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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past couple of months I have visited 4 different local feed stores, and called several more. All of them have the same story - "They can not get chicks." So I decided to call Murray McMurray Hatchery to get first hand information. Why Murray McMurray Hatchery? Because they are the...
  2. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Guys and gals, what are some of your prepping plans for 2020? This is going to be a small political rant mixed in with prepping related topics. The first thing that comes to mind is the typical beans, bullets and band aids. Beans To address the beans, I would like to expand the fruit orchard...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    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...
  4. 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...
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    How can prepping be a game? Because sometimes you lose, and sometimes you win. The issue is: To try. Get out there and try something. Some people see prepping as stockpiling, or going to the gun range. It is so much more than that. Plant a garden. Go fishing. Go hiking. Go camping...
  6. 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...
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Opened the door of the starter house, and there was a snake in with the chicks. The chicks are a little over a month old. When I built the chicken house, I did everything I could imagine to make sure it was snake proof. I guess it was not snake proof enough. However, the house is around 5...
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Using a havahart live trap and a dog proof raccoon trap. The live trap was baited with dog food and peanut butter - nothing. Raccoon trap was baited with marshmallows - caught a **** last night. A bunch of my chickens are missing. The other night I was out walking around and heard...
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Last night I was walking around doing some videos for a flashlight review when I saw one of my Delaware chickens outside the chicken house and outside the chicken yard. When you see a chicken on the ground running around at night, they are usually trying to get away from something inside the...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Started with 2 chickens as an experiment,now up to 5..lol:D: Kicking around the idea of a few ducks,just to try Chickens are free range during the day,so I'll have to keep the ducklings seperated till they get bigger. I can do the research on how to raise the ducks...but..do you see any...
  11. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    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...
  12. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My new chicks for 2017 6 - Leghorns 3 -Delaware 3 - Silver laced wyandottes This year I decided to stay away from the typical breeds and try something new.
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Two of my Buff Orpingtons went broody. Moved them both to a safe place away from the chicken house. One went to a 6x8 chicken house I no longer use. Other went to a rabbit hutch. One hen abandoned her clutch. Other hen went back to sitting on her eggs.
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Let's share our experience with broody hens. What is a broody hen? It is when a hen sits on eggs in the hope of hatching chicks. She will stop laying eggs while sitting. If all you want is egg production, a sitting hen slows down production. Personally, I want my hens to go broody. That...
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    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...
  16. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    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...
  17. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Farm supply stores are getting their chicks in, what breeds will you be buying this year? February 11 2016 my girlfriend and I bought: 4 - White Leghorns 4 - Rhode Island Reds 8 - Buff Orpington This is my first batch of white leghorns. They are supposed to be egg laying machines and have...
  18. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    The local feed store has Buff Orpington, Black Sex Links (Black Stars) and Production Reds. Are production reds just as good as rhode island reds? I want egg production and am not too concerned about a meat chicken. It would be nice to have a dual purpose chicken for butchering, but I already...
  19. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    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...
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