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in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Chicken Breeds
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2020, 10:21:02 am »
Yes, we thought the same about the Friesian except it didn't quite work out that way. They were the only chickens that we lost to predators since moving here due to the fact that they would lay out, go broody and sit on the eggs and then get eaten overnight by predators. Impossible to find them but the pile of feathers in the morning would be evident!
Also had a habit of roosting high in the trees. Would spend ages looking for them and then ages trying to get them down with brooms, ladders etc. If you left them roosting there they would come down too early in the mornings and again be vulnerable to predators. Too much hassle!
They were brilliant flyers though and amazing to watch. Miss them in a strange way.


We don't get many foxes here, probably due to the gamekeepers and farmers, but did once see one in the adjoining field. Alerted to its presence by our hens gathering in a flock and walking towards the field and staring straight at the fox!!! Found it a bit odd but guess they were trying to intimidate it into moving on?????

violetgarlic

  • Joined Aug 2020
Re: Chicken Breeds
« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2020, 07:19:03 am »
We have chickens similar to Delaware, very calm and friendly. They have their own housing with basic things: watering and feeding. The main problem that they were hungry ALL THE TIME! We tried different kinds of food, time-feeding: to feed them every two-three hours. Then we found info about chicken feeder and bought small steal feeder. And you know what? These hungry creatures started to tipped it over because it's very light. IT'S A DISASTER!  :gloomy:

lord flynn

  • Joined Mar 2012
Re: Chicken Breeds
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2020, 08:06:57 pm »
I kept LF Minorca for a while. Nice big birds, like to roost in trees. Some of the best layers of pure-breds I've kept (bar leghorns). However, despite paying quite a lot for two well bred cocks, neither treaded a thing-ever. Have since been told this is an issue.

 

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