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It kills parasites and bacteria. It is excellent for overcoming almost all diseases in humans, so I'm sure it will work with the chickens, just don't make the MMS too strong. I am using it to make sure any disease residing in the chickens is destroyed along with removing any heavy metals such as you find in paint. It also reduces the damage done by feeding them feeds that contain GMO which is in most commercial feed unless you specifically purchase non GMO feeds which run a little more expensive. I will not feed my chickens or pets anything containing GMO.

I just got 6 chicks. My very first chickens. Enjoying them. When do you introduce grit? Right now I give them only unmedicated starter. I would add chick grit after the first 3 days. Sprinkle it on food like salt or pepper. It helps with digestion and "pasty butt".


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I have never used this stuff, but the name Chlorine Dioxide made me think twice. Read all of the reviews before using this stuff MMS or any other suppliments. Thats all I'm sayin. You eat what you feed your chickens! Another quest for advice.

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How long do the hens remain fertile after the roo is removed from access to them? I purchased 3 hens which were exposed to a rooster. I want them to breed with my own rooster. How long should it take before I can be sure the fertilized eggs I am getting are by my own rooster? I would like to hatch some eggs from my hens. I was told to gather the fertilized eggs a couple of times per day, bringing them inside and keeping them at room temperature until I have the amount I want to hatch.

Also told that the fertilized eggs will remain viable for 10 days or so as long as they don't get real cold, such as refrigeration, or staying in the nest for too many hours without a hen. Is this true? How long can they set and a chick still be able to hatch under proper incubator conditions? What is the best average rooster to hen ratio? I am just about to inherit my buddies chickens and need to know if any more chickens need to be bought He has 2 red jungle fowl and a rhode island red rooster.

What is the average lifespan of laying hens which are healthy and well kept? Thanks in advance. I was given 13 hens and 1 roo.. They could be molting or you may just need to be patient. One of my hens had that problem when I purchased her and the old feathers had obviously been broken off. I started using MMS in my water and her feathers are growing back. But the thing I would caution you and all chicken owners is to be careful about commercial feeds. Most contain genetically modified organisms GMO which is very detrimental to any animal that eats them regardless of how much the information put out by the chemical companies praises them.

Their chemists are paid to lie. GMO has been proven by independent scientists to be deficient in the nutrients the grains should have so your chickens are not getting the nutrition you think. It costs a little more, but nothing containing GMO will ever be fed to my chickens. My chicken coop at home which my husband and a friend built is almost done.

Can't wait to buy my own chickens. Do you have any suggestion on how many to buy? As beginners we wanted to just take it easy and we are looking into raising chickens as a hobby. Do you have any suggestions on what breeds to buy? Thankyou will really appreciate any insights and recommendations. The question of how many chickens to buy depends on how many eggs you want assuming you're raising chickens for eggs. You'll get, on average, 2 eggs a day from 3 hens. So, if you want a dozen eggs a day, buy 18 hens. Thank you for your reply.. We are raising hens just for a hobby so might as well settle for 3- 5 chickens considering us being a newbie in chicken raising.

I Will surely check the link you provided. Be sure to check for city ordinances limiting the size of your flock; and don't forget about the HOA home owner's association. Good luck with your new hobby! We had chickens when I was younger and 4 was a good number for us. We got an egg from each of them each day so you end up with 2 dozen a week. They had access to our entire backyard during the day and they put themselves to bed at night, they had an old cubby house that we modified a little bit for them and locked them in at night.

They would live to approx. Also, for anyone with kids or a large piece of land - we whistled when we fed them and it takes weeks but they train well to respond to a whistle. They will come to you when you whistle very reliably and it comes in handy or can be a good party trick for the kids!

I'm not sure if its a hen or roo. I'm nervous its a roo because we have 2 hens ans we dont want baby chicks. Is there a way i can tell if its a hen or roo? It's hard to tell a male from a female. The rooster will try to crow about 2 months though it could be later. I'm new to this but recently bought 4 chicks from the local feed store. One was a bit more outgoing and curious as a kitten. Its comb grew faster, wider and redder than the others and it started to "dance" in front of the others.

It's been almost 6wks. I'm no pro but Id say I have a roo! If you collect your eggs daily, you will never have to worry about having baby chicks.

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A rooster can be a great asset to your little flock. Just got some baby chicks - 3 days old. I have them in a large dog crate 5 of them on newspaper with some water and their food. I just stuck a few pieces of fresh hay into the cage and they loved it. Is this OK? The birds will need a place to spread their wings, so to speak: a 20x5-foot chicken run, thanks Regards best part of this post is Chickens are sociable, so plan to keep four to six birds.

I have eight month old chickens they haven't started laying yet my other chicks were always laying by 6 monthes what are they missing indiet. I currently am giving them corn and oats and eggmash.

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Eight months isn't too old for some chicken breeds. Are they free-range? Chickens do best eating naturally--with grass, bugs, and other foraged material. You sound as you have a good mix of nutrition. We've never fed eggs to our chickens. We use soybeans, worms, and yogurt mixed with whole grains not corn. We have two hens that are two years. A Blessing from our daughter. One of the hens is leaving a very loose stool. This morning a very soft shelled egg was found. What are they missing in their diet?

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Is is grit or ouster? It sounds as if they need more calcium and vitamins. Try mixing oyster and egg shell into their feed. Also, add one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per gallon of water so that they can drink it. This will help the hens absorb the calcium in their system. We are starting up with 12 chickens and a nice size coop. My question is I have a 20 ft x 40 ft garden all nicely fenced in and critter proof.

Could I place my chicken coop to attach to the garden for the hens to run around in? Would they damage my plants? Or would you recommend a separate run for the chickens to range around in? It's great to see that you want your chickens out and about, it's so good for them and you as they will be much healthier birds. They will tear up your garden, so I dont recommend that you let them range there.

I would set up a separate area for them using electric poultry netting and a charger. How much noise do they generate? My neighbors are very fussy and I do not want to create a stir every morning.


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  • Glad to read you do not need roosters around to get eggs. Chickens do make some noise, but not necessarily any more than dogs. Only roosters crows, but hens will make noise when laying. Shrubs and insulation can help muffle the noise. It might be worth visiting a chicken coop to get a sense of the noise level and what you think will be acceptable. Odor can also be an issue. Keep well ventilated. What great advise! My husband and I recently moved onto 10 acres, we have been wanting to raise chickens for years.

    He loves eggs and I love to bake. We converted an old two stall horse barn, it's perfect for our 6 peeps coming on Wednesday and the two ducklings that I couldnt pass up last week from our wonderful local grange. Not to sure about duck eggs though. Last year I got a puppy chi-wawa, she has become the ducklings new mama. She got in the bath tub with them last night.

    Can we do too much trying to make them social? Are we overthinking them? New duck and peep mom looking for advise. I had chickens growing up and loved raising them for 4H. We will be moving back to the country very soon where we can garden and enjoy home canning. I insisted to my husband that we order chickens and begin raising them. It will give me a great deal of peace knowing that between the garden and the chickens my family will always be well fed no matter what the economy does.

    We moved back to the country 10 years ago. We had a large corner lot in the city and my neighbors all called my hillbilly because my back yard was full of container vegetables and a raised bed for corn. We got rabbits, as I showed and raised those for 4H. I am thinking about chickens and ducks now.

    I got miniature goats for dairy and make cheese too. Yes, it is awesome knowing that my children, and grandchildren now too, will always be able to have healthy food and be able to feed themselves. We have three hens that are just starting to lay eggs. The eggs are soft. We have seen chickens pecking at the eggs.

    What should we do? This will be our second year with our Chickens and we started out with four, on was killed by a crow so we knew we had to cover the top of their outside area, now we have 16 chickens and they have a large chicken coop, with a large free range to go in and out freely, and a nestling area that we can use to just lift up the hinged top to collect eggs from the ouside, the coop is full of hay and long three long perches that they perch and sleep on at night, we feed them lots of corn, they love old crusty bread, we get over a dozen eggs a day, and give to family and friends so its so worth to have chickens and the kids love to come feed them..

    So happy to hear about the cold weather. I'm a country girl-city girl-finally going back to the country girl and can hardly wait for my chickens to raise. Thanks for all this great info! Do chickens have to have a rooster around to lay eggs? I say no, but my friend says yes. I don't want babies or meat, just the eggs.

    Thanks for the info. I really enjoyed reading it and everyone's input. Yes, chickens can be cuddly. I used to carry mine in the basket of my bicycle as a little girl. Also, my mother would hold her and pet her neck until she fell asleep. Happy Farming to You All. So excited to see this subject as I've been contemplating raising some chickens no roosters.

    Recently moved to a farm and I am in heaven and want to take advantage of the space and area to have some feathered friends - but want to do it RIGHT for the chickens sake. So, have been doing much research and was glad to come across this when I came to FA to see about seed starting. Am looking forward to reading future snippets as I can use all the info I can get. I've always wondered, though; I see where chickens have personality - but can they be cuddly? No heat lamp necessary. I live in Northern Ontario, and only used heat lamps for babies chicks and lambs. Even in weather, the chickens were fine as long as they were sheltered.

    We had about 40 free range chickens on our farm. Every time my Husband would go outside, a Rhode Island red would always hang out with him I mentioned that he had a "friend" and he was skeptical So, we painted the friendly hen's tail blue to see if it really was the same hen hanging out with him Her name: BLUE She would come in the house if the door was open just to find him. She followed him everywhere. Chickens are very cuddly! I have one big girl who jumps on my lap times a day, puts her chest on mine, roosts down and falls fast asleep to the point of snoring!

    Chicky poo is great for the garden after it has been composed for 90 days. We have 39 hens and 5 roosters and not one of my roosters have attacked a visitor or family member. In addition, we put up fencing to keep the chickens out of the gardens, they are trainable. If one gets in, they are immediately traumatized with the hose, yelling and clapping. I have yelled at them from the top floor out the window and was surprised that they got the message and got out!!

    They're smarter than you think. Michelle, you're right about chicken manure being to harsh to put straight on the garden. Composting is the way to go. And PellyRdGirl, thanks for the chicken-training tips. Just so you know, chicken poop is very harsh so don't plan on using it in your garden which, by the way may be destroyed by your chickens--they scratch everywhere! And roosters can be mean and deadly to ones ankles.

    Mom had four hens and two roosters. They were all gorgeous but the roosters did not like my sister and I. We had to use a broom to keep them off our ankles if we went in her backyard. I build the coop and I loved the chickens. They are great fun to watch and they do have personalities. Don't know why only my sister and I weren't their favorites--they did not bother Mom or Dad or my brothers and their wives!

    Wish I could have chickens in my condo! So glad to see this I've been contemplating starting a coop! Keep the advice rolling. Do you have any suggestions for breeds that are "especially heat hardy" I live in the southern most part of South Carolina and our summers can be nasty. Heat is a problem, isn't it? Worse than cold.

    Check out the breed list on backyardchickens. And their daily offerings of food, fun and compost building donations are great too I would recommend researching the predators in your area, as well as breeds of chickens that are best suited to where you live. We love having chickens and allow them free-range. However, if you are particular about your patio furniture, or anything for that matter, you need to know that they will perch wherever they can. We do close them up in a coop at night so they do have a safe place to go, but we do have a significant problem with black snakes in warmer weather.

    That being said, I would not trade our chickies for store-bought eggs, nor for the entertainment they provide with their antics. They are also very helpful in the compost pile by turning it over looking for food. Thanks for the blog, I look forward to additional entries. I am really excited about this blog. My fiance and his family have always had chickens. They are all gone now, but we are considering starting back up with them. I agree with everybody about the taste of fresh eggs as compared to store bought.

    I have fibromyalgia, and one of the best things I have done for myself is to study foods and keep a food diary. When I eat organic and fresh, non-processed foods, I do much better. I am looking forward to the next blog! Happy farming :. Plus it tastes better! I was shocked to learn that grocery store eggs are at least ten days old when they hit the shelf. Most eggs in cafes and stores can be around 6 months old as told to me from a supplier to cafe chain.

    Hi Chickens are great even without the eggs. My kids moved me to town. I was so sad without my chickens. My son in law finally built me a chicken tractor and brought in my Silkies. I am content here now. They have such funny personalities. I will very much enjoy this. We did a frame run. The "T" posts are not strong enough for a determined big dog. That's one determined dog if it's damaging metal T-posts! A frame run is a great idea. Did you have to go to hardware cloth instead of chicken wire?

    Chickens are awesome little creatures! We have 9 bantams smaller versions. We hatched out some eggs and got another rooster. Maybe it's because they are related. You wouldn't think it but they have such personality. Keep them safe, dry and clean and it's a joy. I have had 3 roosters at one time and didn't even know it because 1 becomes dominant, the "alpha" The same thing happened with the third when I found a home for my second rooster! It was a really neat evolution to watch! Just this morning as my wife and I ate breakfast, I mentioned how blessed we are to have these eggs.

    We have had chickens for a lot of years. I would like to offer a few pointers: 1 I put a timer in my coop so the light comes on every morning at and off every night at I get eggs all year long. Do the hard thing and thin your herd. Your production will be better for it. We don't use lights on our hens.

    The hens need that rest in the low laying season. I would never force or fool my hens into laying by adding the additional hours of light just to get a few extra eggs from them. We don't use lights either. When the sun begins to set, our chickens make their way into the coop. Daylight is for being awake and dark or night is for sleep. We don't try to manipulate Mother Nature. It's -flock- not -herd-,by the way.


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    • I would highly recommend getting chickens! Once you get the coop built and critter-proof, it's not that much work. If you have enough hens you can pay for the food with the eggs that you sell I agree - chickens are pretty low maintenance once you get the predator-proofing in place. I really enjoyed mine! I got creative for my coop and used an extra large dog crate for my coop.

      I used a dowel for the perch. I bungied a Real Lemon bottle with a watering attachment upside down in the coop. I made a 3 sided concrete block frame to set the crate upon and painted and planted pentas all around it and in the open front part I slid the pan. Now when it's time to clean out the coop all I have to do is hose out the bottom of the coop and spray down the pan. To keep them safe from rain and cold I fashioned a tarp that rolls down the back and sides of the coop and use an infra red lamp for the cold.

      My girls lay almost every day! I only have two, but they have a 15 x 15 run that they happily dig up every day. All I have to do is spray out the coop and rake out the yard. For the nest box I used a plastic round planter that is nestled in an iron frame used to be a foot stool, very ornate and looks like a little throne with a nest on top. I would love to see a picture of your coop. We are in need of a coop and the more we can use that is already in our household the better.

      If you don't mind sharing a photo please email me at mlouispalacio yahoo. Skip to main content. Google Tag Manager. Raising Chickens How to Get Started. A Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens. By The Editors. January 29, About This Blog. Tags Chickens Raising Chickens What do you want to read next? Raising Chickens How to Build Chicken Coop Design Considerations. Raising Chickens Collecting, Backyard Chicken Basics. Raising Chickens Choosing Raising Chickens When Raising Chickens Raising Baby Create a Successful Hen House.

      Tips for Raising Baby Chicks. Raising Ducks for Eggs. Eggs and Eggshells. Spring-Cleaning the Hen House. I would like to know how to keep hens. Love to rear chickens. I want to rear poultry. Its good,I also need ideas to start. I'm interested in doing it. I love farming ,but don't know where to start.. Do I need a rooster for eggs? I would like to start my chicken farm business. There is no such thing! You need a rooster. Great Advice on getting started!

      Thank you for your help! Ijust cleaned my coop,and found mice. What do I use to get rid of them? Can you use straw inside the coop to cover the floor and nesting boxes? Shavings not cedar are better in coops, easier to clean, and a hand full of hay in box. Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Henry Cole illustrator. Why did the chickens cross the road? To get to town, of course! When those four lily-livered chickens are accidentally dumped off the farmer? What ensues is a raucous adventure through town, including foreign food, weird noises, and strange birds.

      Sidesplitting silliness abounds in thi Why did the chickens cross the road? Sidesplitting silliness abounds in this third riotously funny read-aloud by Leslie Helakoski, once again illustrated with Henry Cole? Get A Copy. Hardcover , 32 pages. More Details Original Title.

      Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Big Chickens Go to Town , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Big Chickens Go to Town. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 22, Anthony rated it liked it Shelves: picture-book , animals , children-s , fiction , humor , adventure. A silly, funny story of four Big Chickens who find themselves spending the day in the city, and is totally scared by their experience, but what would you expect from chickens?

      Aug 15, Danette rated it it was ok Shelves: picture-books. Sep 22, Ashley Adkins rated it really liked it. My boys, ages 8 and 9, enjoyed this book. I do think it is for a younger age as my boys knew the ending before it ended but it is cute! Fun art too. Nov 12, Patti Richards rated it it was amazing. I love books about farm animals, and my friend Leslie Helakosi's "Big Chickens" series is a barnyard full of fun!

      This book finds the plucky chickens in the back of the farmer's pick-up and on their way to town. It was their taste for tasty chicken feed that tempted the heroic hens to hop up for a ride, but when they find themselves to I love books about farm animals, and my friend Leslie Helakosi's "Big Chickens" series is a barnyard full of fun! It was their taste for tasty chicken feed that tempted the heroic hens to hop up for a ride, but when they find themselves tossed out in the middle of a strange place, the adventure begins.

      Leslie's use of action and description draw readers into the chicken's mishaps right away, taking them along for a journey in fun kids will ask for over and over again! Combined with Henry Cole's fabulous illustrations, this chicken tale is sure to please! Mar 20, Sunday Cummins rated it really liked it. Preschool-Grade 2. Jan 31, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: picture-books , read-in This wild romp takes our feathered friends on a journey to the big city where they quickly lose their way. They encounter strange smells, food, sounds, and animals in their quest to return to the safety of their farm.

      Will the lily-livered chickens find their way home? What will they think about the city they've visited? Read Big Chickens Go to Town to find out! Jan 24, Judy Desetti rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-book-k-3 , animal , humor. What a great FUN read! Four persnickety, pummeled, petrified, pooped, plucky, big chickens go on an adventure into the big city following a feed seed trail getting into antics along the way. Fun colorful illustrations. The vocabulary is wonderful and leads to a fun tongue twister story.

      Apr 28, carissa rated it really liked it Shelves: picture-books-preschool , picture-books. ELS: Vocabulary Why did the chickens cross the road? Feb 09, Karen rated it liked it. My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library last week. I'll start off with what I liked: I liked the illustrations. I liked the story. I liked some of the rhyme and rhythm. What I did not like: I did not like jumping from rhyme and rhythm to flat prose. And I did not like, I do not like, forced rhyme. Or rhythm. Mar 28, Catherine Johnson rated it really liked it. This is another funny tale from the talented Leslie Helakoski, this time about four big chickens who accidentally get driven away off the farm after they nibbled at some corn in the back of a truck.

      They each do their 'What ifs? Hilarious as ever with fabulous illustrations as ever. Wonderful adjectives throughout. Jun 15, Kelsey rated it it was ok Shelves: preschool , animals-birds , k-2nd. Age: Preschool - Kindergarten These distressed chickens cannot get a break in the big city. Kids will certainly laugh at the misfortune of the chickens. However, there are fragmented sentences intermixed every other page that really grated my patience down.

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      While some authors can utilize these well, the chaos existed throughout the book. Nov 08, Marcie rated it really liked it Recommended to Marcie by: Woodbury new books. Shelves: children-s-humor , good-read-aloud , zlikes-and-lovesccira , good-for-reader-s-theater.