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[–] retractableclaws 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'm jelly!

Am I right that the babies are in a sort of rotational paddock system? I know my terms are wrong, but are they in some sort of housing that you can regularly move to rotate what grass they're over?

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[–] Scarcer [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It's just a simple box with tightly woven chicken wire around it to protect them. Fairly portable... I move them out every morning by hand and back inside the garage to a different container at night to keep them warm. The more they get handled, the more friendly they will get.

When they get a little bigger, they will go into my larger chicken tractor. When they get nearly full grown they will join my adult flock.

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[–] Psychedelic_Tripper 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Americana and RI Reds are beautiful birds! My parents have those and little bantams.

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[–] jambo 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

That is a beautiful looking rooster too, do you find they protect your girls from predators. A friend of mine had her rooster make such a fuss over a carpet python that she was able to get to the hen house to remove it before she lost a chook.

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[–] Scarcer [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

He seams to be a good guardian. Finds food, runs to any hen in distress, alert, confident. Not sure if he's aggressive enough to fight off predators though...

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[–] Scarcer [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

They are omnivorous, they eat grass, seed, bugs, meat, dinner scraps (except a couple things are poisonous like potato greens.)

http://hencam.com/faq/what-to-feed-your-chickens/

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[–] jambo 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Well they eat plenty of insects, would you regard them as meat?