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Chicken keepers

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Tourettes, May 21, 2014.

  1. Tourettes

    Tourettes Engaging Member

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    Just wondering how many members on this exceptionally fine forum keep Chickens?
     
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    Got a couple in the freezer!
     
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    For your own consumption no doubt big fella.
     
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    yeh I have 3, daily eggs had them for over a year now :up:
     
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    Same here, this will be our 3rd year.
     
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    clearing a good section of allotment currently to be used for keeping them,
     
  7. Donki Oaty

    Donki Oaty Where's the time going?

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    I've a plot in the garden reserved for Cluck Norris and Princess Layer!

    Been searching for a "cheap" coop for a while now.

    How much do you chicken fanciers spend per month on feed, grit, treating lice etc....?
     
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    Not a lot mate if done correctly.

    £10 for a bag of food and that should last a while. Got 7 chooks myself, and a bag of mash will last them 3 to 4 weeks.

    We buy cheap fruit and veg and wiz it up in a blender and add mixed corn for their treat, but they don't have it every day.

    Apple Cider Vinegar is a great all round health tonic for chooks, just add a little to their water. Cheap as chips too.

    May sound harsh, but learn to deal with them yourself. A vet will charge you a fortune to treat a chook, there are some basic bits to buy that will help them, but learning to dispatch them yourself is a far cheaper option as in my experience they generally don't recover well from any type of illness.
     
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    Cheers for all that!

    It doesn't sound harsh to me at all. I wouldn't dream of taking a chicken to a vet (but the oven is a different matter). When I was a kid (about 6-11) my dad used to keep, stags, bantams, pheasant, partridge and geese. Sunday dinner was regularly fetched from the garden.
     
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    We used to keep a dozen Light Sussex x Rhode Island Reds in our back garden in South London. We kept them on corn and layers mash and made sure they had plenty of oyster shell in their grit, I can't stand buying eggs with thin shells! They are one of the most effective waste disposal units going and will eat all your weeds and kitchen waste...no meat though.
    The bedding and waste they create is an excellent fertiliser and soil conditioner and we had the most fantastic veg plot. Add some to your compost heap and see how quickly it breaks down your garden waste, if the chooks haven't already eaten it.
    Their run was made from 2x2 sawn timber with chicken wire with a removable wire top. The chicken house I made from a wbp ply packing case with a good quality roofing felt to the top. I bent some ali sheet to allow windows to be open* at all times with a chicken wire mesh screen.
    When any had their backsides pecked out ( it does happen and is why they need their beaks clipped on one half) the air pistol was used to start them on their journey to the kitchen! A couple of items they can hop up onto in their run keeps them active .
    Wish I still had some!
    Good luck with them
    Dag

    * two strips one each side of the window opening, secured top and bottom, lip at bottom to stop perspex slipping out and flanges to support perspex either side as top lays back into chicken house. Gives good airflow and stops rain coming in and can be secured in a closed position when weather turn cold
     
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    Yes, another chicken-keeper here. Also keep three pigs.
     
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    [​IMG] one of our Pekins went missing a while back. I was running around looking for it. Finally gave up and went upstairs into the bathroom..
     
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    I have 300 on the farm, and currently 5 in the house! that are soon to evicted when fledged!
     
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    They have great character too. Very individual personalities and will keep you amused all day.

    Got a new dog early last year, and I honestly thought he would have them when they are out. Funny as fook though as he has a regular stand off with one of the Rhode Islands, yet they get on really well.

    So funny to watch. He snarls at it, and it pecks his nose!

    One thing I would say to anyone considering getting a few chooks, if you value your garden make sure you build them a run to scratch around in, otherwise kiss goodbye to your lawn and shrubs!
     
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    Are they purely for Eggs Ron?
     
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    Loving the pic of your Peking in the bathroom mate, quality.

    Amb.

    Thought about out getting a couple of Pigs, are they noisy?
     
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    Yeah all layers mate.

    but I am starting a new flock of dual-purpose birds, hence the 5 in the house. I fully recommend hatching chicks and growing them on though great to do with the kids, my mrs is a bit obsessed, wants golden pheasant and peacocks next!

    We have a few guinea fowl knocking about too!
     
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    Came across a couple of guinea fowl in the garden of a pub in Norfolk near my inlaws place, by god they can kick up a racket!

    Got any Ducks mate?
     
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    Your bang on, Guinea fowl are really bloody noisy but if a fox or bird of prey comes sniffing around everything for 10miles knows about it. To be honest other than that they are just an noisy east crapping machine, and aren't much use, but they part of the furniture round here to be honest.

    No ducks mate, apart from the wild ones on the lake, they taste great though(in season obviously)!

    I have friends who keep ducks (Khaki Campbells I think) but they're a bit more awkward to keep than chickens, if you get ducks watch out for the corvids, they don't tend to be so fussy where they lay their eggs and the magpies and crows will have em away.
     
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    Wouldn't have an issue with corvids Ron.

    Fookers would have to have access to a paddy's motorbike or a gas gun to penetrate my poultry houses!

    My chook house is constructed from Herras fencing and chicken wire, even the local Foxes have given up.

    And let me tell you, they are plentiful in numbers too!
     
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