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        04-16-2014, 06:06 PM
      #31
    Trained
    Pole not poll, I'm sure the vote would be a unanimous yes!
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        04-16-2014, 06:11 PM
      #32
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by FlyGap    
    Pole not poll, I'm sure the vote would be a unanimous yes!
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    Hehe.
    Yes, mine have two poles that cross perpendicularly. They generally prefer to crowd up together on one for roosting, but it gives them options.

    I keep food in the coop and in the run (I have a couple who need to snack while laying). Water in the run only, minimizing moisture in th coop is key and they are messy drinkers.

    Three nesting boxes for 8 girls-they usually all lay in the same one each day, but they like variety I guess and seem to rotate through each option for a week or so and then pick a different one for awhile.
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        04-17-2014, 12:00 PM
      #33
    Trained
    My 2013 incubating was a bust so I ended up buy 4 EE pullets (hatched Une 1, 2013, and ordering 27 EE (straight run, hatched September 1, 2013) from McMurray. They sent 27...and they all lived.
    I have butchered about 8 roosters since January, three more to go to "Freezer Camp." This weekend I'm taking pictures to create a poster to sell off 5 of my layers.
    Champaign, IL just voted in back yard chickens, so that, with a permit and a coop/run inspection, the "City People" can have 3-4 hens. I know how it is, baby chicks need it 90 degrees F the 1st week, 85 degrees the next week--simply, it takes some housing effort with the temperature bedding and footing to take the healthy baby chicks that you ordered or bought from one of the local farm supply stores to make it to laying age. MANY people will unintentionally kill their chicks. When we incubate there is some loss, but we've been through it and even had a hen go broody and raise two chicks, but that was in July.
    ANYWAY, I'm putting my 5 layers up for $25.00/each. I'm hoping to catch the people who have lost chicks OR are tired of waiting for eggs. Easter Eggers lay blue eggs, so that's another hook.
    $12.00-$15.00/50 lb bag of feed, the cost of a small rabbit/chicken coop AND fencing + permit. They'll have made a good $150.00 investment with NO EGGS. I'm thinking that my proven layers could prove attractive.
         
        04-18-2014, 12:10 PM
      #34
    Green Broke
    I would never kill a rooster which is why I want pullets so I know what I am getting. If I didn't like in a neighborhood, I would get one rooster :)
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