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5/7/18 11:02 P

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I would love to keep chickens. I have plenty of space for them, but we have a major coyote issue, as well as fox.

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1/17/16 3:46 P

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My boyfriend and I have had 6 chickens and 1 rooster since April. We raised the chickens from chicks and bought the rooster fully grown from the neighbor. My boyfriend built them a coop and he keeps a heating lamp on them to keep them warm inside their shelter area and feeds them laying mash so they can lay eggs. We get a lot of eggs now, about 6 a day. Not all of the chickens are laying yet. Most of those eggs actually come from the one chicken that started laying eggs first this summer. We live out in the country. What do you need to know?

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10/26/14 11:36 A

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You're not alone. I was raised in a rural area with farm animals. When I was a child eating what we raised didn't seem to bother me. As I got older though, I couldn't eat them. My daughter and her family began raising organically grown food. They have chickens, goats, a cow and turkeys. I appreciate the fact that their food will be pesticide free, but I still can't eat something I've petted and watch grow. Thanksgiving should be interesting.

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I love caring for chickens, but chickens bring (poisonous) snakes where I live, so I've opted out.

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1/7/14 3:58 P

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I have added the link to backyard chickens.com that is clickable.


www.backyardchickens.com/

Edited by: SASSYCOLORIST at: 1/7/2014 (15:58)
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5/19/13 12:43 P

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We can have up to ten "poultry" in our yard, excepting peacocks and chicken roosters. There are also rules about how close the chickens can be to the house and that the chicken coop and yard have to be kept reasonably clean.

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5/18/13 11:26 P

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In our area, the city just blocked having backyard chicken, but they are working on a new version of the law

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5/18/13 9:21 A

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My great-grandfather used to raise rabbits (and maybe chickens too) in his city backyard but that was 100 years ago when the city was much smaller.

If you're interested in raising chickens or just enjoy them vicariously through others, check out backyardchickens.com

I'm just not sure I have the time to dedicate to raising chickens. It sure does look like fun but we live in a rural area. We have fox, fishers, raccoons, coyotes etc. you name - every sort of scary, hungry animal except grizzlies.

There is a farmer not far from here who raises chickens by using chicken tractors. I typically buy my food chickens from him. One of my students brings eggs to school and sells them, so I buy them from him.

I'm not sure if I would have the heart to butcher an animal that I've fed and nurtured. I would probably keep non-laying hens around as pets. Not very profitable, but I'm such a softie, I don't think I could send them off to the slaughter house :) I guess I would not make a very good farmer :)



Edited by: SKINNYHANDFUL at: 5/18/2013 (09:22)

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5/17/13 8:37 P

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Being a country woman we raised lots of chickens for eggs and meat.We never had one sick chicken.Of course they were well cared for had great feed and a good chicken house.They were also allowed to range freely.We had 2 outdoor loose dogs who ran off predators and a couple of domestic cats who did the same.All of our animals and birds were well fed of course.I did have a pet hen as a child which I gave the original name of Blackie as she was black in color.She lived outside the pen as the white hens were prejudiced and pecked her.She came to her name and rode in a small wagon we had.We never would have eaten her not even Daddy.The dog protected her too and she roosted in a tree and layed an egg every day in warm weather.She lived in a doghouse in the Winter.

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5/17/13 5:44 P

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Oh, do I have thoughts to share with you!

Just yesterday, I had to have one of my three hens euthanized. She had a recurrent oviduct problem that we had previously treated for right around $500. She had also been attacked by a fox last year, and that cost just under $500, I had to gavage feed her, keep her isolated from the other two and give her antibiotics (which she hated) twice a day for 10 days.

My message is, I guess, that you should be prepared for vet bills and predator attacks. Do all the reading you can. Just in my (in town) yard, we have regular visits by foxes, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, feral cats, and a great big hawk. Any one of these would be delighted to snag a chicken dinner. This causes us a lot of anxiety despite the efforts we've made to keep them safe. I had no idea foxes could climb trees or leap over our 8' privacy fence.

Get an Eglu. We've had one as long as we've had chickens and I am so grateful I bought it! It's easy to clean and the only time I feel completely certain of our chickens' safety is when they are safely tucked in there at night. It costs a pretty penny, but it's worth it.

Chickens, like all other animals, are loving and very companionable if you give them a lot of one-to-one attention. Mine will come and sit in my lap and talk to me. Sadly, they are grievously vicious to the newest chicken in the flock. It's painful just to watch them beat up on the new kid, but they usually get over it fairly quickly.

Our remaining chickens are getting past their laying time. They used to give us 3 eggs a day, but now we're down to 1 egg...or none. What will you do when they quit laying?

You'll need a secure place to put your chicken food. Squirrels and raccoons gnawed right through the big plastic container we started with. When we put the food in galvanized trashcans, they worked and worked to get the lid off. When DH put a bungie cord across the top to hold it on, they gnawed through both the plastic hook and the cord itself. Now, we replace cords over and over. I guess we should get a chain.

It's sometimes hard to take a vacation because it's difficult to find a petsitter who will come out early in the morning to let them out and at night to shut them in.

All that being said, we love our chickens and we have given them the very best lives we could.
They're pretty good old girls!

ETA: If you keep their coop and yard clean it does not smell. Don't start with a huge flock. Have you ever been around dog pooh after a rain? I'd rather be in my chickens' yard any day!

Edited by: SIRIRADHA1 at: 5/17/2013 (22:05)
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5/17/13 5:34 P

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my neighbors tried that and it did not go well. You have to be in the right place to do it. Also, be ready for a smell like no other.

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5/17/13 5:05 P

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Anyone have any experience with backyard chickens? Apparently, this has been a trend for urban/ suburbanites - anywhere that you can keep chickens :) My sister started raising chickens and she is having a blast. It is work though, but she says its FUN work. Cleaning out a coop can be a good way to burn calories :)

Thoughts, experiences to share anyone? :)







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