Don't say I Didn't Warn You

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We've always had hens since we bought this place and our most recent flock of 10 which we bought in March were eggcellent layers, for the first time ever they have managed to produce enough eggs to keep the B&B going all summer.

The only problem with them is that at the start of summer and the warmer weather 8 of the 10 insisted roosting on a branch outside their hen house. The first time I picked each one up and put them away, they didn't like it and it became a fight to get them in the hen house and close the door before they'd escape again. After a week of this I told them, "that's it, you can get on with it".

Last week Mr. Pine Marten made a visit, we now have 5 hens, 3 survived the encounter, 2 were roosting inside.

 

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We have hens as well.  Due to all the wildlife we have around here we do not let them free range but do have what we call semi range.  We have a hen house with a raised covered screened porch which is also attached to a fenced in yard that also is fenced over the top.  DH mows a row or 2 a day and catches the grass & provides them with 'salad' which they love. 

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copperhead wrote:

We have hens as well.  Due to all the wildlife we have around here we do not let them free range but do have what we call semi range.  We have a hen house with a raised covered screened porch which is also attached to a fenced in yard that also is fenced over the top.  DH mows a row or 2 a day and catches the grass & provides them with 'salad' which they love. 

That sounds pretty much the same as our setup, except we don't have fencing over the top. It's been suggested to us but their area is about 100' x 50' so it's a big area to fence. They have a hen house with night time perches at the back and an electric door which shuts when it gets dark and opens in the morning. The also love grass clippings and when weeding we throw them in too, plus they love the breakfast scraps. Todays breakfast in one end, tomorrow out the other laugh

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Survival of the fittest I guess. frown

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Well into the first sentence I was thinking you mean the sort of hens Cambs speaks of who come to her place for "hen parties"!

It's hard to reason with a chicken.

It's harder to reason with a martin. Get a rooster and you'll soon have a new flock.

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No kidding.  We have a rooster we would love to give  you.  He showed up 3 days ago...uninvited. We think someone with a sick sense of humor got tired of being awakened at dawn every day and thought  it would be a great idea to relocate him to this National Park that surrounds our B+B property. 

He's a beauty!  But boy can he crow...and cockadoodledo at dawn is funny....once....but our guests are not paying to be awakened at 6 am!  So we are trying to catch him but we could really use some advice.  He's a friendly fella, pecking at the breakfast room door and windows to get our attention and strutting his stuff all over the property.  But really....how the heck do we get rid of him?  We would love to give him to you HJ.  Or for that matter, we'd love to shoot him.  angry

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Several people have said to us we should get a rooster, we've always said no for the same reason. It gets light here at 3am in May/June/July, can you imagine him crowing and waking all the guests. 

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Highlands John wrote:

Several people have said to us we should get a rooster, we've always said no for the same reason. It gets light here at 3am in May/June/July, can you imagine him crowing and waking all the guests. 

and then the reality of having a rooster, they don't just crow at sunrise, they crow all day long...AND LOUD!

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No, I think we can do without that, thank you.

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locally we had a problem with a Peacock - it was attracted to the sound petrol pumps made so kept preening and displaying - very loudly! )he was awfully handsome though)

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