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Chickens on the homestead

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by sumi, May 26, 2017.

  1. Sep 10, 2017
    NH Homesteader

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    I wish you lived closer, I have 6 I would give you so I don't have to deal with them!
     
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    And I'd take those off your hands in a jiff! :D You don't want to eat them yourself?

    You'd be amazed...or maybe not...at how many folks feel just that way. They have retired hens they don't want to kill, but they need an infusion of new layers....so, what to do with the oldsters? Usually I can pick up whole flocks of hens for $1 ea. and roosters for free. That's meat I didn't have to feed from chick to adult, so it makes me pretty happy.

    I just feed them for awhile on fermented feed and free range until their meat tastes better than the commercial feeds they've been eating renders it and then they get canned into a jar. It's a mercy for many of them, as they start to have reproductive issues around 2 1/2-3 yrs of age.
     
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    I have no issues with doing it, we just have 20 meat birds and a bunch of cockerels and I don't feel like dealing with that many birds. For hens, I have 4 NH's and 2 undersized Jersey Giants to cull and the NH's are aggressive to my more docile hens so I am annoyed with them. There are only a few hens that get permanent life status here, because we like them enough to keep feeding them!
     
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  4. Sep 11, 2017
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    Got the spare pen ready for an influx of birds. It's smaller than I would like for that many birds, so I'll likely only keep them penned there for a week until they acclimate, then they will be let out to free range all day and just sleep in there at night.
     
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    Was wondering about your hen with the toe thing...any changes since treating her?

    After getting these spent hens this past week, I can fully see why you see a HUGE germ fest when seeing chickens....these birds were absolutely filthy, they stank like dead things and had poop balls encrusted on their toes. :sick

    I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around eating such a thing, though I know they will clean right up after a month on free range living...but, for now, they are incredibly filthy, germ ridden beasts. :eek: I can't imagine eating an egg that came out of one of these hens....the dogs are feasting on the eggs as of now. Gonna have to get a lot cleaner looking and smelling, eat a lot of FF and free range a long while before I'd partake of anything that came out of one of them. Ick.
     
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    That, is gross. Ughh. My chickens don't look like that and I still think they're gross lol. My husband used to process birds for people (now only a few friends) and this one batch he didn't even want to put through his equipment. The smell... I couldn't even be near them. Why do people think that's ok? Ugh

    We haven't caught her yet. She's acting normal and I kind of forgot to bug my husband about it.
     
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  7. Sep 14, 2017 at 4:42 AM
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    Well did my twice yearly chicken nail grooming this evening. Silkies tend to get long nails, most especially that 5th toenail. 34 silkies had to be done. It goes quick.

    One hen had the start of a bumble on a foot pad and I removed it. I'll keep an eye on her. It should be fine now.

    I had a cockerel that had started biting on Sunday and continued to on Monday. He was super friendly and would follow me around. Nothing physically wrong with him. I gave him a haircut Monday so he could see since he has the largest crest I've ever seen on a male. The biting stopped and he's back to following me and being sweet. I think the other boys were taking advantage of his vision issue.
     
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