a reply to: pheonix358
Never feed eggs to chickens, not even the shells. They may start eating the ones they lay.
I feed my chickens the shells, but only after I have sat them on the stove (old cook stove I have in the kitchen) so that they can dry out. In the
summer, I stick them in the oven on a lower heat setting for a few minutes and that does the trick.
You have to dry them out enough so that you can crumble them.....then just mix those crumbled [dried] shells into the feed mix or scraps that you feed
them. Don't worry too much about the sharp edges...I've never had a problem. Chickens like to eat rocks, so they can handle them.
It's actually really good for your chickens....and in the winter when there is less sun and fresh bugs for them to eat, it will keep them laying.
But, yeah...don't feed them shells without drying them first. They WILL start "sucking" eggs....
a reply to: Domo1
If you want some chickens with a bit more easy going persona....try bannie chickens. The eggs are of the "small" variety (though apparently that
doesn't matter because it's just the two of you) but they are very gentle chickens that are easy going and always lay (sometimes, some of mine lay
twice a day at times...especially summer)
I keep them with my larger chickens..
Also, a side note, when it comes to roosters, bannie roosters are about the only roosters I have found that will live in harmony together. Any other
types I get want to fight and fight. For some reason, the bannies don't do that. But since you said no roosters, that is neither here nor
Oh....and about processing them. 3 to 5 years is about the entire life span of a chicken. (I've had some live a bit longer...but not often).....if
you wait that long to slaughter, they are going to be tough eatin'. It is generally best to slaughter a lot earlier, if you are going to.
I just got done slaughtering and processing a bunch the other day. Freezer is now full of fresh chickens (YUMMY)...
And, for the record...if done properly, it's not a noisy process....so, if you CHOOSE, you could just thumb the rules and proceed.
..............as for "do they STFU at night"? LOL...
Most do, unless, like others said, predators get after them. My rooster. That bastard starts about 3 am...every...single....morning...and he and the
neighbors bannie roosters compete...all....morning....long....lol
The little bannies up the road sound like him, just really sick with something in their throats'....lol.
He sounds like he has a mic and huge speakers down in the coop. Of course, he is a VERY large rooster that took the place of a RIR (rhode island red)
I had which met it's demise after it wouldn't stay off my freakin' shoulders every time I tried to go in the coop to do work. The last time, his neck
met my hand....no more head for mister pain in the ass
...I don't miss the SOB...
The one I have now is pleasant...and the kids that come around love him. He stands nearly as tall as my 3 year old nephew....
ETA: It's the calcium in the shells that is really good for them. I was pretty sure, but wanted to be super sure before posting it here.
Here is a LINK
discussing the matter.
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