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Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!

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  • okay no need to rub it in sarah :p

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  • Hi,
    Looks like i may be allowed chickens!
    What breeds do you have, i dont want bantums, i want full size chickens. More eggs, Less broodiness and generally all round good birds. (am i asking for everything)
    Anyone reccomend some?

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  • leonie_2
    leonie_2 Posts: 517 Forumite
    I've got good old isa browns (warrens) these are the type bred for battery farms as they have a large amount of eggs in the first year.

    Once mine started laying (week or so after getting them, the first one started laying) they were small, but now huge and all three lay every day!

    The eggs are wonderful, I share them with my mother and if there are any spares we give them away, everyone comments on how lovely they are!

    Thanks to SarahSaver, who helped me find my chicks, you can tell im happy with them!
  • thanks but i cant find anything in my chicken book about warrens. Do they have another name at all?

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  • leonie_2
    leonie_2 Posts: 517 Forumite
    Yup, if you check my last post you'll see I also called em isa browns :-)
  • Sarahsaver
    Sarahsaver Posts: 8,390 Forumite
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    My hens were vary happy when i had my utility room re-roofed last week, they went on a pecking spree for grit in amongst the rubble, and produced extra heavy duty hard shelled eggs! :rolleyes:
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  • Curry_Queen
    Curry_Queen Posts: 5,589 Forumite
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    Sarahsaver wrote:
    My hens were vary happy when i had my utility room re-roofed last week, they went on a pecking spree for grit in amongst the rubble, and produced extra heavy duty hard shelled eggs! :rolleyes:

    We always used to provide our hens with grit anyway, either in a bowl or scattered on the ground, as they need it to aid digestion which helps prevent crop problems. This is why you'll find eggs from free-range hens have much tougher shells than battery raised hens which almost never receive any grit in their diet and have poor health as a consequence :)

    Just to add, it's not the grit that forms the tougher shells but it's because the birds receiving grit are much healthier therefore provide better eggs ;)
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  • Is there a website that lists where i can buy chickens from. I'm stuck to where i can get them from. Ive tried Adtrader and nothing in my local area. I live in Hayling Island / Hampshire.
    Thanks.

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  • beadysam
    beadysam Posts: 587 Forumite
    Hiya
    I would suggest you look at this website and consider taking some ex battery hens:
    http://www.thehenshouse.co.uk/

    If you would like to find out more about chickens I would suggest buying a copy of Practical Poultry Magazine. It has loads of info on all sorts of poultry and a huge list of breeders. There is also a website where you can ask loads of questions - there are also birds for sale:
    http://www.practicalpoultry.co.uk/forum/
  • JAMIEDODGER
    JAMIEDODGER Posts: 4,339 Forumite
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    chris...i live in bognor and i got my chickens from SPR in fontwell and their chicken house too

    https://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/spr/

    hope this helps and by the way i got my first eggs at the weekend hooray!
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