Free choice or notHello all, I would like to know how you all feed your chickens. I have a large tote with 8 ports around it, I take it out of the coop at night, and return it in the morning, ( free choice ) . My problem is mice, I dont know if I should feed them in the morning before I let them out to free range, or continue to let them eat when they want to. So I would like to know your thoughts, and see some pictures of your feeders. Thank you in advance.
Run space requirements for HAPPY hensI completely understand abiding by minimum posted space requirements for chickens for folks in urban environments. I'm lucky enough to be rural with acreage, so I'm really trying to figure out the right amount of space for my girls to keep them as happy as they can be. I tried free-ranging for a short period of time, and despite having very happy hens temporarily, my reward was coyote eaten hens. I can't go through that again. I started with a 20' x 30' space for my 17 girls (no roosters)....
How heavy is your egg?We have a young Leghorn pullet (approx 35 weeks old) who has been laying for a couple of months now. Everything is great with her laying ability. She's weighing in just shy of 2 kg (last weekend) and eats constantly. But the eggs she lays are bewildering! Normally, a Leghorn's egg is to weight around 55 grams, from everything that I have read. But not my girl....at least 4 days a week she will pop out a giant! I'm talking 85 grams or so. Today, it was a whopping 94 grams! Now I know...