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« on: September 10, 2009, 09:19:04 PM »
I've decided I want to keep some Chickens...

That's it....

No really, I've decided I, yadda yadda...

Now, I did have a plan earlier in the year but my bout of insanity got in the way. Trouble is, I always have to go and research stuff on that pesky internet thing and end up with analysis paralysis.

So it is I come to you, dear Frost*ies, in the hope that you can provide me with some sensible advice. I want to keep max 4 - one for each of us. I have enough space, just can't make up my mind on accommodation and stuff:-

Do I go Wood or trendy Eglu type thing ?

Pure breeds, hybrids or rescue hens ?

Is Red Mite really a big problem ?

It's like walking on eggshells, I tells ya :-)

All help gratefully received. I might even bring you an egg.
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Re: Chickens
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2009, 09:36:13 PM »
OMD!
I can't believe that not 2 hours before I saw you last Saturday, I bought a real book on how to keep chickens. I am thinking the exact same thing.
How come we didn't talk about chickens? :lol:
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Re: Chickens
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2009, 08:38:19 AM »
I have chickens! We've had 4 since March and they're marvellous. We get 3-4 eggs every day, they're very low maintenance, we've not had any problem with red mite (yet!), all they need is fresh water, layers pellets and oyster shell which they eat to harden their eggs else you get soft shelled eggs, plus we give them apples, bird seed, blackberries and any other vegetables they seem to like. They don't like broccoli, but they love courgettes weirdly.

We keep them in a big wooden cage with their ark at one end so they've got plenty of space to mooch about in and whenever we're down on the railway line with them for any length of time, we let them out to range about for a few hours. They've got quite friendly now and don't mind us picking them up from time to time. We've had no trouble with foxes either so far. They will trash your lawn though if you plan to put them on that, so it'd best to move them every few months to give the ground a chance to recover as well as their feet. They're not good in muddy conditions.

We bought free range layers on their way to the abattoir after a year's commercial duty and they've been brilliant. As long as you don't mind handling chicken shit every day, you'll be just fine.  :lol:

Good luck! :D

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2009, 08:38:49 AM »
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OMD!


OMD?!!   :lol:

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2009, 08:46:05 AM »
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OMD!


OMD?!!   :lol:

Yes, it's a well-known expression in the music world, denoting surprise, shock and awe. It stands for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. They were a synth-pop outfit from the Wirral. Big in the 80s, but I expect most of you are too young to remember them!

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2009, 08:54:25 AM »
Oh My Dog of course....less controversial. :D
Nothing involving orchestras with the lights off....at least, I don't think so.

Of course it's perfectly normal for chickens to eat the shells of oysters, given that they were once vicious marine predators.... :?

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2009, 11:52:28 AM »
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OMD!
I can't believe that not 2 hours before I saw you last Saturday, I bought a real book on how to keep chickens. I am thinking the exact same thing.
How come we didn't talk about chickens? :lol:

Ahhh, yes, but there were so many other things to talk about.

Anyway, it'll give us something to talk about next time :-)
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Re: Chickens
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2009, 11:54:18 AM »
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I have chickens! We've had 4 since March and they're marvellous. We get 3-4 eggs every day, they're very low maintenance, we've not had any problem with red mite (yet!), all they need is fresh water, layers pellets and oyster shell which they eat to harden their eggs else you get soft shelled eggs, plus we give them apples, bird seed, blackberries and any other vegetables they seem to like. They don't like broccoli, but they love courgettes weirdly.

We keep them in a big wooden cage with their ark at one end so they've got plenty of space to mooch about in and whenever we're down on the railway line with them for any length of time, we let them out to range about for a few hours. They've got quite friendly now and don't mind us picking them up from time to time. We've had no trouble with foxes either so far. They will trash your lawn though if you plan to put them on that, so it'd best to move them every few months to give the ground a chance to recover as well as their feet. They're not good in muddy conditions.

We bought free range layers on their way to the abattoir after a year's commercial duty and they've been brilliant. As long as you don't mind handling chicken shit every day, you'll be just fine.  :lol:

Good luck! :D

Cheers Jem. Excellent steerage :-)
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Re: Chickens
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2009, 03:01:10 PM »
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...and whenever we're down on the railway line with them for any length of time, we let them out to range about for a few hours.

Playing "chicken" with trains?
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Re: Chickens
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2009, 05:36:16 PM »
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OMD!


OMD?!!   :lol:

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2009, 10:01:20 PM »
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OMD!


OMD?!! :lol:

Oh My Dec? :D

No!
Pedders has it.
We don't want them all to feel omnipotent  ;)
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Re: Chickens
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2009, 02:08:18 PM »
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OMD!


OMD?!! :lol:

Oh My Dec? :D

No!
Pedders has it.
We don't want them all to feel omnipotent  ;)

There you are; with the birds  :D

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2009, 06:08:12 PM »
Forget the size of the estate- enquiring minds ( well, mine actually; so you could probably re-label that "dysfunctional minds" ) want to know about the manholes.....
This space for sale.