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Anyone raise them?  What's your experiences with them?
Next spring we will have our rabbits,the hutch is built and placed.The nice thing is other than meat they provide fertilizer that is gtg,no composting required.'08.
(07-26-2015, 04:08 PM)kirgi08 Wrote: [ -> ]Next spring we will have our rabbits,the hutch is built and placed.The nice thing is other than meat they provide fertilizer that is gtg,no composting required.'08.

+1 on the fertilizer.  Good worm food as well, which in turn gives you excellent fertilizer.  How many rabbits you gonna have?
With the size hutch I built we'll start out with 10 +/-,to see how that works.We have foxes out at the bol,the hutch is bullet proof but chickens are gonna wait till I thin/remove the population.'08.
Yeah, my brother has problems with critters trying to get into his coop as well.  Sometimes the rabid variety.  I'd still like to see about doing this though....
Rabbits are much easier to feed than chickens. Chickens require calcium supplements to there diet for the egg shells and at least 14% protein in there feed for egg production.

http://www.extension.org/poultry

http://www.motherearthnews.com/homestead...azglo.aspx
(08-01-2015, 10:38 PM)Wolfman Wrote: [ -> ]Rabbits are much easier to feed than chickens. Chickens require calcium supplements to there diet for the egg shells and at least 14% protein in there feed for egg production.

http://www.extension.org/poultry

http://www.motherearthnews.com/homestead...azglo.aspx

Appreciate the links!
I've considered this myself. Found this link with good info. Hope this helps.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-mu...d-chickens

http://gardenclub.homedepot.com/chickens/
Ok, spring is upon us. And I've been considering a garden and some chickens. I've read this thread several times. But still have a lot of questions.

First, here are my intentions, as far as a coup, I have this covered. I have enough scrap wood around the house and at work to help make one of these. I'd just need fencing materials. I've done some research on the net this is pretty doable.

I've read that chickens are social critters. So I think I'm going to get 1 rooster and 2 hens. This should give plenty of eggs. I'm hoping to have well enough eggs for me and my family and hopefully some folks will be interested in buying some.

My questions are, how time consuming and expensive are chickens? And the feed? Something that is expensive in the beginning but pays off in the long run?
You will need 6 to 8 hens for one rooster to have the right balance. You got to keep the rooster busy or he can become abusive. If you have a neighbor with a chicken coup consider swapping the rooster back and forth every other month. If you are running a full supplement feed such as Purina you are going to have some very expensive eggs. If you don't run a full supplement feed you are going to have low count eggs or problems with shells/yolks. Also realize that older hens produce fewer eggs so you want to rotate your hens every so often with younger hens.

Look at Bob White Quail for eggs and meat for a better return. It is a quicker hatching and maturity time and the eggs are great. The quail are not as dependent on the supplements so cracked corn mixed with a supplement feed works well. Or Ginny's if you want an egg almost the size of a chicken - there meat is not a good as chicken or quail IMO.
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