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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone here have experience with the Zareba brand solar powered electric fences? The solar panel is supposed to charge a battery, and the battery runs the fence. The one I am looking at is the Zareba 5 Mile Solar Fence Charger...
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    In February and March of 2014 my wife and I bought a bunch of Rhode Island Red pullets. Mixed in with those pullets was a rooster. We already had two roosters so my wife and I loaned the Rhode Island rooster to my cousin. One of my cousins Australorp hens went broody and has been sitting on a...
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    I went outside today and saw a Red-tailed hawk lusting over my laying hens. We got 6' woven wire around them with 4' of chicken wire inside of that with chicken wire completely laced in on the bottom to discourage the weasels. We have deer netting over top of them but we are gonna replace it...
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    Sunday morning I woke up, let the chickens out, went back inside, crawled back in bed and went back to sleep. Around 8:30 my wife heard something, looked outside and saw feathers all over the front yard. She told me to get up that something had gotten the chickens. I got up, got a shirt and...
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    Tell me about the New Hampshire Reds. Anyone here have first hand experience with them? My wife and I are looking to buy maybe 2 dozen chicks, this is to offset losing almost half my flock to predators. In a previous thread we talked about the best dual purpose chicken breeds. Where does the...
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    What is a good field fence for chickens? I am about to pull my hair out trying to pick between goat fence and field fence. Field fence - http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/general-purpose-field-fence-6-in-vertical-stays-47-in-h-12-1-2-ga-filler-wire Goat fence -...
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    List your favorite types of dual purpose chickens. My wife and I are getting ready to order a batch of chicks. Yes I know chicks are supposed to be ordered during the spring, but oh well. After a fox killed off half our flock we need to order some more. We are looking for good egg layers...
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    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...
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    I am having issues with hawks & our chickens. They keep stealing our chickens. I have shot a few but every month or so a new one shows up & makes off with a chicken or three before I can catch them in the act & put some shot in them. Does anyone have a more viable solution to dealing with these...
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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...
  11. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    When my wife and I moved to the farm in august 2013, we arrived with 13 hens. The hens were a little over a year and a half old. Those 13 hens were laying around 9 – 10 eggs a day. With that 9 – 10 eggs a day I tried to estimate how many chickens and eggs my family would need during a long...
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    The chickens were in their yard but she got out somehow. It looks like the puppies were trying to pull her feathers out and pulled a couple of sections of flesh off. There is a piece of missing flash under her wing and another section close to her vent. Each section is about 3 inches across...
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Chicken hawks are killing my chickens. I have come to the conclusion hawks are like democrats. You work to build something and they want to take it away from you. My wife and I are getting ready to expand the chicken yard. When it is done we are looking at around 200 X 100 feet. I thought...
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Somehow one of my 2 year old Rhode Island Reds got out of the chicken yard. The puppies saw the hen and started to play with it. Luckily this happened after my wife and I had got home from work and I just happened to be looking out the back window. The hen is missing a lot of feathers on her...
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    Out of respect for the chicken I am not posting any pictures of the body. I know it is just a chicken, but all life should be respected. In the past 2 weeks my wife and I have lost 3 chickens. Overall we have lost something like 5 or 6 chickens. 1 Speckled Sussex about a year and a half old 1...
  16. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    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...
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    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...
  18. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My wife and I got our first new chicks of 2014, 6 Buff Orpingtons and 6 Australorps. Circle 3 Feed here in Jasper Texas got an early shipment of chicks. Usually the chicks do not start shipping until late February and early March, which is when Kristy (my wife) and I got our first set of chicks...
  19. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Greetings, We just got 2 days ago by mail 10 new baby chicks(5 blacks 5 yellows). It is a non stop learning experience to become a gentleman farmer...:eek: Last year we got 10 and lost only one because of a twisted neck. (I have no idea if this is that one, but yesterday I had to pick up a...
  20. 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...
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