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To: Yaelle
Sick, poorly fed animals are cheaper to eat.

I don't know if I should laugh or cry.

32 posted on 03/08/2014 12:03:15 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Balding_Eagle; Yaelle
It is obvious someone has never raised a chicken and knows nothing about how to do it so the animal is healthy and well.

A stressed chicken will not lay.
A starved chicken will not lay, and the other chickens will break and devour the eggs that are laid.
A debeaked chicken will not cannibalize other chickens. Only about 1/8 of the tip of the upper beak is removed from the baby chick.
Small coop doors help keep PREDATORS out. I lost my last flock to predator.
Too many roosters will fight each other and cause havoc and stress in the coop.
New chickens introduced into a flock will be thrashed and whipped without mercy by the older hens.
Free range chickens require constant monitoring because the chickens will often hide the eggs. Caged chickens don't.

The OLDEN method of raising free range chickens. You feed cattle, some food passes through undigested.
You run hogs after the cattle which eat the manure. Some of that feed will not be digested and passes through.

You run chickens behind the hogs to get the undigested feed in the manure.

Any chicken that dies is thrown to the hogs.

Now THAT is a free range chicken!

Think of it when you crack an egg.

94 posted on 03/08/2014 1:11:48 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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