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War is coming, buy chickens

 
Ana Aoa
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06/20/2019 12:33 AM
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Seriously, it takes six months before they are old enough to lay eggs.

And you won't be able to get them in the fall. Hatcheries are selling out now.
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Many local jurisdictions have made it illegal to raise and keep chickens. Seems like a great plan until big gov't comes to euthanize your birds. Search "California birds euthanized"..... The gov't does what they want. Plus, most can't take care of a dog well, let alone a chicken....
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06/20/2019 12:23 PM
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I have a relative that went all out with chickens. They had brooders and were raising them. They had a total of fifty of them. They sold some of the hen's eggs to get them feed for the winter time.

Problem they had were predators. There are fox and chicken hawks where we live. They killed off all the hens and within one year they had no more chickens...

So even if you have chickens for food and barter, they could be wiped out by predators...
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Not theses kind of chickens.

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I have a six foot chicken wire fence with a hot wire from the fence charger on top. Concrete poured on the base of the wire.

I wish I had video of the day our tomcat decided to bite the hot wire. He was frozen there pulsing with the current until Wifey pried his jaws off it with a broomstick.

Cat used up at least 3 of his 9 lives, but he survived.

BTW, we have hawks and owls that want to eat my birds as well. I have a giant net bought if that becomes a problem. However, my chickens know to hide under trees when they see such birds about.

Only real predator problem is the Texas Rat Snake eating eggs. When I catch them I cut them up for the chickens to eat.
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It is important to provide cover for chickens to hide under when they see birds of prey. Mine free range, but I keep their coop close to the house. So the only tine I worry about predators is late winter/early spring when the predators get desperate enough to risk coming close to the house.
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Re: War is coming, buy chickens
Seriously, it takes six months before they are old enough to lay eggs.

And you won't be able to get them in the fall. Hatcheries are selling out now.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 77740998


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Many local jurisdictions have made it illegal to raise and keep chickens. Seems like a great plan until big gov't comes to euthanize your birds. Search "California birds euthanized"..... The gov't does what they want. Plus, most can't take care of a dog well, let alone a chicken....
 Quoting: Ana Aoa 76585326


You can set up a brooder in your garage. All you need is an infrared light to keep them warm, a wood box with pine shaving for bedding, and food and water.

Breeders ship day old chicks through the US mail. When you pick them up at the post office, you just need to dip their beaks in the water to teach them to drink and they will figure out the rest.

The roosters won't be old enough to crow for six months. If war does come, you will be glad you have them. If war does not come, you can make chicken dinner.
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06/20/2019 12:36 PM
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Broody Hen types (50 % rule)

Brahmas – cold and heat hardy breed, decent layer, frequently goes broody and makes a good mother.
Chantecler – an extremely cold hardy breed, decent layer, often broody and good mother.
Cochins – a cold hardy breed that lays few eggs, makes an excellent broody hen and mother.
Cubalaya – an aggressive breed that lays few eggs, is tolerant of heat and often goes broody.
Dominique – a decent layer and cold hardy breed that is fairly broody and makes a good mother.
Dorking – a decent laying breed that is often broody and makes a good mother.
Marans – a decent laying breed that is often broody.
Orpington – a decent layer, very cold hardy, frequently goes broody and makes an excellent mother.
Silkies – a very docile breed that lays few eggs and are more likely to go broody than most hens.
Sussex – a cold hardy breed that lays well, often broody and makes a good mother. [link to newhomesteadersalmanac.com (secure)]
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One of my best broodies was a Black Australorpe. Great mother to raise the chicks. Very attentive and taught the chicks well. Some broodies are not good Mama's. I've had to take chicks away from a bad mother hen before.

FWIW-My Brahma has never gone broody.
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Broody Hen types (50 % rule)

Brahmas – cold and heat hardy breed, decent layer, frequently goes broody and makes a good mother.
Chantecler – an extremely cold hardy breed, decent layer, often broody and good mother.
Cochins – a cold hardy breed that lays few eggs, makes an excellent broody hen and mother.
Cubalaya – an aggressive breed that lays few eggs, is tolerant of heat and often goes broody.
Dominique – a decent layer and cold hardy breed that is fairly broody and makes a good mother.
Dorking – a decent laying breed that is often broody and makes a good mother.
Marans – a decent laying breed that is often broody.
Orpington – a decent layer, very cold hardy, frequently goes broody and makes an excellent mother.
Silkies – a very docile breed that lays few eggs and are more likely to go broody than most hens.
Sussex – a cold hardy breed that lays well, often broody and makes a good mother. [link to newhomesteadersalmanac.com (secure)]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 77740998


One of my best broodies was a Black Australorpe. Great mother to raise the chicks. Very attentive and taught the chicks well. Some broodies are not good Mama's. I've had to take chicks away from a bad mother hen before.

FWIW-My Brahma has never gone broody.
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Good to know! I had a dominique who was an excellent mother.
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06/20/2019 12:55 PM

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Cool thread. My buff orpingtons always turn out to be the best broody hens, but you can never tell which ones will take to it and which ones will just keep on ignoring the clutches.
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Buff Orphingtons and Lavender Orphintons are are my favorite. They come in many colors.
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They also do well in cold climates. Orpington love! It's a good idea to separate breeders with a higher brooding drive, from egg layers and meat birds.

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06/20/2019 01:45 PM
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Seriously, it takes six months before they are old enough to lay eggs.

And you won't be able to get them in the fall. Hatcheries are selling out now.
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I gots me a KFC right down the street. I can gets me all the chicken I want.
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06/20/2019 01:50 PM

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Cool thread. My buff orpingtons always turn out to be the best broody hens, but you can never tell which ones will take to it and which ones will just keep on ignoring the clutches.
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That and the Orpingtons are very cuddly and pretty

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06/20/2019 01:59 PM

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Famine; search GLP for adapt 2030

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Love that channel!
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07/15/2019 06:39 PM
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Re: War is coming, buy chickens
Seriously, it takes six months before they are old enough to lay eggs.

And you won't be able to get them in the fall. Hatcheries are selling out now.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 77740998


Our pullets have just started laying.

We have 7 black sexlink and 3 red sexlink plus 6 Buff Orpington, for a total of 16 pullets.
Its fun watching their eggs get bigger fast.

We have 10 older laying hens too.
We anticipate some days with 2 dozen eggs.

Will not be selling but giving to relatives and friends in need.
Our cleaning lady gets a dozen farm eggs as a tip.

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Chickens are an asset that utilize garden/kitchen waste.

Chicken poo is possibly the best fertilizer if you let it sit for an extended period.