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Chicken Tips - Take a Tip, Leave a Tip

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Scooter&Suzie, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Songster

    Jun 23, 2011
    Here is where we can all put our chicken tips. Feel free to leave a tip, or maybe use some of the tips here.

    For example:

    If you want eggs the winter put a light in the coop, and make sure they get 14 hours of light.

    Now if you were wondering how to get eggs in the winter you could use this tip. But maybe you put lamp in the chicken coop, and you have found out it works best for a chicken to have 15 hours of light, you could quote the other persons tip, and than say what you found is best.

    Now that I have probably confused you, go ahead and start leaving tips, and using tips!

    p.s. The tip can just also be a random fact, such as "Ameraucana and Araucanas are not the same breed, even though many hatcheries say they are."

    I hoped I put this in the right spot in the forum.

  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Chickens need more than cracked corn for their daily diet. (This is for alot of new chicken owners that complain that their not getting eggs but this is all their feeding their flock!)
  3. peterlund

    peterlund Songster

    Jan 29, 2010
    MA Cranberry Country
    You can't drop a new chicken into an existing flock without issues.
  4. terrilhb

    terrilhb Songster

    Dec 11, 2010
    Don't wear sandals in the chicken coop.
  5. dixiebeast

    dixiebeast Songster

    Aug 1, 2011
    Cross Hill SC
    bare legs with tatoos also a bad idea in the coop!!
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Blukote over-spray can be removed from skin with nail polish remover. Does anyone know how to remove it from clothing? My favorite shirt... [​IMG]
  7. LadyinRed

    LadyinRed Songster

    Sep 22, 2009
    Never wear yellow nail polish while abusing the no sandals tip. You will lose toenails or be chased by your chickens while trying to run away.

  8. 32bantam

    32bantam In the Brooder

    Nov 10, 2011
    Never take a laxative and a sleeping pill at the same time, oh wait chicken tip...

    Don't let your wife find BYC in your favorites after she told you "No Chickens"![​IMG]

    I'll change her mind yet.[​IMG]
  9. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    The idea of chickens freely roaming around your vegetable garden may sound romantic, but it does not work in practice.

    Chickens are really good at scratching your good soil and/or mulch out of the garden bed and on to the walkways between beds where it does not belong.

    On top of that, they will eat your young plants before they have a chance to grow to be mature plants. They love to peck at the lower lying tomatoes and strawberries too.

    Their manure is valuable to the gardener, but it can not be applied to a garden fresh. It is too hot, and will burn your plants. Chicken manure is best when mixed into wood shavings or shredded autumn leaves and allowed to age for a few months, before applying on the garden.

    This is a good time of the year to clean the coop -- especially if you use the deep litter method -- and apply the manure/shavings material on the garden. It will age all winter on the garden, and feed the beneficial soil microorganisms and earthworms at a time when food will be scarce.
  10. Nic&Chickies

    Nic&Chickies Songster

    Aug 23, 2010
    New Britain, CT
    If you have a choice between a smaller and larger chicken coop (to buy or build), go for the bigger option, for when you get the inevitable "just a couple more" chickens.[​IMG]

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