How long is too long?

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

  1. HomegrownCaSW

    HomegrownCaSW Out Of The Brooder

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    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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