Factory Hen Questions

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicken_angler, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    I am going to be getting 1 or 2 factory hens soon and I need to know a little bit more about them. My main cooncern is if I can put them in with my chickens I previously have. If not, I can finish building a mini coop. Also some of my questions are -

    - type of feed?
    - do they need a friend or can I get only one?
    -do they lay eggs when I get them?
    - can I eat their eggs?
    - are they mean or calm?
    -can they be in a small coop and run or be free-ranged?

    Any answers will be gladly appreciated! Thanks, Cody
     
  2. emandmikey

    emandmikey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apr 30, 2008
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    Hi Cody! I'm interested in finding out how you will be obtaining these factory hens. I haven't heard of anywhere in the States which has a hen rescue program... I'm interested if there is a program here! Em
     
  3. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Hello and I will be getting mine from a farm here in Ohio called Hertzfeld Poultry Farms. There are two of them close to me so that is where I will be getting mine from.
     
  4. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    type of feed?
    A layer crumble works fine

    - do they need a friend or can I get only one?
    I would get two, they are social animals.

    -do they lay eggs when I get them?
    They will be laying when you get them

    - can I eat their eggs?
    They are the same white eggs you get at the store, so yes

    - are they mean or calm?
    They will most likely be scared/timid at first, just try to tame them

    -can they be in a small coop and run or be free-ranged?
    Coop and run yes, free range, not yet they have been on a barn their whole lives, let them get used to being outside first.
     
  5. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Hey Brooster. I called all tree numbers for Hertzfeld Farms and only one led to a lady who answered and I asked if they had any old hens for sale. She said no. Is there any other place here in Northwest Ohio that might sell factory hens?
    Cody
     
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  6. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    If they wont sell you any, then i would just go to hillsdale.
     
  7. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Ill see if my dad will take me Saturday because my mom is going gambling with her sister because it is her sisters b-day.
     
  8. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
  9. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Do they sell chickens every saturday?
     
  10. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    Yep, but they have a special one on the 16th. I will be at the wood county fair all next week, i will talk to a few people if you dont make it to hillsdale. Maybe i will find a few hens.
     

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