Chicken Poultry Husbandry

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Chicken Poultry Husbandry

#1 Post by CreoleGenius » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:08 pm

All things poultry should be served up here. I have raised chickens for 25 years, and I am always learning something new. I might respond with suggestions, but don't consider me your family veterinarian.

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Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

#2 Post by dirtmurphy » Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:14 pm

Here is some good information on preventing and treating frostbite in chickens
http://www.poultrydvm.com/condition/frostbite

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Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

#3 Post by dirtmurphy » Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:17 am

Here are some books that I consider essential for chicken keepers. I refer to them frequently.

Storeys Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow
The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow
Chicken Tractor by Andy Lee and Patricia Foreman
City Chicks by Patricia Foreman

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Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

#4 Post by Andy F » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:33 am

The Chicken Health Handbook. by Gail Damerow
PDF etc - https://archive.org/details/TheChickenH ... ok/page/n1

How to Tell the Sex of an Egg Before Incubation, and How to Tell the Sex of a Chick When Hatched.
by Quisenberry, Thomas E., 1875-unknown,
Publication date 1921

Let me know how it works out, the chicks might be gender switchers these days :D
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Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

#5 Post by dirtmurphy » Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:27 pm

Hens can spontaneously switch genders. The left ovary produces estrogen, the right one produces testosterone. If the left ovary stops functioning for whatever reason, the hen will develop a larger comb, male feathering, can start crowing and mounting other hens, as well as in rare cases, actually father offspring. If the left ovary starts to function again, she can go back to laying eggs. A "rooster" named Basel was burned at the stake for witchcraft because he started laying eggs.
Strange, but true.

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Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

#6 Post by Andy F » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:37 pm

@dirtmurphy WOW! I kinda had an idea & was alluding that they are gender switchers. Snails are like that, nature, so slow they'd lose the chance to mate if they had to slide on the hunt for too long :lol:
Poor rooster Basel, he/she gave eggs so he was not useless. Was he BBQ'd for dinner?

I posted a good number of chicken PDF books in the Zone yesterday. Several really huge books pub'd post 2008, & another one from Gail Damerow.
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Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

#7 Post by dirtmurphy » Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:36 pm

One of my hens has a pretty bad wound on her side, an old wound that was healing but was re-injured so it's worse than before. I'm making a wound wash with yarrow and applying a comfrey poultice twice a day to try to heal this thing for good. She's still laying well and it's worth the effort to not only try to save her for her own sake but to practice herbalism.
I listened to Christian's interview with Dr. Bailey. She mentioned low hatch rates among her chickens last year. We had the same problem in this area among pretty much all of our heritage poultry breeders. They switched grain and hatch rates were normalized. The thinking is that the grain they were using previously had been contaminated by mycotoxins. I don't know if anyone remembers or not, but several farms in the midwest last year had mycotoxin fatalities due to contaminated grains. I believe that it was corn specifically. That's yet one more reason for us to grow food not only for ourselves but for our livestock as well.

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Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

#8 Post by Farside » Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:25 pm

I have a very simple chicken watering system constructed:
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There will be two of these in my pastured poultry enclosure, and they are made from simple components. I used those snap connecting garden hose connectors and garden hose to connect the 5 gallon pail to the watering cups so that I can raise and lower the drinking system easily.

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Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

#9 Post by Farside » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:08 pm

I learned today that baby chicks will eat sawdust and get sick, which is why the shop sells wood shavings. Good thing I learned this before the baby chicks arrive. :shock:

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Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

#10 Post by Farside » Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:10 pm

The brooder is built (I used cardboard boxes cut and shaped into a big circular enclosure), the heat lamp is in, flat rocks, feeders and waterers ready to go. Today I will install the finishing touches (like the floor), and turn on the heat lamp so everything is warm an toasty for the big arrival.

We're now talking about a second batch. This whole thing started with 2 families raising 75 birds. Then it was 3 families, now another family want in and there is a growing list of people who want 3 or 4 pastured broilers. I didn't realize there was such a demand out there for chicken that isn't raised in a factory.

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