May as well join up!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SamT, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. SamT

    SamT Hatching

    Nov 3, 2015
    Haskell, Tx
    Ive been consulting the forums here since getting interested in chickens. Now that i have the hang of things i may as well contribute to this wealth of knowledge!

    I have 10 Rhode Island red hens born 4-5-15. They began laying 9-20-15. I currently get 7-10 eggs a day, usually 8.
    They live in a coop built from old pallets. Eat a ration of 30% crushed corn and 70% purina layer pellets. Since birth i have crushed every egg shell we have eaten and mixed that into their feed. They also get all the veggie table scraps and bad garden stuff. I threw a quail mineral block in about a month ago that I found onsale at a store!
    My eggs are getting bigger daily now, i would call them medium on average. im hoping for some extra large eggs in the future!
    Im always looking for free/cheap feed sources and I would call myself a "master scavenger" when it comes to building descent stuff on the cheap.


  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC, the easiest way to get Large eggs is to get breeds that lay them. I don't think you can feed hens into laying larger eggs if that is not in their genetic code.

    Corn makes them fat but, does nothing for them nutritionally.
  5. SamT

    SamT Hatching

    Nov 3, 2015
    Haskell, Tx

    I picked the reds because i was under the impression they lay large brown eggs? What breeds may lay some bigger brown eggs?
    My harvest yesterday was pretty good size eggs. From my reading I gather once they get a few years old they will lay fewer, but bigger eggs.

    I just feed the corn to stretch the feed, its $6 a bag vs 14. I did see a bump in production when a switched, but they were ramping up anyway. My grandpa says im nuts for buying chicken food all together. He fed his milo and wheat only. Im thinking if switching once i establish what they are capable of on "the good feed"
  6. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by