How long is too long?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HomegrownCaSW, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. HomegrownCaSW

    HomegrownCaSW Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 2, 2010
    I've been raising chickens for about 7 years. Prior to my recent brood which just turned 3 in July, I used to slaughter them off every fall. As you can see from my ID, I live in the Desert SW and temperatures reach into the three digits in the summer, and I lost many of my initial hens due to the heat. Those were mostly dual purpose hens and they did not work out here in the desert. That's why I chose Leghorns.

    Concerning, my most recent brood, purchased 3 years ago, I lost one Buff Minorca (due to the heat), 2 Anconas (due to the heat) and 3 Single Breasted Leghorns (2-hen related*, one due to the heat).
    I did not find that eggs got significantly larger after having my hens over the years, despite reports that they are supposed to be larger.

    * Hen pecking, didn't get along with the Minorca or Anconas hens and was killed by them.

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