Surviving Minnesota!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Bogtown Chick, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. Cluckies

    Cluckies Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Vacation day, I came out to let the chickens out to free range. Not outside 2 minutes, saw 3 Hawks... This is why I usually only let them free range late after noon early evening... [​IMG]
     
  2. KlopKlop

    KlopKlop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We love our roosters! I would recommend it!
     
  3. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Chicken Obsessed

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    [​IMG]Me, Me, Me.

    In my coop I have room for 3-4 more hens. I like standard sized birds. I have one bantam, but if I sell surplus eggs I want standard sized hens/eggs. Some people feel jipped looking at the smaller eggs, I'm sure.
    #1 I'm looking for egg color dark browns and blues as a first desirable trait. I want a colorful egg carton.
    #2 Smallish combs to deal with our winters. Winter Hardy.
    #3 Good looking plumage. Nice to have eye candy in the yard. For some reason I'm a fan of the buffs & reds.
    #4 Prefer Heritage Breeds over Designer Breeds

    Those Traits in that particular order of priority for me.
     
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  4. A friend of mine with chickens spotted a hawk watching hers right in the middle of Minneapolis. I am wondering how long my luck will hold out. They are free to range in my yard 24 7. I never shut the coop.
     
  5. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Chicken Obsessed

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    I read a little blurb somewhere that the Eagle Population is sticking around up here with all the open water and lakes a little bit longer than usual. Lots and Lots of Eagles up this way. I'm sure it's the same for the Hawks. As long as there is food and water they will stick around.

    ugh.
     
  6. Coffee 1st

    Coffee 1st Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have 2 sitting in my tree right now.. They look hungry .. Be careful
     
  7. Coffee 1st

    Coffee 1st Chillin' With My Peeps

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    . Maybe it's the nice weather even the Hawks are off balance I thought most of them were supposed to migrate...
     
  8. ejb3810

    ejb3810 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some hawks migrate to this area and stay the winter as long as there is food source available.
    I have a mixed flock for egg production. It consists of Wheaten Marans, Chanteclers, Buckeyes, EE. I also have a Partridge Chantecler flock that is for fun breeding projects. In addition to the Partridge rooster, I also have a White and a Buff both Chanteclers.
    I also have 3 bantams which are remnants of previous breeding projects. Hens are Golden Campine and Citron Hamburg, and the rooster is a Gold Sebright.

    I am tempted to add birds in the spring for various reasons. I don't have any layers of large white eggs and only one which lays an olive large egg. I want some hens that lay large white eggs and some that lay large blue eggs. Anyone have suggestions?
    I like bantams just for the entertainment and ornamental aspects, as most do not lay a very large egg. Since eye candy is a consideration for me, I believe I will get trios or quads of Wheaten, Blue Wheaten and White Ameraucanas just for the fun in working with them.
     
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  9. Cluckies

    Cluckies Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  10. MinnesotaNice

    MinnesotaNice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a rule of thumb for how many hens in a coop? I guess I always think....."would I want to live in here if I were a chicken?" and that's how many I'll have [​IMG]
     

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