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    I grew up around chickens. Don't have any now (dont live on a chicken farm anymore lol) but my neighbours do. And it's so irritating that they haven't got a proper coop. Is just built up against the fence and the chicken poop comes under our fence. Not cool. Just make sure they are contained properly

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    If you are feeding egg shells back to them, make sure they are cooked, either from boiled eggs, or leave the shells on top of your oven until the egg white left in the shell looks cooked.

    Supply them with grit/small stones for their crops.

    Protein is important for them.

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    Hi all! We got 1 isa brown, 1 black australorp and 1 white leghorn. All 3 are laying 1 egg a day! We have so many eggd we are giving some away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM View Post
    If you are feeding egg shells back to them, make sure they are cooked, either from boiled eggs, or leave the shells on top of your oven until the egg white left in the shell looks cooked.

    Supply them with grit/small stones for their crops.

    Protein is important for them.
    Can I ask why they need to be cooked?

    I've never cooked mine.

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    You're supposed to cook them so they don't get the taste for raw egg and start eating their eggs.

    Tho, I have never cooked mine and never had a prob.

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    Layer pellets are better than grains unless you can get a well balanced grain mix. If you just feed straight grain you will end up with all sorts of mineral and trace element deficiencies. These can be minimised with a good range of kitchen scraps and letting them free range and eat the garden. My Isa Browns are still laying at 5 years, at least 3 eggs a week. And be prepared that laying will fluctuate with the weather.

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    I got some chickens the other day and a couple of them have quite a few feathers missing. One has half it's feathers missing. The guy I got them from says they have just molted and they are fine. Does this sound right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesperatelySeekingSleep View Post
    I got some chickens the other day and a couple of them have quite a few feathers missing. One has half it's feathers missing. The guy I got them from says they have just molted and they are fine. Does this sound right?
    Keep an eye on them, check them out for mites (under their wings, around neck and vent) ...but yes, chickens do go through moulting and end up looking quite scraggly - if healthy and fed well, they grow new feathers and look beautiful.

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    check out backyardchickens.com

    great site!

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