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#148 Posted : Wednesday, October 24, 2018 6:53:12 PM(UTC)
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GG, I feel so bad for you.  We have had chickens....LOVED having them...LOVED the eggs, not a lot of work, but we had cayotes and skunks that would get our chickens.  The skunks loved the eggs, too.  So sorry, yes, I say higher fence, but watch for any holes or digging near your chicken area.

Sharon
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#149 Posted : Thursday, October 25, 2018 4:58:05 AM(UTC)
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So sorry GG. Loosing a pet is no fun. We have lost several to skunk and fox and their flying the fence. We think we have them safe and then something happens. We finally had to put fencing over head so they couldn’t fly out.
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#150 Posted : Thursday, October 25, 2018 11:11:47 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: LauraB Go to Quoted Post
We finally had to put fencing over head so they couldn’t fly out.

If they haven't had wings clipped, this sounds like the way to go.  Prevents hawks and owls from coming in, too.

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#151 Posted : Thursday, October 25, 2018 11:18:16 AM(UTC)
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Sorry GG about your chicken. I put up a nylon netting, came in a big roll. Prevented sny birds flying in to eat the feed or chickens flying out.
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#152 Posted : Thursday, October 25, 2018 11:32:29 AM(UTC)
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It's a rather large playground and we've planted trees and bushes to give them places to hang out under and run to but things are still growing..  it's too large for netting but with a 5 foot fence, it should keep most of them from flying out.. except Beauty, she can fly from the ground UP to the roof..  I tried to fatten her up but she still gets out when she wants too.      Maybe we can put netting in the corners.. .  I will keep doing anything that is needed.

We extended thier SAFE chicken run recently. It nearly doubled in size but even then, they will eat all the grass and weeds and it become dirt / mud in no time at all.   The playground allows them to find insects and such.   Maybe I'll clip wings.. I worried that they might NEED to fly if chased by something..     



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#153 Posted : Thursday, October 25, 2018 1:44:39 PM(UTC)
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gg, first of all, I'm sorry for the loss of your sweet girl Raven.  You are such a good momma to all your little chickies!

Next, I am so grateful for this thread because I'm pretty certain my DH will eventually be raising some chickens and all your posts will be so informative and helpful.

GardenGal
#154 Posted : Monday, December 17, 2018 1:50:08 PM(UTC)
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chickie update,  we netted a large part of the playground and will net more at some point.  

A couple of days ago we had to let "Abby" go live on a farm ( no, really, not making it up ) because she just could not stop attacking the littles.   It wasn't a matter of pecking order and it's my food first, she actively went after them when they haven't done a thing.  She looked like she was stalking them.  After keeping them separated for 2 weeks she still watched and waiting for a chance to get them.   Since then, the girls are now out and free to roam the playground.  :D

They still aren't hanging with the big girls during resting and outbut they can be free and not harrassed.  I am sooo happy not to have to watch constantly.  

Today I did a major clean up because it is such a nice day.  Sunshine and 59.   I leveled some areas, moved some straw around, cleaned 3 feet around the main feeding station.  Clean and moved the 2nd feeding station and picked up scraps of newspaper from the extended run ( safe zone when the doorway is blocked off )   NOW all chickens go back and forth.  

We're still only getting 1 - 2 eggs a day but hope that changes soon.  All the big girls have their Winter fluffy feathers and if they'd sit in the sun a bit more, I'd get a few more eggs.   Not looking for an egg a day but 2 a week would be swell. 

I came a cross a yummy looking keto breakfast casserole I'm going to try soon.  It calls for 10 eggs so for the first time since last Winter, I bought eggs.   Will mention this to the girls the next time I go out.. see if a little internet shaming will get them back to laying.  hahahahhaah   kidding, love my girls. 



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#155 Posted : Monday, December 17, 2018 2:10:47 PM(UTC)
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Ah, GG, I love your chicken updates. The city of Pompano Beach won't let us have any, or I would have a couple of them.

Bonita
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#156 Posted : Monday, December 17, 2018 8:00:50 PM(UTC)
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GG. I thought when you said you wanted to go Keto, it would be perfect with your girls laying those yummy eggs. I look all over around here to find cage free, free roaming chicken eggs. The more natural the better. So hard to find. Wish I could raise my own. But against city ordinance here too. I think your very lucky! Even if it’s just a few eggs right now.
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#157 Posted : Monday, December 17, 2018 9:26:12 PM(UTC)
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My girls are still laying enough for my familg, plus my ducks have started contributing, must say love the duck eggs
Leslie
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#158 Posted : Monday, December 17, 2018 9:58:17 PM(UTC)
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Candis I saw someone offering eggs for sale in my area (Brentwood/discovery bay) on Facebook group- maybe see is there’s a page for your area including the smaller towns that has someone selling? Grandpa occasionally brings a few fresh eggs but I don’t know if they are free roaming
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#159 Posted : Monday, December 17, 2018 10:53:50 PM(UTC)
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I did find a few eggs for sale,on Facebook pages. but they weren’t free range. They are grain fed. I look for chickens that are allowed to eat bugs, and worms and natural stuff. So hard to find. So far really none around here are free range. Bummer. Looking for that orange colored rich yolks! Yum.
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#160 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2018 6:46:18 AM(UTC)
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My girls lay the riches eggs, the yolks are so orange and thick they don't even run, when you break it
Leslie
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#161 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2018 7:25:05 AM(UTC)
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I know I could add lighting to the coop to increase the egg laying but I do like the idea of them having a break.     No eggs yesterday so hoping for 2 today.  

Candis I am eating legal!!!!  



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#162 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:21:36 AM(UTC)
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Ok Leslie and GG. I want your eggs!!!silly
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Candis
Leslie
#163 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:59:31 AM(UTC)
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If I could get some to you I would🤗
Leslie
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#164 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:08:28 PM(UTC)
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There are so many venders that sell and house chickens in our town that have fre range chickens in fact that is all we have in town.  I thought California made it a law but what do I know.

I sure do love them they are great tasting.

Brenda

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