A new chicken owner

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jessmg1987, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. jessmg1987

    jessmg1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone,
    I have gone to the local auction and purchased 8 hens with a rooster. I absolutely love having chickens. any tips from anyone?
    what can i grow that would be a healthy food choice for my chickens? do they need protein everyday?

    Thanks Jessica
     
  2. ClovisMan

    ClovisMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome to BYC. So, I'm new to chickens as well, but the crazy chicken lady I know...(yes, she calls herself that), said that she grows red worms under her rabbit hutch and has a soldier fly larvae grower. I think those must be maggots. She says she doesn't even have to buy feed anymore because they free range, eat the worms and maggots, and food scraps from leftover dinners. She does hang a cabbage head in the run every now and then.
     
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  3. drlcb

    drlcb Out Of The Brooder

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    Congratulations on the decision to keep chickens. It is a rewarding and educational experience.
    Are you raising them for eggs? Meat? Pets?
    They will eat just about anything including each other if neglected... I've always free ranged all of my birds. The will eat grass, bugs, gravel, and of course chicken feed. They are excellent insect control. Before I had chickens my yard was full of ticks, fleas, spiders, they will eat anything that moves. I also raise meal worms, BSF, and red worms.
    Good luck on your endeavor.

    DrLCB
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    They need to eat a balanced diet that has all they need to grow and lay. Your feed store will carry a good flock raiser or layer feed.

    You might so some reading in our learning center here on BYC for some tips and hints on keeping your flock....

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Good luck with your new flock and enjoy BYC!
     
  5. jmmeye4

    jmmeye4 Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome to BYC!
    Raising chickens is an amazing learning experience, always have food, water, and as I learned something to keep them occupied.
     
  6. jessmg1987

    jessmg1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    where do you get the worms and how do you grow them?
     
  7. jessmg1987

    jessmg1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am raising them for eggs and pets.
     
  8. jessmg1987

    jessmg1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!! I am really enjoying it! how do u keep you chickens entertained?
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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