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Got2ryde 10-25-2012 05:47 AM

Chickens
 
Anyone here raise chickens? I'm getting 25 layers now and will get 25 broilers come spring. Looking for tips and tricks.

Kolunatic 10-25-2012 06:04 AM

I got about 14, used to have 78.

Ya need a layer box for hens. If you're getting chicks then I suggest a book on raising chickens. Get some chick starter in water and pay extra for any meds before they're shipped out.

Got2ryde 10-25-2012 06:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Kolunatic (Post 5891882)
I got about 14, used to have 78.

Ya need a layer box for hens. If you're getting chicks then I suggest a book on raising chickens. Get some chick starter in water and pay extra for any meds before they're shipped out.

Check, check, and check. The farm/estate that I manage has a coop all ready to go. Including electric for poly netting. I've always been around and helped with chickens, just never bought and raised any of my own. I'm looking to make a "chicken tractor" out of an old aluminum topper for a mobile pen this spring. Got my chicks vacinated and already recieved my Gro-gel, get my chicks tomorrow. They are actually part of the girlfriends birthday gift. We'll see how that goes over. :p

Kolunatic 10-25-2012 06:55 AM

You've got more experience than I thought,
Have ya got a brooder lamp?

aficianado 10-25-2012 07:19 AM

you are ready grasshopper.

my first attempt, i brought home a dozen chicks, put them in a box and asked myself, "ok..now what?"

i had NOTHING! i didnt lose a bird. they are easy.

now..i am about to cull my entire flock. been searching "old hen" recipes..hahha.

i need to put my backyard back in. lawn, flower gardens..fix my fruit trees. chickens jack shit up!! i am over it. eggs..meh. you get too many. mine had quit laying anyways.

jgwheeler17 10-25-2012 07:30 AM

i got a few chickens. love 'em! . . . keep them in a safe place at night where they can all roost, keep roosters away from newborn chicks, don't let hens sit on eggs that don't need sitting on, feed and water them daily, don't make them live in their own poop very long. especially when it's warm outside.

also, save money and use woodchips as their bedding in the laying boxes and on the floor of the coop. they don't care what it is, and when it gets to poopy you shovel it out and can put it around your plants!

jgwheeler17 10-25-2012 07:33 AM

:laugh:

http://s1193.photobucket.com/albums/...1023111047.mp4

toughtaco 10-25-2012 08:48 AM

I thought about it, as well as my brother. I am not sure I want more responsibility. Maybe I will just help my brother out and get from him what I can.

Got2ryde 10-25-2012 02:59 PM

In my experience, chickens are pretty easy. All set up with a coop with boxes, brooding lamps, waterers, and feeders. Heater for the water so I don't have frozen water all winter. Have chips for nesting boxes and access to all the straw I need for putting on the floor for the poopin in the coop which I'll just shovel out on the garden. They will tear shit up if given a chance, but I'll keep'em coraled with the electric polynet which is nice cause I can rotate where they scratch. I'm more looking forward to the meat birds this spring. Once you grown and butchered your own chicken meat it's hard to go back to buying it. Big difference in taste. But this will get the ball rollin so we can start gettin some eggs.

Kolunatic 10-25-2012 03:03 PM

I couldn't even get my broilers to fit in the rotisserie.

707tothe907 10-25-2012 03:14 PM

I have 4 chickens in my suburban backyard. They've fucked up the yard, and my dad hates them because of that - but it's kind of a cool conversation piece more than anything. They're very simple to take care of.

Kolunatic 10-25-2012 03:17 PM

Alright. Let's see who's redneck. Show your roosters!:)

Got2ryde 10-25-2012 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Kolunatic (Post 5894542)
I couldn't even get my broilers to fit in the rotisserie.

Big fat fatties!

neontrail 10-25-2012 04:27 PM

I don't have any chickens, but if I did....I'd use one of these.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCD70TA7eis

Got2ryde 10-25-2012 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by neontrail (Post 5894977)
I don't have any chickens, but if I did....I'd use one of these.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCD70TA7eis


They work pretty good, but you have to be carefull as they will bruise the meat.
Nobody wants your meat if it's bruised. :D

aficianado 10-26-2012 07:18 AM

meat birds? any breeds in specific?

i can get behind that..eggs? meh. i wouldnt mind raising some meat birds for half a year, and taking them out.

i can pluck a bird pretty quick..grippy nitrile gloves help. you kill enough wild turkey, a chicken i like a vacation.

Kolunatic 10-26-2012 07:23 AM

Cornish cross. I got mine from mcmurray hatchery.

aphex 10-26-2012 07:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by neontrail (Post 5894977)
I don't have any chickens, but if I did....I'd use one of these.

http://ffloboboyce.files.wordpress.c...pg?w=319&h=265

Got2ryde 10-27-2012 05:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Kolunatic (Post 5897593)
Cornish cross. I got mine from mcmurray hatchery.

yep, what he said

Steves104x4 10-27-2012 06:05 AM

Pluck the feathers before you eat 'em.


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