending her to live with a friend this weekend and hes taking a second one as a companion for her. I'm hoping it all works out and I'll b able to go see her when I want.
- Love is Silkie soft!
We have the same types of chicken feed as elsewhere - starter, growers, layers mash, but everything is more geared up for commercial activities than keeping them at home - every household in rural Africa has backyard chickens although normally they are left to fend for themselves.
Heres a photo of a few of my 22 birds
The grey one is a "local" chicken - she's the alpha hen. The brown one is a commercial dual purpose bird that eats like a trooper and the two white ones in the background are ones i bred myself - they and their three sisters are just starting to lay. In a week or so, i should be up to around 8-9 eggs per day which is ok.
All the best
Very nice to meet you Josh- glad you joined the Backyard chickens flock. In chicken terms, the indoor part is the coop, the outdoor fenced area is their run, ,roosts are the horizontal poles that they fly up and sleep on during the night. Nest boxes, are smaller boxed areas for the hens to use when laying their eggs. You'll do fine here.