I guess I want to learn about Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mahal, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Mahal

    Mahal New Egg

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    My name is Mahal. Its not my real name but Gretchen calls me Mahal. I live in Indiana and soon as my 63.9 acre fish farm sells I am moving to 2 acres on the sea in Mindanao Philippines and live with 9 girls age 20. Angel had Chickens but they die alot. Gretchen is very scared of chickens. Den, Mic, Jeneth, Kim, Emalyn, Joy, and Lalaine all love chickens. But they want to eat them. Chicken Joy at the Jollibee is about 200 pesos which is rice, a drink and 2 piece of chicken. McDonalds in the Philippines also sells chicken and rice. So my basic plan would be if the girls want to eat 2 chickens a day for 100 days ( assuming other days is fish and rice and veg. ) Then I need to have 200 chickens at any given time on the 2 acres, or go purchase chickens with my limited income. So I have questions. Is it cheaper to raise 200 chickens or buy them? I had 11 chickens in indiana and they all died. How much will they eat? What about Cobra snakes? How can I protect them from Cobras? Good grief will they get parisites? If I am on the beach as this is ocean front land will chickens be everywhere? If they free roam how much of 2 acres will they take up? I cannot afford more land on the sea. Maybe I can pay a farmer to raise them on his farm and just keep 20 there? Will Chickens eat my garden? I cannot go in main land Mindanao or the rebels will get me so I am a forever prisoner on this small 4 mile wide island. So is my life going to be total sucky living in the middle of 200 chickens? Is this a bad Idea? 30,000 tuna fish are caught hook and line in my front yard every year using 180 pound test line but they moved far off shore now and have became very poluted to eat. So I felt chickens would be safer to eat than fish? What alternate cheap things can chickens eat? Coconut left overs? There are alot of things I have to solve as I will be in charge of food supply. Even chickens scare Gretchen she tried selling eggs door to door in the mountains when her father lost his job. Can eggs be kept long not refreg.? What if the chickens love me and then I do not want to eat them? aaaa What will I do then when everyone says " We want chicken to eat tonight!" What if I name the chickens and then they get eatten and I have bad dreams? This sounds like an emotional experence? I have lived alone now 2 years and it is time for me go there on the island soon. Do I get not hybrid chickens that reproduce as hybrid chickens cost alot there? Does anyone else here have 200 chickens and can relate it to me? Each of us has a JOB. Emalyn is in charge of money she buys things in Hong Kong to resell. She also was a chief at a hotel but Mic is a cook and in charge of cooking along with others. Mahal and Gretchen will be in charge of food procurement. I want a storage room with 1 year of can goods in case of ? But if everyone loves to eat chickens then I need chicken advice. 2 acres seems small as I have lived on 120 acres most of my life in USA. So that is why I need chickens. I am really reclusive here but will welcome chicken advise. I do not know how to tell a girl chicken from a boy? Once I had a Missouri farm and on the way home a little boy sold me red chickens. He tried to give me the small ones and I was stupid and picked the BIG ones. The big ones turned out to be really bad violent roosters. They would get on the roof and jump on my back when i came out the front door. Then they would hide around the corner of the house and peak around the corner to see if anyone came out the door then wait hiding and when the person passed by the end of the house they rushed out and attacked them. I think I do not want 200 chickens like those. So you can call me mahal or foodman or stupid Junie. Whatever just i need 2 solve the dreams of eatting chicken for 10 people.
     
  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Wow, I don't know what kind of advice to give you. [​IMG] There are a few folks on here that have lots of chickens. You will need to post this in the Index under Managing your flock, or under the Meat bird sections. Hope this helps. Anyway, [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us!
     
  3. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Alaska
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Alaska

    Glad you decided to join us.....
     
  4. chocolate m'scovy

    chocolate m'scovy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, chickens will eat your garden (and quite happily too). I rather doubt that you will get emotionally attached to each of the proposed 200 chickens!
     
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  5. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

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  6. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

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  7. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
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    [​IMG] from Kansas!

    WOW!! you have a lot of questions needing answered. I would start off slowly and work your way up the ladder. First how is the lay out of your land? Water readily available? Shelter available? Then go from there to decide how much your feed cost is in your area. Are there any stores that will give you old veggies, friuts, bread, etc.? When you get answer for the beginning questions, start asking more questions in their approprate index. Hopefully this will help you deciding whether it is best to by the chicken meat from the store or to raise.
    Good luck and again welcome!
     
  8. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
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  9. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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  10. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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