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keeping chickens

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 6:39 am
by SiWolKe
The small chicks I will get to be my first chicken hatched some days ago ( at a friend`s) and now learn from their mother the hard life :D

I bought a used chicken house to restore and ordered a fence ,which comes in 3 weeks.

So today I constructed a Worm Breeder to feed the chicken with worms in winter ( the worms are fed from my kitchen). An insulated worm Breeder!
I read you can feed the worms everything chicken won´t digest but with the help of worms they are never poisoned, eating the worms.

Second I mowed some grass on my property to make hay for nice nests for them. They will need some time to develop to lay ,but that´s ok with me.
I love chicken, I look forward to have them. I don´t believe I will ever eat one. Rather I eat the worms... ;)

Re: keeping chickens

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 5:28 pm
by GregV
SiWolKe wrote:The small chicks I will get to be my first chicken hatched some days ago ( at a friend`s) and now learn from their mother the hard life :D

I bought a used chicken house to restore and ordered a fence ,which comes in 3 weeks.

So today I constructed a Worm Breeder to feed the chicken with worms in winter ( the worms are fed from my kitchen). An insulated worm Breeder!
I read you can feed the worms everything chicken won´t digest but with the help of worms they are never poisoned, eating the worms.

Second I mowed some grass on my property to make hay for nice nests for them. They will need some time to develop to lay ,but that´s ok with me.
I love chicken, I look forward to have them. I don´t believe I will ever eat one. Rather I eat the worms... ;)


Chickens are cool and easy to keep.
I would love to have the real eggs (not mass-produced stuff).
My kids would love to have them, but I don't know what to do with them when they out of their egg-laying prime (I don't want to be called a butcher).
:)

Just bees for now.

Re: keeping chickens

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 10:05 am
by Ferdi
Very good idea, which I would love to do one day (I would definitely eat mine :D ). By the way; if you let your chickens enter your apiary they will eat the dead bees, so there will be kind of natural recycling.

Re: keeping chickens

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 2:35 pm
by Nordak
Ferdi wrote:Very good idea, which I would love to do one day (I would definitely eat mine :D ). By the way; if you let your chickens enter your apiary they will eat the dead bees, so there will be kind of natural recycling.

My neighbor has free roaming chickens, they are always scratching around the hives looking for a free meal. It always tickles me when one or two hang around too close to the entrance when the bees have tired of their presence. Chickens squawking and running around. Quite the spectacle.

Re: keeping chickens

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 2:56 pm
by GregV
Nordak wrote:
Ferdi wrote:Very good idea, which I would love to do one day (I would definitely eat mine :D ). By the way; if you let your chickens enter your apiary they will eat the dead bees, so there will be kind of natural recycling.

My neighbor has free roaming chickens, they are always scratching around the hives looking for a free meal. It always tickles me when one or two hang around too close to the entrance when the bees have tired of their presence. Chickens squawking and running around. Quite the spectacle.


From the childhood I remember vividly - chickens following us to the hives once we get dressed up.
They knew what was coming - delicious drone brood! :D

Re: keeping chickens

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 8:30 pm
by SiWolKe
Nordak wrote:
Ferdi wrote:Very good idea, which I would love to do one day (I would definitely eat mine :D ). By the way; if you let your chickens enter your apiary they will eat the dead bees, so there will be kind of natural recycling.

My neighbor has free roaming chickens, they are always scratching around the hives looking for a free meal. It always tickles me when one or two hang around too close to the entrance when the bees have tired of their presence. Chickens squawking and running around. Quite the spectacle.


Where I live I will have them behind a fence, my garden is too civilized, but when I´m in the outyards I will take them with me in a dog transportation box.

We will construct a chicken tractor, this is a mobile voliere you can push from one place to another.
There are too many predators to let them go free and without shelter.

Re: keeping chickens

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:25 am
by SiWolKe
I got them.

First day one escaped already and one flew over the fence (1.80m).
:lol:
They keep me occupied!

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Re: keeping chickens

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:51 pm
by Michael Bush
>I read you can feed the worms everything chicken won´t digest

Well, I suppose a chicken won't eat dirt... and can't eat bones unless you grind them up, but other than that they will eat anything...

Re: keeping chickens

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:56 pm
by Kwalt
Chickens are better than television :lol:

Re: keeping chickens

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:28 pm
by Michael Bush
A mouse running through the chicken yard is good entertainment for both the chickens and the humans watching...

Re: keeping chickens

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:06 pm
by SiWolKe
New sport is chasing sparrows.

I invited our local veterinary to look at them, I´m obliged to vaccinate them.
Since one little flask of serum is for 3000 chicken she needs a group to order this.

She gave me much advice, it was nice talking to her.

Re: keeping chickens

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:24 pm
by Kwalt
As a US citizen, I'm constantly amazed at the things you're "obliged " to do. As our population density increases and our society grows older I suppose we'll be obliged to do more things.

Kevin