So sorry for your loss whoop whoop. Hope all goes alright there. will be thinking of you
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Update on the broody, so far two of her eggs have hatched, and two to go, hoping that they all hatch quickly and healthily.
Edited by Gwyllm - 12/21/15 at 3:41pm
Then I had something strange eating the legs off my chicks, 2 died and I saved one. I have no idea what it was...could only be rats as this coop has concrete walls all round and fine mesh. This was a few weeks ago...the 1 legged chick is doing really well. I've given her a hen for company and they have the privilege of free reign in the veg garden.
I'm looking for advice. I want to start a laying flock to fund my expensive hobby. I have a shed that is 86 square metres. How many laying hens can I put there? They won't have access to an outside run and will be confined to the shed (no cages). Also ...what is the best watering system?
From what research I've done the general trend is to have 10-22 chickens per square meter, which for me just sounds a bit insane, with the South African limit being 15 chickens per meter squared. The recommended max for non intensive farming in 12, but it can be pushed higher if need be.
As for the watering system I can't really tell, but from my understanding when keeping that many chooks waterers don't really work as they get dirty and are just a hassle because you need to refill each one individually whilst walking between the birds, so I think a "nipple watering system" would be best, but try googling it and see what you think will work for you.
Something of this nature
Edited by Gwyllm - 12/22/15 at 5:10am
@Gwyllm for the incubators you should try amazon.uk, I sometimes find they send here. Or try the pet trade for exotic pets, they sometimes have things they use for snakes and all manner of critters
@OrangeGrove hi,welcome, I haven't talked to you before..that leg was a rat for sure, I had one attack a chick before too. they eat anything. shame, don't hurt the monitors, they are gorgeous..even though they're a pest. when you get those 500 hens for eggs, I personally would suggest getting Boschvelders and part-time letting them out of the barn to forage, that way you can sell your eggs more expensive, when they are branded indigenous and free-range, and if they have access to some forage they taste sooo much better! Cuts down on feed costs as well. Do you have space on your property? Good Luck!