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Date:9/30/2014 9:02:51 AM
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Greetings !
I just enjoyed reading about your endeavors! I also have a horse and very involved with the local county mounted search & rescue & forest preserve patrols. Just like my riding partner in the mud lot, we both have pent up energy and an itch to go riding!
I started chickens last March for the first time too! The shed in the back has a corner just inside for the coup, and built a run just outside. I bought ISA Browns (aka Comet); Leghorns (white & brown); Rhode Is Red; & Barred Rock. (I don't have roosters ~ local ordinances prevent ~ not necessary for laying hens) I really love my ISA's as they lay 300+ eggs per year & have lovable calm temperaments! The others are around 250+ eggs per year.
The chicks are pretty hearty and easy keepers. They grow pretty quick, and within a month or so are about 1/2 grown. I had 8 chicks but if you plan on fewer than that, a large cardboard box or large dog wire cage kennel worked for us. By the time they reached 14 weeks we had the coup made just about completed and started moving them in.
It's been an exciting adventure! My youngest son showed one in last summer's fair and did very well. With the chicks at the major feed stores, I'm tempted, but my wife would shoot me with my own shotgun if I brought any more home!
Let me know how things are going and if I can help out...
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