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

  1. CRSelvey

    CRSelvey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2013
    Greencastle, IN
    I do smother her with kisses because she is awesome.

    What do you mean upside down? I'm not supposed to have 2.3333 roosters per hen? You are joking! Seriously, my kids named the little suckers so I have to get rid of the two that don't have names before they get one. I can still manage the rest. Only one seems to bother the girls and if they get out of hand, their is always a processing place down the street (assuming I can't handle the job).

    According to all my books, my coop (6'*8') and my run (16'*8') should hold 10-14 chickens depending on their size. They also get to run around the 7 1/2' fenced garden (32'*32') during the day. If I get rid of two bantams, that would leave me with 6 LF and 2 bantams. I'm hoping that means I can have 4-6 more hens of various sizes. Its not quite 1 roo to every 10-20 hens, but its probably the best I can hope for at this moment. I have a wish list of Buckeye, Welsummer, Orpington, Speckled Sussex, Cochin, Wyandotte and hopefully a couple are bantams.

    I know I can pick feathers.

    I haven't done this yet, but I have been buying my feed at Central Indiana Organics. They feed smells like something I'd make Herb Bread with. I tried to take a pic but it came out blurry. So it has corn, soybeans, calcium, acidophilus fermentation stuff, a bunch of vitamins and minerals, DE, Apple Cider Vinegar, yeast, charcoal, fish meal, dried tomato, dried potato, dehydrated egg, all from organics and cayenne pepper, peppermint, garlic, parsley, dandelion root, elder flowers, ginger, chamomile, lemon grass, thyme, fennel, basil, sage, and cloves. There were a few more, but I'm not a great typist. The 50 lb bag of grower is $31. I knew some people are probably gasping, but I'm in it for organic eggs and interesting pets for my kids. I figure that my dogs always get the good stuff and they don't give me eggs back, so its all good.

    I'd be interested to know what you come up with when you start making yours though.

    Too Fast- That kind of awesomeness would be overwhelming if there were five of her!! Maybe 5 different kids would be better.
    Chickens- Good luck with your chicks!
    Pipd- Good Luck with starting your coop.

    Happy Wednesday everyone!
  2. julie0477

    julie0477 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2013
    Brown County, Indiana
    I am in the midst of my first incubation. I have two I BELIEVE gold star buff Brahma crosses due to hatch on Sunday with a little mini dome incubator I picked up from mcmurray. I have my heart set on a brinsea. My only worry is I'll try to hatch them all lol
  3. freeflyin

    freeflyin Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 13, 2013
    Southern Indiana
    I haven't posted in a while because seeing how many new posts I would have to read is intimidating! =] I hope everyone is doing well. Have fun incubating Julie! I hope to start incubating before fall arrives (quail). Right now I'm in the planning process of my little quail pen. I'll post pics when it's finished.
  4. SallyinIndiana

    SallyinIndiana Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2012
    Bargersville, Indiana
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  5. MillerBirds

    MillerBirds Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 25, 2013

    Where is Central Indiana Organics? That feed sounds amazing. I buy Natures Grown Organic feed at my feed store in Lafayette. It also is $32/bag. Good stuff, but yours seems really incredible.
  6. Old Salt 1945

    Old Salt 1945 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2013
    Lebanon, IN
    Wow! I switched to TSC layer at $12/bag from the $17/bag chick starter to avoid the extra cost. Figured they can make up the difference on grass, bugs, kitchen garbage, and stale donuts.

    I am putting a Japanese Beetle trap in the chicken yard. If you cut out the bottom of the bag, they fall on the ground for the chickens to eat. The darned thing attracts them from miles around.

    Last edited: Jul 16, 2013
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  7. Old Salt 1945

    Old Salt 1945 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2013
    Lebanon, IN
    Does the lone rooster have a big smile on his face at all times?

  8. Webechickens

    Webechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2013
    East Central Indiana
    Just looked up Rhodebar because I was not familiar with that breed. Ended up on the Greenfire Farms site in FL. Quite an amazing assortment of rare chickens. You can buy a pair of Ayam Cemani chickens for only $4,999.00. Have never heard of this Indonesian breed. They are entirely black, inside and out. Yeah, I have $4,999 in my wallet, how about I order 5 pairs! NOT!! They do have an impressive site if you'be never seen it.
  9. OlliePollie

    OlliePollie Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2013
    Just thought I would stop in a say hi!

    Our 4H fair is this week and dd had a great time showing our BR roo. He is hatchery stock so not show quality but I figured for the mini 4-H they don't judge the birds but rather teach kids about chickens and what a poultry show is like. The judge was just lovely, he explained what he was looking for in the different birds and breed standards. It was a very educational time. We are excited about buying some show quality birds for next year!

    I do have a question, if we want to raise show birds from chicks when would be the best time to get them for next years fair (about this time next year)? We are planning on going to the Lebanon show in October to look at all the different breeds so that dd can decide which breed she would like to get.

    And a picture of my daughter with her favorite girl Garnet (production red).
  10. Quinstar

    Quinstar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2013
    Good to know. I found a blog that had what seemed like a pretty good recipe online. The writer has done a lot of research on it and I think I may start there and alter as I become more comfortable with it. I want to ferment some of it as well and then supplement with kitchen scraps and free ranging. Here is the mix that I found.

    Garden Betty’s Homemade Whole Grain Chicken Feed
    Makes 8 1/2 pounds (fills 10-pound feeder)
    4 cups oat groats
    4 cups black oil sunflower seeds
    4 cups hard red wheat berries
    2 cups soft white wheat berries
    2 cups kamut
    2 cups millet
    2 cups whole corn
    1 cup lentils
    1 cup sesame seeds
    1 cup flax seeds
    1/2 cup brewer’s yeast
    1/4 cup kelp granules
    free-choice oyster shells
    free-choice grit

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    She also has a corn free mix that she uses as well. A friend of mine has chickens as well and wants to start doing this so we may buy some bulk and then split the cost and feed at the beginning. DH brews beer so we already have a grain grinder to crush it up a bit while they are still young and we have plenty of experience with the fermentation process.
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