Raising chickens

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I've noticed them not laying for a few days when the temperatures get high/hot; especially when they are nearing the end of their laying life (~2 good years). Also, the type of food will cause them to miss a day or two. However, I don't think I've had one stop for a week then begin again.

Which brings up Roger who tapered off laying then stopped completely. She laid good for two years, including winters. She got really mean after she stopped. Just recently she was keeping the other young hens from drinking and in my aggravation I tossed her out of the coup. I'm sorry to report (Evo) that I forgot to put her back in and the next morning....feathers, lots.

RIP Roger :cry:
Grandpa had one go "broody" like that. We kids (I was little then) brought home six new chicks from the feed store and slipped them under her one night. Next morning she was a new mom - clucking and teaching them to scratch. An ol' blacksnake got two of them but she raised the other four that summer. Total personality transformation.

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Was she just outside on her own?
Yea. It was my fault forgetting she was out.
 
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Grandpa had one go "broody" like that. We kids (I was little then) brought home six new chicks from the feed store and slipped them under her one night. Next morning she was a new mom - clucking and teaching them to scratch. An ol' blacksnake got two of them but she raised the other four that summer. Total personality transformation.

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Cool story. I had a blacksnake eating eggs once. That was years ago though.
 
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We are now down to one (very badass) hen, due to hawks :frown:. So today my husband and I finished putting netting over the whole chicken yard, about 50' X 20'.

The lone hen is now happily out in the open, under the safety of the netting. She hasn't been out like this in weeks. She'd been staying inside the shelter of the coop, or under some dense bushes.

Now that the area is safe from coyotes and hawks, we'll get more hens. I prefer to get adults. Chicks are cute, but I'd rather have eggs than cuteness.
 
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We are now down to one (very badass) hen, due to hawks :frown:. So today my husband and I finished putting netting over the whole chicken yard, about 50' X 20'.

The lone hen is now happily out in the open, under the safety of the netting. She hasn't been out like this in weeks. She'd been staying inside the shelter of the coop, or under some dense bushes.

Now that the area is safe from coyotes and hawks, we'll get more hens. I prefer to get adults. Chicks are cute, but I'd rather have eggs than cuteness.
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We are now down to one (very badass) hen, due to hawks :frown:. So today my husband and I finished putting netting over the whole chicken yard, about 50' X 20'.

The lone hen is now happily out in the open, under the safety of the netting. She hasn't been out like this in weeks. She'd been staying inside the shelter of the coop, or under some dense bushes.

Now that the area is safe from coyotes and hawks, we'll get more hens. I prefer to get adults. Chicks are cute, but I'd rather have eggs than cuteness.
Welcome to the club of hen loss. I only have one old hen left that lays occasionally. I plan on getting some chicks as soon as they arrive at TSC. I'll have cuteness and in about 5 months, eggs. I use to buy older hens at country sales but they were usually being sold because they were at the end of their productive lifes. I buy the red chickens as I like the large brown eggs.
 
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Some new editions. This time I bought two white pullets. The other four are Road Island Reds.

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AWWWW!!! I hope they fair better and are not fox and hawk snacks.
 
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Get some silkies!!!
 

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Get some silkies!!!
...and name them Tina I, Tina II, etc.

In honor of Tina Turner, circa 1985 :biggrin:.

http://rokpool.com/files/artist/JPEG_image_Tina_Turner.jpg?0 [Broken]

She's fantastic!
 
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Get some silkies!!!
...and name them Tina I, Tina II, etc.

In honor of Tina Turner, circa 1985 :biggrin:.

http://rokpool.com/files/artist/JPEG_image_Tina_Turner.jpg?0 [Broken]

She's fantastic!
Awesome. I'll have to put some audio equipment in the coop so I can play them this. :approve:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7COj6PF6ftE
 
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Awesome. I'll have to put some audio equipment in the coop so I can play them this. :approve:
:!!) that made my head move like a chicken's, haha!
 
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Nice. But my chickens make big messes. Grain, feathers, and poop everywhere. I could never get away with cleaning only once per season. Stupid chickens.
 

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