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April 10, 2014 at 12:00 am #63528
Can someone give tips on raising chickens?
MINIMAL,the most bare numbers to buy chicks (or chicken) to START for personal consumption and re selling that would EVENTUALLY grow to last year round.April 11, 2014 at 12:00 am #68168WrethaOffGridParticipant
Depends on how many are in your household who will be eating the eggs and/or chicken…. we have neighbors who buy up a dozen or more laying hens, then end up with more eggs than they can deal with, you must remember that during peak laying time (young healthy hens in summer) they will give you on average one egg per hen per day, so if you have a dozen hens, that’s a dozen eggs, PER DAY.
Personally, if I were going to get chickens for eggs, for 2 adults in the house, I would have 3-6 laying hens, no more. If you have a way to sell the eggs, then go ahead and get more, understand that you are going to have to have a way to store the eggs before sale, that means lots of egg cartons, you will either have to buy them or begin saving cartons, get your friends, family and neighbors to save egg cartons for you, you can NEVER have too many of those!
Do you have customers yet? Those who want to buy eggs from you? Depending on how and where you sell, you will either have to sell “under the table” or you will have to have a tax ID and whatever health and sanitation inspections and permits necessary. It all depends on how much you want the local and state government in your life, pocketbook and hen house :)
Are you looking for laying or meat chickens? Are you planning on having roosters to propagate your flock or will you buy more chickens as time goes by?
WrethaApril 11, 2014 at 12:00 am #68169
hi wretha (& everyone)
Depends on how many are in your household who will be eating the eggs and/or chicken
sorry I forgot to mention,It would be around 1 – 2 persons only.
we have neighbors who buy up a dozen or more laying hens, then end up with more eggs than they can deal with
thats exactly what Im trying to avoid. :)
if I were going to get chickens for eggs
how about for meat consumption?
Do you have customers yet? Those who want to buy eggs from you?
none of the above. :) most probably I’ll be selling under the table.
Are you planning on having roosters to propagate your flock or will you buy more chickens as time goes by?
..planning to propagate the flock from the initial 6 chickens.. any tips regarding this?
other facts : I live on a rainy & dry tropical weather.
6 is the magic number for start up (egg,meat,propagation)
thanks wretha :)April 12, 2014 at 12:00 am #68172beastParticipant
2 hens and a rooster will give you 2 eggs a day for most of each year
if you get multi-pu7rpose chickens youll also get meat
best bet is 6 straight run chicks, brood them up and watch them
keep the dominant rooster, eat the rest
watch your hens, some will lay egs and leave them
some will try to set on the eggs, these are your brooders
save the best brooders then the best layers
once you have you base flock dont collect the eggs in late spring
for a couple weeks, youll get a whole new flock for meat
keep track of your hens, after 2 years save a couple hen chicks
to replace the original hens
your original rooster will stay good for several more years
after that buy a few chicks to improve your bloodlines
note: if you play with your chicks the grown birds will be much
friendlier when you collect eggs or go to butcherApril 12, 2014 at 12:00 am #68175
hi beast ,
your math is even simpler.i like it as well.
3 chickens to supply 2 eggs the whole year :)
what characteristics should i watch for the best brooder,layer?
thanks for the inputs everyone,keep posting.August 8, 2014 at 12:00 am #68401
some chickens dont go broody often , If you have any chicken that goes broody I would keep it. A broody mama that isnt afraid to get up once a day a drink and eat is a keeper. If the chicken just sits there till its about dead I wouldnt.
Best layers are those that lay the most reliably. some chickens will lay 4 a week for most of the year while others might lay 3 a week for half the year. in that case you know what one to keep.August 13, 2014 at 12:00 am #68412
thanks for the input Aardeng.
keep postingAugust 16, 2014 at 12:00 am #68416beastParticipant
chickens lay the most eggs the 1st year after they turn 6months old
you might get 200 eggs or maybe more from that age group
after that, fried chicken is damned good…lol
barred rocks, white rocks, rhode island reds are the best multipurpose breeds
if you want more meat try jersey giants
if you want more eggs try leghorns
buff orpingtons are a multi breed too but ive never liked them
bantams are a great layer/brooder but very tiny and their eggs are small
araconas lay pretty colored eggs and arent bad for meat
i usually run a couple from each breed and let them cross breed
you get more versatility that way and if you watch a much better chicken in the endAugust 16, 2014 at 12:00 am #68418
depends on the breed some chickens will not get anywhere near 200 eggs per year while others will go to over 300, some lay nearly year round some lay enough to hatch out twice a year. I would keep an egg laying bird for more than a year, probably 3 maybe 4 for a good bird. there are stories of a breed developed by the University of Arkansas that at 4 years old still lay 5 eggs per week.
Most people like buff orpingtons, or any rock breed for a first time duel purpose bird. I would stick with a pure bloodline , stay away from mutts, If you breed some nice chickens they can bring in a pretty penny, a mixed breed rooster isn’t worth much.
you also need to consider your climate when picking a breed. Some simply wont lay in the cold and others dont handle heat well at all.
I spent 13 years on a chicken farm and I am about to start oneAugust 29, 2014 at 12:00 am #68435
beast & aardeng
thank you for the inputs! :)
any technique on how to humanely end chickens for their meat
keep posting :)August 29, 2014 at 12:00 am #68436
I was going to go on about how humanely ending somethings life is an oxymoron but i let that out on somebody else today lol,
there are so many methods, my old step dad would walk up behind a chicken while it was scratching and pecking and knock its head right off , instant death, a nice size stick or dowel will do it, my neighbor will pet the chicken than snap its neck quickly once its calm. most people will say the use of a butcher cone would be the most human but thats only because they dont have to watch the body flop around so its easier on the butcher. you can kill it and leave in in a cone to drain blood for a while if you kill them any other way you have to wait for them to stop jumping before you hang them for draining. A butcher cone is what most hand processing facilities use.
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