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Poultry in Urbania

A group all about how to keep poultry including chickens, bantams,geese and ducks. Help with problems or questions and to brag about your special feathered friends.

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Comment by kathryn kneepkens on October 14, 2012 at 4:50pm

We have 12 chicks, I moved mother and babies into the old dog house to keep her out of my garden. Also keeps her from the cat and dog. We are rural but you still have to keep an eye on them, I dont like to leave them out when I cant keep an eye on them. The love digging up my garden.

Comment by Mercurious on October 4, 2012 at 8:17pm

That is exciting Kathryn. how many does she have? My hen  is going a bit stir crazy with her brood of 5 in the hutch but being in an urban environment with cats I am worried to let them out all day with the other hens while I'm at work.  are you urban too with yours?

Comment by kathryn kneepkens on October 4, 2012 at 1:07pm

Our mother Hen has finally come out of hiding with her new brood of chicks.

Comment by Jenny Freewalker on October 4, 2012 at 9:06am

l have had a large puriri tree pruned and have kindling in excess of needs for next year, about a trailer load of twigs and small branches. Free for the taking West Auckland area

Comment by Rudi Brown on September 28, 2012 at 10:07pm

Hi guys, a friend is keen to bring eggs over for my silki to hatch. Her hens had suspected chicken bronchitis 3-4months ago. Do you think there is any risk to take her eggs into my coop? :-) Also one of her hens has lasting effects (ridged egg shells) as a result, even tho the hen itself seems healthy now. should we avoid hatching those ones? 

Comment by Tara McFarlane on September 26, 2012 at 11:13am

We're out in Bombay - so if you feel like a lovely drive in the country, we have beautiful free range, super yellow yolked eggs from happy chickens around my apple trees.

Comment by Rudi Brown on September 25, 2012 at 9:57am

You could always bring your eggs over to my house and try letting my silki sit on them :) I live in central AK.

Comment by Kate on September 25, 2012 at 9:41am

If anyone does want their constantly broodie hen I will take her. We want to raise chicks:)

Comment by Hanna on September 25, 2012 at 8:43am

I'm the same as Kate, I'd love to have one of my chickens go broody. They've got a lovely warm, dark nest with some dummy eggs in it, but I've got no takers. Anything else I could try?

Comment by Kathrina Muller on September 25, 2012 at 5:02am

i have a wire cage the type that I put a hen in if I want to stop her being broody.  It is best to use it as soon as you see hints of wanting to go broody.  The important thing is that air moves under her and it is not dark and sheltered. 

However I cured the neighbours broody in just over 24 hours this weekend.  I put her in with my hens She got a hard time when the others were out but  a lot of the time she just concentrated in keeping out of her way.   You do want to be careful about putting strange hens in with your flock though because of disease. 

Some hens are persistantly broody. Like try to go broody every couple of weeks.   Good if you do want to raise some chicks naturally but if not.

 

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