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 and Luminessa wrote3 months, 2 weeks ago

Does anyone here have chickens in real life? We're thinking of starting a little backyard flock and I was wondering if anyone had any tips!
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 and Princess Ariel And Bob X wrote3 months, 2 weeks ago

we have chucks ! got 3 now but at one point we were up to 13 ! we live in the UK - what did you want to know
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 and Luminessa wrote3 months, 2 weeks ago

What health concerns have you had? In other words, have any of your hens gotten sick and how did you help them?
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 and Princess Ariel And Bob X wrote3 months, 2 weeks ago

we have been pretty lucky really and had no real health issues - if you keep the coop clean and worm them fairly regularly you should be ok....we did use the vets once but that was because we bought an old hen and she already had issues when we got her.
our original 4 were bought at 20 odd weeks - the rest of our hens have been ex bats - they are pretty tough cookies !
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 and Luminessa wrote3 months, 2 weeks ago

Have you raised any from chicks? That's our plan.
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 and Princess Ariel And Bob X wrote3 months, 2 weeks ago

No. We just rescue the ex bats
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 and Luminessa wrote3 months, 1 week ago

I'm not familiar with the term ex-bats. What does that mean?
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 and Princess Ariel And Bob X wrote3 months, 1 week ago

sorry - ex battery hens - the ones that commercial farmers keep and when they get to around 18months old they are sent to slaughter - they are rescued by the British Hen Welfare Trust and we, for a small donation, take them and they hopefully live out there lives in a much better way than they started
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 and Umbellina And Leif Gnigglesson With Ariel wrote3 months, 1 week ago

Yes, as above, a safe dry coop and clean them out weekly. I kept bantams, and when one went broody, a friend gave me a clutch of fertilized eggs to hatch out, as I had no cockerel. Just look look out for foxes.
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 and Luminessa wrote3 months, 1 week ago

Have you ever added a chicken or two to your current flock? I've heard that's tricky.
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