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    dont you dare...
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    back to chickens, can they be let loose in a 5 acre semi wooded area and survive without feed?
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    I have a dozen of so chickens on total free range they only use maybe a couple acres. As long as you have grasses, weeds and bugs in those woods your fine. Chickens will eat anything. Just keep in mind if they are loose you will spend alot of time practicing for the easter egg hunts. Mine lay in the coop for a while and then get bored and lay in some crazy spot, like the back of my truck.

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    Chickens like meat, so any road kill or guts, etc.

    Those "Vile" Turkeys will kill each other and eat the dead bird.

    I have fun watching the ermine (weasels) steal the goose eggs, then roll them up a plank and push them off to crack them. Last winter I accidently hit the wood pile with the plowtruck and 10 ermine exploded everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiftyer1 View Post
    I have a dozen of so chickens on total free range they only use maybe a couple acres. As long as you have grasses, weeds and bugs in those woods your fine. Chickens will eat anything. Just keep in mind if they are loose you will spend alot of time practicing for the easter egg hunts. Mine lay in the coop for a while and then get bored and lay in some crazy spot, like the back of my truck.
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    To answer the original question. I'm in mid Missouri currently running about 25 laying hans of various breeds. I have a leanto set up for chicken house. No lights and get between 7-18 eggs per day. The lights don't affect egg laying as rumored... chickens lay an egg every 25-30 hours depending on breed. Now on that note.... the cold and heat will affect egg laying. In winter they lay less eggs and during summer same as well. As stated in a previous comment they go though a molt stage once a year and in the molting stage you will not get an egg from the ones molting. Also if your raising them for eggs. DO NOT let them sit on the eggs if you get a sitter they go broody and don't lay for about a month.

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    The lights have to be broad spectrum to simulate natural daylight (the same as when force cycling a mare for early breeding)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tootsiepop254 View Post
    The lights have to be broad spectrum to simulate natural daylight (the same as when force cycling a mare for early breeding)

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    Nope, or at least my hens didn't care that I only used plain old heat lamps or el cheap-o solar powered lights, their eye sight is so poor in dim to no light that any artificial light IS sunlight to them. Takes a few days for it to kick in if you have not used a light and then suddenly add one to the coop.
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    Mine don't even lay if I'm looking at them lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tootsiepop254 View Post
    Mine don't even lay if I'm looking at them lol.
    Anal-retentive chickens,LOL. I have seen them walk across the yard, dip down mid stride as if sitting down, deposit an egg and go on about their business.
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    I've done the same thing a time or two. Mine is an age problem though.

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