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Comment by josephal on March 20, 2012 at 9:04am

Also put food and water in the cage.

Comment by josephal on March 20, 2012 at 9:03am

Do you want her to be broody and hatch some eggs? if you want her to lay eggs you will need to put her in something similar to a wire dog cage up on bricks so air can circulate under her. This will break the broodyness sp? The longer she is broody the longer it will take for her to come out of it.

Comment by Stu Miller on March 20, 2012 at 8:05am

One of our Wyandotte hens has been spending most of the day in the nesting box for the last few days. She sits for about 3 or 4 hours before laying an egg. I've been chasing her out but she heads back in even after laying. Is this just broody behaviour? Should i leave her in there or keep taking her out?

Comment by Derek & Julie Craig on March 13, 2012 at 8:34pm

One of our hens has laid an egg with a crater like hole in the shell. Does anyone have any idea what it could be?

Comment by Matt Moir on March 13, 2012 at 1:32pm

Hi Roxy I give them about a handful per chicken a day and in the evening and I have a cup size scop that I give them in the morning they peck it out of my hand then they free range for 4 to 6 hours I just sent my blue Australorp to puhoi and added a silverlace wyendot in exchange she is locked up in the run now and the others are a little upset rite now until they get used to her

Comment by Roxy Hart on March 13, 2012 at 10:43am

Hi matt,

That sounds like a good healthy mix for your chooks :) how much do you provide per chicken? Do they also free range? 

I checked your photos.. you have some nice looking chickens :)

Comment by Matt Moir on March 12, 2012 at 3:52pm

Plymouth barred rock cockeral lookin for good home I am finally able to start sexing my 3 barred rocks If anyonein the Auckland area is looking for a rooster he is free to a good home message me if interested

Comment by Kristen Morse on March 6, 2012 at 4:02pm

Good on you Katrina. I have been using the roosters we hatch now for a few years and it is a very satisfying feeling to be that little bit more self sufficient. We kill the birds at dusk as they are quieter and we don't want to upset the hens. A quiet bird is also easier to pluck and the meat is more tender if they were relaxed. Having moved recently to a rural location I have been able to breed more chooks and make use of an old aviary to keep the boys separate once they are about 3 months old so they can be fed to gain more size than they would if they were completely free range. Small batches at a time. Heaps more room than barn raised meat birds. You might want to think about the breeds to use for meat as we have found some of the bigger breeds like Orpingtons spend a lot of their energy growing feathers and bone at the expense of meat at that crucial time 3-5 months of age before starting to crow. They have a lean large frame. Also birds with white or yellow legs and lighter colored feathers give a cleaner looking carcass. The pinfeathers that are growing can leave a colored residue just under the skin when pulled out - all the commercial meat birds are white. We have a black Orpington rooster and his genes are dominant over the mixed flock of hens. Hence 90% of his chicks were black. I am thinking of replacing him for next seasons chicks with something like a Light Sussex or Barred Rock roo to get round the appearance thing. Of the 35 chicks we hatched from this season 22 of them were boys, color wise 2 grey hens, 2 barred rock boys and all the rest black.

Comment by Matt Moir on March 6, 2012 at 3:46pm

I feed my chickens a mix of sprouted wheat, barley,corn, and sunflower I soak in a bucket of water 24 hours and drain then place in dark bucket for 2 to 3 days so the grains can sprout they love this mix and its much healthier for them

Comment by Shannon McKenzie on March 6, 2012 at 2:13pm

Kathrina, I have heard it is a lot more pleasant to kill them after dark as they are so dopey at night they just go peacefully. I got one black australorp girl out of a clutch last season (a rat got the rest) and she is a lovely big but docile girl with big brown eyes. Hatched by the bottom banty in the ranks so she's not picking on anyone.

 

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