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FlyGap 02-08-2012 11:49 AM

Officialish Chicken Photo Thread!
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Show your girls and guys!

Here are my RIR's (19)! Hatched September 25th, 2011. Today I got my first two eggs! I've had chickens since I was 20, even had two laying hens in my historic downtown apartment when I was in college! Spring 2010 I was out of town for two days and there was a horrible uncommon gnat outbreak. I lost my three laying hens. So now with an improved coop, and yard we are BACK in business! Please post your eggers! We just love ours!!

I have a running contest with my Co-op friend Mary to see who can keep their hens laying the longest. So far I'm the winner, hint it's all about fresh clover! Keep it a secret! LOL!

MangoRoX87 02-08-2012 11:56 AM

Just curious...what happens when they stop laying? Do you eat them?
My chickens all got eaten by coyotes when they started to stop laying, so we never got that far:3 They laid for a good year and a half though!

Delfina 02-08-2012 11:56 AM

I don't have pictures of mine.... we have a motley crew of 9, all different breeds, that free-range the property.

Mine are obviously happy, everyone at the feed store is whining about how they are spending a fortune feeding their chickens who stopped laying for the Winter and I've got eggs coming out my ears! I can't give 'em away fast enough!

FlyGap 02-08-2012 12:09 PM

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Noo, I'll sell them before they stop laying and hatch some of the eggs out prior to refresh my flock. I don't have it in me to kill them.
Now, if Hub walks in the door with dead, cleaned, plucked chickens it's on!!

Susan Crumrine 02-08-2012 12:12 PM

big daddy....
notice all that remains of the last person who came near him, in the snow.,,,

Delfina 02-08-2012 12:13 PM


Originally Posted by Susan Crumrine (Post 1348402)
notice all that remains of the last person who came near him, in the snow.,,,


I have no Roosters, I didn't want to have to worry about the kids since my free-range the whole property.

FlyGap 02-08-2012 12:14 PM

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Delfina I don't know where you are at but if they can feed their hens clover it will get them back on track. We cover crop our garden with clover and I pick a ton each day and feed it to them. So excited! I have 45 old egg cartons to get ready to fill up! My family buys a bag of feed for them each month to help with costs and I in turn will be providing them with eggs. I don't know what I'd do with 17 eggs a day!!! So far on my diet I'm eating 4 store bought ones a day, can't wait to be eating farm fresh organic eggs again!

Susan Crumrine 02-08-2012 12:16 PM

Plastic woofer ball bats. Both my kids had to whack him a good one, he got very aggressive. Now he stays away from us.
I hated to tell the kids to hit him, but it was that or eat him.
He hasn't attacked us since early spring last year.

Delfina 02-08-2012 12:20 PM

All we have here is dead grass, snow and ice. It's pretty bleak.

Mine are doing fine on layer feed, a bit of cracked corn, bits of alfalfa, Timothy hay seeds (the cow hay I bought had gone to seed before baling) and whatever cow grain they steal. I think the biggest difference is that I have an insulated coop and a heat lamp that runs 24x7... they can go in and get warm whenever.

FlyGap 02-08-2012 12:21 PM

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Thats hilarious Susan!
Our two roosters are nice enough, but if the day comes.... WHAMMO!
I had a rooster named Rojo once and he was the sweetest thing. He would perch on our shoulders when we were gardening. Then one day he started getting evil, and I'm talkin we had him for 5 years! He started to perch on our shoulders like always then all of the sudden he'd spur us in the head or ear!!! My Papa took care of him, he's in the freezer (has been there 3 years!) none of us had the heart to eat him, stupid!

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