Basic Chicken Information
7mFarm & Herbals
PO Box 40
Mona, Utah 84645
Sexing Baby Chicks
If you look at the wings,
you will see that the hen chicks have longer pin feathers.
Now don't laugh. but we were told by some man at our local feed store, that if you flip the baby chick (or duck) over upside down in your hand, if it's a hen, both legs draw up towards it's chest...if it's a rooster, one leg draws upward, the other stretches way out...there we were, turning these guys upside down...and guess what, we have 7 hens, 1 rooster?? Now is that only by accident, or is it so?? lol....................(it worked when we picked out ducks, two...out of 25)
Home Made Chcicken Feeds
What is happening is when
your feeding them egg mash you are feeding them all kinds of
Nothing else just grains.
Most chickens will start
to lay eggs at around 5-6 months of age. They will not lay an egg every
day till about 6-7 months of age. The amount of protein in the feed can
be adjusted, to encourage egg production, thus, chick starter is about 17%
protein, and laying scratch should be 20% - 22%.
Pecking Order, and adding NEW chickens to the group
As with any animal breed,
there is a difinate pecking order with chickens. Dont be alarmed, just watch
that they dont get carried away, and kill one of the group. If you want
to add a new chicken or two to the group, go into the chicken house at night,
and add the newcomers. Chickens dont count to well, and since they woke up
with them in the morning, they figure they must know them. It works, try
From: "Kimberlie Cole" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
joe said, in response to
my comment on up to 2000 tapeworms in chickens that free-range, >Did
they state whether these worms were bad for "chickens" as opposed to other
animals? Do beetles and other insects that chickens eat normally carry
these worms or is this yet another byproduct of worm loads from pastures
used by chemically wormed animals? Were these chickens confined
to pasture but
The veterinary manual was Merck's, one of the more standard ones. The comment on the tapeworms was in the section on poultry parasites and anthelmintics. Tapeworms are bad for chickens if the load gets too heavy. It reduces their egg laying (bad for their owners) and can causing them to lose weight and possibly die in bad cases.
The research used as the basis of the statements is unknown to me. Always a good question to ask. As one of the standard, been-around-a-while vet manuals, I suppose it was based on more than one or two controlled studies and some observation. Was it restricted pasture? The comparison was between confinement birds and birds allowed to range on pasture. The point was, birds that didn't get to injest the parasite's intermediate hosts were less likely to have the load of tapeworms that birds given the freedom to eat their natural diet were. This bugged me too, but probably has some truth to it. If you're never exposed to anything, you're probably not going to get it. But woe to you when and if you are exposed to it later! Is the bird with the sterile environment better? No. I'll keep mine free-range, thank you! But, chickens on pasture can get worms; it's a reality of life. If they are healthy and rotated on clean pasture, the load should usually stay in check, but they can sometimes get high.
Diana Manseau, owner
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