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We have finally gotten some roosters to start our [sign in to see URL] found any hens as of yet, but think DH (and maybe me) will head to his sister's in VA to see if she's got a hen or 2 she'd be willing to let go [sign in to see URL] she said her father-in-law had some he'd probably let us [sign in to see URL] have to see. We wanted older hens so once they got settled in good, they'd go ahead and start layin. With chicks, you gotta wait....... Anyway... our roosters are Cheech and Chong, and they're sure big boys! Not sure what [sign in to see URL] think they're mixed, but love to talk to us when we go to let them out of the coop in the mornings.
DH held each one while I clipped wings. It was a first for me, but I got it done and all was good. One of them tried to fly over the fence, but got nowhere, since the balance is off by clipping only one [sign in to see URL], learned as we went emoticon can hardly wait for some fresh eggs!!!

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We will be buying hens as soon as we move in - run up a cover for them and sit back and wait for eggs. We will not be buying the living noisy alarm clocks. The reason I will be having them caged in a large run is having lost ours to a Red Tail hawk in the space of a week, I don't feel like letting that happen again. So we have caged chickens in a twenty foot by ten foot cage. emoticon

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A cage is good, or some bushes they can hide in. Chicken are pretty smart when it comes to escaping from predators.

But I like the idea of a cage - possibly even a moving one - so they can clean up after you on garden beds and fertilize them at the same time.

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I know chickens are supposed to be smart enough to avoid being eaten by predators, but ours proved otherwise. Within a two week period we lost them all to one bird.

The cage we will build will be on skids - to allow it to be moved around the field, to give an unlimited range for them. It will be pulled by tractor, so can be quite large.

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Good Luck [sign in to see URL] always let hers have free run of the yard during the [sign in to see URL] locked them in the chicken house by night.

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We must have dumb chickens in Texas. I feel like they were trying to get eaten by the bobcat sometimes. Sigh.
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Ours were Dumb too - one didn't even try to get away from the Red Tail - just stood there and got eaten. Darned birds.

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Hmmm. Maybe they had their survival skills bred out of them - don't need them in those hen factories!

Maybe you could try old breeds? At any rate, I'm wishing you good luck with your hens.

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There is a chicken place in Virginia near the cabin, that has old breeds where we will be getting our new ones from.

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Sounds great! There is a park near where I live where they preserve lots of old breeds. And in cooperation with farmers and private breeders, they try to maintain them.

When I get my own house, I'd love to have some old breeds. (And yes, when.) Almost all of them are hardier and longer lived than the modern turbo-breeds.

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