Hi Al and everyone,
Al, thanks for your welcome and the link. I am from Brooklyn, NY. I live in an apartment and keep hens on my roof-top garden. I have 2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Golden Buffs, 1 Rhode Island Red, 2 Black Australorps, and 3 Barred Rocks. They are 8 weeks old. I can't wait to have eggs from them. I am also trying to sell some of them and cutting down to 6 as I am going to have 2 of each golden laced, silver laced, Columbian Wyandottes and Delawares coming in early August.
One problem I am facing is that one of my hens (I ordered all females) seems to be a cockerel and I need to figure out what to do before he start to crow.
I feed them organic soy-free grower (buy online) and they love vegetables from my garden. I am hoping to join some other chicken keepers in my area later, so we can buy feed together and cut down shipping cost.
Hi Vanessa, welcome, and thanks for stopping by. Hopefully we all can have an active thread for us to be able to question each other and get advice.
I use organic feed but it is soy which does bother me a little. Which feed are you using? Right now I use Nature's best which is a change from the Green Mountain. I might go to Countryside Organics. I believe the link is up on the thread for Megan Paska in Brooklyn, who is now a distributor.
Getting the cockerel out before he disturbs the neighbors is a good idea. Ours were sexlinks so we are pretty certain they are all pullets.
Glad to see rooftop chickens are getting to be a big thing in the city, and Brooklyn has a big following from what I've read. In the old days it was pigeons, but eggs are a great benefit to having chickens.
Again, Welcome. Hope we can get more following the thread.