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Re: [RC] chickens to help control flies - TypeF \(Jackie Floyd\)

We have a large coyote problem around here but I have dogs and everyone is
fenced in. The chickens seems to be smart enough for some crazy reason, not
to go outside the fence. And the coyotes so far, have not jumped the fence.
And ... I also have predator flies left over in droves from two years ago
when I tried them. Guess I've got more than my chickens can eat.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jena Williams" <equus_blue@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 10:25 AM
Subject: [RC] chickens to help control flies



Oh, we lose quite a few.  I have a coyote pack that lives in the wilds of
the empty feild accross from my house; we are no strangers to predetors!
But I have actually had better luck with free range than when I tried to
keep my chickens in a coop.  Something would get in the coop and kill the
whole flock.  With free range they only pick them off one or two at a
time.
And I went with the theory that if it was stupid enough to get caught I
didn't want it in my gene pool anyway.  I still have a couple of the
original 25 hens (purchased 1.5 years ago), but not many.  I just keep
incubating and raising replacements.  I am hoping that the introduction of
the jungle fowl blood will encourage "brooding" and they will raise their
own babies.  Then they will be basically maintenance free, other than the
occasional chicken BBQ to cull the excess roosters!

They may not be as good as the fly predator bugs, but they give something
back in return.  I have wondered if you could use both, or would the
chickens eat the good bugs?

Jena

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If we had free-range chickens they would disappear in a
flash......coyotes,
hawks, foxes, dogs, cats, you-name-it predators.  I'd bet the hawks would
be
near the top of the list in efficiency.

Barbara
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