October 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm #510594SilentMember
This seems like the place for a whinge:
How come the damned things live for only a few years? We buy the “regular” kind (I guess they are the Woolworths-type chickens) and they burn out and die after a few seasons.
I just euthanised one today…with an axe. It was a clean kill (I can’t thanks the gods enough for my aim) but it was hardly pleasant.
Am I right in thinking the chooks we buy are bred to live fast and die young?
EDIT: I can’t stress enough how horrible it felt. Anthropomorphism is hard to shake off. I can’t do this every few years. :sick:October 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm #510595BronMember
If the chooks you had weren’t purebred, but were the hybrids deliberately bred for optimum egg production, they’ve burnt themselves out 🙁 Yes, those chooks are designed to lay an egg each day and chooks only have so many eggs in them. They get tumors or other fatal conditions.
I have some purebreds and some x breeds (that I bred, except for the original mothers). The purebred lay every so often, the x breeds daily. But it seems they may be getting broody (I hope! It’ll help their bodies have a break).
My bantam wyandotte has been broody for a month, but the eggs I bought to put under her didn’t work cos she got off them twice 🙁 I’ve bought 2 lots of eggs and both haven’t had a successful hatch cos the chooks have un-broodied or moved. But any of our own eggs hatch 100% success rate. But I want bantam sussex! 🙁October 22, 2011 at 12:24 am #510596Lady BeeKeymaster
Initially I had Isa Brown chickens. They burned out after a few years and died. So I got Welsummer, pure bred (so I’m led to believe) and they’re pretty much the same. The oldest one I have is perhaps 4 years and she’s looking rather ‘had it’, so I don’t think she’ll live to a ripe old age.
What is a ripe old age for a chicken anyway? I’m not talking productive laying years, but just a normal lifespan. I figure the egg production would taper off dramatically after a few years and they’ll just live out their days as ‘retirees’, but that doesn’t seem to happen with ours.October 22, 2011 at 12:31 am #510597BobbeeMember
I’m not a chooken person but araucana chookens seem to live to a good age. :tup:
Bobbs :hug: :hug: :hug:October 22, 2011 at 12:43 am #510598Lady BeeKeymaster
Define “a good age”, Bobbee….October 22, 2011 at 12:55 am #510599BobbeeMember
That’s right Lady B put me on the spot. :blush: :blush: Serves me right for entering a conversation that I have no qualifications or experience for. 😛
I’ll have to take a rain check and I will ask Hummers, she will know. I think her first birds lived for 7 or 8 ish years but I may be wrong. :shrug:
Bobbs :hug: :hug: :hug:October 22, 2011 at 1:21 am #510600BlueWrenMember
You know you are getting old when you ask yourself “How old will I be when my chooks die? ” ….I have pure breds……..it’s the same with the asparagus bed………..not to mention the Moreton Bay fig seedlings I need to plant somewhere. :laugh: :laugh:
Silent C.That’s a real downside to having chooks.It cost me $40 to have one euthanased by the vet when she got peritonitis.And of course she was my favourite,Little Miss Chatterbox,because she was.
Good luck Lady B.It’s a fascinating journey from an egg to a little ball of fluff, and for a pullet , already equipped with the number of eggs she will lay.October 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm #510601Bandicoot ValleyMember
Just counted up all the eggs being sat on. Two hens on 16 each, one on 12, the Pekin on 9, plus the 10 already hatched, that’s 63 new chicks this season, assuming they all hatch!October 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm #510602VickieMember
This is my first post here 🙂 , it’s lovely to see some people who are as crazy about chooks as i am. I have 15 birds in total, 3 babies that are 2 weeks old, i put them in with the other birds a few days ago and all the big girls are being very kind :cheer:
One wierd thing is that one of our girls seems to be coming and going… we think she may have created a nest somewhere.. and comes back for food every few days.. we have a totally enclosed yard for our chooks.. so she either has a way in and out.. or she has made a nest in a very sneaky place that i can’t find 😉 Will be amazing if she comes out in a few weeks with a few babies following behind :cheer:
Silent, i have had Isa browns that just burn out.. and they have had to be put down as well. Then bantams i have bred here all last much longer than the ISA’s, i usually have a couple ISA’s that we get cheaply from a free range farm .. just because they are such reliable layers.October 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm #510603RavykMember
Few pics of my chookies!
The two week old filth makers! :dry: Only took a week to go from cute bundles of fluff!
One of my hens laying
Mum and chicksOctober 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm #510604dierichParticipant
We’ve got a broody sitting on 12 eggs which we got from a friend – will be a lucky dip on what we get. There was one silky egg among the mix. Day 8 today, and I’m really annoyed that I’m going to be travelling for work when they are due to hatch. Luckily DH is between jobs at the moments and will be home for their first week.October 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm #510605dierichParticipant
Ravyk, what breed are your girls – they’re beautiful !October 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm #510606RavykMember
dierich post=327531 wrote: Ravyk, what breed are your girls – they’re beautiful !
They’re silver laced WyandottesOctober 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm #510607BelMember
I moved my 2 broodies last night – much harder than I thought! I put 6 eggs each in a nesting box and put the girls on top. My Plymouth Rock barely moved – she is so dopey at the moment, I’m actually a bit worried about her. She moved forward a bit, then stopped just short of the eggs. My RIR/Leghorn complained like buggery about moved. Then I could hear a lot of scratching around inside as she tried to make her nest comfortable.
This morning there are no eggs left in the nesting box where the Plymouth Rock was put! She is sitting in another area, and when she moved I saw she has only 3 of the eggs I gave her. The other hen has pinched 3 and is now sitting on 9! Funny things – I didn’t realise they could move eggs about so easily.
The Plymouth Rock was off the nest for a couple of hours today, puffing about on the ground (possibly hot?). She was back on her eggs a few hours later, sitting tight. I do hope she’s alright. We’ll see how she goes.
My duck, Lucky, is still sitting on her 10 eggs. She hasn’t turfed any out of the eggs, so I wonder how many will hatch. By my reckoning, they must be due to hatch about the 28th – very excited! She gets off her nest for about an hour every afternoon to stretch her legs and have a feed, but covers her eggs up nicely before she leaves them. I hope she’s been attentive enough!October 24, 2011 at 12:58 am #510608VickieMember
Bel, I will love to see some duckling photo’s.
My husband found our hen that had been coming and going ..she is sitting on around 8 eggs in an old box of ash, right at the back of the wood tank 😉
Now i’m pondering if i should move her.. she has been there around 1-2 weeks.
If nothing comes of it,. i am just glad she isn’t lost 🙂
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