Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
My dad has always always had chickens. My mom has told me that at one time he had close to 100 hens, along with 50 or so Turkey.
He got out of them for a few years, but I got him back into them. We raised Bantams and RIRs for a few years.
We had originally bought 20 RIR hens in the spring from a local auction. They were probably around a year old. We were keeping them for egg production. That summer a neighbours dog got loose and chewed threw the wire and squeezed into the coop threw a 10 inch wide door we had for the hens. The dog killed all but 3 hens. :(
A few weeks later we went to the auction we had bought the RIRs from, but all they had was Bantams. My dad was dead set on bringing home chickens, so we brought home 2 hens and 18 week old chicks.
The Bantams were the best mothers. We never lost a chick from that batch, even with having them free roam. Once one of the hens went broody, you could put anybody's eggs under them and they would treat them as their own, even the RIRs eggs.
We had to sell them all unfortunately due to moving, but I know that when I get chickens again, I want some Bantams.
Sonya ~ 5 yr old Appaloosa/Welsh mare