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  1. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    I currently have 8 hens & 4 males in my pens & that's really too many males. My poor hens get beat up & end up naked. It's really better to go with about a 4 or 5:1 ratio, but always make sure you have at least 2 males no matter what. As soon as you go down to 1 male that will be the bird that dies. [​IMG]
     
  2. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol okay had me confused for a minute! mine are chickens.
    I have 3 red stars, 2 speckled sussex, 2 leghorns. and 1 that is either a buff orpington and a leghorn. all pullets but the sussex are straight runs.
     
  3. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh..so I have to have 2 males?! I think i have 1 right now...they are only about a week old so too early to tell
     
  4. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    That sounds better...LOL Pharoah Cots are sexable by chest coloring by 2 weeks, the others are more difficult until they reach maturity at about 6 weeks.
    DANG IT!!!
     
  5. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    Betta & I were doing quail ratios...LOL

    Red stars will lay between 15-18 weeks, leghorns shortly after. Orps & Sussex will take closer to 25 weeks. I would start layer feed or at least offering oyster shell free choice in a separate container by about 14 weeks.
     
  6. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    With chickens, unless you are wanting to breed, you don't even need roos. I try to keep a spare anyway for the same reasons mentioned for quail.
     
  7. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    haha okay thanks :) first time chicken AND duck owner...LOL ducks are 4 weeks old...know anything about their feed requirements?
     
  8. SilkieSensation

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    Non-medicated feed for ducks. If using an "all-flock" style feed or 1 formulated for ducks you don't need to add anything extra. If not formulated for ducks, you may need to add niacin to the feed. Ducks develop leg problems if they don't get enough niacin & angel wing from protein deficiency. Make sure you are using at least 18% protein for ducks. They need water deep enough to dunk their heads in to clear nasal passages. I have found raising ducks on wire after the 1st few days is easiest due to the water mess they like to make. No chips means no wet brooder & less smell.
     
  9. yelnad

    yelnad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. DH said, "Well she raises chickens and she knows." I replied, "It's ok to hear what she has to say, but don't take it as bible. I have DOZENS of chicken friends at BYC who offer great advice!"
     
  10. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah I'm doing all of that. but i just didn't know if I needed to change the type of food after they are a certain age. they are ON the grower/starter non medicated with niacin added to water.
     

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