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  1. Nothing ever works 100% of the time for you. This certainly includes all your chickens returning to the coop in the evening. Here, we often have as many as twenty to thirty chickens which end up outside, rather than returning to the coop at night. Early this evening, I went out, and was going to close the door behind me. As I turned around to close the door, I noticed, just below the center of the door (there is a space in between the concrete stoop and the container), was a chicken. The bird was laying on the front center foundation support for the container. The odd thing was, me opening and closing the door, as well as stepping over the bird both coming and going, doesn't seem to bother the bird whatsoever. I just went outside again, to have a look around the farm, just to make sure things looked okay. That same bird is still there, snoozing away like it has cotton in Augusta. I'm telling you, that door has been opened and closed at least a dozen times this evening. Either that chicken is deaf and blind, or it just doesn't care about what is going on around it. Beneath that entry doore is one of the strangest places I've ever seen a chicken sleep. Apologies: I tried to get a photo of the bird. But, the lighting - and my shitty camera skills, just didn't permit a quality enough image to post.
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Probably not exactly what you thought. Let me explain. A little while back, before we got the first chicks we have now, a driver told us that he would keep us in mind the next time he had chicks. He rang today. 2,500r per chick, no minimum. We met him, asked him to wait for us to go fetch some other watering bottles, and off we went. A little FYI: The ducklings are 1,500r each. Came back, he followed us to the house and she counted out 30 chicks. He only had 11 left. He offered 1 free if we bought the last 10. I countered at buying 8 more and getting 3 free. He quickly agreed. Obviously, I should have started at a lower number. So, now we have another 41 chicks. Yes, 41. This brings the total to 61 chicks in all. We will keep these little ones separated from the others for a couple of days, to make sure they are okay. He said these little guys are 1 week old today. Just so happens, so are our original birds. EDIT: Merged posts
  6. Still have to make some changes. Gotta work on the gravity fed water system too. May hang the watering bottles from the ceiling until I can sort out the gravity feed system. So, guys and girls, whatcha think? 20 meters - 1.5" x 2.0" lumber - $20 1 saw - 9,000r ($2.25) 2 poles - 3 meters each - $4.00 1 roll of chicken wire - 28,000r ($7.00) 1 shovel - 15,000r ($3.75) 3 bundles bamboo - 19,500r ($4.88) 1 saw - $4.00 2.5 kilos nails - $3.25 1 hammer- $2.00 1 chisel - 3,000r (.75c US) 23 meters - 1.5" x 2.0" lumber - $23 4 meters - plastic floor "wire" - $5.00 Various latches, hinges, screws - $3.50 4 M2 metal roofing - $10 $93.00 materials and tools ==================== 3 tuk tuk trips - $10 (transportation / moving) =============== Labor - $20 (3 days) $123 USD Total
  7. 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.
  8. Okay, as usual, we seem to have a miscommunication problem, when it comes to translating from Khmer (Kam-eye) to English. Here is a translation for those of us who do not speak Khmer. When they say "all the chickens" died, that translates into "all but two of the chickens" died. Now that we have that translation sorted, and now that we know two of the chicks, from the entire flock, actually lived, I can't help but ask one question, "Why?" Don't get me wrong. I am glad the two little guys managed to make it. I am just wondering why - whatever it was, killed all of them, chicks and adult birds, with the exception of these two? Who knows? I guess I will never know. Pics:
  9. 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?
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