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    Hawk attack - safe to eat?

    Brining the chicken is a great idea actually!! Thanks for the heads up. The second chicken that was killed, I didn't really have an idea of when or how long it was dead so I just threw it away. Seems like such a waste but like everyone says, those are the dangers of free ranging. I've...
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    Hawk attack - safe to eat?

    So I have been free ranging for a month or so, and yesterday I had my first hawk attack. When I went outside, I noticed it was silent and there was no noise or movement anywhere in the yard. Then I see the hawk fly up from the ground to the fence, then off the fence. I walked up to where the...
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    How many people eat there chickens on this form

    Quote: Thank you!! Its hard for some people to seperate the emotion of the act from the act itself. My mom, for example, when I told her yesterday. Yes, its sad. Yes, it was a living creature. But it needed to be done, and was done in a respectful and technically correct manner. I...
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    How many people eat there chickens on this form

    I butchered my first chicken this weekend. I never really grew up around it. I was around chickens at my grandpas house but he never killed and ate any of his flock. Before I was born he did a little bit, but I guess he got a little soft in his old age. Anyhow - I had a rooster that was...
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    Free ranging - food and water placement?

    Quote: How far do they range from the coop? I have an area that looks like this: There is about 30-50 feet in between the coop and run, and our fenced in yard. Its on a hill that runs down from the coop to the yard. I was wondering if I should put up some kind of fencing to guide them...
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    Free ranging - food and water placement?

    Looking to get my flock into some free ranging. They have food and water in their coop right now, that they make use of when they are both in the run or in the coop. Once I start to free range them, do you think it would be wise to setup another watering station somewhere else, either in my...
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    What am I and do You still say pullet?

    I have a gray one exactly like that - anyone know the breed?
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    Lot of 5-6 chickens - sold together

    Pictures of the chickens below. Looks like it would be 3 leghorns (white ones), 2 australorps (black ones), and 1 rhode island red (the brownish one). So 6 chickens total.
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    A mixture of Hay and Shavings? Good/Bad idea???

    From the PDZ website: Chickens Chickens have a lot of benefits, but they are by no means the neatest of barnyard animals. In fact their coops, hen houses and pens can get really stinky. Sweet PDZ is the answer to your smelly, dropping filled coops. Sprinkle Sweet PDZ liberally where the...
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    A mixture of Hay and Shavings? Good/Bad idea???

    you could also get this stuff: http://www.tractorsupply.com/sweet-pdz-reg-stall-refresher-25-lb--5065990 available at tractor supply, people around here say its great. bought a bag last night, 8.99. And got a huge thing of pine shavings, TS brand, for 4.99 on sale! Great deal.
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    Lot of 5-6 chickens - sold together

    Purchased 27 chickens from McMurray Hatchery. Bought the "rainbow layer" package. Now, I am worried that I may have too many chickens for the amount of space. Am looking to sell off a few of them. Chickens are fully feathered and in great shape. I am looking to sell a couple of black ones...
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    Running electrical line to the coop?

    Quote: So, seanb, you are saying that I can dig the hole, run the conduit, and put the cable into it all myself. Then, get an electrician to just hook up the endds of it for me? That would make it more legit right? And I would save a ton cuz I did all the hard labor myself? Can a water...
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    A mixture of Hay and Shavings? Good/Bad idea???

    Thats actually what I'm doing now. I'm doing deep litter with hay (or straw, not sure which) and pine shavings. I mix some pine shavings in when people are coming over to see them cuz it gives the whole coop a nice smell. When I clean the coop, I just rake up all the hay and shavings and...
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    Running electrical line to the coop?

    That is GREAT info, Dogfish!! Do you think I can get away with running the underground wire, then terminating it with a plug in the garage? That way I can plug into an existing grounded circuit (GFCI or whatever). This will run off an existing underutilized circuit in my house. I can run a...
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    Running electrical line to the coop?

    The coop is probably about 100 feet from our house. I have extension cords running that distance now. I like the ability to turn the light on at night. I just wish I didn't have an extension cord sitting in my lawn. I figured if I ran a nice conduit with some good underground wiring in it...
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