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  • One Step Closer to My Own Chickens!

    I put up a quick post on my blog about our journey towrds raising our own chickens. It isn't nearly as difficult as I thought which is very encouraging. http://wakeupandsmellthedamncoffee.b...r-egg-mac.html
    My photography:
    http://www.swiftimages.net

  • #2
    Love the blog title!

    Go for it, they are entertaining as well as productive little critters Are you thinking just eggs, or meat as well? I've only got one laying bird (plus one rooster and one ornamental giant feather duster) so mulling over more layers or some chicks to fatten up...

    Fingers crossed there's nothing in your way

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    • #3
      Also, I see you're wanting to grow your own produce. Have you heard of permaculture? Let me try to rediscover a diagram I saw...... Imagine a large polytunnel. Down the middle is a walkway, only it's not - it's a series of wormeries / compost bins with nice thick walk-on-able lids. Now, standing on one of your wormeries, look towards the end of the polytunnel. There's a full height mesh "fence" a few feet from the end, and that section is itself split in two. On one of these end sections, your chickens are rooting around in freshly turned out compost, eating some of your worms, eating the weed seedlings, breaking up lumpy bits, and pooping everywhere. On the other side, your chickens have done their work and you're now ready to plant in a nice cultivated, rich, nutritious bed. Obviously the mesh "walls" stop the chickens munching your veggies! Rotate as appropriate

      That's only one version, there are plenty more out there

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      • #4
        Chickens are so much fun! I read your blog posting, and Paul is right that it takes very little work to have urban chickens. I have three, and during the week it takes less than 5 minutes a day to take care of them, which basically consists of letting them out of their pen in the morning, locking them back in the evening, and collecting the eggs. Not work at all, simply fun. On weekends, I spend an additional 15 minutes or so cleaning out the hen house, filling their food container, and washing out their waterer and refilling it. Couldn't be any easier.

        And they provide an endless source of entertainment. Last weekend I gave the chickens the beef back rib bones I'd used for making soup. They had a wonderful time pecking away at the scraps of meat and tendons left on the bones. When they were done, they went back to scratching around the yard. A few minutes later a crow landed on one of the bones. In a flash the head chicken, Rhoda, was after the crow, with her two followers, Phoenix and Sparrow, right behind. The crow flew up to the roof of the shed and cawed for some back-up. Soon there were three crows trying to get at the bones. All thoughts of scratching around the yard were gone, and the chickens stood their ground. The crows were reduced to sitting in a row peering down at the chickens and cawing loudly. It was better than a movie!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by NorthernMonkeyGirl View Post
          Love the blog title!

          Go for it, they are entertaining as well as productive little critters Are you thinking just eggs, or meat as well? I've only got one laying bird (plus one rooster and one ornamental giant feather duster) so mulling over more layers or some chicks to fatten up...

          Fingers crossed there's nothing in your way
          Ya...we are going to start with eggs for now with the intention of getting into meat. We have just under an acre and a half so we have lots of space for such an endeavor :-) I have been doing a bit of research into greenhouses since we will need one to grow produce year round here. I think we'll attempt chickens this summer if the town doesn't give me grief and maintain our existing summer garden and then work towards a greenhouse.
          My photography:
          http://www.swiftimages.net

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sharonll View Post
            Chickens are so much fun! I read your blog posting, and Paul is right that it takes very little work to have urban chickens. I have three, and during the week it takes less than 5 minutes a day to take care of them, which basically consists of letting them out of their pen in the morning, locking them back in the evening, and collecting the eggs. Not work at all, simply fun. On weekends, I spend an additional 15 minutes or so cleaning out the hen house, filling their food container, and washing out their waterer and refilling it. Couldn't be any easier.
            That's exactly what Paul said he does. Nothing to it really.
            My photography:
            http://www.swiftimages.net

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            • #7
              I'm so jealous! We have a little over 2 acres and would love to have chickens...but we live in a subdivision so it's forbidden

              Fortunately, I was able to make friends with a farmer who lives right outside my subdivision and we get fresh eggs from him weekly and he's gotten some chickens fattening up for me right now for meat.

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              • #8
                I have been begging my husband for chickens! Maybe someday....

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jicamamama View Post
                  I have been begging my husband for chickens! Maybe someday....
                  What's stopping you?

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                  • #10
                    Chickens are great

                    We have four hens (used to have more, but have hawks, owls, coyotes, possums, etc.). Ours are purely pastured with a bit of scratch for fun. The eggs are wonderful and the kids really like them. We're hoping to add another dozen soon. Very little effort and a great source of healthy food.

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                    • #11
                      Silly question - by "purely pastured" do you mean they hunt out all their own food? I'm a novice so took advice from "normal" people and bought pellets etc...but looking at the ingredients I wouldn't mind ditching the food and trusting the birds to know best...

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                      • #12
                        NMG,
                        Depending on the size of their run, they might be able to get enough food on their own, but only in the summer when there are lots of bugs. Back when I had a few hens, we would give all of our table scraps to them, and give them a little grain to coax them back into their house at night.

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