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User Topic: How many here have chickens
tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 3:08 PM, August 24th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My H and kids convinced me to get chickens after fighting them for years on the issue. I can't tell you how much I enjoy then. They are fun to watch fun to get food from and I'm very surprised how much I like them.
It seems lots of people have them now. I was wondering who here does?
How many?
What breeds?


Me: FBS
Him: FWS
Kids: 15 & 17
Married for 22 years now, was 16 at the time. .
D-Day Sept 26 2008
Fully R'd, and Happy Happy Happy

Posts: 8798 | Registered: Oct 2008 | From: St. Louis
tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 3:10 PM, August 24th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have 7.
Cuckoo Marans, Blue Orpington, Buff Orpington, black Silky, Rhode Island Red hybrid,Easter egger and a Leghorn.


Me: FBS
Him: FWS
Kids: 15 & 17
Married for 22 years now, was 16 at the time. .
D-Day Sept 26 2008
Fully R'd, and Happy Happy Happy

Posts: 8798 | Registered: Oct 2008 | From: St. Louis
Lucky2HaveMe
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Default  Posted: 3:32 PM, August 24th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I don't now, but we did growing up. I know we had silkies (we used to call them Phyllis Dillers) & bantams - maybe more?

We kids always had to collect the eggs - chickens do NOT like giving up their eggs and *I* did NOT like getting pecked. So if my dad's work gloves weren't readily available in the barn, I would use a 2x4 to lift her up and slip my hand in to steal the egg.

Ya, my dad was none to pleased with that idea!

P.S. We used the chickens mostly to nest on the pheasant eggs. Dad raised ornamental pheasants, peafowl, guinea fowl, ducks... we had a bird farm.


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Posts: 6638 | Registered: Jan 2007 | From: WNY
Want2help
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Default  Posted: 5:11 PM, August 24th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We have 3 (down from 5, two died of old age).

I was just drinking my tea by the garden this morning, telling my husband how much I loved it when all 3 chickens are drinking water at the same time.

Then I was like "Wow, it really is the simple things in life…": LOL. 3 chickens sipping water makes my morning.

Oh, we currently have 2 Rhose Island reds and a Plymouth Rock, but our Buff Oprington passed and she was our favorite, and we had an Ameraucana.

I want to get Wyandotte chickens because I love their feathers. But my H wants ducks. Apparently he looks forward to cleaning the mess, because it isn't going to be me.

[This message edited by Want2help at 5:15 PM, August 24th (Sunday)]


BS- me.
FWS- him.
DDay 6/07 (immediately separated)
RDay 8/07
OC born 3/08
OC Adopted 2014

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Posts: 2340 | Registered: Aug 2008 | From: PNW
StrongerOne
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Default  Posted: 10:33 PM, August 24th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have four: Delaware, Faverolle, barred rock, some sort of mutt. I previously had a Rhode Island Red as well -- very pretty bird, and my very best layer, but she died about a year ago. Two of the current four are old ladies and only one of them lays at all, and only infrequently. The other two are champs! They are all funny sweet girls; they'll cluck at me if I have to lift them off the nest for the eggs, but never peck.

I love sitting outside when the weather is nice, drinking coffee and listening to the girls rustle about and chat with each other. Simple things like that are really the nicest things in life.


DDay Feb 2011.
In R.

Posts: 888 | Registered: Sep 2012
tired girl
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Default  Posted: 10:47 PM, August 24th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We are currently in the process of trying to buy a house with property and I want to get chickens


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Posts: 5156 | Registered: Mar 2010 | From: az
Sad in AZ
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Default  Posted: 10:57 PM, August 24th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I've never owned them per se, but I went to agriculture school and raised a lot of poultry, cattle, dairy cows, pigs and sheep. Someday I hope to have property where I can raise heritage farm animals


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Posts: 20456 | Registered: Jun 2009 | From: Upstate NY
tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 8:53 AM, August 25th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

But my H wants ducks. Apparently he looks forward to cleaning the mess, because it isn't going to be me.

OH DONT DO IT!!!!!
A duck poops it own body weight every 15 minutes.... A little known, non proven not so scientific fact!!!

We raised 21 hatchlings until they were big enough to fly, through the winter, and kept them in a 10x10 chainlink dog kennel. OH MY GOD. They are the nastiest dirtiest birds. ICK.
Chickens are much much cleaner, and don't poop nearly as much.


Me: FBS
Him: FWS
Kids: 15 & 17
Married for 22 years now, was 16 at the time. .
D-Day Sept 26 2008
Fully R'd, and Happy Happy Happy

Posts: 8798 | Registered: Oct 2008 | From: St. Louis
k94ever
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Default  Posted: 10:27 AM, August 25th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have three Amerucana ladies.

Mrs. Who
Mrs. What
and
Mrs. Which


k9


BS: 56
WS: 53
Betrayed: 23 years
Affairs: 14 (2 lasted 3 months. Rest were ONS)
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Posts: 6614 | Registered: Jul 2006 | From: Wisconsin
pmal64
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Default  Posted: 2:29 PM, August 25th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I do. I <3 my chickens.

1 Roo- speckled sussex
4 hens - Rhode Island reds

I need to get some new hens... their laying has slowed down tremendously- they are 3 years old now. but I do enjoy having them! they spend most days out free ranging.

I need to build/buy a new henhouse if I get more hens. the one I have works, it's just not pretty.lol


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Posts: 582 | Registered: Feb 2007 | From: down south
tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 2:37 PM, August 25th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Pmal, we built our own coop this summer before we got our birds. It is awesome, if I say so myself. We did it for about $550.00 It is 8x8 with another 8x8 screened in yard.

They free range most of the time, but when it's rainy they have an area to be outside and covered.


Me: FBS
Him: FWS
Kids: 15 & 17
Married for 22 years now, was 16 at the time. .
D-Day Sept 26 2008
Fully R'd, and Happy Happy Happy

Posts: 8798 | Registered: Oct 2008 | From: St. Louis
lynnm1947
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Default  Posted: 7:19 PM, August 25th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I don't, but I'd like to. My 85-year-old neighbour at my country house raises Naked Necks. They are ugly chickens, but supposedly good layers.

[This message edited by lynnm1947 at 9:05 AM, August 26th (Tuesday)]


Age: 64..ummmmmmm, no...............65....no...oh, hell born in 1947. You figure it out!

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Posts: 7422 | Registered: Jul 2007 | From: Toronto, Canada
tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 7:26 PM, August 25th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My Maran is the most consistent layer one a day no matter what so far. It's funny cause when we got her I wasn't sure she was ok. All she did was lay around. She was incredibly broody and lazy. We got three more birds and she decided to be the boss and has been top of the order and Queen layer


Me: FBS
Him: FWS
Kids: 15 & 17
Married for 22 years now, was 16 at the time. .
D-Day Sept 26 2008
Fully R'd, and Happy Happy Happy

Posts: 8798 | Registered: Oct 2008 | From: St. Louis
I think I can
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Default  Posted: 8:40 PM, August 25th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Mrs. Who
Mrs. What
and
Mrs. Which

One of my favorite books!


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Jomarion
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Default  Posted: 8:14 PM, August 27th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I do, I do! I LOVE my chickens. I could go on all day chattering about my chicken tales. At the moment I have about 35: Naked Necks, Jersey Giants, a rare Wernlas breed, La Fleche( Devil chickens; they have little red devil 'horns' as a crest), a Silkie, mixed breeds, rescues from the battery-caged egg factory, that's it at the moment.

Have 12 chicks. Trying to keep numbers down.

Since this is an infidelity web-site, I ought to mention Bruce Springstein, my Jersey Giant( Not sure if I have mentioned him before?) Bruce was my monogamous rooster. He bonded to my only other Jersey Giant hen. They were always together, Bruce never wanted to be with another hen. When his hen died tragically in the chicken massacre of 2010 (a badger managed to open the coop door), leaving 7 chickens badly maimed and 7 dead, his lovely hen was among the dead. After his hen died, Bruce never 'married' another hen, he stayed loyal to his one love.

Bruce is the only monogamous rooster I have ever known. He was a gentle giant.

Bruce has since died as well. I like to think he and his hen are together now.


me:BGF, 54, American immigrant. one son. me and my ex get along great, the most amicable split imaginable!
him:WBF,43, Polish immigrant
together since 2006,
DDay:October28,2009,after his 3 teen kids push him to cheat with OW.
5 betrayed me

Posts: 194 | Registered: Jun 2014 | From: UK
Cabrona
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Default  Posted: 6:40 AM, August 28th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Where I live there are hundreds of "feral" chickens, most of them look like wild jungle fowl, but there is one block full of those nekkid neck monsters.

i am NOT fond of them as the roosters are extremely noisy, and there is even one yellow rooster who has ATTACKED me twice! First time he SLAMMED into my ass when I was walking down the street, I whirled around to see WTF had whacked me... and there he was with his neck feathers all ruffled out wanting to rumble.

I chase them out of my marquesina daily as they want to steal the cat food. I have a supersoaker that i blast them with but they are some TENACIOUS mofos...


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Posts: 564 | Registered: Jan 2006 | From: Caribbean
tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 7:37 AM, August 28th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Cabrona- I am sorry you have to deal with that, but that's funny stuff. They love cat food, and I actually read yesterday that it's good for them during the molt. Which is happening at my henhouse right now.

Jo - I love your rooster story.

We have no intention of getting a rooster, as I KNOW for a fact that they crow whenever they damn well want, and can be aggressive. If we did he would be Pornstache - As all the girls are named from characters from Orange is the New Black....


Me: FBS
Him: FWS
Kids: 15 & 17
Married for 22 years now, was 16 at the time. .
D-Day Sept 26 2008
Fully R'd, and Happy Happy Happy

Posts: 8798 | Registered: Oct 2008 | From: St. Louis
lynnm1947
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Default  Posted: 8:53 AM, August 28th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


Check out this crowing rooster. He claps for his own performance!

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=369874109836987&fref=nf


Age: 64..ummmmmmm, no...............65....no...oh, hell born in 1947. You figure it out!

"I could have missed the pain, but I would have had to miss the dance." Garth Brooks


Posts: 7422 | Registered: Jul 2007 | From: Toronto, Canada
whatnow63
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Default  Posted: 8:08 AM, August 29th (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

OMG! I am so glad to see this. I have them too!

I'm at my limit of 40. I frequent the backyardchickens website and have gotten most of my flock from Meyer Hatchery. Love, love, love them! They have been a lot of my therapy during this nasty time. They should start laying soon. They vary in age from 4 months down to 2 weeks old.

* 6 Easter Eggers, 2 Black Australorps, 2 Columbian Wyandottes, 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes

** 6 Golden Buffs (Red Stars), 2 Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, 2 Salmon Favorelles, 2 Speckled Sussex, 1 Blue Americauna, 1 Barred Rock

***Currently in the brooder:

2 OE, 1 LO, 2 EL, 2 german spitzhauben (appenzeller), 2 BSM, 1 Golden Buff, 1 BlueAm, 1 BO, 1 SLW

ETA: I currently am still on our 90 acre farm with WH. We have cows, pigs and goats too along with our other pet dogs and cats. I will be moving to a house with 2 acres and taking my chickens with me eventually.

[This message edited by whatnow63 at 8:10 AM, August 29th (Friday)]


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Posts: 96 | Registered: Aug 2014
circe
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Default  Posted: 7:30 AM, September 1st (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have step-chickens as our neighbors have them and they freerange in our yard all the time! I love them. They dig through my compost and go crazy when I garden literally standing on the shovel to eat any worms that come up. When we sit on the deck with our coffee in the morning we can hear them warbling and working their way through our shrubs. Hopefully they are eating all our ticks. They LOVE catfood and when my cat doesn't eat all her wet food, like the Friskies 'shreds' I bought her that she just licks the juice off and leaves the shreds, The Ladies are happy to help us take care of the leftovers. I love them. I might or might not have pics of some of them on my cell phone.

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