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The flock is complete (for now)

Discussion in 'Pets and Wildlife' started by deweychop, May 16, 2010.

  1. deweychop

    deweychop Almost house broken

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    I just picked up my 9 Red Star hens. They're 5 months old and should be laying soon. Cajun was more than happy to see the ladies and is already protecting them. I went in to check the feed, and that little bastard came at me spurs up. I chased him around the run, and I think he knows who the boss is. Sorry about the cell phone quality pic. I was a bit busy with them before the rains came.
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  2. Alexis

    Alexis New Member

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    Cajun's gonna be a busy boy tonight, huh? He's gonna wear himself out chasing them around, trying to get lucky.
     
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    Mary Jane New Member

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    I'da paid good money to see you chasing that ole rooster. Careful, Dew, those roosters will bitch slap you in the blink of an eye!
    But you know that, being that you're on a chicken forum now, huh....LOL!!

    You must keep us updated on this. Have you named the girls yet?
     
  4. deweychop

    deweychop Almost house broken

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    You know Alexis, I thought that would be the case, but he's getting to know them first. Finding out what their favorite bugs are, where they like to roost, what life was like in the shell? That boys got game! :)

    You had to go there, didn't you MJ? LOL

    I can't name something that might be in a stew someday
     
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    abaxter New Member

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    Name the potential stew birds "supper", Dew. I have a friend who raises Nubian goats
    for butter, cheese, milk, rather fine compost and she names all the young males supper
    so she'll keep in mind that male goats have go to that great goat reward at or before
    8 months old. She says it helps.
     
  6. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane New Member

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    Or name them different chicken dishes...this one is Fried, that one, BBQ...you get the picture..
     
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    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    Wow, 9!!!! I think we're going to max out at 4.
     
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    Dale New Member

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    Oooh. Good idea, Mary Jane. Kiev, Divan, Parmagiano, Stew, Asparagus Casserole...
     
  9. Brant

    Brant dazed

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    Red Star - is that someone's personal breeding of RIReds or a commercial RIRed variety.

    Spurs - saw them bad boys OFF - because eventually he will nail you or some family member, better to be safe and have less to fret about if it is a face hit, esp on your son.
    like i said b4 those layer & meat bird roosters are honery.
    Fighting cock roosters are Nice and usually much prettier.
    I used to get layer type hens to keep the game roosters company.
    I would say most "mounting" is done once they come down from roosting in the AM and b4 going to roost in the PM
     
  10. deweychop

    deweychop Almost house broken

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    Red Star is a dual purpose hybrid, but known mostly for their egg production. They are sex link, so when they're born you can tell the hens from the cockerels right after they hatch. There is also an Amber Star hybrid which is lighter in color. If I remember correctly, Red Star come from RIR roosters and Leghorn hens. If you google Red Star hens, alot of info comes up. They're docile but skidish. I'm learning alot about poultry. It's not as easy as I first thought. I read that they like grass clippings, so I emptied part of my mower bag in the chicken run, and they went crazy on it. Not one blade of grass left.
     
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    Amazing how much you can learn on a chicken forum, eh Dew? :D
     
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    Mary Jane New Member

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    I wonder if Dew calls himself Dew on the chicken forums..maybe Farmer Dew or Chicken Dew!

    Chicken Dew!! LOL!

    I crack myself up.
     
  13. Brant

    Brant dazed

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    deweyskinlessbonelessbreast or deweythigh or deweywing or...

    sex link ..it was on the tip of my tongue
    being that RIR and Leghorns are Layer breeds i find the dual purpose aspect a bit hazy.
    maybe the mix tends to increase meatiness ..

    i always liked Black Australorps - big heavy birds that will fill a pot up nicely and before pot time they lay a crap load of eggs, but being big they eat more than leghorns .
    but if range fed that is not so much an i$$ue. GRASS CLIPPINGS are manna to chickens.
    veggy scraps from the kitchen as well !!
     
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    Well, he's Deweychop here, maybe he's Deweychick on his other forum. Bwahaha, I crack myself up, too!
     
  15. deweychop

    deweychop Almost house broken

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    HARDY HAR HAR!!!!! :) (for the record, you guys crack me up too)
    We're planning a chicken forum get together in Nebraska. It's gonna be awesome!! LOL
    DON'T JUDGE ME, MAN!!!!
     
  16. Brant

    Brant dazed

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    cockadoodleDEWEY
     
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    A chicken forum get together...sounds fantastic! I bet you and those other crazy folk will buy some beers and and get all clucked up..

    Yeah, that was a fail. I'm tired and not on my game.

    But just you wait 'til tomorrow, I'll be on FIRE!
     
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    Ok, Brant wins with Cockadoodledewey!
     
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    Hahaha. My girls are free ranging and although they eat grass, they much prefer the bugs in the grass to the actual greens. They do act like mini lawn mowers, though. The hawk has been back some more, but crows, the dog and other birds keep chasing it away. I don't think it's very happy not getting a meal, so we don't see it nearly as often.
     
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    Coopers and Red Tailed Hawks - BAM - SQWWAAKKK - baby hawk lunch - you gotta share with the food chain if'n ya let them run free, just how it works :)