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    • edwink
    • By edwink 7th Jul 15, 5:07 PM
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    Keeping hens and ducks chat!! Hens & ducks names & how many eggs do you get per day
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    • 7th Jul 15, 5:07 PM
    Keeping hens and ducks chat!! Hens & ducks names & how many eggs do you get per day 7th Jul 15 at 5:07 PM
    As a hen and cockerel keeper myself I thought it would be interesting to ask what you name your hens and cockerels. And also ask how many eggs you are getting every day!! I know the egg laying changes when hens moult but just thought it would be interesting to see how many eggs you get. I have hens that are named Bluebell (typical name I think!!!), Muesli, cornflake and scarecrow plus some others. I am getting around 4 to 6 eggs a day at the moment!! Had a delicious egg salad for supper last night OMG it was lovely!!!

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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 8th Jul 15, 10:25 AM
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    I have Vera (bovan nera) Mabel (light Sussex) Gloria, (ginger ranger) Hilda (speckeldy) and Elsie (bluebell). I get on average 4 eggs a day. Most days 5, some days 3.

    I can't have my girls at home so I've got them on an allotment five mins walk from my house. They are so funny with their little mannerisms
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 8th Jul 15, 10:39 AM
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    At the risk of being controversial, I'll say that giving names to creatures one may need to bump off one day, can have a down-side.

    Nevertheless, although hens can be much of a muchness within breeds, a few characters do emerge. They are the ones with names.

    Last month, Tinky Winky was so ill she had to go to the great hen house in the sky, but Doris, who's always late up and not minded to take much notice of lawn mowers, brush cutters etc, probably has a few eggs left in her yet, despite advancing years. Minnie, who's boss hen, will take on cats if they are unwise enough to move near her too quickly and, despite being a prodigious size, she can still fly over a 6' fence when sufficiently motivated.

    There's little to choose between any of the Vorwerks, but if they could, they'd all have clipboards and forms to fill-in, full of awkward questions....(think Angel Merkel crossed with a building inspector.)
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    • By stumpycat 8th Jul 15, 1:59 PM
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    My chooks are very much pets, so they all have names. At the moment I have 2 Bluebells called Kangaroo & Duster (who achieved internet fame with her shoes, much to my horror )
    Elvis the very dim cream legbar & 7 ex-batts called Velociraptor, Flamingo, Cyclops, Piglet, Banshee, Psycho & Sunshine. The vet surgery is used to our daft-named beasties though they were caught out once when making an appointment - 'Pet's name?' Rover, 'What breed?' Chicken. (sound of crossing out on other end of phone)

    Presently we're getting about 7 eggs a day.
    • edwink
    • By edwink 8th Jul 15, 2:56 PM
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    Thanks for your replies guys. Mine are very much pets too.

    I have one called ASBO because when we went to collect her and picked her up she tried to bite me, she scratched me and flapped her wings at me. So I said "I am going to call her ASBO". She has turned out to be a very tame and friendly hen so her name does not suit her anymore. She is a White Star which are known for being nervous and a bit skittish. She is the only one of our hens that lays white eggs!!

    I have rescue girls too!! I had one which I called scarf because when she came to retire with us she did not have any feathers at all around her neck and down her chest. So she looked as if she needed a scarf!! She had a best buddy hen and they used to walk around together so I called the other one Glove.

    With my last rescue hens I named them all after cereals. The rescue girls before those I named after flowers.

    How do you decide on the names of your hens? Is it just by the names you like or by the hens characteristics?

    What do you all feed your hens on? I feed mine on Heygate pellets and lunchtime they have green bits like lettuce and cabbage. Plus they do love fresh sweet corn and dandelions.

    Glad I have found some hen friendly MSE'ers.

    Edwink x
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    • By enjoyyourshoes 8th Jul 15, 3:13 PM
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    More traditional the brand the less eggs they lay and in winter very few, also they tend to get broody


    hybrid for laying tend to be more prolific 300+ in first year and tend not to get broody


    In second year less eggs but bigger, still economical on small scale


    third year think about culling them, more difficult if they have names


    Winter, keep production up with a light that gives them 12 hours of light (put on in AM as will impact on roosting if PM) Hens originate from equatorial regions thus are programmed by 12 hours daylight (which is what you get down there 365 days a year, so ignore the bonkers people who say lights in winter is bad for hens !
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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 8th Jul 15, 3:21 PM
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    My speckeldy seems to go broody monthly!

    I feed them layers pellets from a local pet shop. On "non-warm" days they'll get some corn in the afternoon. Most days they get greens in the form of cabbage, whatever I have on the allotment like cabbage leaves or beetroot leaves, gooseberries, grapes etc. I swear that grapes are like their version of crack

    For their names, we came up with a list of 3 for each one then let his grandkids choose their final names The kids love going in the run and feeding them, collecting the eggs or just feeding grass to them through the fence. It's a fab way of keeping them involved
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    • By sgun 8th Jul 15, 10:00 PM
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    hmm names, well they start off without names as I don't think you should "name" hens but somehow they end up with names as you do have to differentiate. So we had "Older" and "Younger" ISAs for 3 years, then Rhodie (she's a Rhode Rock) then we got another RR who became Rhodie2. In the mean time we had Speckledy who was a speckledy who never thrived as I don't think the vaccinations took so we had to cull. Although we don't name them they still become names and I don't think it makes culling them any easier, even when they have lived out their healthy natural lives.

    We find the layers from Jolley's to be very good, Garvo excellent but way too expensive.

    My niece calls our hens "Sloonbeer" and "Spring Day". I have no idea where that came from!
    • lostinrates
    • By lostinrates 8th Jul 15, 10:39 PM
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    Our boys, apart from roosters chosen to stay, are all called collectively 'The Suppers' , and Girls get named after confirming they are definitely girls and not one of The Suppers.

    Pets or not, named or not, sometimes its necessary to dispatch at home for compassionate purpose.
    • edwink
    • By edwink 8th Jul 15, 11:03 PM
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    Thanks for all the replies again!!


    We have one Cockerel!! He was a rescue boy who was going to be put down!! We were worried about having a Cockerel because of the neighbours and the crowing. But, after asking the neighbours they were fine and said go and get him. So thankfully we did. He is lovely and is very tame!! And he looks after his hens very well!!


    What type of worming do any of you use. We use verm.x because you don't have to withdraw the eggs after using them. They are rather expensive though!! Buying them on-line has turned out to be the cheapest option!!!


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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 9th Jul 15, 9:54 AM
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    For worming I use marriages layers pellets - they have flubenvet in with them. It hurts me and them for worming week as they aren't allowed any treats but it encourages them to eat nothing but the pellets to ensure that they get the required dose. There is no egg withdrawal either, just grumpy chickens

    I think I paid about 11 for a weeks supply for the five of them. So not cheap but definitely the most effective.

    We sell the eggs so it covers the cost of their food, corn and worming
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 9th Jul 15, 10:48 AM
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    We mix our own feed for worming with Flubenvet. Our vet is acknowledged as one of the region's experts in chicken husbandry (most vets won't lower themselves!) and she won't use anything else herself.

    We also sell eggs, but bearing in mind the investment involved in enabling real free ranging without predator attack, there is no way we come close to covering costs.
    Things are more like they are right now than they've ever been.




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    • By lostinrates 9th Jul 15, 10:58 AM
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    We mix our own feed for worming with Flubenvet. Our vet is acknowledged as one of the region's experts in chicken husbandry (most vets won't lower themselves!) and she won't use anything else herself.

    We also sell eggs, but bearing in mind the investment involved in enabling real free ranging without predator attack, there is no way we come close to covering costs.
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    This for me too.



    Verm x is a nice idea, however, I am afraid I remain unconvinced. I don't use it on our other species of animals either. We do feacal egg counts with the horses, and one of our clients uses likes to use vermx. I remain unconvinced. One horse is not date to make a decision on, but its not something that makes me rush out to change practice, considering we follow other clean pasture practise.
    • Jimmithecat
    • By Jimmithecat 9th Jul 15, 3:20 PM
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    Nell, Peggy and nugget - 2 hybrid and 1 speckeledy - just over a year old and can count on one hand the days we've dropped from 3 to 2 eggs - I was expecting egg production to stop over the winter or them to go broody but they just keep coming - they will definitely not be culled when they stop laying - when this day comes I will try to introduce another 3 hens to the group or run a parallel coop keeping them seperate. They have layers pellets, a handful of corn at night, regular buckets of weeds or cuttings, they are completely free range in the winter and have a section of the garden fenced off now for their summer residence.
    Very happy hens and owners
    • edwink
    • By edwink 9th Jul 15, 3:55 PM
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    Nell, Peggy and nugget - 2 hybrid and 1 speckeledy - Very happy hens and owners
    Originally posted by Jimmithecat

    YAY!!!!!! Love that!!! Very happy hens and owners!!! Count us in on that too!! Best way we think!!!


    Love your hens names. How did you come up with those names?


    When our hens are too old to lay and retire we just look after them the same as we have always done!! With lots of love and lots of care!! They mix in with any new rescue hens very well and we always have a good supply of eggs from them!!


    We sell some of our eggs to friends and neighbours. That way the hens support themselves feed cost wise. And the eggs we have ourselves are free range and free.


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    • Levi-
    • By Levi- 9th Jul 15, 4:43 PM
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    I love all these hen posts! Good on ya Edwink, you deffo seem to be a super caring hen-keeper, they are a lucky bunch I've always loved the idea of having a group of them and having our own eggs and raising chicks, maybe one day! Keep it up Edwink and all of you, lovely to hear about all these hens being so well cared for by some lovely folk on this thread xxxxxx
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    • By Levi- 9th Jul 15, 4:46 PM
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    PS: 100% against the culling of the hens - i would happily keep them into retirement after all their hard work with you all the way on that Edwinkxx
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    • By Davesnave 9th Jul 15, 6:40 PM
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    PS: 100% against the culling of the hens - i would happily keep them into retirement after all their hard work with you all the way on that Edwinkxx
    Originally posted by Levi-
    If people view them as pets and only have a few, then this is possible, but with 20 or so, I can't afford to have that many pensioners and neither can those who farm them.

    Also, if a decision is made to hatch chicks, an equivalent decision needs to be taken about what will be done with the 'boys.'

    These are aspects people don't always consider amid the excitement of setting up their own hen keeping project.

    There is a difference between wanting the best possible lives for the hens and sentimentality. I find many people, including myself at times, struggling with this.
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    • By Dizzy Ditzy 9th Jul 15, 7:19 PM
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    This is my first foray into the world of chickens. As long as they're happy and healthy, I have no intention of culling once they stop laying.

    Having said that, if they were suffering in any way, I wouldn't hesitate to do the right thing by them. Yes, I'd be upset but their welfare is way more important to me than sentimentality.
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    • By Dizzy Ditzy 9th Jul 15, 7:23 PM
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    It's very rare that I can get all five girls in one picture. Sorry it's not the best I decided to turn over done of the soil in the run. The girls are loving having a scratch through it

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