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So with spring finally here we decided to get some chickens. We used to have them and you can see what the pen used to look like before I got here. We also decided to get a rooster for when we decide to make the leap unto raising some chicks also.
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One of the ladies in her box
One of the ladies in her box
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The carton size is a little funny I this part of the world but there's the twelve
The carton size is a little funny I this part of the world but there's the twelve
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The coop before
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The coop after
The coop after
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My brother raises chickens (six silkies, one of which is a rooster, and seven other/bigger hens) and I stop by every once in a while to give them some nicer fruit and vegetable scraps (rather than composting). Watermelon bits are their favorite! In exchange, I get to collect some eggs and take them home to wash. The larger chickens free range, while the silkies stay in the coop+pen due to the native hawk population.
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Broody silkie
Broody silkie
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One of the nesting boxes that I grabbed eggs from
One of the nesting boxes that I grabbed eggs from
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My washed dozen
My washed dozen
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These are the hens at my parents house, I have educated them relentlessly regarding the Styrofoam egg cartons, but at least they reuse them until they break.
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11 eggs
11 eggs
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1 chicken
1 chicken
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1 more egg
1 more egg
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Dozen eggs!
Dozen eggs!
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My (Japanese coturnix) quail laid four eggs for the third day in a row! They're just starting to lay, so a few of them I'm not certain of, but I think 8 of the 9 are hens? There's 1 confirmed cock and he doesn't crow like he would if he had competition. Their previous owner raised them on game bird crumbles, but I've been weaning them off of that; they eat maybe 20% commercial feed now and the rest is bugs/scraps/plants. As a few people mentioned earlier, they really don't use nest boxes and tend to lose interest in their eggs quickly, but mine do at least dig a nice hole to drop them in.
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hen on nest
hen on nest
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4 eggs in nest hole
4 eggs in nest hole
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12 (+ 8) eggs
12 (+ 8) eggs
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I have 6 Barred Rock hens who just started laying their first eggs in the last few weeks.  I've got them composting a spot I want to garden on in the near future and will move them to a permanent spot in the near future.

I'm getting about 3/day right now.
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Laying an egg
Laying an egg
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Bingo!
Bingo!
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First half dozen, with other stuff from the garden for an omelette
First half dozen, with other stuff from the garden for an omelette
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First backyard meal!
First backyard meal!
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Another seven eggs...
Another seven eggs...
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