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    Grin Our Chickens!

    We currently have 5 chickens, we get an average of 3-4 eggs a day. We started out with 10 but 1 died the first night we got them and the rest just disappeared along with 1 cockrel.

    They are so much happier to lay eggs now the cock has gone!

    Does any one else have chickens?

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    When I was younger and lived further north we kept chickens - I found them terribly fun as a child. We also had horses and a few other animals. I absolutely love living in a rural setting.

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    We have 4 chickens. Since we live in a suburban setting, we expirimented with different breeds to get the quietest ones. Speckled Sussex seem to be nearly silent, though they don't lay quite as often as the others (and don't lay the cool green eggs like the Americauna).

    Chickens get taken by predators, even in urban settings, easier than imaginable. We buried the chicken wire a foot under the ground and bent a little inwards, so nothing can dig underneath.

    Eggs from your own chickens are amazing, aren't they? Thick and orange-yolked and way better than anything at the store, even "organic." And those suckers are hard to break open! Must be all the bugs and plants they eat as the wander around the backyard.

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    I don't have chickens yet, even though living on 25 acres I have no excuse to not have chickens. I guess it's me just being lazy. I do raise Scottish Highland Cattle though, and we're eating our way through our first slaughtered calf. It's really good meat. Even if having the deed done was really, really hard. I should get my butt in gear and get some chickens.

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    I am striving to be more self sufficient and have 9 chooks. At the present time only 1 is old enough to lay but, she is laying every day.

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    I just 'inherited' five chickens today from a woman who had to get rid of hers due to a move. Should be interesting. If this goes well, we'll add more.

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    How do you tell the fertilised eggs from the unfertilised ones you can eat, I mean if you have a cockerel there too...?
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    My grandparents have chickens but since they live in a rural area they are doing it on a large scale.
    I've visited them last weekend and right now they have around 80 ready to hatch.

    Quote Originally Posted by Willow View Post
    How do you tell the fertilised eggs from the unfertilised ones you can eat, I mean if you have a cockerel there too...?
    After a while that the fertilization happened you can see it by holding the egg against a stronger source of light, you should see a black spot in the center of the egg which is the fertilized cell, usually unfertilized eggs don't have it, but be careful with the light, do that only in the evening and for a real short period of time. The inner cells are quite sensitive to light and heat changes.

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    What a good thread...

    I used to keep Rhode Island Reds, a few Barred Rocs and some Buffs. I never kept a rooster at all. There were always plenty of eggs!

    We never "over-wintered" any birds, so it is a little strange to imagine bringing in new pullets in February. How cold is it were you guys are at? Cold really affects the layers.

    A good first step to bring up chickens is to take measures to eliminate their predators. I never heard of a weasel that couldn't get thru chickenwire.

    Domesticated dogs are a problem too for the suburban fowler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willow View Post
    How do you tell the fertilised eggs from the unfertilised ones you can eat, i mean if you have a cockerel there too...?
    If the eggs are collected every day you can eat both.

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