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  1. roxanne

    Stopped laying in nest boxes

    I have 6 hens, 1 RR, 2 PR, and 3 heritage breed. The RR was the first to start laying back in late July and the others eventually followed suit. We have 3 nesting boxes and they all pretty much have broken in all three. Suddenly in the past several weeks, I have been finding the RR’s egg in...
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    New Barred Rock Rooster Questions

    We adopted a Barred Rock rooster this week to be the Romeo and hero to our 6 hens. He is 4 months old. This morning I was expecting to hear him usher in the day, but there was silence. What is the average age for a Barred Rock rooster to come “into his own”? He has no fancy feathers growing...
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    How to "keep" Sunflower seeds grown in my garden for winter feed for chickens.

    I have grown a number of sunflowers in my garden and after harvesting them, I wanted to know if I should roast the seeds before feeding them to my chickens. I am worried that the raw seeds could mold and spoil over time, and I don't want that to happen. I want to have them to feed to my...
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    Feeding chickens meat scraps

    Can chickens eat meat scraps from the kitchen table? I have a bunch of scraps from chicken tenders that I was going to throw away, but thought I might ask about feeding the scraps to my ladies. I don’t want to do something that isn’t healthy or correct ... so anyone who has an opinion or some...
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    How do you get pullets to use a perch?

    Our chickens are about 10 weeks and have been moved from their brooding pen to a temporary coop while my husband is finishing our permanent coop. We have made perches inside the temporary coop. When the chickens are put inside the coop at dusk (because they aren’t going inside on their own...
  6. roxanne

    Doing the chicken thing again

    juices flow: (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? We are not new to chickens ... but we are building a new coop to go with the exterior on our house. We built a temporary coop for the chicks to stay in ... they had to come out of my basement! See the pictures I...
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    What is the average egg laying cycle?

    I have had some of my chickens for almost 2 to 3 years. Since the end of August, egg production has really slowed:/ and now it has come to a complete halt. I haven't bought eggs in over two years and yesterday I had to buy eggs at the store YIKES!! How long to chickens regularly lay eggs...
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    Bantam Hen caught in a leg trap

    We have a terrible time with fox and raccoons this spring. Last spring my husband bought 6 leg traps. The chickens are all cooped up at night before the traps are set. We have had success in getting rid of the predators, but this morning, our momma hen got caught. She flew out of her...
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