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  1. Aemelia

    What to do with your eggs?

    Extra?! I wish.
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    Egg Song bothering neighbors

    That sucks. It would seem that metal would echo a lot more than wood. I have honestly never heard the egg song in spite of us having 3 laying hens. My girls are quiet I have never heard them in my front yard. If my windows are closed I can't hear them at all. If I happen to in the room next...
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    Hallelujah our first egg on Thanksgiving morning

    Woohoo! What great timing. I sure am thankful for my three hens laying eggs this fall. Those first eggs are so exciting. Actually it's pretty cool everyday.
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    Organic Egg Certification: Not Worth It

    Good luck building a new house without treated wood. Almost everyone I've seen post on here uses chemicals to worm their chickens I wonder if anyone tells the people they are selling their eggs to about. Not to mention I haven't seen organic chicken feed anywhere around here. Seems to me the...
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    Organic Egg Certification: Not Worth It

    Well can't untreated lumber draw termites to your home/coop? Sounds like they want to make it so hard to produce an organic food to force organic growers out of business if you ask me. Aren't they in the pocket of companies like Monsanto with their genetically modified food magic/poison?
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    Official Poll 2011 - Are Chickens Easier or Harder To Raise Than...

    I have 3 chickens, 2 cats and 1 small cat sized dog. I clean the chicken house daily, sand bedding with a cat litter cleaner and it takes less than 5 minutes, super easy. I think I spend more time cleaning out our 3 litter boxes once a week than I spend taking care of the chickens. The dog is...
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    How much does daylight affect egglaying

    I flip on our porch light around 6:30am when I let my hens out. So I wouldn't call that heavy duty lighting by any means. My Production Red and my Rhode Island Red have both stopped laying completely as of last week. I have no idea how to figure out what parallel I'm on. Since I live in...
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    Eggs waaayyy under porch. Will they stink?

    I'd offer one of my kids $10 to crawl under there and get them if you don't have kids I'd offer a friend's kid some money to do it.
  9. Aemelia

    roo "surfing" on hen

    I don't have a rooster so take this with a grain of salt but I thought I read on here that you shouldn't let roosters mount a hen when you are around because you are supposed to be the top of the pecking order or something like that and a rooster wouldn't try to mate in front of the head...
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    This may sound very stupid.......

    Sure why not. Lots of birds mate for life it seems completely likely that chickens would too. Who know how they would behave out in the wild without our interference. While the following article doesn't mention this I have heard over and over that Mourning Doves mate for life...
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    Funny birds!

    My Rhode Island Red is my best layer since she first laid. Then my Production Red took another two weeks after the RIR to get going and that surprised me. Even my Silver Lace Wyandotte laid before the Production Red. Now that we are getting into winter with less light my RIR and SLW are still...
  12. Aemelia

    Porch light - Enough light to trick my girls?

    I think our back porch is enough. I'm not aggressive about the light I just turn on our back porch light at 6:30 when I get up. I let my girls out at the same time. They are usually awake in their coop anyway. I'm not real formal about it or anything I don't know how many hours that is and I...
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    What Time of day do they "usually" lay there eggs?

    My girls are out at the crack of dawn. One of them usually lays an egg by 9:30 (but if i factor in daylight savings time that would be 8:30) the other two I usually have another egg by noon and the last one by 2:30 or 3pm. They always go back into the coop to lay their eggs they won't use our...
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    golf balls? really?

    I used golf balls they are still in my nest area in fact, my pullets have never laid an egg in there. Whatever. I clean the coop in the morning (I use sand instead of bedding) then when they lay their eggs on the ground where they sleep (instead of on the roost!) it's nice and clean...stupid...
  15. Aemelia

    layer pellets vs. layer crumbles

    I recently switched from crumbles to pellets. I wanted to use Purina's new brand that has the Omega 3 in it and pellets were the only option. I didn't notice any difference to my 3 hens. They eat it they haven't reacted adversely to it that I've seen. They seem quite happy when I bring the...
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    Brown or White, does it really matter?

    Well most of the white egg layers are considered to be flighty and not so friendly, from what I have read. So when I was buying chicks I asked my two friends with chickens which breeds they preferred for friendliness and general calm as we were only getting 3 chicks and they would need to be...
  17. Aemelia

    Well, apparently my girls don't like their supplemental lighting...

    Wow that's funny! Mine are still young (hatched in mid March) and my first chicken experience (beyond gathering eggs as a child) and they are awake and ready to get out of the coop at 6:30am. They don't head to bed until 6-7pm right now. I wish I could sleep until 9am everyday!
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    question about nesting boxes

    Good luck. My 3 stupid hens won't use our nest box. They've been laying for 2-3 months and refuse to lay in ours no matter what I have done. Golf balls still in there bedding still in there I've even put them up there as they were ready to lay and totally upset them in the process. My...
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    Drop in egg production? About Supplemental Light in the Coop...

    I'm taking a lazy noncommital route to lighting. I'm turning on my back porch light which lights up the run at 6:15am. That's also when I open the door and let them out. They are usually awake already anyway at that point, at least they have been so far. We aren't getting as many eggs...
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