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Re: Any tips on keeping chickens?

Oh so sad to read that your chickens were murdered! I was enjoying reading this thread - and then got to the sad ending.

For general interest here`s my Swiss experience of chicken keeping........

Local neighbor farmer friend here keeps 5 hens, just for eggs.
(He used to have 3,000 for commerciality but has now retired)

He keeps them in a bedroom sized outside room on his property, thick straw on floor, laying boxes on one wall, and a raised perch area with a pull out "draw" from outside for gathering their poop for the compost.

I have learned, being tutored by him in correct hen keeping - that they must not go outside in wet weather, they get ill, and one of the first signs of illness is pale yolks in their eggs. (I now cannot eat a pale yolked egg anymore - thinking it comes from a sick hen!)

And you may notice, in walking around small villages, that some people allow their chickens free range to outside every day, that they completely denude their area, and end up in mud in wet weather.

The window in this guys hen house is barred with steel mesh (against intruders) and left at "schräg" for the ammonia fumes to escape. And in warm weather when they are let out, they`re put back in again before dusk.

From my own chicken keeping days in SA, I would give them crushed mealies at "home-time" - calling them .....and they`d come running for the end of day treat, to enter their safe refuge. I could actually give the same call any time and they`d respond.

Here, from other folk in town who keep chickens, I`ve learnt that they just need VERY thick straw on the floor of their house to keep warm in winter. This must be renewed from time to time, for cleanliness.


I`d also love to have chickens again, or some ducks! Except it means having to ask someone to care for them when wanting to go away for short holidays.

Oh another thing for lots of free healthy food - plant some Comfrey, you can cut it down every few weeks and pile it in hen house - very healthy fodder for most animals. Chickens love it. (And so do bees!)
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Re: Any tips on keeping chickens?

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in warm weather when they are let out, they`re put back in again before dusk.
After we lost two of our three rabbits to a marten (and had to give the third anti-biotics for two weeks), we've done the same.

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Re: Any tips on keeping chickens?

I have to share our good news! We really missed our girls so much that we have now bought 5 more. They have had a very different start in life and are not as fearful as the first lot, and also very adventurous. We will always miss our first girls who learnt the hard way that humans can be trusted after all, but at the same time look forward to sharing our lives (and our garden!) with the new girls. And of course we will be extra careful about keeping them safe. By the way, they all all red, only just started laying, and their names are: Rosy, Snowy, Kofi, Yeti and Smartie.
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Re: Any tips on keeping chickens?

Good for you!

Unfortunately, a fox got into our chooks new house on Sunday night, it clearly wasn't as secure as I thought. It took 3 and just killed the other 8 and left them for us to clear up......

I don't fancy any more chickens at the moment, but I do fancy getting a shotgun.
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Good for you!

Unfortunately, a fox got into our chooks new house on Sunday night, it clearly wasn't as secure as I thought. It took 3 and just killed the other 8 and left them for us to clear up......

I don't fancy any more chickens at the moment, but I do fancy getting a shotgun.
So sorry to hear that - hope that you will get some more soon. Same happened to mine , those foxes just wait for the moment
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Re: Any tips on keeping chickens?

Hi. Am taking over a schrebergarten next year and am considering keeping a few chooks.. found this pdf "minimum requirements for domestic".

andhttps://www.animallaw.info/sites/default/files/Swiss_APA_Min_Req_Tables.pdf
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