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Marler’s free range (somewhat) chickens

The six chickens (all do have names) have been in the Coop de Ville (I stopped counting when the capital costs exceeded $5,000) for over a week and they (no roosters) seem to be adjusting well despite being fenced in with wired that goes underground over a foot (coyote and racoon prevention) and with a net covering (to discourage eagles).  I have not collected stool samples yet to test for the presence of Salmonella or Campylobacter, etc.  That I will start doing it in the next few weeks.  Eggs are a few months off anyway.


  • Debra C

    Awe, that is neat what you did there. Real Nice! Like in Heaven ! Hope they have a roosting perch. I have tree branches in my chicken coop.
    Just wondering if you’re going to give them feed.. if so,, find a brand that adheres to RUPP. Hubbard Brand is good. Their feed does not use, handle or store restricted use protein products(RUPP). They use no antibiotics or animal proteins, which I understand, animal protein used in feed can carry e coli, salmonella and other bacteria. They are audited by outside third party inspectors and complies to retain their standing as an ISO 9001 Certified Company.
    From what I understand, many diseases passed from an animal to humans could be a possibility through the food chain that starts with the animals feed. Just like the mad cow disease which came from the feed. An organization “safefeedsafefood.org”.
    Hope you do well with your chickens… wish I had a pen like that for my 11 chickens, 2 turkeys, and 3 golden pheasants.

  • BuckleyClan

    What sort of tests do you do? It seems that if your chickens are free range and you properly cook the eggs, there should be little if any risk. How would salmonella, etc be introduced?