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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.
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.)
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
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)
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.