Hello, my name is HR and I'm a newbie....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HR Patterson, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. HR Patterson

    HR Patterson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Friends of mine moved away and I offered to take his "flock" rather than have him make a rather large pot of stew. I have some farming background, but most of my chicken experience is of the commercial type. If I count correctly there are 4 Roos, one of which is an eggeater (the Orpington) 20 RI hens (I think) 3 Rocks, 3 white Bantee hens and 2 ducks(1m,1f). I have a few hens that are eggeaters, I have found out and they will soon be stew/stock/base. I am still waiting for the weather to co-operate enough to move the rather large henhouse to my property. Right noww they are in a smaller shelter, but the hens have decided to start laying and I need to get the house here soon. Presently I am feeding 6 lbs of 16% layer to all with some yummies now and then and scratch (corn/oat mix) on cold nights to keep them warm. Fresh water is supplied throughout the day. We have been getting about 4 eggs a day on average for about 2 weeks. I have been researching on several sites as to care/upkeep/feed, and am just wondering as a newbie if things sound right. They have a fenced in area to "free range" as it is in the snow, about 75x20.
    So I guess my questions are: Does everything seem in order, am I forgetting anything? And
    What are eggeaters good for when I am raising chooks for eggs?
    Thank you for any input--HR
    P.S. What is a good image hosting site, I have pics and the link for myspace will not allow the pic to show.
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Welcome to the forum and I think photobucket.com works best for pics [​IMG]
     
  3. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    [​IMG] to the forum. This place is great and I think you'll love it.
    I use picturetrail to host my pix...I have few hundred on there and its still free!
     
  4. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    Not sure what you mean by eggeater, but welcome to the forum!!
     
  5. HR Patterson

    HR Patterson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, Like this?
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  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Quote:I think he means they are eating there own eggs
     
  7. HR Patterson

    HR Patterson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eggeater=chicken that pecks eggs open and eats them in the nest
     
  8. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    Quote:Maybe he means they are eating their own eggs after laying them.
    I don't have that problem but I am sure there is a solution to it so you can keep them as layers instead of killing them.
     
  9. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I may have a solution. Try giving them crushed hardboiled eggs. It might make them stop
     
  10. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to the crazzienes. yummy egg eater stew sounds good yep that is what I would do.
    Good luck in all of your chicken adventures.
    henry
     

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