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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2012, 08:07:03 PM »
SpecialK9 has a thread here somewhere about his chicken tractors.

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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2012, 09:59:59 PM »
We got 14 about a month ago, good ol family fun,  no eggs yet though.
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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2012, 11:47:21 PM »
I have easter eggers and I get green and pink eggs :) lots of hatcheries ship chicks and there are hatcheries that ship small quantities at good prices, I get mine mailed to me and have never had a problem. You can build chicken tractors out of PVC pipe and wire cheap :). Chickens don't start laying eggs until they are 5-6 months old.
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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2012, 08:48:31 AM »
These are the only chickens I will ever get
The ISA Brown is a hybrid type of Sex Link chicken, which is the result of crossing Rhode Island Reds and Rhode Island Whites. The ISA Brown is a hybrid, not a true breed. It is known for its high egg production of approximately 300 eggs per hen in the first year. The Institut de Sélection Animale, a French firm, the company which originally developed the breed in 1978 for egg production as a battery hen. The ISA Browns are a hybrid brown egg layers. They are easy to raise and prolific producers of large richly colored brown eggs of excellent shell quality. They are quiet and friendly and easily trained to lay in their nests. At birth you can tell the sex by the color... white chicks are males, tan chicks are females.  When you order pullets 1 or 2 out of 10 will be mistakenly sexed.  Not with these.  You get what you pay for

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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2012, 03:14:14 PM »
Here are a few pics of my tractor


The first 2 pics are with a osb sheet for the roof. The second 2 we added a door and changed the roof to tin. The last pic the piece of tin that's sitting there was going to cover the door but we never added it. We also have pieces of tin we use to cover the sides on cool nights and rainy conditions.

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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2012, 03:16:31 AM »
>Might just have to do Chicks!

It's so hard not to respond to a title like that...
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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2012, 02:25:21 PM »
 I kept chickens for a lot of years until my dog [BEAR] was shot by a new neighbor that moved up from Cal. said he mistook him for a black bear,best dogone dog i ever had he kept all varmints away from my property or killed them.
After bear dog was gone the coons and coyotes moved in and killed most of my laying hens except for a hand full that i gave to a neighbor with a fool proof chicken coop.Sure miss those big brown eggs. :'(
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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2013, 08:53:52 AM »
>Might just have to do Chicks!

It's so hard not to respond to a title like that...


HHmmm yep got to think before I post.

Anyways, 1 year later and I haven't done the chicken thing yet but I'm revisiting the idea once again. Catching up again on the good suggestions.

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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #28 on: May 22, 2013, 10:03:01 AM »
Here's the tractor my wife and I built a while back. The plywood on the ends isn't holding up as well as hoped. It is fully enclosed, including the bottom.



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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #29 on: June 13, 2013, 09:36:16 AM »
They also like to eat insects...so maybe less bug spray in the yard. I like the chicken houses with fenced in area that can be moved.

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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #30 on: June 13, 2013, 10:19:51 AM »
Behold the Chicken Bunker:




If my neighbors ever notice it, I plan to tell them that those are rare Asian ground parrots.

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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #31 on: June 13, 2013, 02:10:09 PM »
Oblio13....he he he...too funny.

Cute pup.
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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #32 on: June 17, 2013, 04:13:53 PM »
...

Behold the Chicken Bunker...


Just a few sand bags and a PKS will make the effect complete.

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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #33 on: July 14, 2013, 09:06:57 AM »
They have free range of the pasture and yard.   I have not had to buy feed in a year and a half and I still get their eggs.   :-D

I am very interested in learning more about what your chickens have access to so you don't have to give them any feed.  Feed costs for us are very high.  Our chickens free range also here in Missouri.  We give them leftover whey, milk, scraps and such.  And we still have to feed them some grain.  Most of the area they have free range access to is in fescue until I can do something better.  I would like to sow something else.  I'm also looking into Black Soldier fly larvae and maggots for additional feed for them.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #34 on: July 16, 2013, 01:06:35 PM »
What do you all do about rats? That is the one thing preventing me from keeping chix.

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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #35 on: July 19, 2013, 11:33:34 AM »
Itsme....I read an article where a guy was picking up road kill etc and letting them go to maggots for the chickens. Sounds like a great idea if you can get past the smell. Here in FL we'd have a problem with the Buzzards honeing in on it. Not crazy about having a flock of them sitting on my roof.

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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #36 on: July 20, 2013, 11:41:28 PM »
Itsme....I read an article where a guy was picking up road kill etc and letting them go to maggots for the chickens. Sounds like a great idea if you can get past the smell. Here in FL we'd have a problem with the Buzzards honeing in on it. Not crazy about having a flock of them sitting on my roof.

Yes, I've seen where people put the carrion in something like a five gallon bucket with holes cut in the bottom for the maggots to leave and fall to the ground to pupate, where the chicks can get them.  They sometimes suspend the bucket to help keep the aroma from being too much for nearby humans.

I like this idea and I'm also aware that there are certain things that need to be considered about what you put in and also some way to catch the maggots that may fall during the time when the chicks are in bed to they can be eaten in the morning instead of completing the life cycle of the fly and increasing the number of those necessary but unpleasant critters.

Anyway, thanks for the mention.  I would still like to hear from the other poster about not needing to feed his chickens ANYTHING!  WOW!l

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Re: Might just have to do Chicks!
« Reply #37 on: August 08, 2013, 04:20:23 PM »
Guineas are fun and eat lots of ticks. But they are loud! Chickens can be loud too. My black Australorps seems very vocal. My favorite chickens are my golden laced wyandottes. Very friendly, good layers, not broody.

Guineas either sound like a loud rusty gate hinge or an asthmatic donkey.  Being Narcoleptic I can sleep through anything except a guinea, used to live across the street from the railroad tracks, sleep right though the rumble of the locomotive and its whistle but guineas.....

To keep hens quite it takes a rooster, the rooster will make the noise the majority of the time but much less than a flock of just hens, although quite a ruckus develops when they are alarmed or have laid an egg.
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