Self Introduction

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mataa, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. Mataa

    Mataa Hatching

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    Hi everyone.
    I'm grateful for being allowed to join this platform.

    I'm raising 18 Astralops which are about 16 weeks. They might be half males and half females. Some I cannot easily tell. I bought them when they were 4 weeks old.

    I've been feeding them on a home-mix of maize bran, sunflower cake, fish meal, and ground eggs.

    I'm here to learn and possibly share what am learning from the chickens. The critical issue to me now is when they should start laying and if there is any special feed I need to put them on.

    Thanks all.
    Mataa Mafelomale
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to BYC - we are glad to welcome you to our community.
     
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  3. Perris

    Perris Crowing

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    hello @Mataa ! welcome to BYC :frow
    good luck with your new flock!
     
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  4. N F C

    N F C Champion

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    :welcome

    Thanks for joining us, it's nice to have you here!
     
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  5. Quackter

    Quackter Songster

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    Welcome to the forum Mataa, there is a whole lot of sticky shoe'd people here that will help you get started feeding. Without counting everything up, sounds like you have a pretty good mix going. If you are feeding whole eggs, not just the shells, you may want to do the numbers on the calcium before the pullets get close to laying. Whole eggs are good protein too.

    16-18 weeks old by the book when Australorps should start laying. I have two of them, I think they were on the later end of that. Weather, daylight, stress, etc can all make it vary.

    Welcome, and I am sure someone will come along and start throwing calculations. :)
     
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  6. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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  7. Ted_Harrell

    Ted_Harrell Songster

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    Mataa, enjoy your Australorps, they are so far my favorite breed. Welcome to BYC:frow
     
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  8. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello, Mataa, and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    Your mix sounds pretty good. I'd offer a separate container or two of oyster shell pieces now. They should start laying within a month or so.
    The cockerels would be easily distinguishable now. Feel free to post a new thread under the What Breed or Gender is This? forum for help.
     
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  9. cluckmecoop7

    cluckmecoop7 Crowing

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  10. Chickentwit

    Chickentwit In the Brooder

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    Welcome I am new also. There’s a lot of good advise here
     
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