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Sun 12-Sep-10
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Denys

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Hi,wave

  I am new to all this although I have been growing veggies etc for years.  I am thinking of getting half a dozen ex battery hens to keep in my back garden.  Is there any particular time of year which is best to get these hens.  I am sure I will have many more questions to ask so will welcome any advice at all on the subject.

Sun 12-Sep-10
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JoannaS
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Early spring would be the best time as they will carry on laying, this time of year they will be starting to go into moult and stop laying until the longer days.cheers

Sun 12-Sep-10
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i second that joanna

Hi Denys

our bantams have just moulted and gon off the lay had a couple of odd eggs since but i am not expecting much now till spring

i know you can put them in a lighted huch and prolong the laying season but that smacks of mucking about with the little darlings

some breeds will lay longer in the season than others so its worth checking before you buy ,and the battery ones will have been in a heat and light controled shed so will need to aclimatise once they are with you and the short days now will most litely stop them laying till they settle if at all this year

if you go with the BH's give them a rich diet with plenty of calcium its a tough life making an egg every day and they come up short on feathers to compensate

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Sun 12-Sep-10
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wave Denys, hello and welcome, it's always good to have a new chap on board, I hope you'll learn all there is to know about chickens from our 'clucky' members.  You've already met MOS and Joanna and I'm your friendly Moderatrix, Toffeeapple.  

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I'll try that again!

Sun 12-Sep-10
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wave  I'm probably totally wrong, but here is an idea, if you don't mind feeding the hens through the winter with no hope of eggs.  I just feel that you could build up their strength, get them accustomed to their surroundings and generally improve their well being.  In that way you might get eggs about the same time as the rest of us in the year and know you start the egg laying season with  healthy hens.  I suppose it depends what state they are in from the battery farm.

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Sun 12-Sep-10
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Good thinking Danuta.

I'll try that again!

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Does sound like a good idea Danutacheers

Wed 15-Sep-10
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Hello, wave    and welcome. i will be watching your posts as im due to pick up 13 hens and a cockerel very soon... not had much experience with chickens- well outside of the kitchen any way lol  I struck a deal with a local chef who has layers and am swapping some rabbits for hens. ive been given a cockerel now too so have been rushing about preparing the allotment.

Wed 15-Sep-10
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Toffeeapple
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What a great swap Rob.  You'll have your own little empire there soon.  Do let us know when you get the poultry won't you?  Pictures will be required, you understand.wink

I'll try that again!

Tue 28-Sep-10
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Hi Everyone wave ,I have just been given 4 chickens 2 are barbu u------?(too young to lay )forget the rest of their name and the cockrel and the only layer are silky cross barbu they are all very pretty at the moment I have them in an improvised coop I was told to keep them in for4 or 5 days but they are chopmping at the bit to get out (this is only day 1) im making a run today just waiting for the neighboues to wake up!!!!! it will be ok to put them in there from today ? eventually they will wander the garden. Never going up to my daughters again always comming home with something needing a new home doh

Tue 28-Sep-10
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wave  Good for you Fiona.  You will love them.  How far away are your neighbours and will they be disturbed by the cockerel?    whistle

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Good to see you again Fiona, what a wonderful gift to receive.  I hope you'll keep us updated with the progress?

I'll try that again!

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