keeping chickens

Many of us keep chickens for meat and/or eggs. Let's talk about that.
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SiWolKe
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keeping chickens

Postby SiWolKe » Tue May 16, 2017 6:39 am

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... ;)
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Re: keeping chickens

Postby GregV » Tue May 16, 2017 5:28 pm

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.

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Re: keeping chickens

Postby Ferdi » Wed May 17, 2017 10:05 am

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.

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Re: keeping chickens

Postby Nordak » Wed May 17, 2017 2:35 pm

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.

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Re: keeping chickens

Postby GregV » Wed May 17, 2017 2:56 pm

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

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Re: keeping chickens

Postby SiWolKe » Wed May 17, 2017 8:30 pm

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.
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Re: keeping chickens

Postby SiWolKe » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:25 am

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

Postby Michael Bush » Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:51 pm

>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...
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Re: keeping chickens

Postby Kwalt » Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:56 pm

Chickens are better than television :lol:

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Re: keeping chickens

Postby Michael Bush » Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:28 pm

A mouse running through the chicken yard is good entertainment for both the chickens and the humans watching...
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Re: keeping chickens

Postby SiWolKe » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:06 pm

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.
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Re: keeping chickens

Postby Kwalt » Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:24 pm

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.

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Re: keeping chickens

Postby Dustymunky » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:06 am

I believe Siwolke is In Germany. I think we have it better than Europe. Seems like everything is controlled over there more. I feel lucky where I'm at in Oregon. No regulations regarding bees in my city. We do have to pay a small yearly fee now to the state to subsidize bee research. Not thrilled about that. The only regulations regarding chickens I'm aware of is that u can't have roosters in town and a limit on the number u can keep.


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Re: keeping chickens

Postby SiWolKe » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:22 am

Yes germany likes to regulate everything, but sometimes there is an advantage.

If you registrate you don´t have to pay any fees or tax being a hobbyist.
But you get informed and compensated if there is a pest outbreak, as we often have AFB (bees) and Newcastle virus ( chicken).
Being informed you can act immediately, you are able to protect the livestock ( by not migrating, for example).

Up to two years before, the state paid for all your beekeeping equipment if you were new. They wanted to propagate beekeeping, since we have not enough bees for pollination.
They cancelled this now.

You can have roosters in a suburban environment but there is a limit to the numbers of chicken.
With bees you have to pay tax when your numbers are 25 colonies. You are limited to a number of beehives in your garden and need to place them 5 m from the borders.

Blush...my chicken have names now: the leading hen is "Kleopatra", the one looking feral is "Katharina" ( the great), the small black is "Helena"( troja) and the white one is called "Marie Antoinette" since she loves cake but not bread.
:lol:
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Re: keeping chickens

Postby SiWolKe » Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:23 pm

I started to train them.
It´s much easier than training bees :lol:

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