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Old 08-10-2010, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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I like this thread. Should be a regular forum.
So many chicken questions - they are so interesting.
There's a pet forum, but it would be nice to have a forum/subforum specifically for livestock. Maybe the mods will create one for us.
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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I didn't read all the post but I'm thinking lack of protien.Maybe feed them some meat scrape.

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Old 08-13-2010, 06:29 PM
 
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op- what happened with your little hen? did she get better?
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Default Cluck cluck!

Essentially, we have 9 birds, all hens, so no crowing, strutting roos abut. Almost all the hens have some feather loss, and signs that they must be rubbing shoulders on their nightly roost bar to the point where three of them even have worn-through shoulder plumage! They look sort of like Afghani war zone birds IMHO!

But the top 3 birds [in terms of dominance that is...] all look quite good. Great tail feathers, good appetites, and they are all great layers. The worst ones look like I ran them through my clothes dryer for a hour or so.... poor things, and we love them lots. They are treasured co-inhabitant family members at our farm, and they are friendly with us, running up when we approach, and clucking happily. Not looking like psychologically deprived "inmates"... Just beat-up ones!

BTW, I do feed them some catfood kibble on the advice of some other chicken forums, and they gobble it up, but I also feed them Purina's Layena chicken food, which has a high protein content, and we also feed them kitchen vegetable scraps and some scratch corn. They also get daily turns outside on our acreage, where they industriously rustle up all the insects stupid enough to venture out into sight.

I will be building a new additional coopage, with some separation areas to keep those poor dominated ladies safe, primarily from that one hen that wants to be a rooster. It may just be that this behavior is established now, and that it's too late. Yah think?

BTW, I also hear this is not uncommon problem. Wonder what's the basis for it in nature? Their original velociraptorian evolutionary heritage perhaps?

Thx to all for any and all suggestions and ideas.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Q: can you kill and eat an animal you've raised from a chick for > a year, and that you've lovingly named?

"Mmmm! Little Eresthesia is particularly tasty with these dumpin's tonight! Must be tender 'cause we luhhhvd her so much! Yuhhhhmmm!"
Yeah. We always named them after foods just so the kids wouldn't forget what they were ultimately for. We had one named Nugget, and one named Buffy (buffalo wings) and one named Torey (chicken cacciatore). The pigs were just Ham and Bacon. The calves were Boomer (for Boomer steak house) and Chuck.
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Old 08-21-2010, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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So how many hens would it take to get an average of 4-6 eggs per day?
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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So how many hens would it take to get an average of 4-6 eggs per day?
Between 4 & 6

Depending on the breed, the season and the feed chickens average about one egg a day if you don't let them get broody.

Laying breeds are a pretty sure bet daily, heritage or multi-purpose breeds might be every other day.

10-12 would pretty much guarantee 4-6 eggs a day, and you can always give away/sell or freeze any extras.
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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So how many hens would it take to get an average of 4-6 eggs per day?
It takes some learning to get it all figured out, and a little bit of work to keep it coming, but once you get it, it's pretty consistent. You have to take care of details like light/heat, proper feed, layer boxes, roosts, etc. One Winter we had 25 layers, and got 24 eggs every day. Then we got busy and/or lazy and didn't keep up with it.
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