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  1. Randy (or Randi) about to meet its siblings. Brewster the Rooster, nails anything in sight. First and second hens setting. The third hen setting on her eggs. Broody hen looking for "her" nest. Chicks arriving home.
  2. Our original "two day old chicks" purchased on the 25th of March, and our 41 additional chicks purchased five days later, are all now 70 days old, or 10 weeks, one day old. One died from wrye neck. One was given away to a family member last week. So, we are now down to 59 birds of the original flock. This flock is now on their 3rd sack of 30 kilos of maintainer feed, plus 1 sack of 30 kilos of grower feed, plus 5 kilos of grower feed on the day we bought the first 20 birds. So, all in all, they have consumed most all of that feed (the current sack has only been feeding them for two days), plus various fruits and veggies we have given them along the way. The largest chickens are over 1.5 kilograms. The smallest are over 1.0 kilograms Each full sack has cost us $18.75, plus $3.75 for the first 5 kilos. This comes to a total of $78.75, plus fruits and veggies in the amount of $22.00. So, about $100.00 USD to raise 61 chickens to twelve weeks old. (Bear in mind, the current sack of feed will last almost two weeks.)
  3. Before I post this update, I want to say this has been a learning experience for me. It has also been somewhat costly for me - but not nearly as costly as it could have been. Either way, maybe I can save others headaches and money, by posting threads as I learn. Onward. We have been busy. In the past few weeks, we have built a second chicken house, had one chicken end up with wry neck, moved the first flock of chicks out to the farm, and have started making plans for future housing for more birds - and extending the Chicken King's Empire throughout Cambodia! Okay, maybe that is a bit much. But, if we can house a few more birds here and there, the few extra bucks earned will be worth it. Our first babies - 60 of them in all (minus the one that was already at the farm, below), were moved to new digs on Tuesday, just under two weeks back. As you can see in the photo below, they made themselves at home right away: Anyway, if you recall, one of the chicks ended up with a case of Wry Neck (fotos in this post), prior to the transfer. I didn't have the heart to cull (kill) the little guy. (Dumb arse me.) So, we sent it out to the farm with the intention of keeping it isolated from the other chicks. This newbie (READ: That's me, the dumb arse) at keeping chickens found that to be a lesson to be learned, when one of Chan's relatives did the unthinkable, after we transferred the other 60 chicks to the farm. I won't make that mistake ever again. The cost is far too high, to allow one chick to possibly destroy an entire flock of birds. On the 26th of April, we dispatched the little guy. He / She was not doing well. We had transferred it to the farm on the 21st. So, folks, if you are considering raising chickens, especially any amount of birds you would NOT want to lose, do NOT keep a bird alive that could spread anything to the rest of the flock. It may cost you more than you will ever know. I certainly didn't want to lose 100 birds because of one. Lesson #1 learned. On a lighter note, here is a much cheaper lesson in efficiency and money saving. Some time back I purchased a large feed dispenser, trying to think ahead for when the birds were bigger. In the brooder / coop at the apartment, we primarily use feed trays, like the blue ones pictured below: But, I knew we would need something larger once the chicks were transferred to the farm and housed in a larger coop. It was a spur of the moment purchase that seemed like a good idea at the time. However, that dispenser really needs some modifications to its design, in order to stop the birds from spilling large quantities of food from it. Do not buy one of these dispensers. Trust me, here. Whether set on the ground, or hanging, it is not a very efficient way to feed the flock. Not to mention the birds jump on it, and in it, to feed. They drop litter all in the feed as well. Lesson #2 learned. This is the dispenser I am talking about: So, while online a day or two ago, I noticed that someone had posted an image on a friend's Facebook wall. It happened to be a chicken feeder made from PVC pipe. I had seen these types of feeders before, but had not really given much attention to them. We went to the farm yesterday (Saturday). It just so happened that Chan's mom mentioned how much the birds jump on and in the feeder, causing it to spill valuable feed - in no small quantities. (The birds had spilled so much feed, that the family ended up putting a plastic sheet down to catch the feed. Amazing. I had just the answer to this little issue. It was a simple design that I remembered seeing the day or so before. I figured we could make up one or two and try them out at the farm. We did and they work well. Here is the information and photos of the PVC chicken feeders: 1 - 4 meter length of 4" Schedule 40 PVC pipe. 2 - 90 degree elbows, 4" Schedule 40 PVC. 2 - 45 degree elbows, 4" Schedule 40 PVC. 1 - small can of PVC glue (which I ended up not using). Total cost, $13.00 USD. I will pick up two more elbows (1 - 45 and 1 - 90 degree) so we can make one more feeder from the left over pipe at the farm.
  4. A friend (who shall remain nameless, unless he chooses to tell) has ordered, and shipped a new 300 egg incubator to me. He (and I) wants to see what I can do regarding incubating some fertilized eggs. Anyway, I have calculated that, after one full month of incubating, we could incubate up to 500 eggs per month in this unit. The incubator is fully automatic, including an automatic egg "turner". It doesn't really turn the eggs. It actually changes the angle of the (suspended) trays by a timed motor. You can set the interval at any time you wish. Typically, chicken eggs should be turned three to four times daily. It also has UV lighting to help keep the air pure inside the incubator. Humidity is kept in check, and is generated by an open tank of water with a float valve and pump that fills the tank from an eternal resource.Three computer sized cooling fans run constantly, circulating the air throughout the incubator and over the water source. After such a long trip, and a bit of cosmetic damage to the unit, I tested it for some time to make sure all functions were in proper working order. Check. Below are some photos. If you look closely at the opened door views, you can see the egg "turner" in two positions: Control Panel:
  5. First, we have 61 chicks. Today, in fact, they are 4 weeks old. Tonight, while watching them, I felt as though something was wrong. There is a box inside the coop where they sleep, that was turned away out of direct sight. I grabbed a piece of bamboo, opened the door, and pulled the box around so I could view inside it. One of the chicks, the original 20 (one of the large black ones) was walking around with its head hanging down. If I were to compare it to something, it looks as though the little guy is walking around with a broken neck. Chan seems to think he has no food in his stomach, as though he hasn't been eating. We are going to administer meds, try to get the little guy to eat and see how it goes. I hope the little guy ends up okay. Dang. I was just bragging today as to how proud I was to have such a healthy flock of birds.
  6. Parrothead

    Resources for Chicken Farming

    I have been doing some extensive research online, trying to learn everything I can about chicks, hens and roosters. Members here, as well as on other sites, have offered some good information, links, and other data to help me out. I will start listing some of that in this thread, for those interested. This list will be a rolling list. I will add additional useful resources, as I find them. Online Forums / Groups: Chicken Forum / Site Backyard Chickens Forum / Site Informational eBooks: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Improving Village Chicken Production Part 1 (PDF) Improving Village Chicken Production Part 2 (PDF) Improving Village Chicken Production Part 3 (PDF) Improving Village Chicken Production Part 4 (PDF) The Chicken Health Handbook (PDF) Small Scale Chicken Production (PDF) The Joy of Keeping Chickens (PDF) Choosing and Keeping Chickens (PDF) Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens (PDF) Water Requirements for Poultry (PDF) Chicken Coop / Brooder / Tractor Plans: Laying Nests (PDF) Chicken Tractor (PDF) 300 Hen Laying House (Part 1) (PDF) 300 Hen Laying House (Part 2) (PDF) Anatomy / Incubation Period Images: Chicken Anatomy (RAR) - 5 files Chicken Incubation / Gestation Period Calendar (Image) Medical Information: Wry Neck Chickens - Image results for comparison All files are hosted on a cloud account. But, I have them stored locally as well. If, for any reason, you are unable to download any of the above listed files, please click the "Report" button under this post, and let me know which file(s) you are having problems with.
  7. Parrothead

    Accessorizing the flock.

    Aside from keeping a log as to how many chicks we purchased, at what age, on what day, etc., we needed a way to know which birds are associated with the logs. The answer was leg bands. I bought two hundred of them to put on the chicks - a different color for every batch of chicks: While I was on eBay, I wanted to find a cleaner way to water the birds. I found these neat little (very) low pressure water dispenser nipples. I'm talking really low, like 1 psi rated. So, gravity fed they will be. I figure I will get a 20 liter bucket with a lid, place it on top of the brooder, and let it feed through PVC pipe to the water nipples.
  8. Okay. So, I finally got hold of the vaccination for the birds I am now raising. But, first, we did drop by one place, and rang the other supplier, to ask if they had in fact vaccinated the birds prior to us receiving them. Both said they did. Maybe they did, maybe they didn't - I don't know for sure. However, there is NO doubt, I am talking zero doubt here, that they have not been vaccinated now. I know, because we did it today, for sure. The stuff comes in two bottles, kept refrigerated until mixed. Here is what you get when you buy the "Var'ceen (វ៉ាក់សាំង) or VARK'SUNG": One bottle is pure liquid. The other is some sort of crystals. Take a needle and plunger, stick it in the liquid bottle and fill the plunger. Take it out, inject it into the bottle of crystals and fill that bottle mostly full. Shake it until well mixed. Fill the plunger with the mixture, remove it from that bottle and inject, and fill the previous bottle (the one with all the liquid). Repeat until all the crystals have dissolved and have been mixed with the liquid, and have been transferred to the larger bottle with the liquid in it. Shake. Insert the little injector / dispenser thingy (the third item in the photo above). Grab one chick and hold it so it's head is turned with its eye facing you. Gently squeeze one drop into the bird's eye. Turn the bird's head (or its entire body) over and repeat. Total cost for both items and the injector / dispenser thingy was 7,500r or just under $2.00 USD. This mixture will treat up to 100 birds to prevent Newcastle disease from being spread to them.
  9. Parrothead

    Alert! Alert!

    Well, we are finally back in the chicken business. Well, starting again. We picked up (what was told to us) two day old chicks, today - twenty of them. We will build a brooder / house for them tomorrow, at our new house.
  10. Parrothead

    Yard Buzzard (Chicken) Update

    Well, I just figured I would give all concerned an update on what we have decided to do - for now, anyway. We have found a carpenter to build us a brooder. We are going to buy some chicks as soon as it is built. Not sure how many, yet. Probably, well, more than likely, about 20 to start with. Considering two chicks were the only ones that survived the black plague for chickens at the farm, this is probably crazy to do here at the apartment, rather than at the farm. But, what the heck. It will give me something to do during the day. There is a vacant piece of land, about 30 m2 in area, adjacent to the apartment. We have been granted permission from the owner to have some chicks there. I figure we will raise them for several weeks, then transfer them to the farm. Upon transferring the first batch to the farm, we will buy more chicks, same number of birds, and repeat the process each month. Each time, we will build a different house for them. (Well, that is the plan anyway.) Also, I have ordered leg bands, several hundred in fact, which should be here fairly soon. We will put different colored bands on each group of birds, as they are introduced to the farm. This will separate each clutch of birds from the others. I will log dates, feed purchases, etc., for each clutch. That way, if we wish to experiment with different nutrients, feeding times / amounts, medications, vitamins, etc., we can.
  11. Parrothead

    Chicks, Feed & Medicine

    While I was out today, I decided to take a look at a local shop and see what they had to offer. Here is the information they gave me: 2 day old chicks, 3,500r / each. They said they would discount the chicks to 3,300r if I buy 300 of them. Feed for the chicks, 75,000r / 30 kilo bag. (Apparently, 10 chicks will consume one bag over the course of two months.) Bear in mind, this is the first farm supply shop I have visited. So, I do not know where the prices are, in comparison with other shops. The chicks, they claim, come from Thailand on the 13th of every month. I forgot my camera, but they had medicine (not sure of the price, as I forgot to ask) that is sold in 100g bags. It is called Enro 200. PREVENTION: 100g is good for 40 kilos of feed, or 60-80 liters of drinking water for the flock. TREATMENT: 100g is good for 20 kilos of feed or 40 liters of water for the flock.
  12. The chicks we are thinking about buying on the 13th of March, I just learned, they cannot be put on the ground. They are, for whatever reason(s), suseptible to viral infections and dying if they are let to roam around on the ground. So, they are supposed to spend their entire lives caged off the surface. Anyone ever heard this before?
  13. So, anyone familiar enough with birds to maybe have some input as to what happened? I have not been at the farm since this happened. We lost about thirty (30) chickens and chicks. But, from what I understand, the chickens were around some of the neighbors recently. They are dead as well. Bird Flu? If so, why hasn't it affected any of the ducks. Some of the ducks were in the same area with the chickens. If so, how can I prevent this from happening again? Anyone have any idea as to what should be done to clean up any bacteria left behind? The ducks, all of which are still alive: Most of the chickens are in these images, all of which are now dead:
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