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The Columbian Rock The Columbian Rock remains a popular choice for those wanting a good dual purpose bird. With their white with black lacing on the necks and black tails they are an attractive bird. The colour is not much unlike the popular Light Sussex. The hens are average layers of beige coloured eggs. Their quite temperment and occasional broodiness make them a good choice for small holders. Hens weigh close to 6 lbs at point of lay and roosters slightly heavier. Their pink flesh...
Breeds I Own Pure Breeds Columbian Rock The colour of these birds is similar to the popular Light Sussex Breed.They are good layers that lay a Cream coloured egg. They can be broody as I had one go broody on me this year. The flesh is pink on these birds which makes them good dual purpose birds. They are usually sold unsexed as both sexes have the same colours. Rhode Island Red Rhode Island Reds are top notch layers of brown eggs. The hens are good natured but not very broody. The rooster...
Feed Wheat is my main food of choice for poultry. It has the highest protien of the common grains and the resulting eggs taste is second to none. My usual recipe for chickens is 3 parts wheat 1 part Oats ot Barley although hens perform real well with field peas as well but these are very expensive. I grow generally a 10 - 20 acre plot each year although I plan to grow much more when I can add more bins. I process the feed through a Farm King Roller Mill that crushes the grain making it...
Located 25 miles south and east of High Level, Alberta, Canada is the High Bluff Farm. It is a beautiful 320 acre piece of land with beautiful loam soil. Lots of trembling Aspen Poplar with patches of White Spruce. The farm house was originally a one room skid shack my father dragged over the Boyer River on logs and was built around. The continents most northerly farms are located here the weather goes to the extreme cold of winter to the hot dry summers. The days in the winter are short as...
Pecking/Canabalism Keeping a large flock I gave encountered this problem many times so I have developed a few methods to thwart it. Lighting - During long winter months I keep natural light from the hens during the dog days of winter and just provide them artifical red light bulbs. The red glow seems to fool the birds eyes when it comes to blood. Treats Boredom is a major cause of this so I provide turnips and other hard vegetables to keep the birds busy. When they are not able to free...
The Barn Keeping Poultry in a Northerly location creates more challenges when it comes to the coop. To heat the barn it is best to rely on the body heat of your flock. This being said there must be enough room in the barn to allow your birds enough room to live confortably. So the result is a rather large flock in a fairly good sized barn. I house around 80 - 100 birds is this barn. My barn was built with typical 2X4 framing and isolated with R12 pink fibregrass insolation. A heavy plastic...
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