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Chickens?
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Who has 'em and who can teach me something?

For years now I have been talking about getting pigs and chickens just been too busy with work along with regular everyday chores to get there. I'm hoping this spring I will actually have time.

I want mature or near mature hens to start. Probably 1/2 dozen.

I want a simple quick and dirty coop. Probably going to try and free range them during the day. I will likely need an electric fence at night to keep the bears away. Water? Feed? What do you folks use?

I've been reading a bit the past year, but could use some practical input...pitfalls, in's and out's.
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#2
There's more meat on those bears.

Just sayin'.


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#3
It's been nearly 2 years now with our chickens here and I've learned a lot.
http://www.pa2a.org/thread-12-chicks-at-the-same-time

-First off plan on losing 50% of your flock in the first year.
-They lay more eggs, eat less and are generally happier if they are free range and not penned up.
-They are great mouse hunters.
-Rhode islands, red or white, were my best layers and we're pumping out eggs in the first 4 months compared to my brahmas who didn't lay until about 9 months.
-They will kill each other if they don't have enough room.
-Egg eaters need to be culled immediately.
-Layered mesh is what I feed mine and it's about 17 dollars per hundred pounds here right now.
-I go through about 100 pounds a month per dozen free range chickens.

As far as pigs go I've had mine for about 5 months.
http://www.pa2a.org/thread-here-pig-pig-pig-soo-ieee

-They are very strong and very smart.
-Make sure your males are "cut" before they reach sexual maturity.
-Get a lead on free feed whether it be outdated produce or local cows milk that can't be sold to market. Mix that with table scraps and layered mesh to make your slop. Feed them at least once a day, twice preferably.
-Weeners need high protein starter feed for the first month.
-They do better when they have a companion, buy at least two.
-Don't pay more than 1-2 dollars a pound for weeners.
-They like to play, give them a ball or a tire or something to chew on.
-If you don't have a pig barn make sure you build a STRONG pen with somewhere for them to get out of the wind and weather.
-They love to sleep in piles of straw or hay.

That's just a quick rundown, check my threads for a better idea of what I've done. I like to raise my chickens from chicks. There are a whole list of other things you'll need to do if you go this route. It's cheaper than buying grown pullets or hens. Someday I'm going to start raising sheep because I absolutely love lamb meat. Might get a Jersey cow sometime too for the milk.

Hope this helps.
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I live in a subdivision so my small flock can't free range like Gixxer's. I have four Rhode Island Reds and two Americaunas. I got my birds from someone who couldn't care for them anymore so they are older (between 2 and 3 years) which means they are getting a bit long in the tooth. On average the Americaunas (they lay green eggs, lol) out lay the Reds. The only issues I've had is with some of the dominant hens pushing the eggs of the less dominant birds out of the nesting boxes or pecking them a bit to crack the shells. The problem went away when I added extra nesting boxes so make sure they have lots of room. I've also noticed a drop off in egg production in the winter time as well.
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Emptymag;161039 Wrote:There's more meat on those bears.

Just sayin'.


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Yeah but an egg in the hand is worth two bears in the bush.Tongue


Mr_Gixxer;161041 Wrote:It's been nearly 2 years now with our chickens here and I've learned a lot.
http://www.pa2a.org/thread-12-chicks-at-the-same-time

-First off plan on losing 50% of your flock in the first year.
-They lay more eggs, eat less and are generally happier if they are free range and not penned up.
-They are great mouse hunters.
-Rhode islands, red or white, were my best layers and we're pumping out eggs in the first 4 months compared to my brahmas who didn't lay until about 9 months.
-They will kill each other if they don't have enough room.
-Egg eaters need to be culled immediately.
-Layered mesh is what I feed mine and it's about 17 dollars per hundred pounds here right now.
-I go through about 100 pounds a month per dozen free range chickens.


As far as pigs go I've had mine for about 5 months.
http://www.pa2a.org/thread-here-pig-pig-pig-soo-ieee

-They are very strong and very smart.
-Make sure your males are "cut" before they reach sexual maturity.
-Get a lead on free feed whether it be outdated produce or local cows milk that can't be sold to market. Mix that with table scraps and layered mesh to make your slop. Feed them at least once a day, twice preferably.
-Weeners need high protein starter feed for the first month.
-They do better when they have a companion, buy at least two.
-Don't pay more than 1-2 dollars a pound for weeners.
-They like to play, give them a ball or a tire or something to chew on.
-If you don't have a pig barn make sure you build a STRONG pen with somewhere for them to get out of the wind and weather.
-They love to sleep in piles of straw or hay.

That's just a quick rundown, check my threads for a better idea of what I've done. I like to raise my chickens from chicks. There are a whole list of other things you'll need to do if you go this route. It's cheaper than buying grown pullets or hens. Someday I'm going to start raising sheep because I absolutely love lamb meat. Might get a Jersey cow sometime too for the milk.

Hope this helps.

I think I read Brahma's are primarily eating chickens and aren't big egg producers. How did they winter over? Do you mean layered mash?

I have been reading through your threads, and I'm hoping to build a small pig pen this summer for the following spring. I have taken care of pigs when I was young, but it's a bit hazy now. I have no intention of keeping them more through winter. They will be in the freezer by then. Hoping to buy to maybe three. Keeping one and selling of the rest to help pay.

Thanks for the post!

Rik Bitter;161044 Wrote:I live in a subdivision so my small flock can't free range like Gixxer's. I have four Rhode Island Reds and two Americaunas. I got my birds from someone who couldn't care for them anymore so they are older (between 2 and 3 years) which means they are getting a bit long in the tooth. On average the Americaunas (they lay green eggs, lol) out lay the Reds. The only issues I've had is with some of the dominant hens pushing the eggs of the less dominant birds out of the nesting boxes or pecking them a bit to crack the shells. The problem went away when I added extra nesting boxes so make sure they have lots of room. I've also noticed a drop off in egg production in the winter time as well.

I think you need to add some artificial light in the winter to keep them producing?
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Oops meant layer mash. It's chop, rolled corn, whatever. I use it for both my hogs and hens.

I actually penned my chickens up for the winter. If i don't the stupid f**krs will roost out in the open in the wind and weather. Although I think they'd be fine, the eggs however are easier to find and bring home before they freeze solid this way too. Like others have said though, egg production goes down in the winter months.
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