We house them in a permanent coop with access to a large, protected yard. Red Stars: a perfect chicken for children. I grew up on a farm where my aunt had to egg laying white leghorns. Thanks for the great article. We have had the same experience several times, the girls will start settling down once the new hampshire improves his control and grows larger.
Hi Paul, Thanks for your respectful comments. Remove the barrier after 10 days. I was amazed at the amount of great eggs they could produce for that first year, red sex link chicks in Bath my values lie more with keeping a more natural, hearty, consistent layer that I can at least get 3 years out of.
He likes to walk in. Just tiny pores with feather about to come out but never grow! If you chickens lay soft shelled eggs, they are low in calcium.
All my other breeds consistently lay wonderful thick eggs, albeit not as often. Well……at least for 2 of my hens. The personality of the New Hampshire chicken is docile.
I had to sell the girls are we are getting ready to move, but once we get moved, I plan to buy more of them. The breeder I bought my chickens from said that he regularly has chickens laying for 8 years. I agree!