Originally Posted by jvls1942
If our transportation situation allows it, I am planning on coming this year..
I could make a few loaves of BBB ? and some cowboy beans to go with it ? I would use ground venison if nobody objects ..
I definitely do not object
Originally Posted by BlackBrookPoultry
Agreed. I don't supplement at all, but I also don't "cull" my hens after a couple of years. I have 5 year olds that are still laying. Actually, most of my hens will be 6 this year. The idea of forcing the to lay and have them burn out quickly just doesn't appeal to me. But I also spend much more money on them than I make on eggs sales. So, to each their own.
Agreed BBP, each chicken owner must make their own choices. I have artificial light on a timer throughout the year, but depending on the season will depend on how long I have the artificial light on. In the thick of the summer, I have no added light. In the darkest of winter, the light goes on when the sun would be coming up and visible and it goes off just after sundown. If it is really cold (below -10), I also have a heat lamp on. For all of the newbies out there, we all must make our own decisions using a wide range of recommendations and figuring out where we fit in!
Originally Posted by bigzio
Happy to hear huntress, that another cheesehead found the wonderful beer bread ease of tasty ho-made bread in less than one hour....yep, had a couple slices of beer bread toast with my 6 layer dinner tonight...dang that stuff is good.
If light is added with a timer...I would add all the time in the morning , waking the hens early and allowing them to go to roost at normal time in the later afternoon to avoid being caught off the roost and the light suddenly clicking off without a warning.... just sayin.
Hope everyone is gonna enjoy the weather this week...what a difference a week can make.
It is amazing, the weather is lovelier now!
Originally Posted by jvls1942
Naturally, every flock is different, because everybody treats their flocks differently ..
I am still waiting for what to look for in a stressed chicken.
Really. If mine were stressed, would they lay eggs ?
I have had hens and roosters live to 8 years..
If you have a hen laying eggs that long, it is a rare bird indeed.
I do not keep chickens for pets. If they are not producing eggs, they go to freezer camp .
their only stress should be to try to avoid freezer camp.
if given a choice, I bet they would opt for the light..
If you are expecting a chicken to lay 200 eggs per year, you have to supplement the light. especially up here in the Nort Woods..
How about the chickens way down south ? they have more natural long days per year than we do up Nort. are those chickens stressed, then ?
Jim-to each their own, eh? We do have a range of people from egg/meat production to pet and all in between. As I commented above, every one needs to figure out where they fit in this range. To answer your question about chickens down south, I have no idea how many eggs I get each year as I don't count them, but as I stated above I do provide artificial light, but on a timer so it goes off around sunset and on around sunrise (regardless of if the sun actually ever comes out ). Otherwise, let us agree that everyone has their own preferences, eh?
Also, Jim...Theo just had his 2nd birthday (this is a pic from this past fall). He is a great guard dog, loves treats, walks, hates the meter readers, and is still racist (for those that don't know the history of this: we bought Theo from Jim at 2mos old, he was born and lived in N. Wis. We needed a guard dog, not for our chickens, but for our house as we had lots of thugs fleeing from the law through our yard...which has not occurred since we've had Theo BTW. The funny thing, to us, is that we started noticing he primarily, and still, barked at people with dark skin. So at one point in time, I JOKINGLY asked Jim if he had sold me a racist dog? LOL) Unfortunately, for the city we live in, ZION IL, the majority of people walking by are of darker skin color, but some how Theo is able to judge which ones he trusts and which ones he doesn't. FYI- he also barks at those of all skin color if he doesn't trust them, know them, etc.
We are trying to train him to stop barking if we say "OK", but he doesn't value our judgement it seems and continues to bark. Any suggestions Jim, Mel, etc? He really doesn't like contractors of any type. If he is on his lead, he will not react, only loose in the yard.
Have a great day everyone!