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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by peggym, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Cass

    Cass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it just my girls or are all chickens directionally challanged? I had to rescue 3 hens from their stopping spot along the way toward the coop. Come on...keep walking...all paths lead to the coop, it's planned that way on purpose.

    And does one bag of feed taste different from another bag of feed? 5 of my birds come waltzing out of the small side of the coop, crops full, when I walked down to shut the coop up tonight. I serve the same thing on both sides. Crumbles. Layer crumbles, to be exact. Why do they think that the ones on the small side are better tasting then the ones on their side?

    14 eggs today. I am liking the egg counts, not so fond of the power bill. But I think the increase in power bill is more the heated water bowls than the lights.
     
  2. Tough Old Bird

    Tough Old Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe the chickens get snow blind, LOL!

    How many birds do you have, Cass?

    14 eggs -- very nice!

    TOB
     
  3. Gramma Chick

    Gramma Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    I have found this too ...Too much scratch ..less eggs ..Greens have calcium dont they ? they may still be getting some calcium from the greens ..Definitely getting more nutrients
     
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    Gramma Chick Overrun With Chickens

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  5. Cass

    Cass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I, too, shovel down to the grass. And most of them make it back to the coop, just 3 of 27 don't. Bird brains. LOL
     
  6. cracrzy4chicks

    cracrzy4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any one here have Welsummer hatching eggs ??
     
  7. Gramma Chick

    Gramma Chick Overrun With Chickens

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  8. ChickPrincess

    ChickPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ran into someone at TSC who said he has 60 chickens and only getting about 4 eggs a day. Poor guy. He said he has supplemental light. I didn't know what else to suggest. [​IMG]

    Yikes... I was reading how important both calcium and grit are, especially this time of year. I have been giving them oyster shell, but had no idea about the grit. I bought a big 10 lb bag of it yesterday. I'm sure they will be happy!
     
  9. marquisella

    marquisella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are only feeding pellets or crumbles they don't need grit...but if you are feeding scratch or any whole grains, then they do need it. Chickens gizzards are like grinders. The grit is the stone. The muscles move the grit around to pulverize the solid food. Pellets & crumbles will easily fall apart in the chicken so it doesh't need grit. Whole or part of grans are hard, and the chicken needs the grit to break the hard stuff down so It passes through to the area where it is absorbed. A gizzard will become stronger the longer it has grit in it. So, if you are not feeding anything that is hard, and suddenly feed hard grain, the chicken will have a hard time breaking the grain down. So, one should introduce grains gradually to a chicken that has not had grit before, or has been eating pellets or crumbles. It takes a couple of weeks with the grit for the chicken to get to its strongest point in the gizzard.
     
  10. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    I had a BR pullet who didn't have enough brains to go into the nearest coop. She hid under it and I was lucky enough to push her out with a stick and get her. I put her back where she belonged, but was worried I would have to leave her there for the night.
     

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