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moving old hens to new area

Discussion in 'Holistic Farming' started by Chasingmytail, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Chasingmytail

    Chasingmytail Member

    Newport, SE Wales
    Im moving about 30 odd hens out of the eggmobile for a new flock. I plan to keep some and pass some on. The only query is the spare chicken coops I have x3. Does that work if I put all the chickens surrounded by an electric fence will they chose a coop each? ie 10 per coop? Or will they try and pile into one coop?
  2. 7610 super q

    7610 super q Member

    I suspect they'll all pile into one coop.....
    The nest boxes used to amuse me.....all 2000 birds want to use the end nest box. I say amusing, not quite so funny when they get smothered.:(
  3. waterbuffalofarmer

    Couldn't you seperate them up into different pens electrically fenced? That would solve quite a bit. Or simply rid yeself of a few chickens ;)
  4. Chasingmytail

    Chasingmytail Member

    Newport, SE Wales
    Im managing to sell a few of the younger birds. Just deciding what to do with some of the older birds which shouldnt be here but having a lovely time. Whether to kill and pluck but thinking the time for a skinny bird which I wont fancy eating - just be a broth but is it good use of time?

    They are currently in the shed but I need to be quick sorting this out as the new girls will need to come in soon as the weather changes.
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  5. Netherfield

    Netherfield Member

    West Yorkshire
    You could always boil them up and feed to the dog.
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  6. waterbuffalofarmer

    Could always sell em off cheaply as pets and such. Or send em to a rescue poultry place. They'll have a good life there :)
  7. Old Boar

    Old Boar Member

    West Wales
    Offer them free to a good home on a local facebook group and watch them disappear. Cards in farm co-op also gets rid of them, or if there is a village noticeboard.
  8. KMA

    KMA Member

    skinny old bird you wouldn't fancy eating - sounds like my ex :stop::yuck:
  9. Recoil

    Recoil Member

    South East Wales
    Put them on facebook a pound or two per bird. That's what we are going to do with our older birds.

    If the birds are used to their own house and then put the houses together they seem to keep to their original house. Ours did anyway.
  10. Chasingmytail

    Chasingmytail Member

    Newport, SE Wales
    The old birds are being picked up at the weekend for broth by a friend who can get them done at a yard. Once I can add up the younger girls I can sell these on FB.
  11. Pasty

    Pasty Member

    I used to give away hybrid layers. Indian chap turned up once in a Pajero which smelled like a (very nice) sauce factory. Nice fella, said he wanted them as pets. I hope they were more use to him than they were to me.
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  12. Greenbeast

    Greenbeast Member

    East Sussex
    raw, whole would be better/safer
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