Chicken Breed Focus - Hedemora

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. altair

    altair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's at least one breeder in Massachusetts, but either way shipping chicks and eggs (if you have an incubator) is the easiest way to add some Hedemora into your life. ;)
     
  2. redrstr29

    redrstr29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Do you know the breeders info?.... Perhaps in the spring..... Its getting cold here now, And I dont feel like dealing with babies.... [​IMG]

    Aldo
     
  3. gootziecat

    gootziecat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "It is almost impossible to put younger birds with adult Hedemoras. I keep a separate grow out pen next to their main pen so they can get to know each other and I also let them free range together. Once they reach adult hood they can be integrated like any other breed."

    Mothernaturesdaughter, what age do you consider to be adulthood? Usually once youngsters (of other breeds) get to be nearly adult size, perhaps 4 mo., they are able to be intergrated with adults.
     
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  4. mothernaturesdaughter

    mothernaturesdaughter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am guessing mine have been 5+ months or close to laying when the flock finally accepts them. The roosters become interested in the newbies and normally will coax them to hang out with the flock then the hens also accept the newbies.

    I have some that are currently going through this process and, some of the older flock has been bedding down in the newbie's coop which, is a good sign they will start foraging together very soon.

    This has been the only way I have been able to make a smooth transition for them and, so this has been my experience and I have heard from a couple of others that they had the same problem and, would be interested of others experiences. Broody hens can be a real asset when it comes to integrating new birds into a flock... I have only had 2 hens go broody in all of the time I have owned them until this summer I think I had a couple more but it did not last long.

    Its little things like this that takes a little time to figure out but once you do, it becomes second nature.
     
  5. Cockatrice6420

    Cockatrice6420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree with the broody integration system. The broodies seem to jump right up in the pecking order and the chicks are then accepted by the flock, at least with the breeds I have that all roam together.
     
  6. AGuyWithSomeHen

    AGuyWithSomeHen Out Of The Brooder

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    maybe our friend with the rooster and five hens can start planting flocks among those of us who want them ;-)
     
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  7. Cockatrice6420

    Cockatrice6420 Chillin' With My Peeps


    That would be soooo cool.
     
  8. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

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    It would be fun to see some photos of your birds if you wouldn't mind sharing!
     
  9. TBirdsTheWord33

    TBirdsTheWord33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hear ya, Blooie!
     
  10. altair

    altair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was mistaken, she's in Connecticut. jan12 is her screen name on the board, try a PM :)
     

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