First, how do I know it was a hawk?
The bones were picked clean. If it were a canine or cat, there would have been bite marks. With a canine, chances are the bones would have been eaten.
The heart was laying next to the chicken. If this had been a dog or cat, then the heart would have been...
2016 I bought either 22 or 24 chicks, a feral cat killed just about all of the them. The first ones to go missing were the white leghorns.
Late January 2017 I bought 6 leghorns, 3 delawares and 3 silver laced wyandottes.
At around 7 weeks old I moved them from the small chicken house out to...
One of my Australorp hens went broody and the chicks have started hatching. They are in one of the laying boxes in the chicken house, which is about 3 feet off the floor.
Can I move her and the chicks to a temporary home?
Or maybe build her a box that sits on the floor of the chicken house...
Something is taking my 3 month old chicks out of the house, eating the meat off the neck and killing the chicks. I found 2 of the chicks, a buff orpington and a rhode island red. Both chicks were intact, except for the neck area which had been eaten.
In the past week around 9 chicks have come...
Shortly after I moved to the farm 2 years ago a coyote started picking off my chickens. He was able to steal 3 or 4 before I spotted him but was unable to get a shot off. The coyote wised up and took a break for a little bit. The recently he started coming back and stole several chickens.
Chickens would be great farm animals for SHTF if they were not so stupid. The honest truth is they will find a way to get themselves killed.
Build them a nice cage and they will find a way to get out.
They will wander away from the flock and get killed.
They will stay out to dusk, right when...
What are good chicken breeds for a long term shtf / teotwawki situation?
Let's consider three traits:
Dual purpose for meat and egg production
Hardy is defined as, "robust; capable of enduring difficult conditions."
The breeds listed should be able to...
Have you tried putting chicks under a broody hen?
Friday May 22nd my wife and I bought some chicks from a local farm supply store. It just so happens we also have a broody Buff Orpington, but no rooster in that yard. We had two roosters but dogs killed them several months ago.
I wanted to look at one of my Dominickers last weekend. So I caught one in the chicken house, was looking at it, when it bit me.
This thing latched on and would not let go.
The bite was not painful. More to the point this girl is not going to put up with any crap.
Of course my wife took a...
The thread title says all, but I need to explain in a little more detail
When my wife and I moved to the farm in July - August 2013 we brought with us 13 hens. These hens were a year and a half old.
Between February - March 2014 my wife and I bought around 20 chicks.
We are back to 13 hens...
What is the best way to secure a chicken house from predators?
My wife and I are having a carport put in that we are going to turn into a chicken house.
For the past 2 years chicken house security has not been a real issue as the chickens are totally enclosed. The current chicken house is up...
Who here wishes to contribute to a chick weight / growth chart?
In my possession I have buffs, rhode island reds and australorp chicks. All of them are less than a week old.
Yesterday I weighed a random selection of the chicks and recorded the weight in ounces. Ounces did not seem to be...
My wife has 11 Buffs on the way including one rooster. When we pick the buffs up from the feed store I am probably going to get another rooster and some more pullets, but not sure which kind of rooster to get. We will probably walk away with around 20 chicks that day.
The feed store will...
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...
My two silver laced wyandottes are teaming up on my new rooster.
They work together to corner the rooster, then attack it.
They position themselves on the roost so the rooster can not get to the flock.
This does not seem to be pecking order behavior, at least to me, it looks more like...
My wife and I moved to a rural area a couple of weeks ago, which means the chickens went from a 6 X 18 run, to several acres of free range. The hens have a mixture of wooded areas and open field.
A good number of the hens seem to be moulting. Some have recovered their feathers, while others...
What would you consider the best three chicken breeds for a small farm?
For the sake of discussion lets look at dual purpose for meat and egg production.
My personal favorites are Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red and Australorp.
My wife likes the Buff Orpington.
When my wife and I get moved to...
I am about to lose my religion, three chicken snakes in less than a week.
snake #1 - 6 feet long
snake #2 - around 24 inches long
snake #3 - around 5 feet 10 inches
I have to start closing the chicken coop as soon as the chickens go up. Two of the snakes were found shortly after dark, 1 in...
How do you ensure genetic diversity in a homestead chicken flock?
A few weeks ago a buddy of mine and I were talking about the genetic health of a chicken flock during a complete collapse of society. Such as a WROL (without rule or law) or TEOTWAWKI situation. One of my long term goals is...