The Flemish Cuckoo has existed for centuries in Flanders and Picardy, North France. It is well-known for being used to create the famous Maline chicken.
Varieties (Single Comb): Cuckoo
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Weight: 5 - 8 lbs
Personality: This rugged farm fowl is very easy to handle and care for.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Extra Large
My experience with layer hens
My parents have kept between 2-3 backyard hens for over a decade, therefore I have had chicken during my whole childhood.
We most of the time just had hens and no roosters, so that the eggs were most of the time not fertilised and we could eat them. Nevertheless we had some chicks from time to time.
Tip: If you have roosters and hens, and you are not sure your eggs are fertilised or not you can just check it out under a lamp (you'll see it in transparency). If you want to breed chicks I advise you to have a broody hen, it will be easier.
We bought chickens from a feed store where we could see the baby chicks. Since it's hard to tell when they are tiny if they are rooster or hen, buy them as 'pullets' -teenage female chicks- if you want only hens.
If you ever buy chicks, don't forget to read up on and follow all the basic requirements of raising them. For instance they need to be very warm at first, drink warm water, and stay dry.
Chicken are easy prey for almost every kind of animal, so at night keep them locked up and anyway see the websites for good chicken housing and details. In the day you can let them out into a fenced yard, but as they grow up their feathers grow too and you have to cut the end of it so that they don't flee away.
Chicken poop is a really good fertilizer if you put it in your compost. Moreover chickens are good at keeping the pest (insect/mollusk/ snakes…) away from your garden.
You can feed them with pretty much everything, but knowing they need a certain amount of cereals per week. Personally, we gave them all the leftovers.
Make sure they have a henhouse to stay at night (and also where to lay), littered with straw .If possible put the nests at a sufficient height for them not to get caught by some fox or whatever predator.
Do your research, although chickens are to an extent individuals you can hedge your bets by picking the right breeds.
Chickens can make nice pets but I'd suggest picking one chicken as your favorite and having a working relationship with the rest..
From HHennion Jul 12 2015 12:59PM