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post #11 of 48 Old 05-10-2013, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Chevaux - We're pretty close, I guess I'll try it, but should I wait a few days for her to learn where "home" is?
If everything works out I may get another for her to bea friend, we have small chickens (Amacanas?) at a horse rescue I work at, I wouldn't mind having a couple of those, but would the size difference cause fights or anything? Is it all just trial and error?
Is her breed typically used for eggs or meat? Or both?
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post #12 of 48 Old 05-10-2013, 11:23 PM
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Reds are good meat and eggs. Looks about fryer size now ;) yummy.

We've kept all sorts of breeds together. Phoenix, polish, bantams ( my personal favorite). They don't care colors, but some chickens are A-holes!!!! I got horror stories of rouge chickens, hens and roosters both, being rank.
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post #13 of 48 Old 05-10-2013, 11:24 PM
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They wont fight unless you have too many roosters. My mawmaw has all different sizes and breeds. Just try to keep your rooster to hen ratio low or nonexhistent.

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QUOTE=PunksTank;2481473]Chevaux - We're pretty close, I guess I'll try it, but should I wait a few days for her to learn where "home" is? It won't do any harm to wait.
If everything works out I may get another for her to bea friend, we have small chickens (Amacanas?) at a horse rescue I work at, I wouldn't mind having a couple of those, but would the size difference cause fights or anything? Is it all just trial and error? Chickens do have their pecking order but if they have enough space everybody finds their place and they get along regardless of size (it seems at night when everybody is roosting that all differences are put aside).
Is her breed typically used for eggs or meat? Or both? If she is a Rhode Island Red, it's a breed that's been around along time. Most of the older breeds are/were dual purpose.[/QUOTE]
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I really don't enjoy roosters xD so if I get any others they'll probably be some very small breed of chicken, I like the Amacanas? Because they have colored eggs that are really delicious! But I'll have to see how she behaves with them.

Do chickens need nesting boxes or need to set on eggs? At the rescue the owner (who is equally not a chicken person) always gets it in her mind that the chickens need to set for a while and gets them some fertilized eggs to hatch. But I'd prefer not to do that if they don't need to. I wouldn't be able to let the chicks go xD
Also at the store they only have chicks, not adult, I could probably find some adults for sale, but would it be easier to introduce chicks or adults to be her friends?
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It is easier to just buy adult chickens. They are simple animals, no introductions needed. If you want easy to find eggs provide them with nest boxes. Milk crates with straw work great. Set up your chicken stall with their waterer and nest boxes, throw in a warm light and you have chicken palace. Oh and they like to roost off the ground because they feel safer. Some large branches or something similar across a corner or two work great.
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post #17 of 48 Old 05-10-2013, 11:37 PM
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Thank you both! I'm pretty sure she's not a rooster but we'll see in the morning I guess!
So tomorrow I'll head to the grain store, I'll wait a couple days before investing in chicken furniture, but I'll pick up some layer feed - just in case it sounds safer.

How should I provide stones for her? The house has an old dog kennel, fenced in all around and on top outside, I could put her out there to let her be outside sometimes.

For the coccidiosis, the stall I put her in was where there was lots of chicken waste. I cleaned it as best I could but pretty quickly. What should I watch out for to make sure she stays healthy?

Thanks everyone!! I hope she enjoys it here :)

We let them peck at the stones in our driveway, lol. I guess you can ask the feed store if they have anything special you can give them to pick through-- theyre real picky about the stones they choose-- theyve gotta be perfect! :)

The old dog kennel sounds like a perfect chicken tractor! You can move it to somewhere that has grass- all around the yard and she can have fresh grass and could scratch for bugs and stuff every day.. shed love that! Oh you might could put a stick or somethin through it (if its chainlink) for a roost too!!


For her to stay healthy just make sure she has plenty of fresh water- a clean place to eat and sleepv and make sure to put her up-- or leave her in the dog kennel if nothin can get her. The stall-- just make sure she don't eat any of the old chicken poops-- keep her food away from that for sure- theres nothin you can give as a preventive -i don't think..
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Perfect Honey!
The stall in the barn already has basically a wood pallet that's held up on 4x4s that she likes to sit up on, that's where I put her food and water. There's a little ladder thing that goes up to a barn window.
I'll set up a box for her in there :)

Thank you all! I'm learning so much!
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post #19 of 48 Old 05-10-2013, 11:41 PM
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She could very well be a hen. It's been a few years since I had chickens. I just noticed she had a large comb. I don't remember my hens having large combs, but it's been about 7 years since I raised mine. :)
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Oh my driveway is gravel, if I let her out on that for a while she may find a good stone to use :)
I think the dog kennel is great too it's pretty huge I don't know if I can move it, but it's out in the grass already next to a paddock.
I can make her two roosts, one inside and one out with the dog kennel :) that way she can have a safe place to run to when she's outside and a place to get out of the weather inside.
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