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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 68camaro, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. 68camaro

    68camaro Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been an observer for some time. I have gotten a lot of answers here. Great Place. I Retired in Jan 2014 and decided to start a new flock. All chickens started in March this year. I did a lot of research I have a mixed flock 12 black Astralopes, 5 Golden Commets. 4 Golden Laced Wyandots., 10 Buff Orpingtons, One being my rooster. I researched this rooster because I did not want an attacker. My Girls live like queens. I have my coop inside 4 ten foot length by 6 foot high dog kennels. 2 of them have a tarp over them. They get locked in the coop and the kennel at night but free range my back yard during the day.

    I live in SE Indiana already had a 5 inch snow. The girls definitely did not like that. I plowed tracks for them with my ATV. My egg production went way down as soon as fall and daylight decreased. I read some info on here about winteriing and adding lights to increase egg production and there are a lot of believers and non believers about the lighting. I got down to 12 13 eggs a day out of 30 hens. I added 2 125 watt red heat lamps. I leave them on 24 7 right now. Eggs have increased to 23 24 eggs a day for several days. I got 26 eggs today. I am a believer in lighting and taking care of the girls. When I open the nest box and hens are setting I talk nice to them and pet them. I then reach and get their eggs. I check eggs 3 to 4 times a day. I have learned a lot and still learning about taking care of these girls. Does any.

    I keep food available all day. I buy my layer crumbles and Rural King, I also feed 2 butter cups of scratch grain in the morning and 2 in the evening. All summer I had a garden and they ate a lot of tomatos, cucumbers zucchini, Cantalope and watermelon.

    I also have guinea Chicks. Lost 3 so down to 5. They are probably the dumbest birds I have ever seen. They have finally this winter stay close to the chickens. They range in the back yard a lot and feed with the chickens since bugs are not available. They won't go in the coop the roost in the trees. Since one got attacked then have started roosting in the enclosed yard.
     
  2. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG] Glad adding the lights helped with your egg production. Make yourself at home and feel free to ask questions. Nice to have you join us!
     
  3. 68camaro

    68camaro Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you.
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. I've had all of your breeds at one time or another over the years, and you have a nice mixed flock. Black Australorps are my favorite standard breed. I've raised them for years, and they are extremely hardy, calm and gentle (my children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of them), and excellent layers of large, brown eggs. Golden Comet is one of a number of labels under which some hatcheries market their Red Sex Links, which are produced by crossing a red gene rooster with a silver gene hen. Not only can the resulting offspring be sexed by color at hatching, but they are egg laying machines, outlaying either parent breed. It's one of the interesting quirks of hybridization. You should get loads of eggs from those 4 girls. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Do your hens get any sleep? Generally lights 24/7 wouldn't allow them resting time. Hens are born with all the eggs the will ever produce, the faster they lay them the sooner they will burn out as layers. You will probably have to introduce new layers to the flock fairly often
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined the flock!
     
  10. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello from oregon and welcome to BYC :jumpy
     

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