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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    How are the chicks doing? I have not lost a single one, and they are all doing great. Chicken breeds in this video: Buff Orpington Australorp Barred rock Dominique There are two roosters: Buff Orpington Australorp The rest are hens, a dozen of them. This brings my chicken flock to...
  2. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Three of my hens are sitting on eggs. One of them hatched out a chick. What gets me: Two of the hens are Barred Rocks, which rarely go broody. One is an Australorp. which has a reputation of going broody. My first set of chickens was back around 1987 or 1988. My granny kept chickens, but...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    What are good chicken breeds for a long term shtf / teotwawki situation? Let's consider three traits: Hardiness Dual purpose for meat and egg production Broodiness Hardiness Hardy is defined as, "robust; capable of enduring difficult conditions." The breeds listed should be able to...
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    We got the new order of chicks in Thursday August the 14. Friday while my wife and I were babysitting the grandkids, they decided the new chicks needed a chicken house. So the kids built a chicken house on the kitchen table. Related thread - my next order of chicks The order ended up...
  5. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I am trying to plan what chicks I should get this spring. My wife has already made her list and ordered her chicks. This thread about which chicks I should order. My wife has already ordered 11 Buff Orpingtons including one rooster. I am torn between Dominiques, Rhode Island Reds...
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    What would you consider to be the best overall chicken for a self-sustaining homestead? Lets not limit ourselves to a single breed of chicken. Instead, lets throw out several breeds and discuss the merits of each one. Traits I would look for: Good layers Broody Good forager Good meat bird...
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