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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    A big hole in my preps has been animal feed, as I believe it I for many other people. I only have 6 chickens and 10 ducks, but they provide a critical supply of protein and calorie rich food for my family. When the time comes, how will I feed these guys. I have a relatively small property, and...
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    Anyone grow chokeberry in their chicken yard? Inside my chicken yard is a sweetgum tree. I thought about planting some shrubs under the tree to provide the chickens with protection from hawks and shade. While I am planting, why not plan something that grows an edible fruit? The black...
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    They don't eat bugs and they don't eat scraps. Seriously. This morning I went to let them out and right beside them on the roost was some kind of flying bug. They ignored it. There has been lettuce, celery, and strawberry trimmings in their run for two days and they haven't touched it. Last...
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    My grandmother had a rather large fig tree in her chicken yard. I am thinking about doing the same thing. I like figs, chickens like anything. Chicken manure will provide natural fertilizer. Figs are a good source of Potassium, and are good for making preserves. There is a small sweet gum...
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    Directly behind where the chicken yard is going there is around 3 acres of mixed open field and woods. How can I Landscape sculpt this to provide good forage for the chickens? Something that does not have to be replanted every year. Something that should blend in with pasture and woodland...
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    I'm a newbie to this forum and also a newbie to preparedness and homesteading. This is the first year we have had chickens and I'm learning a lot on another site called backyardchickens.com But, I was wondering, what do you do if for some reason you cannot obtain or cannot afford chicken feed...
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    Do you feed oats to your chickens? If so, do you feed rolled oats, whole oats, quick oats that people eat? For several months I have been giving quick oats that I bought from the local grocery store to the chickens. Yesterday my wife and I bought a 50 pound of whole oats. I usually start my...
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    I'm feeding them commercial feed and scraps. I'd like to supplement their diet with insects - keep them busy too. Thing is, I really can't let them free range around here - neighbors and predators (sometimes one in the same ;) ) They're in a closed in "yard" that is attached to their coop...
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    Seems my chickens have an appetite for yaupon holly leaves. My wife and I moved the chicken coop close to a fence line. After the coop was moved, I noticed they were spending a lot of time in a certain corner of the coop. This corner is opposite the corner they stayed in before the move. So...
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    Natural recycling - feed your chickens table scraps and get eggs in return. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17540287 The leaders of a village in France had an idea on how to reduce organic waste. The answer was to give away chickens. In addition to addition to reducing the amount of...
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    Here's a question that I've wondered if folks have asked themselves... How would you feed your chickens through the winter, if there wasn't a feed store? I've often wondered about this...especially now that we are looking for feeds that do not contain roxarsone, or nitrofuran as additives...
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    I was thinking I'd like to plant a patch for the chickens to graze, or even put up for winter feed. I might plant it over my drain field to guarantee it gets enough water. I was thinking millet might be ideal. Chickens love it and I think it is suppose to be easy to thresh by hand. I should...
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    I got some Chickens a few days ago and converted my dog lot into a chicken coop. I have 4 Rhode Island Red hens and 1 Rooster and 4 Astrlorp hens and 1 Leghorn hen. The last picture is of the Rooster Bullets I go this morning. :rolleyes: Pictures are worth a 1000 words, so let me shut up...
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    Two articles on feeding chickens maggots: Black flies Breeding Fly Maggots for Poultry Feed BTW, the author has a very important caveat for all considering breeding fly maggots at the beginning of the second article that's well worth the read.
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    This article was originally in Backyard Poultry Magazine, but I didn't remember if they'd covered the subject and asked if they would in future, and the author generously told me where to go to read a copy online. Covers grain substitutes, cover crops, carb sources, forage, pasturing and more.
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    A co-worker of mine has 20 hens she is looking to get rid of. They currently have over 100 and are looking to cut down. She wants $2 each and they are all about a year and a half old. I think I may buy atleast 10 of them. Anyone have any good links to information about keeping them? What...
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    Well, we've got about 12 chickens and 3 turkeys running around a 20x40 area with a nice little chicken house out back. Feed is just getting so danged expensive these days, I don't quite know what to do about it. I've considered cultivating the soil with a rake, laying down a pound or so of...
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    I did a search to no avail, so maybe you all can answer this. I intend to allow the chickens to forage during the day then fort up in the coop at night. While supplies exist or are reasonably priced, I will supplement their diet with store bought chicken feed. What if store bought feed was...
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    How long does store bought chicken feed stay good and what is the best way to keep it from spoiling? I currently have 2 18 Gal plastic totes that I fill with 50lbs of lay crumbles, oyster shells, and scratch. I have been considering getting a 55 gal drum and filling it full, but want to make...
  20. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    One way to feed chickens is a maggotry; I believe on another thread someone mentioned the method using a dead animal but this uses spent brewery grains and animal manure instead: http://www.fastonline.org/images/manuals/Animal_Husbandry/Poultry/maggotry.pdf
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