Articles from ki4got

I've seen a number of people who are new to poultry asking, "What is ______?" Fill in the blank with any color or feather type or part found on a chicken. I've answered a lot of these posts privately, some publicly, and finally decided it would be easier to just provide a link to a page. So here it is... The FIRST thing I will recommend, if you're wanting to breed any APA recognized varieties of poultry, is to get a copy of the Standard of Perfection. Any edition will do as many of the...
KI4GOT's Small "Hoop Coop" 04.23.2011 Getting back into chickens again, I decided to plan it out a bit more than the first time around... Tractor Supply had a neat idea on their website of using a dog house, a few other people have/had 'hoop coops' I liked. My large coop I plan to do "My Way" but for now the Hoop Coop will do just fine. Once I start putting it all together (next weekend) I'll post more pics of the progress I'm making. But I already have the doghouse and plywood I plan to...
Chicken genetics seem to be an endless source of confusion for so many people. I've taken a number of genetics courses in college, and at first they even confused me, but I also didn't know much about what the various mutations looked like in comparison to a number of different breeds. When I first started keeping chickens again, I had no idea where to start in determining what mutations were involved in some of the varieties I had. Since then, I've done more research into specific...
Roanoke County (Residential), Virginia Chicken Ordinance **There are no restrictions on properties zoned Agricultural** Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYesMax Chickens Allowed6Roosters AllowedNoPermit RequiredNoCoop RestrictionsCoops shall provide at least two (2) square feet of interior space per chicken and chicken enclosures shall provide at least ten (10) square feet of exterior space per chicken with a maximum total area of one hundred fifty (150) square feet for both the coop...
City of Salem, Virginia, Chicken Ordinance Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYesMax Chickens Allowed6Roosters AllowedNoPermit RequiredYes - $25 annually - application in link belowCoop Restrictions Chickens shall not be allowed to roam free. They shall be kept in an enclosed secure area not to exceed a total of 128 square feet, herein after known as a pen. Pens shall include a coop (enclosed structure) containing a minimum of 1.5 square foot per hen and an open run area containing a...
Vinton, Virginia - Chicken Ordinance Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYesMax Chickens Allowed6Roosters AllowedNoPermit RequiredYesCoop RestrictionsChicken hens shall be kept in an enclosed secure movable/portable pen/chicken tractor, stationary pen or a fenced enclosure (henhouse/coop) that contains at a minimum four square feet per bird. The size of the enclosed portable and/or stationary henhouse/coop shall not exceed 64 square feet in area. Birds shall not be allowed to roam...
Christiansburg, Virginia, Chicken Ordinance Are Chickens Allowed in this locationNot at this timeMax Chickens Allowed Roosters AllowedNoPermit Required Coop Restrictions City/Organization Contact name Additional Information Link for more Information Information Last Updated02.18.2013 (made a mistake and listed Vinton under C'burg, but that's been corrected) NOTE: This information was submitted by a member of our chicken forum. Please make sure to double check that this information...
Initially, I had thought to set up my breeders in smaller pens. Then i contemplated doing a large group at once, for now. But now, seeing the feather damage the rooster is causing on his girls, I'm thinking about something someone else mentioned. She has a rooster pen, and puts the girls and guys together one day a couple days a week, and the rooster goes back to the 'bachelor' pen when he's done. That would involve a bit more work, but at the same time, with no roosters loose, all the girls...
"The Feathered Nest" Well, that was my business name back when I had my aviary down in Florida (pre-'92), so why not... About myself... KI4GOT is my amateur radio callsign. (For more about ham radio, you can visit [URL="http://www.arrl.org"]www.arrl.org[/URL].) My name is Karen. I went to U-Maine in Orono (studied Animal Sciences), and had a mild interest in chickens. Talking to my advisor, Bob Hawes, I learned that he had and showed chickens himself. Well that was the start/end of it all for me. LOL He gave me a couple...
I just want to get this off my mind. LOL This is not aimed at anyone specifically, but things I've come across over the last few years. So for those who might be new to the poultry hobby and even experienced breeders... The things that grow under a rooster's chin are not 'waddles' but WATTLES... A COCKEREL is a young rooster, and a PULLET is a young hen. (I've seen cockrels cockrals and others, as well as pullits and pults) a POULT is a young turkey. And as far as genetics are...
Someone commented to me recently, that too many people choose a breed because of a "Label", without understanding what it actually is that makes that breed unique. That got me to thinking about my choice of breed. When I first decided to get back into poultry (my last flock was a mix and match assortment) I wanted to have eggs and meat. But reading up, I realized that the commercial meat birds were not self-sustaining, so then thought about crossing breeds. That was pretty much a dead end...
Plans for KMV Farm (aka The Feathered Nest) Well, I mulled it over most of the spring and summer, and decided I wanted to concentrate on one dual purpose Heritage breed, rather than crossing or having random breedings between multiple breeds. Then I made a list of possible breeds, weighed the pros/cons, and decided I wanted the Dorking. One thing I didn't consider, was availability. I did find an auction for silver grey dorking eggs, which I won. And then a week after incubation had...
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