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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by jchny2000, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. Urbanmom519

    Urbanmom519 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hogster 160 thanks for the suggestion, I wasnt wanting chicks, being my first flock I'm scared about winter so close, but the closest rural king to me is an hr away, but they do have Ameracunas, so with this site and the internet I'm hoping they will be ok, just really hoping I get all female! now to tread up on chick raising! is 5 a good number to get, I only wanted 3 laying hens, but since they are so little I know they need each other. thanks for everyone's help!!!!#
     
  2. SallyinIndiana

    SallyinIndiana Overrun With Chickens

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    My son saw your hen last night on the home page. He asked why is that hen trying to fly? I was so surprised, I was not even thinking he could tell the hens from the roos yet.

    I would feed an all flock or a non medicated grower or since you have some in molt you might consider the high protein meatbird crumbles but they cost more money. I would still have the grit and oyster shell available. Growing feathers takes lots of protein and nonlaying chickens don't need as much calcium. You may notice that your chickens don't eat as many scoops of the chicken feed if you switch to a higher protein feed. I noticed a slight drop off but I was feeding close to 20 chickens when I switched. I also noticed the higher the protein in the bag, the more scoops of feed I got. So weight wise I know my chickens were eating less pounds of feed per day. BUT they did increase their oyster shell intake some. Still I have not finished 50 pounds of oyster shell in over a year.
    I'm sure there will be hens for sell at the upcoming shows. There is one tomorrow in Blommington and one Oct 19th in Lebanon. Then some of the TSC stores have parking lot swaps. But one does need to be careful when buying an adult bird. Inspect the hen and ask lots of questions. One of the reasons I started off with chicks was because I did not know enough about chickens to be able to inspect or even come close to asking good questions. We got chicks as late as Oct last yr. I have an order of chicks coming from Meyer next week. They will be fine outside once they are fully feathered around 4-6 weeks.
     
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  3. Quinstar

    Quinstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stop it!!!! Never mind. Buy them and breed them! My Brahma is the sweetest girl in my flock and these are just gorgeous!

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    And... One of my EE girls just started laying! Extremely light blue but I think it's just gorgeous. First time I've ever actually seen a blue egg. I was really surprised that an EE was the second to start laying since everything I read said they tend to start laying late. Excited to see what I find today!
     
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  4. hogster160

    hogster160 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on the size of your coop and run area really. The "standard" seems to be 4 square feed per bird inside, and 10 square feet outside of run area. Let that the be the deciding factor on how many you get. Since it is an hour away, I would call them and see if you can pay for some over the phone to save them. I believe there is a 6 chick min in the state of Indiana. I also believe they sell the chicks as straight run, I would ask them if its straight run or pullets. With straight run there is a 50/50 shot (or better) of getting cute little boy chicks. Do you live in the city, or can you have roosters where you are? Also, you will need a brooder box, bedding, heat lamp, food and waterer, chick starter.

    Find out how old they are, in my area they appeared to me to be a week +. They should be able to tell you when they got them in. Then set the brooder up. They will need to be fully feathered out before they go outside. Depending on breed, that can be up to 4-6 weeks of age. Which they will need to be inside. Its not impossible to get chicks this time of year, just takes a little more doing to get them ready to go outside as it will be colder.

    If you ever have any question, just ask. The people on BYC, and this thread in particular, are so friendly and helpful. Lots of experience people here who are will to teach. And this thread runs so fast, if you are gone for a couple of days, you may have 25 pages to read. It can get crazy.

    Best of luck to you and your chicks,

    Deb

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  5. hogster160

    hogster160 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats on the blue egg! My EE was the first to lay, I want to say she was like 4 months old. She lays a green egg.

    Deb
     
  6. Quinstar

    Quinstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that's early! My girls are about 5 months old I think. Only 2 out of 8 are laying. Possibly 3, but I think it's only 2.
     
  7. CRSelvey

    CRSelvey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you M2H for asking about CE. I was wondering the same thing. In my house, if I were gone, my kids would probably eat fast food more than I'd like , stay up too late, their clothes wouldn't match, but they'd have a really good time. This is what happened the last time I went somewhere and left the kids at home:
    [​IMG]They lived and I only had to soak that dress for about a week.


    You are infectious with all this chicken talk. They are so pretty.
    I don't know if I will get to go to the poultry show, but we are trying to figure out the logistics for going to the game as well. My MIL called and offered us free tickets if we can get them from her and make it back in time for the game. I hope you have a great time visiting your daughter.
     
  8. Urbanmom519

    Urbanmom519 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my run is 5' by 10' my coop had 2 nesting boxes, I ordered it online, it said it was able to accommodate
    4-6 birds, rural king didn't say anything about a min I had to get I said I may get 5 because I was wondering about the hour drive home to help chances of survival the manager said they should be fine, the more the warmer they will stay, I am not allowed roosters,
     
  9. EmSteele

    EmSteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm...you may be on to something!

    "Husband, if I don't get some new Chickens soon, I might just smother you with a pillow!"

    I'll let you all know how that works out! :-D
     
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  10. hogster160

    hogster160 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She did wait about 3 weeks before her next egg tho, then she got serious, she lays about 5 eggs a week. I'm not complaining.
     

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