Every banty that's been going broody, I've been shoving tons of good laying hen eggs under em lol.Kaye White said::lol I'll add my 2cents on this subject...just for the heck of it!
My 10 hens (yeah, I broke down and bought 10 layers) are free range and they don't roost in the goat barn. But, I can see the benefits of them scratching around in the muck under the hay feeders. But, then again, my hay feeders are outside. They expose the fly larve and eat as many of them as they can consume. It also dries out the hay on the ground between clean ups.??? Not one bit of scientific evidence here...but, I'm happy, the hens are happy, and I get REALLY good eggs. :biggrin
P.S. I've decided that I'm in the wrong business at the cost of laying hens lately!! :eek
Black Australorps and White Rocks have been about the best layers we have ever had. My daughter is in 4H poultry for 4 years now and the two above mentioned breeds have been the best so far. The White Rocks even layed a fair amount during the winter. One of the BA went broody for a really long time so after weeks of tyring to discourage her she went into the pot. Hubby does the cooking and I do the dirty work. I guess I should have told him not to fry that hen cause she was the skinniest and toughest bird we ever had.Cotton Eyed Does said:I had been trying for years to to get DH to let me get rid of our chickens. Finally did it, all but a couple of them and the chicken pen is where I have the bulk of my garden this year. DH has decided that we need chickens again. He has always had chickens so now we are starting all over with that again. Wouldn't be so bad if HE was the one that tended to them. Oh well. Anyway he's ordered a whole variety of chickens Silver Laced Wyandottes, Black Australorps, Black Star, Anconas and White Rocks. I think they all lay brown eggs except for the Anconas and I never heard of that breed before. SO... we have 30 chicks suppose to be in this month that I get to take care of. I can tell you one thing. I am going to build a snake proof coop. I'm not getting attached to these things and then have a chicken snake come smother them or eat them. It is going to look like we had a bad hail storm when I get finished putting out all those golf balls.