Lol jbish @ being a crazy chicken lady. I've only ever had chicks over december/january so never bought them inside as it was a lot warmer. I'd probably bring them inside, does it get frosty where you are? I used to bring the orphan lambs inside when they were really new to sleep by the wood fire.
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27-06-2012 09:02 #21
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27-06-2012 10:57 #22
Nah it's not frosty here. I live in suburban Brisbane. Although, the weather has been very chilly and the weather channel has said it will get down to 3 next week so I don't know. They have been in a cage in my spare room under a heat lamp. I turn it off during the day as they're bigger now, but always put it on at night. I think i'll put them out during the day and bring them in at night at least until they get a big bigger and a few more feathers.
I'm very attached and would hate them to get sick/die from the weather.
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27-06-2012 12:41 #24
Not 100% sure Wallflower, we pick it up on Thursday so once DP put's it together i'll suss it out. If I can safely put the light in that might be a good idea for the time being. Not sure with all this rain we've had here, it's freezing! It's supposed to clear up before the weekend so we'll see.
How funny do they look at his age, they are so gangly looking, but still cute.
27-06-2012 12:52 #25
I have always wanted chooks - when the kindy did the hatchery thing last year, we impulsively brought three chicks home, we built them a coop out of pallets and scraps we have in the shed - we spent $60 on chicken wire, hinges and bolts.
[great considering the coops I was looking at were over $500!]
Two of our babies turned out to be roosters - so a lovely friend [hubber] adopted the boys and we located some relpacements.
Unfortunatley one got unwell very quickly and passed away (I think she had an impacted crop) and another attempted to eat the scraps our dog was eating - bad move, poor chookie
The two we have left roam the yard - they have made a bit of a mess and come spring I will be sectioning off a part of the yard for them, one of my dogs eats the chcken poop - which is a BONUS! the coop run floor never gets really dirty. I shred old newspapers to line their nest box and feed them on good quality layer pellets. On occassion they get some scramble eggs with shells and yogurt mixed through - and ofcourse they love the compost heap.
IF I remember I run out and lock the coop gate at night - even with a few cats in the neighbourhood, my two border collies have been good at protecting our yard.
They are VERY much a part of our family.
Depending on what we cook up - I sometimes need a carton of shop bought eggs in teh fridge for back up. Am hoping to get maybe another 2 or 3 to replace the ones we lost.
OUR CHOOKIE ADVENTURE ~
27-06-2012 13:25 #26Senior Member
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we stated off we 6 chooks and the cost just for them was roughly $90 BUT then our dog got overly friendly and killed 2 BUT 4 is plenty for us as they lay an egg a day but coming into winter now only getting 1 a day. Our coop is just recycled from by the looks of it the back part of a ute but the bigger kind if that makes sense lol. They are free range so let them out in the morning lock up at night but i am lazy and sometimes for get (once i didnt close the door for 3 nights) and they still just go "home" and they werent taken so dont know if its the weather being too cold for cats/foxes to b out. They do make a mess of the yard but ours is just temporary place surrounded by sand...did have a veggie patch but didnt take off lol and because the backyard is pretty big we dont have a problem with poop on shoes but i have adopted the no shoes in the house rule mainly because of the sand. I get scraps from woolies and my mum works at an iga so gets scraps and usually get a 20-30kg bag of wheat for roughly $10 same with a square hay bale only $10. HTH
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27-06-2012 13:29 #27
Fiveinthebed I just LOVED looking through that album! You started where we started, widdle babies from kindy hatching! I have 2 black ones, a white one and a brown one. So keeping my fingers crossed they are GIRLS!
27-06-2012 13:37 #28
We had 6 ex-cage hens before I moved here. They slaughter them once they are a year old (used in dog food etc) whilst they are still great layers! We got pretty much an egg a day from them once they settled.
They were in pretty poor condition though, poor little mites most had only a few feathers and they were scrawny as. We fed them up and looked after them and they became fantastic looking!
They take a bit of love and care when you first get them, but we found it really rewarding to give them another chance
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27-06-2012 13:52 #29
We've had chickens for a few years now and have just bought 12 more today (our total is 15 now).
We love the abundance of eggs we get and the kids walk around the neighbourhood giving away or bartering the eggs for home grown vegies- our own little community in suburbia!
We have Isa Browns, they are great with the kids- the kids pick them up and cuddle them etc......never had an issue with that.
The chickens are out all day and get along with our labrador just fine, they take themselves back into the pen at night time. The mess is ok, nothing too bad that can't be fixed with a hose at least.
I have a bit of a bird phobia so they scare me a bit but the kids and Dh love them and look after them- they're pretty easy care.
27-06-2012 14:01 #30Senior Member
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Not sure if you've already investigated but there are heaps of places out there (on the net I've seen heaps) that rent chickens!
You can rent a couple or heaps and a house. If you don't like it then they come and get them and you're no worse off, but if you like them you can buy them and the house. But it's a good way of doing a trial run, especially if you're worried about the initial outlay and it doesn't work out!
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