Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    what about netting? its not overly expensive and effective
     
  2. maryhysong

    maryhysong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we seem to be having a round of dry fowl pox. sigh. I had chickens for 10 years in the past and didn't have half the stuff going on with them as the ones I've had the last few years.
     
  3. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I FEEL YOUR PAIN
     
  4. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yup i'm with ya
    this isn't the piglett gun thread
    it's the OZ chicken thread
    at times i forget that everyone doesn't think like i do & live way out in the sticks where i live.
    so they may have a different outlook on some things than the old pigster does.

    OZ how is the Philippine flock doing??
     
  5. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we lost a female turkey
    now i only have 1 boy & 1 girl for breeding :(
     
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  6. Tara Black

    Tara Black Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in a neighborhood and I just let them run around my backyard (4ft chain link fence around 3/4 acre yard)with the kids and dogs. In order to do the netting I would still have to fence off an area for them because of the kids. They have a swing set and trampoline and all that back there, and to net the whole yard would inhibit that. I have a friend who has bred her Karakachan/Great Pyr mix and will have pups ready in Jan if it took, but that's a long way off.
     
  7. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Curious...how do you deal with the inevitable chicken waste + children running around? I would let my birds free range, except my four kiddos run all over the property and usually they are barefoot. (Nobody around here wears shoes in the summer, lol).

    My kids track enough dirt into the house, I would not love to have bird poop tracked in, too.
     
  8. Tara Black

    Tara Black Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everyone has to wear shoes and they take them off at the door and that is where they stay until they go back out. Honestly though, my chickens tend to only stay I'm certain areas, which seems to be dependent on the breed/size. My large ones (LB & BLRW) patrol the fence line of hang out under the fishing boat (we nick named them the "Cool Kids", and my smaller ones (Silkies/Bantam Cochins/Serema/OEGB) tend to stay near the coop, run and on the side yard that no one ventures to play at, and I think that's why they free range in that area, because there is no foot traffic. Sometimes they hang out under my mulberry bush, but it's only 10ft from my coop.
     
  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    thats tough but one of each will get you 90-120 eggs next year.

    thats a lot of tryptophan
     
  10. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i can't any bronze hens on craigslist :(
    i may have to go a couple white ones
    i guess mixed turkey babies are better than none at all
    i worry that my 1 hen will take sick & die over the winter
    this would leave me with a big tom who would only have value in a roasting pan :)
     

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