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Re: Let's Create our own Backyard Chicken Forum!! [Re: Maggie123] #2141960
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Where in Alabama do you live? Unless you are in a city that has some kind of stupid law against owning chickens I don't know of a law. I would check around and see if I could find someone with some and just let a hen or two set on some fertile eggs. At Paxton, Fl the first Saturday of the month they have a sale and you can get about any kind of chicken you could want. There are bound to be similar type sales around you.

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Murray McMurray Hatchery's website will have a ton of representative pictures of different varieties, along with a brief description of their temperament, egg color, etc. Once you've decided on a breed to suit your needs, you can order from them if you want a bunch and don't mind raising them from chicks, or hit Craigslist, in the farm and garden section. You can get everything from eggs to grown birds, there. Supplies are available at your local co-op, feed store, or Tractor Supply.


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There was an order suspending sales of chickens in AL due to Avian Flu concerns earlier this year, but as I understand it, that order was rescinded in mid April. For any concerns you could check the ADAI web site.

For general information and to locate chicken owners within your area, My Pet Chicken Forums AND Backyard Chickens Forums are both good sites to ask questions and learn about care.

We have several chicken owners on this forum so some of your questions might be answered right here.


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Re: Let's Create our own Backyard Chicken Forum!! [Re: Lilium10] #2145852
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Originally Posted By: Lilium10
I was raised up with my grandparents owning chickens. I want to purchase some but I want to know more about them before I buy any. What websites would be best to learn Alabama Law and the basics on raising them?


Are you anywhere in south/southeast Bama? I have a hen that hatched a bunch of chicks today I would give you if you were close enough.

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Originally Posted By: Lilium10
I was raised up with my grandparents owning chickens. I want to purchase some but I want to know more about them before I buy any. What websites would be best to learn Alabama Law and the basics on raising them?


Are you anywhere in south/southeast Bama? I have a hen that hatched a bunch of chicks today I would give you if you were close enough.


Work it Timbercruiser!! laugh It is hard to get rid of um sometimes!! Wish we were closer and I would help you out!


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Re: Let's Create our own Backyard Chicken Forum!! [Re: Maggie123] #2146153
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I don't think I could put a stamp on the chicks and hens........

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Well my chickens are 6+ month's old now and I haven't gotten the first egg. Normally they start laying eggs between 5 and 6 month's old right?

By the way out of 16 unsexed chicks 12 where roosters. Next go round I will spend an extra dollar on sexed chicks. If I hadn't bought the 3 additional hens I would only have 4 hens.

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Originally Posted By: mandeerpig
Well my chickens are 6+ month's old now and I haven't gotten the first egg. Normally they start laying eggs between 5 and 6 month's old right?

By the way out of 16 unsexed chicks 12 where roosters. Next go round I will spend an extra dollar on sexed chicks. If I hadn't bought the 3 additional hens I would only have 4 hens.


Ouch, that hurt. Lotsa Roos!!


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Re: Let's Create our own Backyard Chicken Forum!! [Re: Maggie123] #2162162
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Ok, newbie with a question. My barred rock hens will be roughly 17 weeks old tomorrow. I have kept their nesting boxes blocked off so they would not sleep there. Just wondering if it is time to open them up? Also, do I need to go ahead and put a fake egg in one or two of the boxes?

What exactly am I looking for when they are close to starting to lay? Their combs/faces are beginning to get much brighter red in them

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Open them up and throw a few old golf balls in the nest. I don't know the age they are when they start laying, but it shouldn't be long.

Re: Let's Create our own Backyard Chicken Forum!! [Re: lefthorn] #2162550
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Originally Posted By: lefthorn
Ok, newbie with a question. My barred rock hens will be roughly 17 weeks old tomorrow. I have kept their nesting boxes blocked off so they would not sleep there. Just wondering if it is time to open them up? Also, do I need to go ahead and put a fake egg in one or two of the boxes?

What exactly am I looking for when they are close to starting to lay? Their combs/faces are beginning to get much brighter red in them


I agree with timbercruiser on the go ahead but don't look for the Bards to start laying before 22 - 25 weeks. They will give you big brown eggs & sometimes my girls have some speckles in the shell too. I had three bardrocks but a big ole redtail hawk got one while free ranging. Something about those bards that attracts a hawk...

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Re: Let's Create our own Backyard Chicken Forum!! [Re: lefthorn] #2162608
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Originally Posted By: lefthorn
Their combs/faces are beginning to get much brighter red in them

That's an indicator they're getting ready to start laying. In the winter time or before molt, you may see their combs going back to pink, HOWEVER, a pink comb can also be a sign of anemia, so pay attention to how the bird acts, too. They may start showing some interest in your nest boxes, trying one out, then another. Another sign, if your birds are hand-tamed, is when you reach to touch or pet her, she squats. That's a sign of submission indicating that she'd accept a rooster.


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Re: Let's Create our own Backyard Chicken Forum!! [Re: Maggie123] #2162633
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Thanks guys.

Re: Let's Create our own Backyard Chicken Forum!! [Re: Lilium10] #2163177
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Originally Posted By: Lilium10
I was raised up with my grandparents owning chickens. I want to purchase some but I want to know more about them before I buy any. What websites would be best to learn Alabama Law and the basics on raising them?

If you have Facebook you can look up central Alabama chicken trader. People have chickens for sale all the time

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Well, got my first egg today. It is a little on the small side and a light tan color but other than that, looks like a nice egg

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got six new chicks hatched a few days ago and seven new ones last night.


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And counting back, looks like they are 21-22 weeks old

Re: Let's Create our own Backyard Chicken Forum!! [Re: Maggie123] #2191159
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Congrats on the egg laying starting. They will all get going soon & timing sounds just right. First eggs are generally a bit small but usually get larger. My bard rock are molting now as well as some other breeds...look a mess.

Congrats on the new chicks too!! I have never tried to let my girls hatched any.

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Maggie, I've had pretty good luck over the years hatching chicks here, but this year was a clusterbomb. I had four different hens setting and all I did was let several dozens of eggs go bad. Now, after I have give up on any chicks I get two hatches!!!!

I learn more every day how much I don't know!!!!


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Originally Posted By: BhamFred
Maggie, I've had pretty good luck over the years hatching chicks here, but this year was a clusterbomb. I had four different hens setting and all I did was let several dozens of eggs go bad. Now, after I have give up on any chicks I get two hatches!!!!

I learn more every day how much I don't know!!!!


I do as well about chickens!! blush


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