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Anyone else raise chickens?

My wife and I have 57 chickens. Other then the coop cost they are self sustaining. We sell the eggs we don't use and that more then pays for their feed. I stuck 40 eggs in our new incubator a couple nights ago for a hatch on Thanksgiving. They will live for about 6 to 8 weeks and then hit my freezer....lol.
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-05-2010, 01:53 PM
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My grandparents used to raise chickens. So, every now and then we'd have to drive a few hours to go slaughter the dang things all day. Man I hated that as a kid. Then of course for dinner grandma would make........chicken.....the last thing I wanted to see on my plate after butchering them all day.
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yeah I have about 60 soon to be more as I have a few broodies at the moment. I am actually making an incubator at the moment. It will have a 560 egg capacity auto turn I have plans drawn up on sketchup and as soon as I have a few other large projects finished I plan on starting on this one...

I actually run a business where I make sell and rent pens and the whole cashizzle (package). So my numbers are constantly changing.
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This thread brings back memories of the day that when you broke an egg into a skilett the white didn't run all over and the yoke was dark yellow sometimes there were even two .
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We buy our eggs from a local, and we were going to get some chickens this spring but I dunno what happened. She wanted to get some guineas too because we had so many grasshoppers this year.

We had a bumper crop of praying mantis this year too and because the inside of my shop is white, and at night they (and every other insect) were drawn inside, I had plenty of them to transplant to her garden. They generally stayed put too.


I don't know what happened to the chicken idea though. I reckon we'll still get some. i think she expected me to build some coops or something like that! Got to build tops on them or the Hawks & Eagles will carry them off.






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We buy our eggs from a local, and we were going to get some chickens this spring but I dunno what happened. She wanted to get some guineas too because we had so many grasshoppers this year.

We had a bumper crop of praying mantis this year too and because the inside of my shop is white, and at night they (and every other insect) were drawn inside, I had plenty of them to transplant to her garden. They generally stayed put too.


I don't know what happened to the chicken idea though. I reckon we'll still get some. i think she expected me to build some coops or something like that! Got to build tops on them or the Hawks & Eagles will carry them off.






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All I can say is make sure you do it right once. It makes looking after them sooooo much easier and improves their living conditions. I use fruit tree netting over my runs which keeps the birds at bay. I also have a freind who runs an electric fence wire approx 100mm off the ground around her pens to keep wild dogs (foxes) from digging underneath.

I am just about to build a very large run for some of my birds and can you believe it after I cleared a recently fallen large coral tree from the site which almost squished my new $1500 aviary in front of me another one fell in the same spot and it can't even be burn't
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I tried raising chickens once, bought 200 bitties and didn't have any luck with them they all died. I talked to a neighbor who raised chickens and he asked me what i thought happened, i told him i wasn't sure wheather i planted them to deep or to close together .
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When I was young, during WWII, we built a chicken coop and had our own chickens. It was really nice having those fresh eggs and some tender, young fried chicken. After we got rid of the chickens I turned the chicken house into a rabbitry.

After I retired from the Air Force I purchased a Feed & Seed store. We not only sold feed but also the chicken biddies and turkey pults. I would have people come in and tell me they chicken/turkey they killed to eat was too dry and strings. I would ask them what they were feeding and it would turn out they were only feeding laying mash/pellets. Without corn or chicken scratch the birds were not getting any feed to produce fat.

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We had a rooster when I was a kid. Eggs tasted like sh!t.










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we have a dozen barred rock, great eggs and almost as good therapy watching them as woodworking or playing the banjo
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My brother in law used to raise them just for the meat, but he quit because the price of chicken around here is so cheap its not economical.

I bought eggs from him once. They gave me diarrhea.
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