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    Chicken miracle.
    I have a neighbor who incubated an egg on her desk under a grown light. Her grandson brought an egg home someone had given him, and he wanted to try hatching it. She said she turned it every day, and lo and behold she had a chicken.
    She built a nice new house for it, and got another chicken to keep it company. She has been having trouble with the town government. They don't want her to have one in town. She doesn't have any crowing roosters, so they don't hurt anyone.
    I wish I had some chickens.
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    I would like to have chickens some day, as we had them when I was a child.


    My only problem is that I raise English Setter bird dogs and every time they are around chickens that is all they are focused on. They do not hurt the chickens they just point at them. I do not want to scold the dogs for doing something they are bred to do. Sometimes my dogs will point a game bird or chicken for hours without moving just hoping someone will flush the bird and shoot it so they can go and retrieve it.


    Raising chickens would be fun, and having fresh eggs and meat would be nice to.
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    I have 5 acres of prime California dirt, which came with a chicken coop. When the times were tighter, it made sense to pass along any organic trash to the chickens for means of composting. We have yet to use the compost for anything.

    It turned out not to be fiscally viable, as a dozen eggs would cost between 1.50 and 2.50. Being rural (for California, at least) means we have at least one neighbor selling eggs for 2$ a dozen. We had purchased banty hens, which helped (same size and frequency of eggs, with less feed costs). After a couple of years, a dog got in our new coop, and that was the end of that.

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    If the eggs are collected every day you can eat both.
    This is indeed true. Even when we were somewhat lax in collecting them, we never noticed anything different from one egg to the next.

    I did notice a big difference when we went back to store bought eggs. Tiny, and when you go to crack the first few, you wind up with a handful of eggshell and egg... noting that the mass produced variety are more like a porcelain cup and less like a coconut helps.

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    We had 15 chickens untill a couple of days ago. We brought 6 young roosters to an uncle of mine who taught me how to slaughter them.
    It's nice having chickens, collecting the eggs in your own backyard every morning, eating good meat out of your backyard once in a while and they are just fun animals.

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    heh, we used to have chickens years ago. I think I gave them away because I didn't have time to take care of them. We also had a duck and a rooster, which were inseparable! When the duck went into the river for a swim the rooster tried to follow. Roosters are not good swimmers!

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    Last week, we re-started with 12 chicks, down to 11 as of this morning.
    I guess it is that time of year?

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    I have been thinking of getting a couple of laying hens for some time now, however I have 4 cats. I've heard about the dangers of having dogs around,..but what about cats?... I have a Brush Turkey that practically lives in the garden and the felines leave it alone. The Turkey is so cheeky it will come up onto the pergola and will start eating the cat food from under their noses!! (I have to coax it away with a slice of bread).

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    Friends had chickens with the dogs and the German Sheppard was fine but the whippet was very naughty and had to go......cats lol the same couple now have a Duck and two chook's and the Duck beats up on the cat

    I would love chook's but i dont think i could get a permit in town and my dogs would eat them...
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    ^ Germans Shepards are not Field Stock English Setters, My dogs are bird crazy as soon as they open their eyes. I have a pup now that was born in late winter and he is already pointing and holding point. If I chickens around that is all he would think about is pointing those chickens. I could never get him to listen with such distractions around.
    Life is like a fire hydrant- sometimes you help people put out their fires, but most of the time you just get peed on by every dog in the neighborhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistress Klaus View Post
    I have been thinking of getting a couple of laying hens for some time now, however I have 4 cats. I've heard about the dangers of having dogs around,..but what about cats?... I have a Brush Turkey that practically lives in the garden and the felines leave it alone. The Turkey is so cheeky it will come up onto the pergola and will start eating the cat food from under their noses!! (I have to coax it away with a slice of bread).
    The cats at our place are of no danger to our chickens. They are too afraid to be surrounded by all those chickens. Although if one chicken would get out and become seperated from the rest, the cats might attack. It never happened though. And since your cats don't bother the turkey, I think a couple of chickens would be safe as well.

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