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Home chicken questions.....

Post by basingstoke_chicken » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:30 am

Hey Guys and Girls...

my son and i have just got 4 chickens for home, a nice coop with a generous run along with all the bits needed..
i had a couple of questions about letting the chickens out in the garden..

my back garden has plenty of veg growing.. will the chickens eat it or wreck it..?
i'm thinking i should be protecting the veg...?
i'm keeping peas, pototoes, tomatoes, chilles, strawberys .. etc....

also, when i do let them out for the first time, would it be best to do this gradually , i.e. maybe let them out late one afternoon rather than early in the day..? this way i would expect them to return to the coop themselves for the night rather than to be shooed in....

i'm currently just feeding them pellets and bit of veg... anyone got any suggestions about what extra's as treats i can give them from time to time..?

if your wondering ages etc.. the chickens are at point of lay..
thanks in advance.. great web site this......

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Post by McFarmer » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:52 am

I've got a dozen hens and they will scratch in any exposed soil so yes they will do the garden no good. Let them out when ever, they will go back in to lay.
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Re: Home chicken questions.....

Post by RGSP » Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:46 pm

basingstoke_chicken wrote: my back garden has plenty of veg growing.. will the chickens eat it or wreck it..?
They certainly can and will wreck some gardens, but others are OK. The main thing is how many chickens and how big a garden? A couple of hens in a large/medium garden won't do a great deal of harm, but even then I would protect young seedlings. Fruit bushes and trees are more-or-less OK, but I wouldn't trust them with strawberries, and so on. Our geriatric hens (inherited from a friend who died of cancer, and therefore can't really be put in the pot) live permanently in an orchard, and do well there.

You probably ought to be giving them some layers pellets in the morning, but some corn tailings or kitchen scraps regularly given in the evening will get them back into a pen if they've been out during the day. By the way, DEFRA have made feeding kitchen scraps to chickens illegal, so I couldn't possibly say that the chickens enjoy spare cooked veg, or that I think the eggs taste better for them.

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Post by colliemaid » Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:35 pm

remember the fox as well they will take them during the day as well if they can

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Post by dust n diesel » Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:11 pm

I find chickens are often best shut in the oven at about 200 degrees C for 2-3 hours, preferabky with a nice oatmeal stuffing and some lemon slices placed under the skin.
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Post by Lord Muck » Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:39 pm

Hi Basingstoke Chicken.

Where abouts in the basingstoke area are you ?

I always find a mix of corn, veg peelings and Barkers Eggs keep the chickens healthy.
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Post by rogerm » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:27 pm

Lord Muck wrote:Hi Basingstoke Chicken.

Where abouts in the basingstoke area are you ?

I always find a mix of corn, veg peelings and Barkers Eggs keep the chickens healthy.
me and the mrs were discussing the yolk colour of our free range eggs
I said it was because of the grass but she said it was the tuds
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Post by Lord Muck » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:29 pm

rogerm wrote:
Lord Muck wrote:Hi Basingstoke Chicken.

Where abouts in the basingstoke area are you ?

I always find a mix of corn, veg peelings and Barkers Eggs keep the chickens healthy.
me and the mrs were discussing the yolk colour of our free range eggs
I said it was because of the grass but she said it was the tuds
I tell you now, my egg yolks were orange, they tasted fantastic and the hens layed regularly.
Barkers Eggs are the way forward. 8)
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Post by Fat Hill » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:03 am

Well I'd love ter know why a barkers egg can improve the flavour and colour of a hens egg. My little garden has no end of little donations from the dogs, often hidden by a weed that you are about to pull out. The Jack Russell likes to leave little messages on my thyme bushes an all. and in the salad bed. lurvely
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Post by dust n diesel » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:07 am

Fat Hill wrote:Well I'd love ter know why a barkers egg can improve the flavour and colour of a hens egg. My little garden has no end of little donations from the dogs, often hidden by a weed that you are about to pull out. The Jack Russell likes to leave little messages on my thyme bushes an all. and in the salad bed. lurvely
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Post by mond uk » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:18 pm

if there is planty to eat around, they will eat if hungry, or passing time. Make sure there is an assortment of food, wether from the kitchen table or local takeaway for them to peck thru. keep any plants you want, chicken proofed !

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