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Post your chickens and chicken adjacent animals, discuss chickens. Sorry for the shit beginner bread but I didnt see anyone else baking and I want some fucking chicken posts.
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>>3619850
What’s the largest animal a singular rooster could kill? I heard of this one lady that had to roosters that managed to kill a bobcat, but they died.
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>>3619858
Specifically 1 v 1 with the rooster being capable of walking away alright? Probably another large bird and maybe a raccoon, smallish dog, and/or fox. This is just my guesswork though
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>>3619858
An (elderly) human being.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-02/elderly-woman-dies-after-rooster-pecked-varicose-veins/11469394
There's also a couple of cases of people being killed by roosters with cockfighting blades but I'm not sure those count.
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>>3619858
My rooster Pero recently lost his life heroically defending his flock from a fox attack. He managed to mortaly wound the beast before I had to put them both down. Need a good rooster now.
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>>3620166
Roosters stay winning
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>>3620166
RIP based Pero
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>>3620023
>filename isn't "Guess What"
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>>3620168
I'm sad tho.he was big and well liked. He was one humpy rooster. I have to look far for a new one. Girls have to take to the new guy. They are picky. Especially these two. Pic related.
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>>3620166
RIP, what a Chad
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>>3620475
Why not hatch out some eggs while theh still might be fertilized and select a rooster from among his children?
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Can you have your own chickens hatch out eggs you've purchased? Can you introduce baby chicks to a flock or is that dangerous?
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>>3621315
From what I understand you can place fertilized eggs under broody hens and they'll hatch them. You could even put eggs from other types of birds and they'll hatch them, at least according to some comments I've read. Putting baby chicks into a flock would probably get them killed.
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Does every faggoty ass thread on this board need to be called a general?
>>3620166
That's based at least.
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>>3621359
Friend had a Cochin hen that was really broody.
She would steal eggs from other hens and literally roll them back to her nest.
>>3621315
I've bought eggs from breeders on the other side of the country and had them shipped overnight and hatched them in my incubator.
There are always fertilized eggs for sale by the dozen at my local weekly livestock auction.

When they're first laid they're basically dormant- they have to get above 85° for a few hours to start growing. Otherwise when chickens or ducks hatch a brood of 10-12 chicks they would each hatch one day at a time, in the order they were laid. This way the entire dozen will hatch at the same time and can all leave the nest together and nobody gets left behind.
Eggs can sit at 65°F-70°F for about two weeks and still be viable. I even pulled one out of the fridge that had been there for two weeks because that hen stopped laying right when I was collecting eggs to incubate and it still hatched.
Nature is an amazing thing.
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>>3621315
You want chickens to be about the same size as your flock.
And never introduce just one, they'll get bullied to death (unless its a rooster>hens). Larger the group of new birds the better.
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>>3621309
Not how it works. I make a point to change roosters every two generations. Genetics are important.

>>3621430
This anon gets it. Not only do you want healthy flock but introducing a new bird is a problem onto itself. Especially in a big flock.
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>>3621359
Ya. There is/ was a video of this. I think it was a BBC special. Can't find it tho. If somebody can find this it would be good link.
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>>3620166
I salute him
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>>3620166
Rest easy, brave prince.
RIP Pero
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>>3621360
Any reoccurring thread where posts about the main topic should be directed to is a general. It makes sense there are a lot of them on an animal and nature board
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>>3621666
Based and /an/pilled.
.>>3621669
Nice birb. Responding with my one reamaing brahma. Post birbs ppl.
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>>3621429
May I ask how much do fertale eggs go for at auction? Where and breeds?
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>>3621571
>bbc
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Rule 34 right on. Nice cock.

Lol I meant BBC chanel, but trust anon to turn it into kek.
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does anyone have any tips on building a coop/run? not very big just like 5 or 6 chigguns
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>>3621954
Make it over 6' so you don't have to stoop over when inside.

Chicken wire is designed to only stretch in one direction when installing. There is a linear wire running the length of it every one foot. If you take the leading edge on the roll and pull it tight when you start stapling it to a post it will fuck up the entire run. Look at that edge and measure every one foot down the post and line up those wires. Then pull it tight and staple against the top. Then pull out slack and stall bottom and far edge.

Provide access for a hose or run water pipe to the inside so you don't have to go in and out to fill up waterer.

Design nesting box on outer wall of roost box so you can collect eggs without going inside. Lid on top so you rely on gravity instead of a latch to keep it closed.
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>>3621864
Rural Georgia, state not country. (I'm for California but making the best with being here).
Popular breeds are Ameraucanas, Marans, Brahma, Wyandotte, Australorp, Jersey Giants but I've seen the majority of breeds go through.
Quail is popular before hunting season (people pack their fields and charge Floridians to hunt).
Prices are usually 50¢-$1.25 per egg (25¢ on a shitty holiday weekend in bad weather where less people show up) and you have to buy the whole package so about $10 a dozen. Day old chicks usually go for $1-$2 at the auction.
In comparison chicks go for $4-$5 on Craigslist.

Craigslist is more money but you have to deal with people. The auction is guaranteed sale, they NEVER have unsold livestock.
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>>3620166
>rooster thrashing a fox
So the japanese were right in foxes being epic jobbers
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>>3622397
Just to add to the auction:
Their biggest event is large livestock- cows, sheep, goats. They average around 500 large animals per auction. The chickens average about 300 lots (some people will pack 5-10 chickens in one pack to save effort so the total number of animals could be closer to 1,000). During the early summer it will be 1,000 large animals and 500 lots of chickens.
Quail, guinea hens, ducks and rabbits are included with the chickens and usually make up about 30% of the animals.
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>>3622376
It's hard for me to visualize what this means, do you have a good video or even a picture?
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>>3622432
Im guessing you mean the wire part.
Its real simple once it clicks in your head.

When you buy a roll, you'll have an impulse to stretch the starting edge coming off the roll.
This is a 3 foot roll. You can see the wire that runs through it at 1 foot intervals.
Those wires need to stay 1 foot apart.
You can stretch the wire "downwards" at the beginning so those wire get to 18" apart, and then as you unroll it everything is distorted and doesn't line up. You'll get waviness and pockets/bubbles that either look like shit or you can't stretch tight.
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>>3622466
Random pic that shows the linear wire better.
You can't stretch left to right because that wire is already tight, but you can stretch top to bottom because the hexagon holes will deform.
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>>3622466
>>3622479
Never thought about that, thanks.
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I have two eggs in the incubator pipped.
I'm just running a small batch to get a jump start on spring chickens.
I need an F1 olive egger rooster to breed with other F1 olive eggers/pure Ameraucanas/pure marans to get some different egg colors.
After candling at ten days I had 21 good eggs out of 26.
So there's 9 Maran(x)Ameraucana cross olive eggers and 12 Salmon Faverolles left. I threw in the Faverolles because its foolproof to tell them apart (my F1's will be black or blue, the Faverolles are yellow and have 5 toes). Small groups of chicks don't usually do well and the Faverolles are easy sells at the auction and come March/April I'll have some pullets when everyone else is selling day-olds.
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>>3622376
A couple other things I've learned over the years:

I run a concrete footer. Dig a ditch, run the wire first between posts, with a couple inches of wire in the ditch, then pour concrete. I have had zero issues with possums/foxes/raccoons digging under since I started building like this. A 5" wide, 6"-8" deep trench takes about 50 pounds of concrete per 3 feet of trench. Well worth the $4 a bag in concrete.

The area under the roost box is an excellent shade area. During the summer my chickens hang out there during the day. It's a great way to add square footage that would have otherwise been wasted.

When framing high poop areas (roost box) be sure to keep framing on the outside so that you have a straight shot to scrape and don't get stuck behind a 2x4 or something. So from the back to the front is just a flat board.

Hardware cloth (the square holes wire that's 1/2" or 1/4" holes) is expensive but great to run 18" around the base to protect smaller birds.

Calculate size based on most expensive material (usually wire). A couple extra bucks for longer 2x4's than originally planned to use up all the wire might give you an extra 25% of space.
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>>3622688
Oh ya-

You might want to check material availability before you start.
Wire is usually sold in 50 foot increments but since everybody is/was in covid lockdown a lot of shit has been getting built, either due to boredom or "well shit, now that I have time I'll get this done.."
And be sure everything is accounted for. If you are going to use the space under the roost, don't forget to calculate in the wire. Nothing worse than being 4 feet short on wire and having to buy a whole 50 foot role for $68.
And if possible use 2" for the roof. (Unless your overall design fits in the 50 foot increments than obviously use what's available)
I use 1" for the outer walls and 2" for internal partitions between pens although my main pen is field fence which is larger than 2" holes and I don't have issues. But that pen is for full sized adults only.
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Holy cow I never knew that they had a whole general about chickens on 4chan till today.
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>>3622818
First time on /an/?
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>>3619850
>>3620023
>>3620475
>>3621669
>>3621729
>>3621897
Happy to see these lovely ladies
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>>3622892
Have a rare xmass pic. She really shouldn't lay eggs at this time.
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>>3622932
she is a darling girl
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>>3622932
Some of my hens shutdown for the winter.
Some slow down.
A few don't care and still pop out eggs daily (golden comets).
I'm still getting 4 dozen eggs a week.
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Chickens that have never been seen before!!
4 Salmon Faverolles and 1 olive egger so far.
They're looking pretty dry and we seem to be at a gap in-between hatching so going to pull these out and throw them in the brooder tub in a minute.
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>>3623674
Couple hours old and already eating.
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These are my chickens
Their all named after characters from the anime girls und panzer
Their names are Marie, Darjeeling and Erle Grey. The rooster is named coal he came with that name
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These two were my favorite chickens i ever had
I called them katyusha and Nonna. Little Brahman banty and this huge Wyandotte, reminded me of the characters in GuP so thats how they got their names. Sadly they got killed by a skunk last year
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>>3619850
Are water chickens adjacent?
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>>3624076
Yes
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Happy Christmas, everyone
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>>3620166
F
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>>3619850
Is my big boss obese ? He very heavy, not just feathers, I never had a rooster before so is it normal or is he getting too fat ? I handfeed him wet bread every morning, so i'll stop if it's unhealthy.
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>>3624395
Roosters can get pretty chunky.
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>>3620166
Is no one gonna talk about how his chicken enclosure looks like a zoo exhibit?

Also based Pero chad. Many a-cloaca will miss him. I'm sure he has sired many young
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>>3621669
Based retro gamer chicken
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>>3623990
Beautiful chickens.
>>3623995
RIP sweet girls.
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Cocks defend their own till the end, never nugget.
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Here, read the hot new Rooster manga
https://mangadex.org/chapter/1146325/1
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>>3624979
please, what is the translation?
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>>3619850
very nice plumage on this one
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>>3619850
it's like a work of art or a sculpture
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>>3626860
Looks like a black laced red wyandotte.
They also come in blue laced red and splash laced red.
Splash + Black = Blue
One black gene from one parent and one splash gene from other parent makes a blue.
So a blue carries both.
Offspring from 2 blues are 25% black, 50% blue and 25% splash.
2 black parents always make black.
2 splash parent always make splash.
Black + blue = 50% black, 50% blue.
Blue + splash = 50% blue, 50% splash.
Unfortunately splash are commonly called blue because they came from blue parents.

This is a splash.
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>>3627543
The is a blue.
There is also another set of genes that controls the intensity of the red, so it can be light or dark, independent of black/blue/splash.
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Nearly finished me coop. Just wondering what to do about ventilation. There's gaps between the panels and corrugated iron both sides as you can see. Is that sufficient, and will I need to be able to close it up when it's cold? Or will I need to make some windows in the panels?
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>>3624860
Sorry if you don't like the fence. It's regulation here. We had a bad spread of avian flue. I don't want to cull my birds. The wall is a foundation of14th century castle I think. Just came with the property. Have a birb playing pic.
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>>3627814
I don't think he was speaking badly about the pen, its just very different than what is typical.
Cool you mentioned the foundation, when I saw it I actually thought "do his chickens live in a castle?!".
>>3627792
Looks good so far.
I have similar gaps at the roof line of my new coops to vent summer heat. I have removable panels that I just screw on the front to block wind in the winter.
My old pen is pretty large and open so I just wrap it with a couple 6'x8' tarps for the winter.
On my baby pen I have a hinged door that folds down so I can totally close it up and block them in at night with the heat lamp (its 4'x5' so they can move away from the heat if needed). Baby's are kind of stupid and can wander away and get lost in the pen so I lock them in.
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>>3628041
Thanks yeah it doesn't get that cold here but it gets pretty windy. The removable panels are probably a good idea.
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>>3627549
gosh she is beautiful
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Redpill me on the Silkies.
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>>3624076
>filth goblins
Yes
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>>3626859
Our beloved
Rooster Pärssinen

born 24.1.2009 Haukipudas
died 11.9.2011 Haukipudas

Remembering with warmth
chickens
roosters
anons
other friends and close ones

Those days that you were with us were filled with joy,
your work was left unfinished,
when you went away to heavens yards

Blessed in the presence of loved ones. Thank your for condolences. The remembrance account of Rooster Pärssinen: 104535-827323

There was a news story about brave rooster Pärssinen, who died protecting his chickens from dog attack. Ylilauta remembers his sacrifice forever, and Rooster Pärssinen became somewhat of a meme.
>Killer dogs bring horror, news story about the dog attack
https://www.iltalehti.fi/uutiset/a/2011100514516893
>Three years from death of Rooster Pärssinen - memory of crowing media personality stays alive
https://www.iltalehti.fi/fiidifi/a/2014091118652285
In this article there was a compilation of pictures, but I'm not sure ifit can be read anymore without an account. Sorry for the crap translation of the poem
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>>3629524
Also there has been some news about the children of Pärssinen!
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>>3629118
>Redpill me on the Silkies.
they think you're a nigger
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>>3629524
That's beautiful.
RIP Noble beast Kukko Pärssinen
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>>3620475
This afternoon my black frizzle Louise turned up with two speckled babies in tow. I knew she was broody, but no luck finding her nest - I had half-hoped she'd be sitting on duds. I'm the anon with the feral cat problem. My rooster Ignatius is 12 and
I haven't seen any action from him in months, maybe even years, now. He does his dragging wing dance, and calls his hens for food, but he's not longer the swordsman he was.
However - these babies have likely been fathered by his grandson, Zhanibek, who died in a tragic road accident half a mile from here a month ago. They have his colouring.
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>>3630083
Zhanibek's legacy lives on.
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>>3629118
Their little sweeties
But their delicate lil babies
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How the fuck do you find breeders? I want to buy some nice show/breeder quality birds and I can't fucking find any breeders. Short of going to shows and hoping to bump into a breeder who has exactly what I am looking for there doesn't seem to be a way to find these people and I don't have the time or the money to just go to hundreds of shows around the country hoping to find breeders.
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>>3624395
Feel his ass just like you would a hen. Obviously it's going to be tighter than a hen cause he doesn't lay, but you should still feel both pubic bones and the keel and it should be soft between the pubic bones and the keel. If it's hard it's fat build up and you need to hold him some.
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>>3630809
Scrolls through search results for the breed’s name. Add more terms to narrow location some.
Also, a lot of regional shows/auctions/clubs/swap meets will have a website that might have a breeder directory.
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Finally got around to finishing my roosts, may have gone a little overboard, but I'm pretty sure everyone will be able to find a roost now. 52 whole feet of roosting space for 46 birds not counting the 15 feet of roosting space on the nest boxes and the nest boxes themselves. planning to add a lean to and a open up the wall you can't see some more and replace a leaky roof panel with a polycarbonate panel to let some light in.
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Blue laced red wyandotte rooster (poker), blue laced red wyandotte hen (patience), splash laced red wyandotte (roulette).
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>>3630809
Forums.
Actual chicken forums, not siberian seed harvesting forums.
Backyard chickens is a start.

If you want to get serious:
American Poultry Association if in the U.S.
British Poultry Council if euro.
Find the major asociation for a specific breed (Ameraucana Breeders Club for example).
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>>3631472
That looks fantastic. Well done.
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>>3631633
It actually is dogshit, I didn't think to measure the distance from the wall before I put the posts cause I had been drinking and the 2x4s are noticably crooked, but it's such a pain to move the posts that it's going to stay that way. It keeps chickens off the floor, so I don't see a point fixing it. Plus all the off cuts from the pipes made great additions to my golden pheasant pen's "tree". Slowly starting to shape up into something that they will look good on.

Pic unrelated, my two little sebright hens.
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>>3631719
>Cause I had been drinking...
Is there any other way?
My chickens don't care that my pen is out of square.
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>>3631719
Those hens are so pretty.
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>>3632022
>my pen is out of square
Mine is practically a parallelogram, held together with bungy cords and wedged in place with bricks. I originally built it years ago for my beloved hen Isis, it's still called Isis HQ and has a Turkish rug sunshade and an old Action Man guarding the roofline.
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Barnevelder are the best looking chickens.
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>>3632302
Thanks, it's a sorta project I've been working on, started with a bunch of essentially wild mutt birds, bred them all under a blue wheaten maran cock the first two years, a black langshan/partridge cochin cross cock for a year, a black Jersey giant cock for a year and then the last 5 years I've just been using genetics from that pen trying to cull out any color but black. There is a couple other project birds in there and my barred rocks because it's winter and I'm sick of doing 6 different pens every day. They are looking pretty good right now because they just came off dog food and BOSS to push through a molt.

Pic related, the cock I used for the last two years on that pen, going to breed him over some of my buddies WLR cornish hens this year just for meat birds and to see what happens then move him along. Not sure what I'm going to breed with this year. I'm wanting to work in a rose comb but finding a rose comb cock that fits with the rest of the project is difficult and I'm kind of bored of the project so I'm thinking of getting a few different patterns and shapes of cocks and going full STUN on the project and see what comes of it.
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This is not a rooster, it's a cock-a-doodle-doraptor
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Ive given up this year. These horse buckets do the job for winter water.
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>>3632425
Sometimes I insulate them a bit by putting them into a cheap plastic doggy dish.
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>>3632457
They on top of half a foot of leaves. which is starting to warm up nicely from the chicken poop. It onlyy freezes over the 10 f nights. Bigger issue is all the leaves and the occasional poop in there. My chickens get one cake a week.
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>>3632513
>over the 10 f nights.
Thankfully it doesn't usually get that cold here in Maine, kudos.
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>>3632517
But I am in maine and it gets colder than that every february and this is in cumberland county.xy
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>>3621666
that's cringe, generals are dumb as fuck and not how imageboards should be used
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>>3632517
>10F
>Thankfully it doesn't usually get that cold here in Maine

It gets that cold here in Indiana, how the fuck does it not get that cold way up in main? Are you right on the coast or something?
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>>3632598
Go back
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>>3632860
Yep.
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>>3632598
>furiously typed anon on a board that is 70% generals before going back to /a/ where generals totally don't exist
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>>3630083
>. I'm the anon with the feral cat problem
Clearly not much of a problem if you've got a 12 year old rooster, goddamn
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>>3633932
True. He and his sister are 12 this last year, I remember when they hatched. He's a good guy, very mellow, breaks up fights, but he's a lover, not a fighter.
The feral cats have been a problem the past five years or so - the last lot of babies my little golden hen had made it to five or six weeks, ready to go up in the trees - and the bastard cats got them all over a couple of afternoons. The long cry of anguish when the last one was taken was awful and she spent the rest of the day standing in the lounge staring at me. The cats've had them at well over two months old, too.
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>>3632513
>My chickens get one cake a week
Eh wut?
Actual cake?
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>>3634101
They throw away so many birthday cakes at the store would be a shame if they all went to waste.
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>>3633989
Get a little .22 caliber pellet gun, learn the three S's, be done with the problem.
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>>3632513
>My chickens get one cake a week
>That pic
This kind of shit is why I come to 4chan
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Here u go op
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>>3635271
I like it.
Do you do commissions?
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>>3631476
So my wyandottes here decided to start laying eggs again. I tried to get some in the incubator before winter but missed my chance. Since they were popping out eggs I decided to run another batch (I usually don't like to deal with hatchlings in the winter). Quite a few others are still laying so I filled up the rocker and started it today.
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>>3635475
Very impressive, anon.
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Well boys, this old girl hasn't laid an egg in almost a decade (she came to me full grown already 13 years ago), today I went out and much to my surprise there was an egg on the ground in her pen. Never thought I'd see one from her again, was only keeping her around to see just how old she will get.
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What's up y'all. I love cocks too.
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>>3636479
Good for her. She's a pretty hen.
My 12 year old hen Kate has only laid once or twice this past year. She's been slowly fading, this afternoon she was limping and being bullied by another hen - so I've brought her inside and I think I will take her to the vet tomorrow. Poor old girl.
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>>3636479
Wyandottes are decent long term layers, but that's crazy. Lucky the pipes were all in good enough shape to pass it. Often when I get a girl making a random egg a couple years into retirement, she ends up badly egg bound.
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>>3622376
these are good tips. wish I had those things with my coop. instead it's like 4 1/2 ft high and I have to walk all the way in to get to the coop for eggs.
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RIP my lovely old Kate Ming Hua, she's buried on a bed of comfrey leaves in amongst the bones of her mother and other long-dead chickeny friends.
She always looked immaculate, grumbled a lot and was a scamp for coming into the house to lay.
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>>3635271
how long did this take you?
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>>3637876
F
They have such interesting personalities and such short lives.
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>>3635271
Extremely nice thank you
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How do you guys handle mice infestations of your house even if your coop is well protected?
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>>3638903
You want to make sure that food is inaccessible to them, both of the chicken and human varieties.
Laying a few traps can help thin their numbers too.
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>>3638903
Chickens east the mice if they're out during the day. And there's an torn part of the netting on the top that's covered with jasmine vine. Chickens don't know it's there but my cat does- she goes in a prowls at night.
Cat will come in sometimes when I'm feeding and she doesn't care about the chickens and chickens don't care about her.
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My little golden hen has been spending longer and longer periods outside when I take her off her imaginary nest at the end of my bed. Now that it's summer, she's loving dust-bathing and hunting spiders in the undergrowth. Still broody, but it's fading, thank God - she's a dusty creature.
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>>3634573
I wish. No gun license, no clear lines of sight, and the area the cats emanate from is covered by my strange neighbour's CCTV.
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>>3619850
Related:
>>3639098
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>>3639143
>Living in a society where you need a license to use an air gun
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>>3630118
So far, so good. One of the babies looks like it is a frizzle. Yesterday I started letting them roam for an hour or two out in the garden.
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Why is it treated like common knowledge that chickens are dumb? They're actually really smart and have an intricate social system and relationships, yet people think they're dumber than sheep
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>>3643256
because they are dumb relative to other animals. they have just enough brainpower to have a hierarchy.
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>>3643260
They are dumb compared to dolphins or crows, sure, but that's hardly a fair comparison
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Does anyone recommend a budget heating pad I have three 3 day old Blue Lace Red Wyndotes and on the 15th will be getting 4 more standard chicks (Rhode Island reds)
The chooks I'm raising right now are excellent when it comes to hatching and taking care of the babies so I don't want to buy something expensive that I'll use only once
Pic is how they should look like if they have good genetics
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>>3643256
people feel better about eating things that are dumb
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>>3643289
They're also dumb compared to dogs and pigs. Possibly even cows and horses.

I'm not too sure about how they stack up against cats though. They might be smarter?
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>>3643256
Most people never raise chickens and most that get some end up having them die as babies because of lack of heating
Of course when they are suffering they are going to act retarded
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>>3643968
What a beautiful coloured hen.
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>>3639143
start feeding the cats with good quality cat food until they come to your food provision regularly. then buy rat poison. you can see where this is going.
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do any of you eat your hens? slaughter them and pluck and gut them yourself? how do you feel about it and how does it taste compared to supermarket chicken?
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>>3644570
Ive butched some of my roosters. I free range and havent had any hens live long enough to retire. The rooster tasted good but it takes a couple of birds before the guilt flavor goes away.
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>>3644564
Mmm, I've spent many hours trying to think how I could do this, and still no joy. Trouble is putting the cat food somewhere where the chooks can't get to it - mine are free range and already fight the sheep for their sheep nuts. The last time I tried setting out traps (live capture and a Timms trap), I only caught hens and hedgehogs.
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>>3644570
A few, felt bad about it.
They had a better life than the average 20pc set of nuggets though.
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>>3644798
>>3645038
Must've not been great to slaughter Ernest the chicken. But it's infinitely better than supporting Big Chicken corporations who inject their poultry with half a gallon of antibiotics and pump em full with water. Did they taste better than supermarket chickens?
>>3645027
Chickens are apparently smarter than those stupid cats. I don't like to hurt animals but feral cats are an actual danger to the ecosystem. You'd be doing the world a favour if you could gg no re them. Perhaps poison them on a pedestal at night so hedgehogs don't get to and just outside of your area so the chickens can't get to it? Else just shoot them if you see them. Or buy a large goose as a natural defense, buy a few maybe. Or get a dog that likes to hunt those cats.
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>>3643968
Pet store, reptile section
Take your pick of heating
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>>3620166
how the fuck did a rooster mortally wound a fox?
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>>3645349
Roosters can fuck things up pretty bad if the spurs are sharp. I had one give me a four inch slash down my calf through some jeans. Bled like a bastard.
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>>3645349
I've been badly injured by a rooster once, almost went to the hospital because bird shit and/or dirt in a wound is usually a bad thing.
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>>3645053
A goose is an excellent idea - I shall look into it. Night feeding pedestal I'll also have a think about - cheers for the suggestions.
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>>3619850
alright, so where do I find rooster fights in the houston area if I'm trying to make quick cash?
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>>3645784
Try public urinals.
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>>3645784
Probably easiest to travel to Mexico where it's not a felony.
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>>3621897
I was inspired by this chicken.
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>>3643968
In case you weren't aware Blue doesn't breed true.
It's actually not a color gene but a modifier.
I posted the possible outcomes here.
>>3627543
I personally think any of the BBS are beautiful, just don't be disappointed if they not all blue.
I have a dozen in the incubator right now.
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>>3645973
Thank you good sir.
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>>3639118
New Zeland bro? How is your water problem? She is still a cutie.
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>>3645973
It is really cold here right now. Her crest shrunk a lot.somewhat worried, because she sneesed. I hope I got it under control. got some new pics tho.
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>>3645973
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>>3628041
I did some research. Its actually a foundation of a 13th century monastery not a castle. Cisterian one at that.
Chickens don't care. A birb. Pic related.
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>>3645349
Plucked out his eyes. Also deep cut to the neck.
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>>3646226
Based, the weak shall fear the strong.
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>>3646226
oh god that's brutal
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My "marans" are finally starting to lay, and someone is eating eggs. Going to have to spend more time watching them and figure out who.

>>3645784
Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, you better go across the border if you don't want a $10,000 fine and two years in jail. On the topic of cock fighting, does anyone else wish it was legal with a few major modifications? There is nothing I enjoy more than the power and agility of a well bred fighting cock, hell even watching my cocks spar in the yard is entertaining and they don't have a drop of game blood in them save for a light sprinkling of cornish and OEG from 5+ generations back if you want to consider either of those game breeds. I think we all can agree that the knife is barbaric and leads to a great deal of discontent with the sport, but imagine if cockfighting was changed to a "sumo" style of fight where birds with blunted spurs were placed in a ring and the first cock to be pushed out or retreat from the ring lost. Almost all injury to the birds could be avoided, and we could witness the grandeur of a well bred cock doing no more than what comes naturally to them.
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>>3646744
>imagine if cockfighting was changed to a "sumo" style of fight where birds with blunted spurs were placed in a ring and the first cock to be pushed out or retreat from the ring lost
wouldn't work. Unless you find a way to keep them in the middle.
But yeah the knife is barbaric.
I have a cousin who raises them and makes them fight.
One of them even killed their own father without the knife.
The best roosters apparently comes from the US too.
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had to take 2 broody girls into the breaking cage for a few days and now they run from me whenever I'm near.
breaks my heart.
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>>3619850
What introduced you to the chickenpill?
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The story so far...
I bought just 4 chicks, and two of them turned out male. I decided to wait to see what would happen, and happen it did.
One morning the grown roosters started fighting real serious. I didn't dare to kill a rooster myself, so I traded it with the neighbour for a hen.
The hen managed to run away as I was going to lock her, and since she used to sleep on a tree, god knows where she sleeps now.
But she is integrating with the others, they peck together and now she seems to realize I'm the feeder. But still doesn't trust me and stays at a safe distance. I chased her around the other day without success. I still don't know where she sleeps, and I worry the cold weather and constant rain may affect her. But she doesn't fail to show up in the mornings.
Problem is, she's already laying eggs and I've no idea where they might be.
The old ones aren't laying yet, or at least, I don't see no eggs in the coop.
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>>3646911
I was thinking something akin to a wrestling mat (pic related) where the ring is maybe 6-8 foot diameter with starting positions clearly marked, cocks are put in and the first one out looses and maybe some sort of referee or time limit to breakthe fight should neither cock refuse to yield. Obviously it looses some of aspects that make cockfighting cockfighting in the traditional sense, but it would allow us to see our cocks perform in a way that is much safer for the bird and more palatable to the general public. There are a lot of truly spectacular varieties of fowl to come out of the cock pits, and it seems a shame to not only condemn these birds to the show cage until they are bred into something completely different, but to deny breeders the stock which will come from further engagement. Hell the modern poultry industry owes it's existence to pit birds, think about what could come down the pipe with todays knowledge of breeding and the ability to get genetics from practically anywhere on the planet with relative ease.
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>>3647033
wow you're a real dumb piece of shit
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>>3647033
just make cockfighting legal, i love chickens and know they love only 3 things, food, dustbaths and fighting.
why not just let the roos who are destined to go into the pot duke it out?
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>>3647039
How so? For trying to find a way to bring back one of the greatest selective pressures that the chicken world has ever known in a way that is more humane to the birds and socially acceptable to the masses?
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>>3624076
>filth goblins
Accurate. Geese are worse.
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>>3647043
See I would agree with that until the knife comes in, I've seen hundreds of fights between my barnyard cocks where they are just kicking up dust, and out of all of these fights I've never seen a cock die, much less get cut up as bad as is standard in current cock fighting. In fact the only time I have ever seen a cock kill another was when confined in a pen where the lesser cock couldn't escape. My interest is in promoting an avenue for genetic expansion outside of the current leghorn cross, cornish cross, and exhibition lines currently in the poultry world. Egg production is about as good as it is going to get, broiler lines are so inbred and disgusting that not much will ever come out of them, and I am dissatisfied with many exhibition grade varieties of poultry which emphasize the standard above all else, often to the detriment of the birds utility. In the system I proposed we would be able to select for birds that have athleticism and vigor as well as a more suitable temperament for unintensive management.
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>>3647071
100% agreed, fuck the knife. you know who wins without one dying, It's pretty obvious, and still very entertaining.
Would love to see a selectively bred, fighting machine, weight brackets might even come into it eventually.
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>>3646201
>NZ bro
I'm a chick, but a bit more of an old chook these days... Mid-summer here and we can go weeks without rain, so I'm conserving water madly and filling up spare containers every time I go into town. My water tank sounds about 70% full, which is great. When I lost my bore supply - about five years ago now - I had three months without running water, it was both an absolute nightmare and an excellent lesson in managing on fuck-all. So - yes, all good here, thank you Slo-bro. How cold does it get where you are and what do you use for heating there?

Fascinated by the monastical foundations of your chicken enclosure, how very cool and historical. My grandmother used to say that birds raising their beaks after drinking was them praying thanks to God.

Try feeding your dear little hen some sauerkraut for the sneezes. My chooks get given kimchi when (very rarely) they get sniffly. Blue cheese is great, also.
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>>3647077
>Would love to see a selectively bred, fighting machine
They have them right now and they are beautiful, but without the selective pressure of the pit they will be condemned to a future where at best they will be reduced to color and shape to be shown in cages where none of the actual attributes that made the breed remain.
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>>3646744
Looks like my egg basket.
I just spent $125 on 2 dozen show quality eggs from a breeder a couple states away because I wanted something better than what's available locally and need some new bloodlines for my aging flock.
They're suppose to ship in 3 weeks (I have a batch in my incubator right now).
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>>3647026
What do you feed your chickens?
I have multiple pens and will let out one group at a time to roam but when I go around with the fermented scratch bucket it doesn't matter what group out of my hundred or so birds are out they'll come running up and follow me into the pen to eat.
Bread is another treat they love of course but also pecans.
I would try to seduce her in at dusk.
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>>3647166
>I just spent $125 on 2 dozen show quality eggs from a breeder a couple states away because I wanted
I'm jealous of you. I'm already making plans to clean out almost my whole flock this spring when prices rise. Graduating school and have accepted a job half way across the country in an urban area and mom doesn't want to bother with more than a couple birds. Kinda sucks pouring 15 years into a project only to abandon it completely, but I realistically wasted 10 of those years and with what I've learned about breeding I'll get back to where I was in a couple years once I've settled somewhere.
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>>3647173
I give them maize. It's their main diet. Of course they always run after me when I take out the kitchen scraps for the compost, and eat most of them. They seem to love cabbage. And bananas.

Update: last night I heard chicken noises and saw the hen roaming around the coop (which was closed ofc), I guess she wanted in with the rest perhaps?
I tried to grab her but failed. Today she's making noises, I think she wants to lay an egg.
Tonight I'll leave the coop open until I go to bed, see if she climbs in. I'll add a little makeshift coop which used to be the others' house, make her a nice bed and see if she goes in that one.
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>>3646919
>breaking cage
You what
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>>3648123
When a hen goes broody you throw her in another pen for 3 days to break her broodyness.
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>>3648126
I just let them be broody.
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>>3648130
I tend to as well, but it comes at a loss of productivity and condition. I never let my show birds go broody during show season, and I never let anything go broody in the winter because I don't want to try to raise chicks when it's so cold. If your only emphasis is on egg production you don't want broody hens, if you're not running a cock with the hens you don't want them to go broody cause they will sit on bad eggs for well over a month.
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How much does a cock’s fighting instincts overlap with other behaviors like alerting and protecting the hens?
You can judge athleticism by fighting skill, but what would be a good means to quantify and compare the “job” of a rooster if you want to select for it?
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>>3620166
Goddamnit I'd be so proud, sad, and pissed all at the same time.
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Pic related is my rooster.
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>>3648130
I don't have a rooster
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>>3648579
He's a handsome fellow. How old is he and is he of a particular breed? How many hens does he attend to?
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>>3648687
Doesn't matter. Just make sure to regularly collect any eggs she's sitting on and eventually she'll give up.
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>>3648949
or put her in a dog crate for 24h and you're all good and she's laying again.
they're back to trusting me again, a little bread and they were begging to be picked up again.
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>>3646744
>On the topic of cock fighting, does anyone else wish it was legal with a few major modifications?
Yes it's utterly retarded not have animal fights. We should bring back gladiator fights with gladiators fighting bears and shit using a sword and Shield. That would be cool. Now we have 23 gay guys being paid millions to run after a ball. Imagine how much of a worthless society we have become because we don't respect death anymore.
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>>3647033
nah just make them fight to the death without the knives. the knives just make quicker what should have been a long drawn out death match
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>>3625394
Rip toucan old fart
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>>3647033
>cock pits
heh
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>>3648253
For your first question, I’m pretty sure protecting the flock comes first and mating rights second, and as for your second question, you could test how aggressive it is or how fast it kicks. There are some roosters that kick so fast it straight up sounds like a machine gun
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>>3648579
looks like a gentle fellow
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>>3649103
animals should fight for food and protection, not for the entertainment and betting of other creatures
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>>3651067
We are Lords of the animals. The purpose of an animal is nothing but death and pain until it dies out in the cold. What better life it has when it is cared for and raised to its fullest strength, and then allowed to fight using the tools nature has laid out for it.
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>>3651209
Good luck getting the general public to sign on for that. We already have a cultural tolerance for activities that can endanger animals so long as we take reasonable precautions to avoid injure to the animal such as rodeo, sheep shearing contests, hell even poultry expositions, but to put engage in a bonafide blood sport with the intent of killing birds vcrosses the line. That is why a tightly controlled push out style fight could be feasible, because the risk of serious injury or death is being actively avoided.
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can i keep a chicken in my apartment?
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>>3648036
Update.
I did jack shit. The fucking chicken sleeps god knows where, and eats on her own as well. She sticks around my chickens all day long but then she goes her own way.
I don't care, but I won't be able to get her eggs, and the others haven't laid yet.
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>>3632513
I remember you from /ck/. That was a good thread.
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>>3652348
Try leaving your coop open one night, see if she goes in. If you get her trapped leave her with the others in the coop for 3 days or so. Should be fairly easy to get her to fold in to the flock.

>>3652332
"Yes" but no, it's not worth the hassle or the headache, not to mention the bird should have more room than you can allow her.
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>>3647081
Wow. Sauerkraut worked a treat! She got really sick, but bounced back in only two days. Vitamin c I guess and she's getting richer feed now. Thx from both of us.
Gets cold to cca. - 15 C'. Can get to negative 20. Everything is frozen because 100% air moisture. Girls still go out but for short periods. I also installed warm water drinking fountains. Great success.
Sry for calling you bro, but as an old saying on 4chins goes..... Their are no girls on the interwebs XD.
For heating we use a mix of wood, solar and central heating(municipal works).
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>>3647081
Not birb related. Here is a pic of the new monastery 16th century or so. It is about 5 miles from my place. The old one on my property burned down or so the monks say. Records are lost. All birds are well, despite the horrible weather, hope you have nicer weather and best of luck.
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>>3654344
Pic. Damn!
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>>3654346
Pic of bullying. Milka(dominant hen) threatening Moja(light color), her lieutenant Rita running to back her up.
Such is life.
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>>3652317
The general public is irrelevant. You could legalise stoning today and the general public wouldn't do shit. They'd complain a few days and then find something else to bitch about. The general public should always be ignored as an irrelevant factor. As long as there's bread and plays, the stupids won't do shit.
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>>3654288
Oh yay! I'm so glad your sweet little hen (Miss Pebbles?) is better. Kimchi/sauerkraut is definitely a winner and a big thanks again to the American (I think) anon who got me on to feeding my hens fermented grains. Best move ever, even if the back of my house smells like a brewery now.

Article about kimchi vs. avian flu:
>A team of researchers, led by Professor Kang Sa-ouk, of the School of
Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, have found a lactic ferment
extract from kimchi to be effective against the avian influenza (bird flu)
virus and other viral diseases affecting poultry. The experiment was conducted
on three groups of 13 chickens infected with the bird flu virus. The first group was
given only water, while the other two groups were given either a concentrated
or diluted culture fluid of Leuconostoc kimchii, a lactic acid bacteria extracted
from kimchi. A week later, all the chickens in the first group died, but 11 chickens
in each of the second and third groups survived and showed signs of recovery.
In addition, the chickens in the second group fed with the concentrated culture
fluid not only recovered fully but also showed a robust gain in weight from
750,800 grams to 1.5 kilograms, and diarrhea symptoms also ceased. “We found
that the chickens recovered from bird flu, Newcastle disease and bronchitis. The
birds’ death rate fell, they were livelier and their stools became normal,” said
Prof. Kang. Prof. Kang’s previous research had already proven the anti-bacterial
power of Leuconostoc kimchii but recent research has found it to be effective in
curing viral diseases in poultry.
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>>3655529
Kimchi originated during ancient times when vegetables were preserved in
salt for the purpose of lasting long, cold winters. Today there are more than 100
types of kimchi, depending on the materials used and length of fermentation
unique to different regions in Korea. Typical fermentation process takes about
23 weeks at 27°C and pH of 4.3. The process also produces lactic acid bacteria
and acetic acid which are known to protect against cancer as well as germs by
suppressing the growth of other types of bacteria. Kimchi contains more lactic
acid bacteria than yoghurt which promotes healthy intestinal micro flora. “Kimchi
is already known to have anti-bacterial powers. But this is the first time kimchi’s
effectiveness in curing viral diseases has been proven,” said one researcher. The
research team has plans to distribute the kimchi culture fluid to poultry farms
across the nation with permission from the National Veterinary Research and
Quarantine Service after conducting more extensive research. The results though
far from being scientifically concrete, promises a possible cure for the bird flu
epidemic that has spread throughout Asia since late 2003.
(Part 2/2)
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>>3655529
Miss Peeps sends her greetings. Very informative reading. The only drawback are quite smelly farts, but I'll take that over a sick bird. Can I ask you for another pic of your lovely hen?
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>>3655534
Aaaaand another.
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>>3654344
Your monastery picture is interesting - the architecture is bizarre, like Dutch mixed with Italian - so very foreign to my eyes.
I was trying to work out if the dark blobs under the top ledge were nests, but I think they are pigeons just perching there.
I'm a bit freaked out by nine babies' faces surrounding the Virgin Mary, and I don't think I have ever seen her depicted with her hands up like that before. Her expression is very human, as are those of the statues of the guys to the lower left and right of her. They're bloody good carvings.
Fascinating, thank you.
What are the words for rooster/hen/chicken in your native language and what is the equivalent of saying "cockadoodleoo" there?
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>>3655561
Miss Peeps is a treasure. You are lucky.
I've been away for three nights in the hope my little golden hen would give up her brooding - her nesting at the end of my bed wore thin a while ago. It's hot at night now, and my feet aren't under blankets so lately she'd been scrabbling her beak over them in the dark trying to pull them towards her to nest on. It wasn't restful. Time to go, and I want her to get back into her hunting, as she's so good at it.
This afternoon when I got back she was nowhere to be seen, I even checked inside the house as she's a determined creature, no - not there either.
I found the little minx sitting on a nest where her grandmother has been laying - God only knows how she managed that as old Babushka is the only hen my little golden hen is scared of. Anyway, I cleared the eggs and hid the nest box and gave her some cape gooseberry treats and sent her away. At last check before nightfall she was sitting on the back doorstep, looking hopeful...
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>>3655563
Lol, our languages are so different but here it goes.... Rooster=Petelin and says KOKURIKKUUU, Hen=Kokosh says Kokoko, chick=pischanec says piipiipii. As for architecture it's a mix of orthodox Greek neoromanic and classical roman. If you enjoyed that I'll post a real castle about half an hours drive away from my property in the "big city". Minx are bad news for birds. Your girl is just gorgeous, love the shape and colour.
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>>3655588
Happy digits, and that town looks timeless and serene. Properly built and maintained, lovely.
Minks are indeed awful for birds, thankfully we don't have them here - we have stoats and ferrets instead. I called my little golden hen a minx, which means something like a deliberately naughty girl.
May I ask how your municipal central heating works? Is it like steam in pipes or something?
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>>3655607
Ah, I misunderstood miks connotation. Live and learn I guess. Municipal central heating is indeed public works of steam pipes. It's quite expensive but very reliable. Everybody pays a fee for maintenance in addition to steam used and a percentage for energy loss if any. Anybody can sign up and in a few weeks they connect you to the system. Once you have a connection, you can branch out to every building on the property if you can afford it. Monthly fee runs me about 380EUR, could be higher but I have solar and my own wood to offset the cost so it comes down to cca. 130Eur. And yes, I do have heating for my Chickens if it drops below - 15C. Not that miss Peeps cares, she lives in a nice house and has her own floor heated room.
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>>3655607
Super nice plates. Hilarious pic of Miss Peeps trying to play my bass guitar.
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>>3655655
Samefagging sorry. Even the shape of our country is somewhat like a chicken. Municipalitys map. Remember there is only cca 2 million Slovenians.
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>>3655686
Damn pics..... Here it is.
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>>3655688
Your country is shaped like an old hen walking, how fantastic. Friends of mine have very dear Slovenian friends and I have tasted some sublime village-made slivovitz from there. It looks and sounds a wonderful place.
Here it is rainy, windy and muddy, the big lambs got into the kitchen before in search of sheep nuts. Mother-hen Louise is out in the long grass under the plum trees with her two babies, scratching happily. I keep an ear out for the blackbirds along the boundary where the cats come from, they are usually good at telling me when there's a cat about.
My little golden hen is back with the flock, still a bit puffed-up and indignant. I expect tonight she'll be back in her prime sleeping spot, 4m up a wych elm tree directly looking in the kitchen window so I can wave to her.
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>>3620166
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>Groans of wounded poultry dying
>Wails of hens and chicks flying
>For the distant succour crying
>Call you, Rooster Pen.
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>>3620166
;_;
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>>3659024
Ah well, he did his duty.
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>>3656708
Oh, that's a darling lady. All the best with her little ones. It's my favourite time when they lead the little chicks around. Goldy will be fine. She just needs adjustment period.
I'm somewhat surprised you even heard of this small country. Cudos to you as you are the first New Zelander I ever spoke to even online.
Woud like to visit, but it's highly unlikely.
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New batch of chicks started hatching today.
So far it's 1 blue ameraucana and 2 salmon faverolles. An olive egger (crested cream legbar X black copper maran) is almost out.
Another 31 eggs to go.
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>>3660208
Sounds like you have the plus ultra of chickens on the way. Keep us posted.
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Can my turkeys hang out with you guys?
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>>3660208
Ohh man, I've got the saucepan hot.
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>>3660568
Anytime. They are so pretty. What sort of turkeys are these?
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>>3623999
What ?
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>>3660599
Those are Royal Palm Turkeys, I also have some dwarf turkeys in there but they are a boring white color.
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>>3660412

So far it's a bunch of salmon faverolles, some blue Ameraucana, cream legbar/Maran crosses (olive eggers), one blue laced red wyandotte and an Ameraucana/Brahma mix.
About halfway through hatching.

Also took 6 dozen hatching eggs and some Faverolles roosters to the auction today. Trying to see what breeds are popular with the eggs so I get a better idea of what to focus on breeding.
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>>3660568
Always. Pic related, my narragansett pair.
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>>3661288
What magnificent birds you both have, are they female birds shown in your pictures? How do they relate to your chickens? Please may we have some more pictures, they are splendid fowl.
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>>3661306
My narragansett pair is a pair, the tom has more white in his tail than the hen.
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Auction was very busy tonight.
I bought a rabbit.
Highlight of my eggs was the blue laced red wyandottes- $15 for a dozen.
Rabbits (as usual) sold for retarded prices
I've been paying attention every auction and the white rabbits with hard black markings sell the best- like $30-$40.
I was at the tail end of the auction and most people had left and I got this guy for $10.

Buying GF...
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>>3661823
>Buying GF...
But you already have chickens...
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>>3661837
I need a gf for the bunny.
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>>3661094
48 eggs went in to incubator.
First week of candling showed growth in 34.
27 hatched.
Rather shitty odds overall but a couple of the hens/roosters are just past pullet stage so I wasn't surprised.
My older hens had 100% to 95% hatch rates this round.
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>>3662185
just find a girl on Instagram who calls her dog a fur baby, she'll definitely fuck any animal.
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>cousin has chickens, first timet
>Buys them a large expensive hutch
>Gets tired of cleaning it
>Just let's the chickens run loose, frequently coming onto my property
>I don't mind, but I know what's going to happen.
>Fox happens
Rip little white hen, I'll forever remember you walking down the trail by the water on a sunny day with your sisters, like little ladies in their Sunday best. I'm sorry my cousin was retarded.
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>>3645778
Geese and turkeys bond to humans if you only have 1-2 of them. I have 2 male turkeys who are very friendly but do a good job of guard duties keeping animals away and keeping the peace among the chickens.
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>>3662871
Free ranging poultry isn't impossible based upon your location, but you are definitely taking your chances with predators. I think it makes for much happier, more social animals that and vying for territory in a small pen but the loss to hawks, owls, coyotes, neighborhood dogs, etc is inevitable.
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>>3620166
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very nice birds in this thread, everyone
:)
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>>3663764
thanks
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>>3663230
What are these, peafowl? Are they yours or are they wild? They're cool.
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>>3663230
would integrating a number of swans/geese and obviously a big ass rooster into the hen flock be the best way to ward of predators? or just get a herding dog?
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>>3663822
Just get 2 turkeys and feed the bluejays if you have them.
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FACT: i have the best cornish ever.
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>>3663848
Substantial-looking hen. Tell us about her.
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>>3664355
1. she SASSY.
2. she SOFT.
3. she SPOILED.
4. she OLD.
5. she SASSY.
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>>3664794
No disrespect, but she doesn't look that particularly cornish to me. You know her bloodline by chance? Shes got better patterning than most hatchery cornish I've seen, but her head/feathers/body just seems off compared to every cornish I've seen. Pic related is more in line with the cornish I'm familiar with
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>>3665015
well she's supposedly a dark cornish, but shes not squatty and boxy like most dark cornishes i've seen. 90% of dk's seem to be bantams, and i bought more dks back in 2019 and while they aren't SMASHED and SLAMMED like the "bantam" variety of dks, they're only about half her size. so i think shes some kind of rare full size dk that or she's just a big bitch. but she was purchased so long ago all records of where she came from has been lost to time. (6 to 8 years ago)
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>>3665149
She's a good old bird. What does dk stand for?
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dark kornish. i dont know why but i used a k instead of a c. me stoopid.
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>>3663779
I have 4 Peacocks, two males and two females. They are all fairly young (around 8 months) but are happy to free range around our land and always return to their roost in the barn every evening.
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How did you get into chickens?
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>>3661823
let that bunny be cage free!!! are you crazy





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