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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2008 7:43pm (May 5th 2008)
     
    Hey guys, I'm thinking about buying a hen.. thinking being the key word but I dont know if I can take of it properly. I live in a really urban area and I dont know where I will be able to keep my hen or what type of hen is better for me. Personally I just want a hen for a pet not for the production of eggs or anything like that. What other things should I be aware of before purchasing a hen? Help would be greatly appreciated !!!:D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2008 10:25pm (May 5th 2008) edited
     
    http://www.mypetchicken.com/breedQuestions.aspx (copy and paste it into your address bar).

    This site will give you a rough guide and show you what they look like. All other info needs to come from someone who has a hen, which I don't!!! (Do you need to get 2 so's they can keep each other company?)
    • CommentAuthorSweetPea
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2008 1:04am (May 6th 2008)
     
    Here's a great website http://www.mypetchicken.com/default.aspx We got a lot of info from here. You can print a free chicken care book too. For those in the U.S., you can order just a few chickens. Right now there is a pullet shortage from all the big hatcheries. We've been trying to get some from the farm stores that are getting them in, but they are mostly getting straight run chicks. Chickens are very popular right now! ;-)
    • CommentAuthorSweetPea
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2008 1:05am (May 6th 2008)
     
    Sorry-Kateb already gave you that site...as you can see...it's highly recommended!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2008 9:32am (May 6th 2008)
     
    Wonderful item on our tv yesterday.
    This Lady rearranges homes for exbatts. Yesterday she had a huge batch lorried in and the demand from rehomers was greater than her supply.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2008 4:11pm (May 6th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Also Nancy, i suggest getting more than one hen as they're very sociable animals and love company of their own kind! They don't need much room but it's nice to be able to let them out for a bit. If space is an issue, i'd definitely recommend getting a bantam chicken as they are A LOT smaller - they're about the same size as the chicks now!

    Most of the standard breeds also come in bantam sizes, so if you've seen a breed that takes your fancy you could easily get it as a bantam!

    Any type of sussex hen is a good idea - they're hardy, friendly and do well in confinement. New Hampshire Reds, Rhode Island Reds would also work well. These three breeds are also good layers. Silkies don't need much space, particularly bantam silkies, and they look awesome & are friendly.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:16pm (May 19th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Anyone wanting to help out some hens:
    1,300 hens to rehome

    Don't know when it was published or whatever, but these hens are in pretty awful conditions. If anyone was thinking about rehoming an ex-bat, these might be a good idea if you live near Wiltshire :)

    I stumbled upon it when doing some research on ISA brown hens, as our chicks look similar to them...
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:21pm (May 19th 2008)
     
    Hehe where is wiltshire ?? Im gonna nag my mum to get a hen but she will probably say something like jemima wont be happy and the neighbours moan a lott


    :confused::sad::neutral:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:28pm (May 19th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I have no idea where Wiltshire is :-\

    Tell your mum hens are easy to look after, they bring lots of entertainment with them (you could sit and watch chickens all day they're so funny!). They eat kitchen scraps that nobody else wants, and they turn them into beautiful eggs. They're not very loud, other than when they're scared or when they're proudly yelling they've laid an egg - AND if the neighbours are a little grumpy, you can butter them up with those fresh beautiful eggs :)
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:33pm (May 19th 2008)
     
    Thanks ok here I goo
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:37pm (May 19th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Good luck :D :thumbup:
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:38pm (May 19th 2008)
     
    My mum said ok butttt can they live in a shed... Because weve got a huge shed that used to have a shetland pony in before we moved in. I dont think they cann
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:42pm (May 19th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Full time? Or to sleep in there? Barn chickens are raised in sheds, but it's not very nice. It's better for chickens to be outside in the fresh air with natural sunlight...Could they live in the shed and have like a catflap type thing to a little patch of fenced in land outside? Then they could have perches and swings etc in the shed, and a little patch of ground outside to scrat about in :P That's an improvement that your mum said you could have some though!

    And you used to have a shetland pony?? That's awesome! :)
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:44pm (May 19th 2008)
     
    We didnt but the people who lived in our house before us did and it has a stable door thing y know where its cut in 2
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:47pm (May 19th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ohhhh i see...If they had a patch of land outside to scrat in and sunbathe i'm sure they would love it. Especially if it's a HUGE shed. Dan kept his ex-bats in a shed, and he put perches and tyres for them to climb and play on and they were in seventh heaven! :D
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:48pm (May 19th 2008)
     
    I just asked my mum again to make sure and she said nooooooooooooooooo so I said pppppppplllleeaassee pplleeaasseee and she said next door will end up calling the council. mner
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:50pm (May 19th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no, bummer :( I guess she was hoping that if they lived in a barn they wouldn't be as loud or easy to hear? Never mind Vicki, at least you tried! You'll just have to wait until you're older and then you can have a house overflowing with chickens :D
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:52pm (May 19th 2008)
     
    Hehe yeah and I can make a fairtrade egg thing and make a stall in the front garden heeheee
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 5:53pm (May 19th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's what i wanna do too :cheer:

    It'd be great to just have a random stall and sell free-range eggs to anybody who wants them. Someone down the lane does it, but they sell flowers and jam. You could promote battery hen awareness too whilst you sold eggs :D
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 9:09pm (May 19th 2008)
     
    Vicky, did you mention to your Mum that it was 1,300 hens you were talking about ???
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2008 10:04pm (May 19th 2008)
     
    What you confuzzzle mee hehe
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2008 3:01pm (May 20th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Imagine how much room you would need, Ollie... :o
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2008 8:52pm (Jun 21st 2008)
     
    I went to the garden centre today to see what hens they had. There were 3 silky bantams (grey, looked like they'd spent too much time in the tumble dryer!), and 2 polish bantams. Now, I thought polish just referred to the 'foof' on top of their head? They were extremely pretty and SO tiny!! They didn't look real!!!!! Are all bantams that small? There was one other bird too - on its own tut tut - but can't remember what that was. It was called a bantam but was bigger than the others.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2008 9:05pm (Jun 21st 2008)
     
    Wow. We don't get chickens in the garden centres round this area.:)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2008 9:07pm (Jun 21st 2008)
     
    They've only had them here fairly recently. The first 2 they had were lovely frizzles but they went really quickly. I suppose if they can make a profit they'll sell 'em!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 8:26pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No Polish is a proper breed, which is why it can be combined with other chracteristics, such as Polish frizzles. Polish and Silkies are the two most well-known 'wacky' breeds of chickens :)

    Bantams tend to be tiny, even the roosters. At 13 weeks old the chicks are bigger than banties.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 11:22pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    In that case, I liked the Polish.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 1:26pm (Jun 24th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I like Polish too...their 'dos can cause problems with their sight though i think, and may require trimming. How much were they charging for the Polish?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 9:27pm (Jun 24th 2008)
     
    Er, think it was around £20. It was a different price for the cock and hen - one was more expensive than the other. Will pay more attention next time I go!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:15pm (Jun 25th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I can't remember how much our first three chucks were - i was 13 at the time, money wasn't important it all belonged to my parents' ;)

    I do know that Milly was a fiver from the Ostrich-less Farm. I reckon if i was getting more chucks i'd try and do it through a farmer or something, i'm guessing garden centres etc would be more expensive? Maybe that's just me being stingy though :P
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:34pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     
    I think bantams are about £10-15 each now. I bought my chooks for £8 each.:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:38pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Are they bantams?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:39pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     
    No, appearently they are large fowl.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:40pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I was gonna say! I didn't know you could get bantam Warrens / ISA Browns, i was getting ready to be well surprised :D
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:45pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     
    I didn't actually know muchabout them when we got them. And they weren't in any of the chicken books.:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:49pm (Jun 25th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Nope, they're not in any of mine either - ISA Browns are mentioned briefly, and it says in brackets 'also known as Warrens' but it just says they are another breed from RIRs and doesn't go into detail. Mind you they don't have Red / Black Sex Links either.

    Photobucket
    Does Eva look like your girls, Ace, colour-wise?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:52pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     
    Colour wise she does. Except my pullets are a bit lighter than Eva. But that might just be because they are still quite young.:)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:54pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     
    I will go out in a bit and take some more pics for you all to see.:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:55pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Okay, thanks. Just wondering if she wasn't a New Hampshire Red as we'd thought, but maybe an ISA Brown...? She was beautiful either way, when she got her featheres back :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:56pm (Jun 25th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw yeah please! That has just made my day :cheer: Right, i gotta go check on the honkers and then go do some more packing - i'm thinking if i do a bit each day i'll be less likely to forget something :-\
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:59pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     
    Okey dokey. I will go take the pics right NOW .