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08-06-2019, 23:48   #31
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Things have got worse now as the dog has feckin attacked one of our cats and severely mangled it. We moved out to the country last year and the dog seems to have discovered some natural instinct that's been buried for years.


Hens are laying now though.....

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I'll be getting chickens in a few weeks. Can anyone recommend a type and reliable supplier. I'm in Kerry.

I'm looking at 3-4.
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we had some that roams free everywhere but these hens also seems to hold their poop till they get to the doorstep lol
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Hen coop almost done. All it needs is a ramp and a few inmates. Found a supplier locally for birds.
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Hen coop almost done. All it needs is a ramp and a few inmates. Found a supplier locally for birds.
Thinking of doing something similar here - interested in hearing how you get on
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Antone keep turkeys or other fowl with their hens?
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Antone keep turkeys or other fowl with their hens?
Yeah, we do. We keep turkeys , geese and hens together.
The turkeys are hatched here and reared with hens but from Sept or so on the young Turkey cocks can be a pain. They tend to go around in gangs annoying everyone else. Not all the time. But enough times to be a nuisance. We have a separate area to move them to if we need.
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Yeah, we do. We keep turkeys , geese and hens together.
The turkeys are hatched here and reared with hens but from Sept or so on the young Turkey cocks can be a pain. They tend to go around in gangs annoying everyone else. Not all the time. But enough times to be a nuisance. We have a separate area to move them to if we need.
What do you feed them? I thought turkeys needed a food with higher protein in it than hens?

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What do you feed them? I thought turkeys needed a food with higher protein in it than hens?

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Grower pellets at the min along with whole wheat . We boil spuds and mash up windfall Apple's and plums too.
The hens have access to a treadle feeder with layers pellets.
The turkeys are hunted into an area an hour or so before shed time and fed on their own.
The geese rob what ever they like but predominantly graze grass.
There is some degree of cross over alright. Our system relies on low stocking density. The fowl have plenty of ground under them. Otherwise I think there'd be mayhem.
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Grower pellets at the min along with whole wheat . We boil spuds and mash up windfall Apple's and plums too.
The hens have access to a treadle feeder with layers pellets.
The turkeys are hunted into an area an hour or so before shed time and fed on their own.
The geese rob what ever they like but predominantly graze grass.
There is some degree of cross over alright. Our system relies on low stocking density. The fowl have plenty of ground under them. Otherwise I think there'd be mayhem.
What do you house them in?
Considering turkey next year.

Hens setting in and getting 3-4 eggs per day. 1 not laying yet but not sure which.
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Considering turkey next year.

Hens setting in and getting 3-4 eggs per day. 1 not laying yet but not sure which.
Housed separately. The hens go in themselves to their own shed. The turkeys flute around a d roost everywhere bar where they should, so we hunt them in at dusk.
The geese stay out grazing till we're going to bed. They get hunted into the shed then. Though some times of the year we leave them out. If the goose is on a nest or the like.
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Quick question people ? I’m going to buy another few hens to add to the other ladies I have. Will they start fighting each other or will things be ok ?
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Quick question people ? I’m going to buy another few hens to add to the other ladies I have. Will they start fighting each other or will things be ok ?
From my limited experience it's hit and miss.

We got 2 new ones a few months ago and the older ones bullied them a bit for the first week or two but that's all and they all get on fine now.

At the same time you'd hear stories of constant bullying so I'd say every situation is different.
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