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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by LeBlackbird, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. FerAl_Farmers

    FerAl_Farmers New Egg

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    After 3 days, we are beginning to get used to this suburban chicken farmer gig, but there's a ways to go. Our hens came from a farm where they had lots of friends for socializing and room to roam in a fenced in field. One is especially reacting to the closed in space of the 3x6 tractor with partial tarp covering, as I often see her pacing. Whether nor not they are already conditioned to me, I don't know, but they are right there when they see me coming. Somebody suggested we hang part of a cabbage for them to peck at, for something entertaining to do besides pacing; didn't do that yet. They are about 28 weeks old, and are each laying at a rate of nearly one a day, medium size eggs.
    We are feeding mash from Organic Unlimited in Atglen, a long ways to go for feed but we were in the area for cheese, grass fed beef, and ... to pick up the chickens. We have a small bucket waterer with two nipples. They work hard on the nipples for water, even now in the cooler weather before summer, so I also have a small container hanging on the side of tractor that holds enough water for them to drink up- they really go for it. I rinse it out well, several times a day to remove the food that was left behind when they dipped in.
    We have lots of volunteer kale, and they enjoy that, eating just the leafy part and leaving the stem. After mostly ignoring the sunchokes they ate a few, so I'm hoping they will eventually take to the sunchokes, since we planted a bunch again for next fall/winter. The back yard grass isn't all that tall, nothing like what they are used to. If I could only put them out front- that grass grows lots more. They ignore spinach (thank you very much !) and red leaf lettuce (another volunteer), but like arugula lots (oh, no, not that !!)
    These birds are all natural, and I'm hoping no biological problems turn up.
     
  2. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hi neighbor!!! [​IMG]

    Hey neighbor! [​IMG] you been doing this long?

    Just the past year.... have a wee little flock (down to 3 now but have four 1-week-old chicks I'm keeping) and have been hatching/selling some chicks, which has been fun. Never hatched chicks before this.

    Chicken and kids go together! Our 4-year-old grandson loves watching eggs hatch and especially the fuzzy butts....I enjoy it every bit as much as he does!
     
  3. pete5826

    pete5826 Out Of The Brooder

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    Belle Vernon PA here...just south of Pittsburgh
     
  4. pete5826

    pete5826 Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone know where in PA, Pittsburgh area or couple hour drive, where we might be able to buy some chickens that are already laying? Looking for a few Easter Eggers, Rhode Island Reds, and some Leghorns....Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advnace
     
  5. Taby24

    Taby24 New Egg

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    I know in Export, PA the Tractor supply was having a parking lot sale of livestock on Sundays. I dont know if it is every sunday this month though. We went there the first Sunday in April and there were a bunch of people selling laying chickens and peeps. We got 9 that were a couple weeks old and they seem to be healthy.
     
  6. ams4776

    ams4776 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Go to craiglist. I had seen someone in zelienople selling pullets. I was thinking of getting a cpl myself
     
  7. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a Chickenstock scheduled for Martinsburg WV ( right across the PA border)this Saturday and in New Tripoli PA ( eastern- near Allentown) for May 14. Check out that section of the BYC index for details.
     
  8. copperpot

    copperpot Out Of The Brooder

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    Western PA, Butler County! [​IMG]


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    Light Brahmas, Brown Leghorns, Tetra Tints, Red Sex Links, (soon to come, Guineas & Khaki Campbell Ducks)
    Still want: Easter Eggers, Silkies, Wyandottes, Welsummers, Marans,............
     
  9. ams4776

    ams4776 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Where at in butlet county? Im near zelie
     
  10. 1/2DozenWings

    1/2DozenWings Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi again from

    SW PA: Butler County: Middlesex Twp!
     

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