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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Wisher1000, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. Highcotton

    Highcotton Southern Chickens

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    My dad hated rats and mice. Therefore no body messed with any snakes except for the occasional Eastern Diamondback. We had pet snakes in the barn that kept the vermin down. Cats that were good mousers were also considered highly valuable.
     
  2. Highcotton

    Highcotton Southern Chickens

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    You need to buy a Powerball ticket immediately the way your luck is running.
     
  3. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Not a fan of cats, and snakes in oz all kill you.

    guineas will do the job at CocoBeach
     
  4. Highcotton

    Highcotton Southern Chickens

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    Yes guineas will do a good job on snakes.
     
  5. Dragonfly216

    Dragonfly216 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh wow! Great news all around! Congrats!
     
  6. Dragonfly216

    Dragonfly216 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what do you guys feed your mixed flock? I'm trying to go organic, especially by the point of lay, and I've found a local feed store with an organic layer feed, but no broiler, or flock feed. I've read a couple of places about layer feed being bad for the roosters, too much calcium and it affected the kidneys, I think it said, but I also hear a lot of people feed their mixed flock layer feed. What do you guys think?
     
  7. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    around here there is scratch and peck and a couple of other Organic feeds that have a Grower\flock raiser option.

    It is harder to find non-soy and non-corn versions. They are quite pricey though.
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Harmful to any bird not actively laying.
    People say they feed all their birds layer because when a bird dies, they don't do a necropsy to find out the real cause. They say, "I don't know why he died".

    The following study show that roosters die at nearly 4 times the rate of hens due to kidney damage.
    http://www.pjbs.org/ijps/fin1947.pdf

    It also affects sperm motility.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20434855

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10780656

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12530920


    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10780656

    Last paragraph
    http://www.poultryshowcentral.com/chicken_gout.html
    Last paragraph
    http://www.agbiosecurity.ca/healthy...m and Vitamin D3 problems in laying birds.pdf

    http://ps.oxfordjournals.org/content/64/12/2300.abstract

    Graphic photos of urolithiasis.
    http://nhjy.hzau.edu.cn/kech/synkx/dong/2bao/UrolithiasisChina.pdf

    http://naturalchickenkeeping.blogspot.com/2013/02/calcium-mixed-flocks-vs-mixed-feeds.html
     
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  9. insanity

    insanity Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you feed a roo a different diet than the hens if they are housed together? My roo gets layer feed because I can't think of a way to feed him separately.
     
  10. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    The only 2 ways I can think of are to house the rooster separately and give him conjugal visits for 3 days every 2 weeks.

    Otherwise, feed a grower, finisher or flock raiser and make sure the hens always have oyster shell available.
     
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