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post #21 of 32 Old 01-11-2013, 08:52 PM
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I think the macaw was the bird that was 15 if I read it right.

I don't feel terribly attached to my chickens, but I sure can't stand the thought of eating them. Well, actually, I guess I really do kinda like the pet rooster that follows me all around the yard. He stays a lot closer to me than my dog does. I'm sure he is just hoping for a handout or treat, but he is pretty cute.

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post #22 of 32 Old 01-11-2013, 09:03 PM
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Oh, that makes more sense. Sorry!

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My neighbours had chickens that lived regularly past 10 years of age. I don't know how they did that though.
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I thought 15 was old for a chicken. We never had any live past 6 or so. They just would die off. We always had a new batch coming up. Now we trade off with the neighbor's, they own a butcher shop. We take their two or three year old birds get about 2 years of eggs from them and then we trade them off for more young hens, while the older ones go for free range soup chickens. I don't think I have ever been attached to a chicken.
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I think the macaw was the bird that was 15 if I read it right.

I don't feel terribly attached to my chickens, but I sure can't stand the thought of eating them. Well, actually, I guess I really do kinda like the pet rooster that follows me all around the yard. He stays a lot closer to me than my dog does. I'm sure he is just hoping for a handout or treat, but he is pretty cute.
Yes, the macaw was 15, chicken is only 7 months and she is alive and well and all her parts are staying where they belong!

Now we have a(or multiple) egg eaters I read a post on the blog that was posted earlier in the thread about how to stop them from eating the eggs, but my mom will be back on sunday so I'll let her deal with that problem A week of being a sole caretaker of everybody has been exhausting it wouldn't be so bad if it was only when I was working, but going on my day off kind of sucks
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Egg eating usually comes from the eggs having weak shells and breaking. Then the chicken eats it. Add some crushed oyster shell and calcium to their feed. Also add some apple cider vinegar to their water. The oyster shell and calcium will help strengthen the shells, and the ACV will give them some minerals and is good for their general health. You could also save your old egg shells, dry them, crush them, and then add those to the feed as well. You can find crushed oyster shell at the feed store, and ACV at a health food store or a grocery store.

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Egg eating usually comes from the eggs having weak shells and breaking. Then the chicken eats it. Add some crushed oyster shell and calcium to their feed. Also add some apple cider vinegar to their water. The oyster shell and calcium will help strengthen the shells, and the ACV will give them some minerals and is good for their general health. You could also save your old egg shells, dry them, crush them, and then add those to the feed as well. You can find crushed oyster shell at the feed store, and ACV at a health food store or a grocery store.
They have a bowl of oyster shell at all times , ACV I didn't know tho, I used to give it to the horses until it started freezing and I kept forgetting to bring it back to the barn. It probably started out from the shells being soft but now I think it's just habit because the shells are really tough now. I was cracking one of the eggs yesterday and I actually almost cut my finger because the sell was so hard lol.
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post #27 of 32 Old 01-11-2013, 11:38 PM
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Hmm, other than the ACV, maybe collecting the eggs every hour, and changing the nest lining (straw, shavings or what ever you use), every time there is a broken egg will help. They could be deficient in something.

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post #28 of 32 Old 01-12-2013, 08:28 AM
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A funny note about oyster shell. We have a neighbor that moved down here after a life of city living. He wanted to enjoy the country and he bought some goats and chickens. He needed some calcium for his chickens and someone suggested oyster shells. Several weeks later, his wife was showing me his chickens. The pen was littered with oyster shells. Whole oyster shells. He was used to parrots eating whole cuttle bone and he had no clue that a chicken couldn't use a whole oyster shell. He got quite a bit of teasing around the community about that one.
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That's funny!
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