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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
They free range most of the time, but when it's rainy they have an area to be outside and covered.
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"I could have missed the pain, but I would have had to miss the dance." Garth Brooks
One of my favorite books!
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.
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...
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....
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.
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