Author Topic: Chickens  (Read 24318 times)

Woofage

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #175 on: February 28, 2011, 05:13:57 pm »
We lost Gloria last week. She became ill and just went downhill from there.
Pen Pusher

Re: Chickens
« Reply #176 on: February 28, 2011, 10:06:24 pm »
Oh dear, poor Gloria.

On a happier note, we are with egg! 2 to be eggsact. Actually, the girls all laid one but decided to eat one... Conveniently leaving one each for me and MiniQ for breakfast :-)

AnthCC

Re: Chickens
« Reply #177 on: March 02, 2011, 03:01:48 pm »
We're up to four chooks after getting Skye and Ruby about 7-8 months ago



Which also meant an extension to the permanent run being built as the old girls got VERY territorial and it was either this or have the neighbours calling environmental health on us!


Wowbagger

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #178 on: March 03, 2011, 10:46:17 pm »
Oh dear, poor Gloria.

On a happier note, we are with egg! 2 to be eggsact. Actually, the girls all laid one but decided to eat one... Conveniently leaving one each for me and MiniQ for breakfast :-)

That can be very annoying when they get a taste for their own eggs. Hard to break them of that.
Homo sapiens - a creature so intelligent it knowingly sowed the seeds of its own destruction and did nothing about it.

Re: Chickens
« Reply #179 on: March 04, 2011, 09:59:51 am »
I don't seem to have had a repeat of the hen-eats-egg scenario which is good. I removed the broken egg rapidly so they don't get a taste for it, put more straw down so they're less likely to break one and make sure I'm only putting cooked and crushed egg shells back in their run for them to peck at.

This seems to have done the trick. Also, I'm checking more regularly for new eggs.

 I baked my first sponge cake from the hens output last night  :thumbsup:

Re: Chickens
« Reply #180 on: May 07, 2011, 09:56:47 pm »
I've got a chicken poo question please. The allotment that I've not long had has had 10 years of chicken manure dug into it and am wondering how "clean" it is? I've used horse muck in the past and am happy working with it barehanded with cuts and scrapes, but am not sure I should be with this stuff.
There'll be the occasional toddlers knocking about too and wonder if we need to keep them away from the bits that I haven't managed to dig over yet?


Re: Chickens
« Reply #181 on: May 07, 2011, 10:17:56 pm »
Good question - I've never taken any special care when dealing with the stuff - just the usual wash hands after use and immediately if you think there's an open wound that it could get into.  Wearing gloves is shrewd when working on the plot anyhow, and is always recommended for people who suffer from lymphatic drainage issues - e.g. those who've had mastectomy etc.

Wowbagger

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #182 on: May 08, 2011, 03:10:43 pm »
I think chicken shit is very strong and likely to damage plants if put on neat. My dad, an inveterate chicken keeper and gardner, use to mix it with lots of weeds, grass clippings and straw and allow it to rot for a good 2 years before using it a a mulch.
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hellymedic

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #183 on: May 08, 2011, 04:05:14 pm »
Makes sense as birds don't have a separate opening for poo and pee so chicken droppings will have a high urea (-> ammonia) content.

Re: Chickens
« Reply #184 on: May 08, 2011, 10:49:18 pm »
That'll account for the smell then. Not being familiar with the stuff I think it's well rotted and looks like it's been mixed with plant material beforehand. The thinking behind my "worries" was that they're omnivorous and if that might make it more likely to pose a risk.


Porkins

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #185 on: November 11, 2012, 03:01:32 pm »
Here's a tip for increasing chicken happiness and getting some free protein in their diet.  Leave bits of broken tile on the ground for long enough for the grass underneath to die. Worms will sit under the tiles. They like it there, I don't know why. Pick up the tile when a chicken is nearby and hey presto, a free meal and huge excitement. Pretty soon they will follow you everywhere in case tile-lifting is imminent.

Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #186 on: April 14, 2015, 11:05:36 am »
My mum's eight year old hens have started laying again after the winter, much to her surprise.
My feminist marxist dialectic brings all the boys to the yard.


Re: Chickens
« Reply #187 on: April 14, 2015, 11:24:29 am »
We have one that's about 14 and it laid an egg last week. It does so intermittently during the spring and summer. She's a rum old girl, a tiny white pekin bantam with only one eye, incredibly tame and friendly but she rules the roost (well the other hen she lives with). She has outlived about six other hens we have had over the years and is one of the original trio we were given to look after "for a few weeks" about twelve years ago.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Chickens
« Reply #188 on: April 14, 2015, 11:26:39 am »
We're up to four chooks after getting Skye and Ruby about 7-8 months ago



Which also meant an extension to the permanent run being built as the old girls got VERY territorial and it was either this or have the neighbours calling environmental health on us!



Put your new chucks in the hut with the old ones when its dark. They dont fight as much then and by morning its pretty much sorted out. An old farmer who breeds fancy chickens and ducks told me this and its worked for us.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #189 on: December 07, 2016, 12:58:16 pm »
Those of you who keep hens need to check the news today and, er, let them live in your kitchens for a month.
My feminist marxist dialectic brings all the boys to the yard.


Re: Chickens
« Reply #190 on: December 07, 2016, 01:05:42 pm »
Keeping chooks is not all its cracked up to be.
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