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Laying Hens

Our Golden Comets, Rhode Island Reds and Araucanas lay eggs every day!  We usually have an abundant supply of eggs! 

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►Golden Comets

 

Golden Comets are a hybrid chicken (cross between White Rock Female and New Hampshire Red Rooster) and are considered a modern brown egg laying chicken.  They are robust, hardy and will supply any self-sustaining farm with an abundance of eggs.  This breed of chicken makes an excellent back-yard chicken because they are mild mannered, quieter than most chickens and handle confinement well.  To keep your flock continually growing and producing you will need to purchase new chicks every few years since you can't breed a Golden Comet Rooster with a Golden Comet hen due to its hybrid status.

Characteristics
     ♦ Weight:  Male 9 lbs and Females 6-7 lbs
     ♦ Coloring:  Rooster (White)  Hen (Reddish Buff)
     ♦ Purpose:  Dual for meat and eggs
     ♦ Egg Production:  Excellent
     ♦ Egg Size:  Large
     ♦ Egg Color: Brown
  


►Rhode Island Reds


                      

As the name indicates the Rhode Island Red is the state bird of Rhode Island and is a very hardy chicken used for meat, eggs and show.  They are a top producer of eggs and can lay over 200 eggs per year if not more.  They are a friendly chicken that make great pets for children, however; they can be stubborn at times.  Rhode Island Red's are a more aggressive type of chicken when it comes to other animals and strangers but if raised properly they are a docile chicken .  As any laying hen, you should either breed or purchase new chicks every couple of years so you have a continuous supply of eggs.  As a dual purpose Hen, once the Rhode Island Red  is done laying eggs (approx 3 years) they can be used as pets (lifespan approx 10-14 years) or used for meat.

We just started raising Rhode Island Red's this year and we got them as chicks from Tractor Supply during Chick Days in March.  It has been amazing watching them grow from baby chicks, just a few days old, into beautiful hens that started laying eggs at the end of July.  Each day the eggs grow a bit bigger!  We are still waiting on our youngest to start laying but we expect that to happen very soon.  We have one hen that started being aggressive with people but when I let her know I was NOT afraid of her and I was not going to tolerate her pecking me, she stopped.  She still tries to get me every once in awhile but when I raise my foot to her she pecks my shoe and moves on!  (I do not raise my foot in a manner that is threatening, I just block her and she knows to leave me alone.) 

Characteristics
♦ Weight: 7-8 lbs
Coloring: Deep Red Rust
Purpose: Dual for meat and eggs
Egg Production: Excellent
Egg Size: X Large
Egg Color: Brown


Basic Care for Raising Laying Hens for Personal Use

♦ Chickens like companionship so always have at lease two more more chickens.

♦ Have a chicken coop that has nesting boxes, roosts, place for food and water, people doors, chicken doors and windows with cross ventilation.

♦ Have some type of electricity running for winter heat.

If you have enough outdoor space for you hens you don't need to have a large coop, just enough room for shelter at night and in the colder months.

Make sure you have litter on the floor of the chicken coop so the hens have something to scratch at. Use soft wood shavings, peat moss, sugar cane fiber or hay.  Always change the litter and don't let it mold. 

♦ Litter will help help absorb moisture from the hens and help dilute the strength of the chicken manure as well as provide heat in the winter.

♦ 1 Nesting box for every 4 layers should be sufficient and they should be no more than 12 inches square.  For ease of use, make a trap door on the back side of the box so you don't always have to go into the chickens area to grab the eggs!

♦ Chickens love to roost. Make sure you have roosts built into your chicken coop, if not your hens will be liable to find another source to sleep on, such as; your rafters or even trees.  They sleep soundly and want to be protected.

♦ Roosts should be at least 1 foot off the ground and make sure you have enough space for all of your hens.  If you require more than 1 roost you can stack them at 1, 2, 3, 4 foot intervals like a staircase.

♦ If you are keeping your hens in a yard you will need to fence it in to protect the hens from predators.  You will need a least a 4 ft fence, possibly a 6 ft fence depending on the breed of hen/chicken.

♦ Your hen is going to want to clean itself on a regular basis and the good news is that they will do it on their own by giving themselves a dust bath.  If you are confining your hens where they don't have a lot of dirt considered putting out a sand box so they can bathe.  If you are making it yourself use half dirt and half sand and remember to clean it out because they will poop in it!

♦ For good egg production keep your hens watered and well fed.  They can be fed grain or table scraps. Don't slack on the food or they will slack on the egg productions.  For every 12% you cut back on food they will cut back 25% for egg production.

♦ Chickens that have room to roam are healthier and happier chickens.  They are not grass grazers so if you are letting them roam on grass you will need to move them around every 2-3 weeks so they have fresh grass to roam on.  While they don't necessarily eat the grass they will scratch at it so you want to move them before they kill the grass roots.
 
♦ When you move the chickens throw down some grass seed to help with re-growth on bare spots before you move the chickens back!

♦ Chickens love fruit: Tomatoes, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, hot dogs, spaghetti, greens, bread etc....  Give them some treats and they will love you!