Shawna wrote me with a couple of questions I can’t answer about raising chickens. She wondered if either I could answer them, or I could ask you all for your wisdom…
I have a question for you… or really, maybe for your readers. It has been your building community posts that has given me the courage to go ahead and ask this here.
In July 2007 we decided to begin raising hens as a way to begin becoming more sustainable, to help educate our children in the land to table concepts, and for the sheer pleasure of doing it and enjoying the eggs.
Here is our question: four of our ten hens died and we would like to add more to our flock. However hens can be quite mean to one another and peck each other to death, especially if you are not one of their “own.” Does anyone know how to go about adding new hens to the flock? Can I add pullets? Or do I need a rooster to fertilize some of the eggs and let them hatch and be raised?
Also, is it common for a hen to simply never lay? Only four of my six lay eggs; could two simply not be ready–they are over a year old?
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
So, for those of you who are raising chickens (and I hope to someday), where do you find chicken advice? I have no idea!
Please help Shawna with your own experiences, or help point her to the resources she needs. Thanks!