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Virginian
Falls Mills, VA

February 16, 2006
12:29 AM

Post #2047522

Here are a few of my chickens. We had snow this past weekend and today was the first day they could get out of their lot. I try to let them out of their lot on sunny days and when I am around to watch over them. The neighbor's dog used to be a bit of a pest.
Most of my chickens are Rhode Island Reds or Barred Rocks.
What kind of chickens do the rest of you have?

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Virginian
Falls Mills, VA

February 16, 2006
12:35 AM

Post #2047534

Can anyone tell me what type of rooster this bird is? I got it as a 'bonus' from Murray McMurray. Could it be a Wyandotte? He is missing a few tail feathers...the hens pulled them out!

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Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

February 16, 2006
1:51 AM

Post #2047746

If that's a rose comb, he's a Columbian Wyandotte. He's lovely! All your chickens look great. I could watch chickens scratching around and getting into trouble all day... aren't they fun?
Virginian
Falls Mills, VA

February 16, 2006
3:15 AM

Post #2047947

I thought he might be a Columbian Wyandotte too, all I have to go by is the Murray McMurray catalogue. Yeah, chickens are a good hobby, funny to watch too.

I live south of you Zeppy, but I am originally from the Roanoke area. I know there used to be a lot of poultry farms in the Staunton area.
MiniSchnuz
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 16, 2006
12:55 PM

Post #2048400

Beautiful chickens! :o) They're FUN!
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

February 16, 2006
3:35 PM

Post #2048700

I'm ordering those Columbian Wyandottes this year (and some Golden Laced ones, too). I'd love to get Light Sussex (same basic color pattern) but only Sand Hill carries them in this country, and they're not sexed, and I need to get them within a certain time frame. Ah well.

Oh yeah, it's poulty central here. Every time I pass one of those trucks LOADED with chickens it makes me feel sad.
Virginian
Falls Mills, VA

February 17, 2006
1:49 AM

Post #2049995

Zeppy:
We don't slaughter our chickens either...they are really just pets...well fed pets. Sixty of them eat about 12 pounds of scratch a day. I do sell the eggs or barter them for something else. I am going to try raising at least some of my own feed this year; corn and wheat or wry. I have about an acre of winter wheat planted now. If it doesn't grow I will plow it up and plant corn in the Spring.

MiniSchnuz, did you get your flock built back up? Last I heard from you a neighbor's dog had gotten some of your chickens. I hope you got some replacements.
MiniSchnuz
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 17, 2006
9:18 PM

Post #2051923

Our chickens are just pets! We sell eggs and eat them! We don't slaughter ours.. :o)

Virginian ~ We are going to buy a small wood barn shed for the chickens also put fence around with electric wires outside of the fence so chickens won't touch it. We are ordering the chicks in 2 weeks! Oh I can't wait. I love peeps. They're cute. I still have 2 hens ( barred rock). They're BAD! LOL They pulled spider plants out its pots! But still love them anyway! LOL

Virginian
Falls Mills, VA

February 18, 2006
12:36 AM

Post #2052418

LOL at chickens pulling the spider plants out of the pots. They do seem to get into everything don't they? I'll try to take a picture tomorrow of how I strung the wire for the electric fence around my chicken lot. What kind of chickens are you going to purchase?
Virginian
Falls Mills, VA

February 18, 2006
3:06 AM

Post #2052652

Hey Zeppy:
I checked out the Sand Hill web site...its cool. Its good that they are trying to preserve the old breeds. I may have to order some from them myself.
Keith
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

February 21, 2006
8:49 PM

Post #2061115

Very cool birdies VA! As soon as I can rejuvenate the coup and figure out the best way to fence an area, chickens are on our list of must haves. :)
Virginian
Falls Mills, VA

February 22, 2006
1:12 AM

Post #2061757

Thank you Badseed. Yep, chickens are a good hobby, doesn't take as much money to start up as cattle would. A hawk got one of my hens today, grrrrrrrrrrrr.
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

February 22, 2006
10:17 PM

Post #2064056

What pretty birds! How long have you had them???

Chele, have you looked at what kind you're going to get, or are you going to mix it up?

I want some soooo bad... not sure if Randy will go for it.

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Virginian
Falls Mills, VA

February 23, 2006
12:54 AM

Post #2064408

Melissa:
We have had chickens for the past ten years or so. The Rhode Island Reds in the pic were hatched last Aug. I got an order of about 50 of them from Murray McMurray. They are just starting to lay. I got 10 eggs today! The Barred Rocks in the pic are about 18 months old. The Wyandotte rooster was hatched last Aug and arrived with the RIRs.

I got home from work early enough today to turn them out of their pen for an hour or so...they had great fun scratching around the hay field.

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MiniSchnuz
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 24, 2006
6:18 PM

Post #2068275

Virginian.. Beautiful chicken.. I can't wait to have more chickens.. Missing have many around. Planning to order 25 for now. lol
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

February 24, 2006
9:57 PM

Post #2068770

Virginian, I really think I am serious. LOL I started a post on the poultry forum. I am trying to find out if my coop is okay or not.
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

February 25, 2006
2:53 AM

Post #2069489

he he he it helps to have someone poking at you! ;-)
cbrandenburg
Freedom, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 5, 2006
10:17 PM

Post #2089152

How do you get your chickens back in there coop? We have 11 hens and 1 rooster. At first we let them free range until they wouldn't stay out of the neighbors driveway. My neighbor don't like my chickens!! So we built them a coop and fenced in area for them, but I would like to let them out this summer so they can eat the grasshoppers, they were terrible last summer. I tried last summer to let them out for a couple of hours a day, but they would not go back in the coop for me, they would fly into the trees, a few had to sleep in the trees because they would not come down and when it got dark I gave up trying to catch them. I'm hoping this summer since they have been in there coop for so long they will want to go back with out a chase. I guess what I want to know is how do you train your chicken? LOL. DH wants to hatch a few more and maybe I can train them to go back into there coop.

Cathy
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

March 5, 2006
10:41 PM

Post #2089205

I think what you did (keeping them in the coop so long) is as close to training as you'll get. Let us know what happens. A bossy rooster with a strong sense of home can help.
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

March 6, 2006
12:20 AM

Post #2089385

Cathy...if you let them out, be sure to train them by throwing out some scratch in the area of their coop, near their door, just before the day ends (and before they start seeking shelter in the trees!). This will cause them to come to that area. You should also have a light on in the coop (a 40 watt bulb will be fine) and they will be naturally attracted to the light and go in on their own. Once they do this a few nites, or a week, they should seek their coop on their own.

I have a timer on my light, it comes on just before dark, maybe an hr or so, and then goes off a designated time after dark.

Shoe.
cbrandenburg
Freedom, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 6, 2006
1:08 PM

Post #2090501

Thank you. I will use a light, never heard that. Wow if that helps I will be so happy. I do have a timer, I think I'll give it a try this weekend. I'll use the scratch also. Chickens are wonderful, I love all my girls and hate to see them penned up all the time. My chickens love cabbage as a treat, I buy them 2 heads a week and give them half of a head every other day. Maybe I can entice them in there with there cabbage if they don't want to get in there coop. This weekend I'll see what happens and let you know. Thanks for all your help.

Yes, that rooster can be bossy, maybe he will help. He wasn't around when the girls were getting into trouble.
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

March 6, 2006
4:09 PM

Post #2090837

Yep, chickens LUV greens! Being the miser that I am though, instead of buying their greens I just drive around behind the store to their dumpsters...there is usually quite a large amount of produce thrown out, often times sitting in boxes. Just grab a box and go. Some stores will let you have it, some won't. Personally, I don't even ask anymore...if it's been thrown out, they obviously don't want it so I bless my chickens w/it (especially in the winter time when I don't have many greens/garden scraps to feed them).

cbrandenburg
Freedom, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 6, 2006
4:35 PM

Post #2090883

LOL, I should try dumster diving, never thought of that. They also love chick weed, and I pick that on off days, that is if theres no snow or it's not frozen. In the spring/summer I pick up cabbage and other produce at the flea markets, much cheaper than the supermarket.
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

March 7, 2006
1:56 AM

Post #2092073

Yay! Always nice to meet another miser! Good going! :>)
hag49
China Spring, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2006
11:56 AM

Post #2092719

MiniSchnuz, we received our 45 "exotics" yesterday from McMurray. They are precious. They were in excellent health, survived the trip fine and started eating and drinking immediately. We babysat them for the first couple of hours to make sure there was no dehydration. So far, so good. We have a few of many different breeds. I ordered frizzled as well as some of all their exotics. I ordered 15 bantams and the rest regular size. Those little bantams are soooo feisty. Way too cute. Enjoy yours when you get them. They're precious.
hilary
MiniSchnuz
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 7, 2006
4:23 PM

Post #2093271

Hilary... Things have changed! I won't be able to order chicks until next spring. I made a choice so we went and bought me a new tiller so I can have gardens! :o) My two hen better stay out of my garden or they will end up stay in the pen the whole times! LOL But they are good helper with bugs anyway!
TamaraFaye
Fritch, TX
(Zone 6b)

March 8, 2006
2:33 AM

Post #2094712

MiniShnuz

you might consider some guineas. they can help with bugs, and NOT eat in the garden LOL

tf
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

March 8, 2006
11:03 AM

Post #2095164

Seriously, TF, guineas won't take a bite of tomato or nibble on the peas? And they don't scratch? I have a new batch of garden-destroyers arriving in April. :)

hmmmmmm
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 8, 2006
12:25 PM

Post #2095321

My DD has horses, dogs, cats, chickens, etc., and also had a plague of ticks. She bought a dozen guineas who cleaned up the ticks in record time! Now they keep her garden bugless and also warn when the hawks are in the area looking for chickens. Truly an all purpose bird!
Pati
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

March 8, 2006
1:03 PM

Post #2095437

Y'all stop it now. I've got enough birds.

So... will guineas roost in the chicken house? Need any special accomodations? Very noisy at night, or just daytime?
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

March 8, 2006
2:22 PM

Post #2095607

Yes... tell me more about the guineas... tick free, bug free sounds goods... won't the chickens eat the same things?
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 8, 2006
2:39 PM

Post #2095643

Uh, I guess I misled you all! I am a Farm Life lurker, and my daughter tells me about her adventures "homesteading". I have NO direct knowledge of any farm critters. LOL

I do know her Guineas had their own house, but chose to roost in the trees and on the BBQ on the patio. They are only really noisey when sounding alarms and such. Apparently they sleep all night. They hang out with the horses most of the time, I guess their feet stir up bugs.

There are DG'ers posting on this Forum that actually have Guineas. I bet if someone started a thread titled "Need info on Guineas" you could get a lot of information.
Thanks for letting me lurk!
Pati

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