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post #11 of 13 Old 08-16-2012, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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We keep plenty of cracked corn for the geese. I assume a feed store would have the layer feed, but will check to make sure.
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-23-2012, 11:31 AM
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Life without fluffy butts and 'furry' feet is just not fit to live!



There's my coop in the background, not real pretty but very secure and servicable. I have hardware cloth all around the run and wrapped the bottom of the coop with it too, raccoons especially can tear through chicken wire like it's paper.

I have about 35 hens and 1 roo, most of my hens are layers but I have a few Cochins just for eye candy. I keep golf balls in the nesting boxes and they do MOST of their laying in the coop. Just yesterday I found a couple outside but that's really not the norm anymore. Now if they can get into the hay shed, it's a different story. They LOVE to lay eggs in the nooks and crannies that the hay stack makes.

This is my 3rd flock and I think they're my favorite of all. The others were not as personable as these. They RUN to say hello, even when their feeders are full and several of them run up and look up at me and squack until I pick each one up, say hello, and kiss their heads. Then I put them down and they waddle off, happy as they can be.

We free range them, they put themselves up at night and are ready to come out again in the morning. I have a bunch of Guineas too and they roost in the tree right by the coop and raise the dead if there's anything out of the ordinary going on.

LOVES me some birds!

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post #13 of 13 Old 08-23-2012, 02:30 PM
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I had a big jersey giant rooster that would sit on the back porch and drink beer with me in the evenings. My buddy Rolex was pretty cool. Cracked corn is fine for free range chickens, throw a few pounds of crushed clam or oyster shells out somewhere they can find.
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