The Natural Chicken Keeping thread - OTs welcome!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bulldogma, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    SW Virginia
    My Coop
    Here is another thread you might like:
  2. kian

    kian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2012
    Lancaster, CA
    That's a great idea! For this hatch I won't have to worry about marking the eggs, simply because I am getting blue and olive eggs and I do not have any blue or olive layers. Next time, I will. I like the idea of the separation after the hatch. Thank you!
  3. Mumsy

    Mumsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Fermented Feed ingredients that I use. Del has listed much more in depth explanations of benefits to the additives. I just wanted to share with the new folks what I feed and a shorter reason why.

    All Purpose Poultry Crumble
    Game Bird Chow
    Chick Starter/Grower

    Three different buckets or bowls depending on needs for individual pens or brooders.

    Whole Oats (One to two cups)
    Wild Bird seed mix (half a cup)
    Alfalfa Cubes (six to eight cubes) Extra greens, protein, and fiber.
    Ground Pumpkin Seeds (one cup) Extra protein and preventative for worms. General good health.
    (Winter addition) Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (handful) Added fat and for feather gloss and general good health.
    (Winter addition) Scratch Cracked Corn and Wheat (one cup) Appetite stimulant.
    Powdered Garlic (one to two tablespoons) Preventative for worms. General good health.
    Fresh Crushed Garlic ( two to three cloves once or twice a week)
    Powdered Cayenne (one to two tablespoons) Preventative for worms and microscopic parasites.
    Whole Red Pepper seeds when available
    Flaked Red Pepper when available
    Dried Flake Oregano (one to two tablespoons) preventative for bacterial infections. General good health.
    Fresh Oregano in season (shredded and blended into ff bucket)
    Greek Yogurt ( half to one cup once or twice a week blended into FF bucket) Pro-biotic health. General good health.
    Fresh Beef Liver minced and added then blended into FF feed pans (Liver or other raw meat when available to add animal protein and extra vitamins and minerals. General good health. I do not ferment meat. I add it to the ff already in the feed pan.
    Luke warm water to cover.

    Glug of unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar to begin ferment in a three gallon inner bucket added to water. Un-ACV to aid in pro-biotic health. Preventative for viral or bacterial infections.
    My flock has grown from one cockerel six months ago to sixty birds as of this week.
    I have lost two adult birds to disease or poisoning (unclear) that I purchased at a poultry show. I had one chick accidentally drown.
    All the rest of my flock are healthy and thriving on my fermented feed recipe and management.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013
  4. jeepgirl13

    jeepgirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2013
  5. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    SW Virginia
    My Coop
  6. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

    Mar 3, 2011
    The Land of Enchantment
    Anyone sprout chia seeds for chickens? I have some in the cupboard and was going to give it a try if they are safe to use.
  7. armorfirelady

    armorfirelady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2012
    Hamburg, NY
    My Coop
    One thing I forgot and a couple more question.s now that I've read the lasts posts.

    I have read on here multiple times parsley is poisonous to chickens. Same for citrus. Is it one of those things where its poisonous in large amounts/frequent feedings?

    Well my hens have had oranges before and they had fresh parsley all winter and they are still here :) I didn't give them oranges every day but once a twice a week, the parsley they had every day for a couple months. My guys LOVE parsley. I plant on planting a lot of it in the garden for them. And if the 24 cloves of garlic I planted all grow.......well it should get me thru the winter :)

    Planted onions and garlic today and potatoes a couple days ago. The girls were allowed Into the garden area today and doesn't it figure they wanted to dig in the freshly turned ground instead of the area with all the compost? Must of been because the worms were plentiful. Thank goodness my mom was here she kept shooing them out for me while I built the new gate so we have access to the pasture area. Climbing thru the pop door is getting old lol

    Mumsy & Del thanks for the lists. As soon as I can get on a computer I am going to print them out for my chicken binder !!!!
  8. Mumsy

    Mumsy Chillin' With My Peeps

  9. lalaland

    lalaland Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 26, 2008
    Pine County MN
    I just checked in with the woman I found on craigs list who is hatching eggs for me - she said she has only a 10% hatch success rate with swedish flower hens, and overall a 40% rate. I know the eggs are being shipped, but wow, doesn't that seem low?

    Hens came through the molasses flush just fine. Because they were confined, I could examine the poops, and they were uniform, no problems. Everyone still alert, responsive.

    I did bring one in for treatment, her bumblefoot was ready to work on. I should have taken pics - it was a peanut sized lump, all hard mass - soaked her in epsom salts, and just scraped off the bottom gunk and pried out the kernal. Swabbed the cavity, used nustock, and off she went.

    Now, that sounds easy, doesn't it? But no! That kitten landed in the sink with the hen, and there was a commotion. I wasn't prepared, and the hen was pretty upset. Feathers everywhere but thank goodness I managed somehow to hang on to the hen who was trying to get airborne, and haul the kitten out of the sink. I learned that trying to pick up feathers with wet hands isn't the way to go.
  10. mikkles

    mikkles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2013
    these clods of dirt...could someone explain? and we've had rain/ snow...would clods of MUD work? :)

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