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Chickens, chickens & more chickens.

We use chickens to incubate alot of our eggs, we have 6 GQF incubators, but use broody hens to hatch alot of our eggs.

Over the years we have bred a flock of chickens for the purpose of setting hens- which I usually refer to as our "brood stock". We keep between 150 to 200 hens for this.

Well this year we sold most of our eggs, so did not need to use that many broody hens. We have only used about 25 hens that are raising foster chicks. The rest of the hens are running around loose on the farm and they keep showing up with new batches of chicks. In the last week over 12 hens have appeared with a minimum of at least 10 chicks each- one hen has 17.

ADD to this that we already have about 450 young chickens in the brooder barn.

Some of the adults:
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w172/spectrumranch/broodflock1.jpg

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w172/spectrumranch/broodstock2.jpg

Some of the 450 young birds: (there are purebred chicks in this group too)
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w172/spectrumranch/broodstockyoung.jpg

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Antique & Animal Feb 21, 22, 23,  see link below for more details:
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We usually have hatching eggs for sale on ebay in spring and early summer.

http://myworld.ebay.com/spectrumranch

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Alternative Livestock from A to Z!
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pukwana-SD/Spectrum-Ranch/361077223111?ref=nf
Antique & Animal Feb 21, 22, 23,  see link below for more details:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/One-of-a-Kind-Sale/135808133136551

 

We usually have hatching eggs for sale on ebay in spring and early summer.

http://myworld.ebay.com/spectrumranch

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post #2 of 25

well, i think there is only one answer.  follow directions very carefully.

1.  pet all the pretty chickens.  so cute.
2.  unplug the Sportsmans.
3.  put Sportsmans in boxes with lots of padding around them.
4. address them to Dollhouse Farms.  (go to website for addy)
5.  put in mail.

see!  problem solved!  big_smile

pretty chickies!

don't mess with the coal shovel.
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don't mess with the coal shovel.
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post #3 of 25

Holy smoly!  I bet you go throught TONS of feed!

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by miss_jayne 

well, i think there is only one answer.  follow directions very carefully.

1.  pet all the pretty chickens.  so cute.
2.  unplug the Sportsmans.
3.  put Sportsmans in boxes with lots of padding around them.
4. address them to Dollhouse Farms.  (go to website for addy)
5.  put in mail.

see!  problem solved!  big_smile

pretty chickies!


Sounds like a great plan! lau


I think I'd be giddy with chickens cuteness there.  And donkey cuteness.  Very pretty birds!!

Roxie, wife to a trucker and mom of two extraordinary children.  We happily coexist with spoiled chickens, obnoxiously affectionate dogs, and haughty horses on our little farm-on-the-hill.
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Roxie, wife to a trucker and mom of two extraordinary children.  We happily coexist with spoiled chickens, obnoxiously affectionate dogs, and haughty horses on our little farm-on-the-hill.
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post #5 of 25

WOW! that is a LOT of chickens, but so pretty! I am not letting my DH see this!!!!! hide

"Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)


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"Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)


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post #6 of 25

Your are SOOOO bad.

Funny thing. I think I have one of every one of the ones you have in your pics !!!!

Guinea Data:   http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=1044B438EE7556BB


Guinea Info:   http://www.guineafowlinternational.org/


Guinea Keets:   visit your local hatchery


Poultry Solutions:   http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/solutions.html



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Guinea Data:   http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=1044B438EE7556BB


Guinea Info:   http://www.guineafowlinternational.org/


Guinea Keets:   visit your local hatchery


Poultry Solutions:   http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/solutions.html



Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -Albert Einstein

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post #7 of 25
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lol Miss Jayne!


Rough count from last night:

Brooder barn- 450 strong
adults in milk barn- 138
adults in west addition 30 some
chciks in west addition 150 strong
chicks in brooders around 100
plus the purebreeds in breeder pens yet. (Yokohamas, Sumatras, Pheonix, etc)

Then there are ones that roost in the camel barn, zebra barn, old chicken coop and old grainery, and I'm sure there are alot of hens on nests hiding.

Yes they eat alot---We sell all the surplus to suppliers for the asian market. So glad the young stock is ready to start going- that will help with the feed bill. But since we are cutting back on pheasants and selling out our 20 colors of Ringneck pheasants; we will not need to keep as many adults- so I will be culling them hard too. IT is really hard to narrow it down to 50 hens- there are so many I want to keep.barnie

Alternative Livestock from A to Z!
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pukwana-SD/Spectrum-Ranch/361077223111?ref=nf
Antique & Animal Feb 21, 22, 23,  see link below for more details:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/One-of-a-Kind-Sale/135808133136551

 

We usually have hatching eggs for sale on ebay in spring and early summer.

http://myworld.ebay.com/spectrumranch

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Alternative Livestock from A to Z!
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pukwana-SD/Spectrum-Ranch/361077223111?ref=nf
Antique & Animal Feb 21, 22, 23,  see link below for more details:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/One-of-a-Kind-Sale/135808133136551

 

We usually have hatching eggs for sale on ebay in spring and early summer.

http://myworld.ebay.com/spectrumranch

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post #8 of 25

WOWW.  th

That is wayyy too many chickens for me. lol
Maybe take some of them to the next trade day?

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated"

 

Small kitchen flock of 2 Welsummer hens, 2 SLW hens, and 2 Production Red hens.

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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated"

 

Small kitchen flock of 2 Welsummer hens, 2 SLW hens, and 2 Production Red hens.

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post #9 of 25

I though I had a lot of chickens ep

Sebastopol geese, Maylays,  Araucanas,  Polish,  Frizzles,  Cochins,  Sultans,  Porcelains, Campines,  RIRs,  black stars, white leghorns,  Silkies,  Buff Brahmas, and 3 dogs (Austrailian terrier, Cairn terrier and great pyreneese)
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Sebastopol geese, Maylays,  Araucanas,  Polish,  Frizzles,  Cochins,  Sultans,  Porcelains, Campines,  RIRs,  black stars, white leghorns,  Silkies,  Buff Brahmas, and 3 dogs (Austrailian terrier, Cairn terrier and great pyreneese)
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post #10 of 25

Thanks so much for posting this! I feel SO much better now, with just my piddley little o'l maybe fifty odd extra birds to delete from my program! Whew!!! I'm in better shape than I thought!

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