John : Thanks for the latest newsletter. About roosters fighting : we had bantams when I was a kid. We had a rooster called Joey and a hen called Maggie. Maggie was allowed to sit on her eggs, and produced another rooster whose name I forget. Anyway, Joey’s son and Joey used to fight, so we had to separate them. It seemed surprising to us at the time that family members would fight, but come to think of it, the same thing happens with human beings! John
Gloria : Any tips for egg eating chickens??
My Reply : There are some tips in the article here : http://www.keepingchickensnewsletter.com/june2017/ways-to-stop-hens-from-eating-their-eggs.htm and also a video showing a simple ‘rollaway’ nestbox idea which prevents them having the chance to get at the eggs if they can’t be persuaded to stop any other way. Hope that helps!
Jabab : Good morning. I want to start a backyard poultry with ten layers. How much feeds in kilos will I need for brooding, growing and the laying periods?
My Reply : It can vary depending on the size of the chickens, any other food they might have available to them (if free ranging for instance) and also if you have any freeloaders such as rats or other wild birds helping themselves to the food if it is left uncovered. As a rough guide it is likely you would need 10-12kg of chick food to get your ten chicks through their first 4 weeks and they could get through around 50kg of chick/grower in total by the end of their first 12 weeks. Depending on all the different variables you may find they get through 30-35kg a month as adults.
Miko : hi, I have a rescue bantam she started to moult in winter for a little time, I have no idea of the age she is, but she is still full of life, any ideas? rgds Miko
My Reply : It is normal for chickens to have a main moult once a year after they are 18 months old so she is likely to now be at least two and a half years old.