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        09-25-2013, 12:10 PM
      #881
    Yearling
    Chevaux, that makes a lot of sense, and I probably should just mix up small batches on my own.

    I'd love to hear people weigh in on what they are willing to feed. Take the "bugs in the food bag" example-it grossed me out, but the chickens probably would have been thrilled to eat all those grain-fed moths ;)
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        09-25-2013, 12:17 PM
      #882
    Trained
    I'm going to attempt growing fodder and worms this winter, plus free range with oyster shell.

    I'm so sick and tired of GMO corn and pesticides. I think my birds are too! I fed a bag of scratch a while back to my two Roos that I am going to eat. I didn't want to pay the astronomical price for a finishing feed and my layers are costing me tons. They wouldn't TOUCH the corn. I tossed some of it to my layers and they didn't touch the corn either. I think they know something is off about it.

    Now fresh organic corn from the garden? WATCH OUT! LOL! If they see me anywhere near it they come a runnin!
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        09-25-2013, 03:54 PM
      #883
    Trained
    I'm moving soon, not sure where to yet, but I really want chooks at the new place [yes aussies are weird haha, we shorten everything].

    Foxes will be a problem if we move to the place mum wants to move to. It's in the middle of a big tree plantation so there's lots of bushland for them to hide in. Therefore, fox-proof chicken runs that I can take with me when we eventually have to move again?

    And also, what breed? I want chooks I can cuddle, but they've GOT to be brave because my dog is a problem and will chase anything that moves. I don't want chooks that she's just going to scare to death. The chickens would not be completely free range for this reason and would only be let out of their run when the dog is chained... but I can't guarantee she won't harass them from the outside of the wire. So they need to be brave. A roo would sort the dog out I think but I don't want one! Too bloody noisy. And I'm scared of them because I was attacked by one when I was little.

    Here in Aus we get VERY hot, don't usually get cold though. On the very rare occasion we might have a frost in winter but where I am, it never snows. But we DO have some nasty thunder/rainstorms at times. I don't want birds that can't cope with the heat. Oh yeah, and good layers would be nice. Not spectacular layers, but acceptable, to lay a decent sized egg because the eggs I do eat are usually used in baking and I find small eggs to be too hard to figure out how many I need. And at this stage I don't want to raise chicks so I'd prefer a breed that doesn't go broody! Fancy feathering is also fun, but not essential.

    Oh yeah and I might be living in suburbia, it depends on where we can get cheap enough rent, so I can't have loud birds.

    I don't want much!
         
        09-25-2013, 04:00 PM
      #884
    Banned
    BEP, you either want lap chickens or you want brave, independent ones. You can't have both.

    Mine are only semi-tame, because you don't want free ranging chickens to become pets. They too easily become something elses dinner if you turn them into cuddle bugs.

    If you're interested only in egg laying, look at breeds that have that as a primary purpose. For me, I wanted dual purpose birds because I intend to eat some of them.
         
        09-25-2013, 04:09 PM
      #885
    Trained
    It's been at least 10 years since I had chooks, I bet if I added it all up it's actually even longer... and I'm 19. So I have a lot to learn, because I was a kid when we had them last! The two we lost to foxes when we first moved to where we're at now don't count because the bloody fox got them on the first night. We gave up after that, it's not fair on the poor birds if we can't keep them safe inside their own coop!

    I don't see the point in getting an animal I can't cuddle, tis why even though I love cats I still don't have one, but at the same time it would be cruel of me to get a lap-chicken only to have my dog scare it to death. So skittish breeds are a no. That's basically what I meant. I don't want to have to coddle my birds and I simply cannot make sure my dog doesn't harass them so even with brave independent birds I can't have free range chooks. She's a 50 pound hunting-bred dog with an incredibly strong chase drive, such that no matter what I try I have not in three years been able to train her out of chasing my horses. I've even tried those zap collars. I just need birds that won't keel over from fright if my pest - I mean dog - gets up in their face on the other side of the wire.

    Or maybe I just have to wait until this dog is old and arthritic? My next dog will be a mastiff or a great dane, lazy sorts of dog, more my speed. But I've had neurotic loopy dogs for the past 13 years [still have the first loopy one but she's ancient now!] and my present nutjob is only 5...
         
        09-25-2013, 04:24 PM
      #886
    Trained
    My Plymouth barred rocks seem to hold up pretty well and they lay pretty well. Mine are not tame, but my son has five barred rock hens that he handled a lot when they were young and they like people.
         
        09-25-2013, 04:32 PM
      #887
    Banned
    I don't mind giving them a scritch or two, but I have no burning desire to cuddle my chickens.

    If you want something easy going and decent egg layers, I'd recommend Cochins. They're quiet, non-fussy birds, and although not the bravest chook on the block, aren't skittish.

    Buff Orpingtons are another breed that isn't loud, and lay decently sized eggs.

    Both Orps and Cochins are dual purpose birds though, so will be bigger than just a primary egg laying breed.

    Love Barred Rocks, Celeste. They're so pretty!
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        09-25-2013, 04:44 PM
      #888
    Trained
    Thanks Celeste :) I'll look into it. I've been thinking about making my own chicken tractor thingy, I'm pretty handy with the drill. Four chooks is enough for me. I'm not big on eggs. I bake, and occasionally I'll scramble them, but that's it. Something big enough for them to live in full time that I don't have to move around all the time because my dog will make herself sick eating chook poo!

    I remember we used to have some 'salt and pepper' chookies but I don't know if they were PBRs or something different, Mum was talking about the chooks we had years ago and said we had RIRs and Dutch Barnvelders or however it's spelled... but I definitely remember the barred salt and pepper type birds and they were too hard to keep in their coop [didn't have a roof] so we had to take them back to the chook man and get new ones.

    I don't know if I can even afford to have chooks, honestly. Money is a little tight. But if I lease out my retired event horse [on the cards anyway and has been for some time] I'll have a little more to throw around. If I sell my unwanted/unneeded stuff, that should supply me with a few hundred dollars to spend on the materials to build an awesome chook house. It's just that with a senior horse [who's never been cheap to keep], a senior dog [nearly 14], my Thoroughbred filly and my mental 5yo bitza dog I have a lot of animals as-is for the tax bracket I'm in...

    But I want some chookies to look at, cuddle and get eggs from.

    I wonder how cheaply it can be done RIGHT?
         
        09-25-2013, 04:50 PM
      #889
    Trained
    Thanks SR :) [and please excuse the double post, you posted while I was typing!]

    I'm not a big egg person, I want them there when I want them there [for baking usually, or scrambling] but I don't want to have more eggs than I know what to do with. So while I want chooks that will lay, I don't want chooks that'll give me millions of eggs. Mostly I want chookies to look at that my dog won't scare to death :P never having to eat another supermarket egg would just be a bonus. But at the same time if I'm going to have chooks, they might as well cover my egg needs.
         
        09-25-2013, 04:52 PM
      #890
    Trained
    I agree with the above advice.
    You may want to look at Brahmas, they don't lay that much and are exceptionally hardy.

    About the dog....
    I have a 1/2 coyote, 1/4 coyote, and an Aussie. You CAN train a dog not to mess with chickens. My birds free range, if one of my dogs so much as look at one they know they will be beat to death.

    As soon as you get your chicks introduce them.
    Then grab that dog, pin it down (firmly but gently) and in your toughest voice, and I mean a growl, tell that dog nooooooooo, just for a few seconds making sure his attention is on the birds. When you let up reward it, I mean make a fool of yourself with baby talk and pats etc. repeat a few times daily and see if it works.
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