Raising chickens...info/advice/help

Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:31 am

How cold does it have to be to require a heat lamp for the chickens?
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:36 am

Hmmmmm, colder then a witches tit??????????????????????????? :clap: toothy
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:35 am

My hens were fine at a few days of -10. This site says -20:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/homestea ... b0z10zblon
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: coalfan On: Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:57 am

depends on how many birds /the coupe and where located !!! lot of variables .
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:41 am

Chicks need heat when it gets cold, adults, not so much.
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: lsayre On: Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:18 am

coaledsweat wrote:Chicks need heat when it gets cold, adults, not so much.


That's how I've always looked at it. But then the coldest it ever gets around here is about -25, and thats a once in a few decades event. In reality -20 is about as low as it gets here. I believe Rob sees as low as -50.

FWIW, the all time recorded low temperature in Ohio was -39 degrees in Milligan, OH on February 10th, 1899. By my guess about 110 miles due south of my location.
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:14 pm

Just remember when adding heat, be careful how much you add. A person just wants to take the 'dangerous' chill out of the air, too much heat will mess them up.
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:34 pm

I built my chicken house without a floor. Any liquid can seep down thru the ground,the chickens can scratch in the dirt & take dust baths,the dirt floor is not as cold as an uninsulated floor would be. With no floor there is no worry about rats living between the floor & the ground. 8x14 filled with 35 chickens keeps them comfy thru the cold weather.
RATS.... Don't have feed available overnite,keep the extra feed in a metal garbage can,rats generally feed at nite.
No food available little worry of rats.
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:41 pm

A little tip for cooking old hens. Use a slow cooker, set the temperature at about 150 degrees for 12 hours. If the water boils, the meat will be tough.
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: top top On: Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:06 pm

SWPaDon wrote:A little tip for cooking old hens. Use a slow cooker, set the temperature at about 150 degrees for 12 hours. If the water boils, the meat will be tough.


Never tried that, thanks for the tip. We would grind the cooked meat and make chicken nuggets or patties. Similar to fish cakes or crab cakes.

Lots of good advice already on this thread, here is what we did.

About cold weather, choose a breed suitable for your area and they won't need or want heat unless it gets abnormally cold. They do need to be out of the wind, and you may have problems with their feet freezing when they roost. I built my coop from the back of a cube van. 14' long, 8' high, 8' wide, hardwood floor and a roll up door on the back. I only closed the door in cold weather. I put a raised platform in the nose, a sheet of 4x8 plywood, with a small hole in the side for the chicken access. On the side facing the door I put sliding gates I built from an old wrought iron railing. The birds can't get out, but it provides good airflow in hot weather and easy access to gather eggs. Sort of looked like a jail cell, three solid walls and one wall with bars. Hence, I called my chickens Jailbirds. I put straw bedding on top of the platform and no perches. In cold weather they just lined up in one corner and seemed very comfortable plus their feet stayed warm. In hot weather they would sometimes roost outside in the enclosed run. On the hottest days I put a plastic pool in the run and filled it with fresh water each morning. During the hottest part of the day they would get in there and cool off. The run was 10' x 25' and half was covered, I had an old table and other stuff in there that they sat on. Inside I put an Igloo type dog house for a nest box, but they never used it. They just went behind it and made their own nest in the straw. The round top of the igloo kept them from roosting there. I kept extra bales of straw under the platform which kept it warm in winter. I let the birds free range in the pasture during the day, locked them into the run at night. The straw bedding stayed surprisingly clean and odor free. The birds didn't seem to crap all over everything like they do when on a perch. BTW, we usually kept 12 birds. For the OP, I suggest you start with no more than four to six hens. Four hens that are kept comfortable and well fed will supply most families with plenty of eggs.
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:21 pm

4 hens = 4 eggs per day,i eat 4-6 eggs for breakfast myself,only 4 would mean rationing them so everyone could taste them. Might as well have a dozen chickens or more,eat as many eggs for breakfast as you need & have eggs to use for cooking. :)
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:37 pm

As a hen ages, her eggs get bigger. The old birds are making the jumbos.
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:32 am

I am up to 5 eggs per day. Hopefully the rest of the hens start laying soon. In the meantime they are cleaning up the apples.
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: johnjoseph On: Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:35 am

Outstanding! I'm at 4 dozen a day! They love apples for sure....and potatoes!
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Re: Raising chickens...info/advice/help

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:06 pm

Please be careful with green potato skins. They are toxic.

http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013 ... ckens.html
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