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  1. General Chat
    sorry for the bad photography! They are all now safe from dogs, foxes and anything else that wants to attack them.
  2. General Chat
    My dh and I have long wanted chickens. A year ago a family in our neighborhood who is very much disliked got chickens. People were all over them, reporting them to the city, complaining, etc. The laws in our city are vague at best, but because there were complaints they had to get rid of...
  3. Homesteading and gardening
    I am thinking to build a chicken coop this spring, and keep 2 to 4 hens. I would also build a chicken tractor so I can move them around the yard so they can graze. The only thing is that I have never had chickens, and I need all the tips I can get on what kind of chickens to get, and how to care...
  4. Homesteading and gardening
    Ok, we are moved in to our new/rented house.....The previous renters had kept chickens at one time or another......we have a 10 stall barn that they have one stall set up for chickens......My first question....the stall is about 12 x 12 and about 10ft tall has perches and roosting boxes(i think...
  5. Homesteading and gardening
    I am looking for ideas how to raise my chickens as frugally as possible. Do you have ideas on feeding and raising my chickens frugally? I have 4 hens and 2 roosters that I got this spring. The hens are now laying but not consistently. I have 15 pullets that I got this fall. I am still feeding...
  6. Homesteading and gardening
    Is it just a coincidence that they are so crabby after laying their first eggs or are they just miserable in this heat? Should I be doing something to help cool them down? I was thinking dumping a bag of ice in their outdoor pen and seeing what they do with it.
  7. Homesteading and gardening
    If you have chickens, do you live in the country? We are moving soon and I would like to have chickens, only I think we will have to live in city limits in order for DH to be 40 min or less from work. Also, how long does it take to kill one and get it ready for the "pot"? How many eggs a...
  8. Homesteading and gardening
    This is not a competion frugal website...just a very interesting link and pictures to match up with the info...very cool Has breed name, temperament..egg size, egg color, egg production, breed size, broodiness, purpose, climate hardiness and pic Chicken Breeds Chart - Back Yard Chickens
  9. Homesteading and gardening
    Firstly let me say that the 'fancy ladies' have adapted very well and are giving as good as they get to the white chickens. I have even been pecked a couple of times when I dared to put my hand into the coop to fill up their food. (And it hurt!!!) Anyhow, my girls are all messy eaters and lots...
  10. Homesteading and gardening
    I want to get chickens, have for a while. I'm in an unincorporated area where we are allowed a few. I have neighbors relatively close. I can have chickens legally, I've checked all the statutes and everything, called city hall and the like to double check. TBH it's been a while since I was...
  11. Homesteading and gardening
    Well I finally got 2 new ones today. They are light brown and are beautiful ladies. They are definitely more lady-like than the 3 white ones I already have. I almost cried with laughter when I put them into the coop with the other ones. I thought that I would see how they took to one another...
  12. Homesteading and gardening
    I mentioned on the other thread about 'selling eggs' that I would like to get some more chickens but that I would have to convince dh first. Well, we were talking very casually at the weekend about our chickens and I just said it to him - that I would like some more chickens. He said that he...
  13. Homesteading and gardening
    DH and I were thinking of raising some white rock chickens for meat. They are half of the cross (rock-cornish) that we buy when we order meat birds. These birds don't get big as fast, butcher is about 11 weeks, but they don't have the leg problems the other birds have. We were thinking of...
  14. Homesteading and gardening
    I have entertained the idea of raising chickens in the past.. I have one big problem... Most of my "usable" yard is on top of a hill and isn't accessible in the winter... Here's my questions.. How old are they when they start laying eggs? Can you raise them until the first snow and then,um...
  15. Homesteading and gardening
    Well we finally managed it - photos of the chickens. Hope everyone likes the photos. We have also put in a photo of my dh's azaleas - he loves these shrubs. http://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/members/dutchie-albums-chickens-azaleas.html
  16. Homesteading and gardening
    I put the bit about the telephone call with the company who sold us the chickens on the other thread. This is the update about the new chicken. It was arranged that the new chicken would be brought yesterday morning (Friday May 7th) at around 7 am. 7 am came and went. At 10 am, still no...
  17. Homesteading and gardening
    I bought 4 chickens this morning. 2 brown ones (Barnevelders) and 2 Sussex Columbia (white ones). I have named the 2 white ones Fiori and Saskia (my daughter and her best friend) because when I went in to choose 2 white chickens they started cackling extremely loudy and running around like mad...
  18. Homesteading and gardening
    they are a week old..all layers with no roosters as of yet anyway.My dh has turned one of the storage sheds on our property into the chicken coop its ready for them when they are big enough to go live in their new home..all he has left to do is build the fence...I had to convince my dh that they...
  19. Homesteading and gardening
    Dh and I talked about it last year and we both wanted to get them however we couldn't agree on where to put them in the yard. I wanted them in the back of the yard where we have some space for them, dh wanted to put them in the middle of the yard on the piece of ground that I use for veggies...
  20. Homesteading and gardening
    To the veterans of raising chickens... I need your help. My DW has decided she wants to raise chickens. Well I get the pleasure of building a coop and of course my wife never does ANYTHING small scale!:gaah: So, until I get a shed or coop built, she wants to get her chickens and needs...
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