New BYC member in Eastern WA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kkelley, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. kkelley

    kkelley Just Hatched

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    Hello, I have perused BYC before and finally decided to join the community. My hubby and I have had chickens and ducks just since last September, so we still have a lot of learning to do. We currently have 1 partridge Chantecler rooster (Cogburn) 1 hen of that breed (had 2 hens originally but one foolishly wondered into the dogs' area). I really love the Chanteclers. We have have 3 Buckeyes, 2 Araucanas, and a New Hampshire Red. We started out with 14 Black Swedish-Khaki Campbell mix ducks but are sadly down to 10. We also have a mixed bag of "inherited" chickens. These are various ages and we can'talk tell who is laying and who is not. We want to cull the non-layers. Other than separating each one is there a way to tell the layers from the non-layers?
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
    Here is a nice article on evaluating laying hens, it should help on telling if the hen is currently laying, but unless you separate them it doesn't really tell you how many she is laying (unless she is a breed where you can tell pigment especially) http://www.premier1supplies.com/img/newsletter/02-27-14-poultry/Evaluating_egg_laying_hens.pdf
    Some people put lipstick or dye on the vents, (that should color their egg shell), hard to work unless you only have a few birds though.
     
  3. leilanio

    leilanio Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the best resource for all things chicken! [​IMG]
    I find I can literally spend hours on this site hopping around and reading how to do better for the girls.


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  4. kkelley

    kkelley Just Hatched

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    Thanks Kelsie2290!
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    discard lipstick after use [​IMG]
     
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  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!

    It sounds like you have a lovely flock! Good luck with them.
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     

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