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Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Tobar Jun 12, 2009.

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Free laying hens to Permaculture members

Sadly I am finding myself needing to rehome my beloved hens. They are 2 Easter eggers (Ameraucana), 1 RIR, and 1 Black Sex Link (Black Star). All lay like clockwork, the Black Star being the most productive. If taking pairs, I prefer the 2 Easter Eggers stay together, they love each other but hate the other 2. And vice versa. I love them dearly and tears are in my eyes as I type this. I want to give them to someone who knows how to properly care for them and will not butcher them down the road.…See More
Sep 16, 2009
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6 month old RIR not laying yet

Shouldn't my RIR be laying by now? She is the most hen pecked, bottom of the pecking order gal that I have, could this cause her to be delayed? She is really a nervous wreck....she always acts like she's expecting a beating at the food dish. Just curious...all my other hens lay like clock work.
Jul 9, 2009
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Teeny Weeny Egg

My hen, who is a 4 1/2 month old Black Sex Link, laid this cute tiny little egg! I saw it in the next box, and couldn't believe it. In the neighboring nest box was another gargantuan egg laid by my Ameracauna hen. What a day and night difference between the 2. I took pics of the tiny egg and big egg next to a normal egg so you can see the difference! Has anyone else had tiny eggs like this?
Jun 11, 2009
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Tiny Egg

My hen, who is a 4 1/2 month old Black Sex Link, laid this cute tiny little egg! I saw it in the next box, and couldn't believe it. In the neighboring nest box was another gargantuan egg laid by my Ameracauna hen. What a day and night difference between the 2. I took pics of the tiny egg and big egg next to a normal egg so you can see the difference! Has anyone else had tiny eggs like this?
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Check out this mondo egg my hen laid today!

I just couldn't believe how big it is!!! Poor hen....ouch.See More
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I own a vintage clothing store in Tempe, we specialize in Levi's but have many other items, western shirts, cowboy boots, turquoise jewelry, jackets, old tshirts etc. The Blue Jean Buyer.
I have 4 chickens at the moment, 2 Ameracaunas, 1 RIR, 1 Black Star. Noone has started laying yet, but I am eagerly awaiting the day I see my first egg. My chickens are my pets, they bring me peace and joy when I watch them.
I also paint and draw when I get the chance. And make one of a kind sock monkeys. Kind of hard when you work as much as I do and have 3 kids to chase after.
I'm glad I stumbled on this group/site, I enjoy reading what others have to say about micro livestock.

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At 6:44pm on October 7, 2009, Susan said…
I just posted to your blog but what is going on? Do you need me to keep your girls until you get settled again? Hope all is well! Send me an update when you get a chance!
At 10:57am on September 17, 2009, Vanessa Rice said…
Hi Krissy did you find homes for all of your girls yet?

At 8:27am on August 8, 2009, Susan said…
hi Krissy,
I am loving the cooler mornings! Got up this morning at 5:30 and there was a chill in the pool. It was nice. Tried to walk my dogs who haven't been out of the house in a year and most likely not on a walk for several years...I'm terrible! Now trying to do the 'healthy' thing and get them out too. They are big and very unsocialized. My coop d ville is just hopping with action. We treated the 3 new babies with antibiotics as they all had an upper respitory and eye infections. Now they are in the little hutch inside the coop and the 5 adolescents are out with the 4 big girls. Only two are laying eggs still. Dixie is about 4 months and Phyllis is about 6 months. Not sure when polish bantams lay eggs but I'm curious to see what they will look like. The squash bugs ruin everything left worth anything this year so I cleaned out my garden last weekend and threw what compost I had on it and covered it with a layer of straw. I don't even know what the next step is but have been looking at the planting calendar to see what I'm suppose to be planting and it's getting close to doing the winter garden already! I wish I had a truck to get a load of Ken Singh's compost accross town. All the chickens loooove the misters and they have been a life saver and stress reliever for sure! I can't wait to have a larger egg production! Hope your summer is finally cooling off and your chickens are doing well...It really has been an experience and I'm so glad I've had you to share it with.
Take care,
At 6:46pm on July 13, 2009, Susan said…
I came home Friday to Louise (Ameraucana) down with heat exhaustion. She even laid an egg that day! She couldn't get up, was limp and panting really hard. I was FREAKED out to say the least. I set up the emergency triage in our master bathroom and gave her a sitz bath in cool water. She recovered in about an hour. I went out and hosed down the rest of the flock then let them out to cool off in the yard. Saturday, we went to Water and Ice and bought 3 large blocks and stuck them in the coops under the two fans. Then my husband went to Lowes and bought a $29 mister set. We stuck it on the long 'sun' side of the coop (though there are shade covers). I can't tell you how well it works! The coop is 5 X 10. The front side (2 1/2 X 10) stays a bit wet and cool but that's ok because the other side stays dry and cool. It's a perfect set up! They loooooove it! It's so cool in there that I moved the 5 two week old chicks out into the hutch which is still inside. My husband caught the chicken bug and built a cool green corregated roof top a few weeks ago. Then this weekend he built a matching double nest box with a hinged lid! It has a little green roof at an angle so I have it on the 'wet' side where it's cooler and Thelma and Louise have both used it today! I'm sure it's much better then those old plastic boxes they had before! So then we put a tree pole in about a foot or so off the ground in the back with a fan that blows the length of the pole so they can get up off the ground for a cool breeze. I've also been feeding them frozen bananas, chilled cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden in the morning to hydrate them as Rachel suggested. I think I've turned it into the neighborhood Aviary Resort because every time I go out there to check on things, all the sparrows and doves are chilling out taking dust baths! I even love being in there!
I'm on vacation this week so I can make sure the coop-d-ville is top notch before I head back to work! I hope your girls are doing good. I highly recommend a mister if you can fit it into your coop design. Let me know what you think, Susan
At 10:52pm on June 22, 2009, Susan said…
Hi Krissy!
I have three roosters out of the 4 chicks. Phillis is still on the fence. We don't know if it's Phillip yet. I am so dissapointed! At least we get to pick out and have more baby chicks. That was soooo fun! The 'boys' are crowing every morning, or trying to crow. There's one that even crows at night. My neighbors aren't compaining yet but I'm sure they may soon. I wish I had more eggs. We maybe get about 10 a week and we all love eggs. I can't believe you are getting 2 1/2 dozen! That is great! I'm jealous! My neighbor read the article in the paper about backyard chickens and is thinkin about raising meat birds. I may go in with him...not sure yet if it would be worth it.....what do you think?
At 10:02am on June 9, 2009, Susan said…
My neighbor behind me wants to eat the roosters. He wants to try an experiment to see if it is too hard to process them. He saw the article in the paper on backyard chickens and wants to get 50 or so chickens and raise them for meat. He is the one that got me turned on to gardening. I don't really know if he's serious and that would just kill the kids! I am going to talk to the gal that gave me the chicks to see if she wants them back first as she's a softy. I would probably give 'Phil' to her too as they are free range and he/she would have a great life and I'd be able to check in on him/her. Then that would give me some openings in the Johnson Coop for some new additions. I would only have 3 girls and room for at least two more. I am kind of excited because I loved raising the babies. My neighbors all know about the chickens and they are great neighbors. We don't have an HOA so I'm safe for sure. My coop is 100'ds of feet away from the nearest house or 'bedroom'. The Tempe code's are very evasive I'm sure for a reason. I'm only a few streets away from rural farming anyway and can hear roosters in the am..and now from my back yard. I heard what I thought was a crow, then went out there and sure enough, one of the black chickens was stretching his neck up for a err-a-err-a-errrrr! He did this about 4 times. We are planning to get up early and have breakfast out by the coop so we can watch the action and see who else is crowing. Another one tried to chime in and I couldn't tell if it was Phillis or a brown chick. I thought it was Phyllis..and come to think of it..she acts like the boy chickens, trying to spar and she's always been kinda bossy...but she/he, doesn't have tail feathers and is now 4 months old. I'm so confused!!! Take pics of your freaky eggs! I want to see all three sizes together!!
At 6:30am on June 9, 2009, Susan said…
OMGosh! I heard 2 of my 5 unknowns crowing this morning! Phillis may be a Phil! One of the black chicks was crowing like a big guy!
At 4:58pm on June 8, 2009, Susan said…
3-4 eggs! that is fantastic! I wish I knew if mine were girls or boys...maybe you can take a peek at the pics and give me your best guess. I have two black ones that seem to spar all the time but the only all black chickens from the farm are all girls. no roosters. There is also two brown ones and one has a bigger comb, red...but there are also brown chickens with big combs at the farm...I may have 3 and when will I be able to tell for sure?? Congrats on your newly painted coop. Can't wait to see the pics. I have tennis elbow from tearing up newspaper for my compost!
At 5:01pm on June 6, 2009, Susan said…
Hi Krissy!
I hope your chicken is ok after laying those big eggs! It is crazy that she lays big and then normal..Keep me posted. Went to the saturday tour this morning and am planning to go to the Bee house tour tomorrow. Do you have a garden too? Do you use your chicken drops in your compost? I have started composting the drops but don't know how long they have to hot compost before they are cool enough for dressing veggies....any ideas?
At 2:55pm on May 20, 2009, Michelle said…
Oh, I am so sorry that must have been hard for you and your son. I wont trust any of my dogs, not because they aren't all really good dogs, just because they are dogs. I think that most have an instinctive, and strong hunting instinct that gets the better of them whether they like it or not. Perhaps if you raise a small puppy and chickens together it might be different, I am not sure. Anyway, I will do all I can to keep the dogs away totally because I couldn't bear for anything to happen.

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