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Post by Sonshine on Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:16 am

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A home poultry flock can contribute to food security — if you're not totally dependent on purchasing poultry feed. Fortunately, the natural feeds you can produce in your backyard are what chickens would eat in the wild: green plants, wild seeds and animal foods, such as earthworms and insects. It's possible for free-range flocks of poultry to feed themselves if they have access to enough biologically diverse ground and protection from predators.

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Post by anna2020 on Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:41 pm

my partner and i got 4 laying hens on the 28th sept,and were told they wouldn't start laying until november as they were only 16 weeks. but they started laying eggs like 2 weeks after we got them it was only like 2 eggs a day for the first week then it increased and now we are getting 10-15 eggs every second day, and we got eggs coming out of our ears we have over 120 eggs in the fridge (it takes two of these eggs to equal a store bought one.) but i was wondering what has made them wanna lay so much and is there any way to slow them down a bit?? plus my 2yr old daughter always chases them and picks them up and stuff. i use to worry her doing this would scare them out of laying eggs but it hasn't. so any ideas on how to slow them down would be appreciated. i mean they are absolutely delicious but our whole top shelf in our fridge is chockers full?? we talked about selling them for a dollar a dozen. but i feel silly about it.lol
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Post by Sonshine on Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:37 pm

I don't know how to get them to not lay or slow down. Most people want them to lay more. Smile As for what to do with the eggs, selling them would be good, it helps to buy supplies if you don't raise your own feed. We sold eggs to some of the members of our church and never had to pay for feed out of pocket, plus got all the fresh eggs we could eat. Do you have any roosters? If so, you could always leave some of the eggs and see if any of your hens will sit on them. We haven't had much luck in that department yet, but we're still trying to learn. Smile

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