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Chicken Rearing 101 a very funny lesson in chicken rearing A MUST READ! 10 Replies

Capon: A castrated male used for meat. [How much could that yield?]Pullet: A female chicken under one year old.Hen: A female chicken over one year of ageRooster: A male chicken over one year of…Continue

Started by dale learn bayda. Last reply by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW Jul 2, 2015.

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A place post pics of the cute chicks we love =-)

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does anyone have any issues with snakes in or around the chicken coop or areas where the chickens or eggs are? If so, what do you do about them and how do you keep them away?Continue

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New to chickens, what's a bantam? 9 Replies

I got chickens, (Rhode Island reds, Polish crested) mostly for insect control.  My husband suggests we should get some bantams but I have no idea what makes a bantam a bantam.Is it just size or…Continue

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Comment by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW on April 29, 2016 at 7:43pm

The chickens are all behaving themselves inside the barnyard since I added hawthorne tree trimmings along the picket fenceline. Along with raspberries & blackberries growing up, there's no way they want to get through into the back yard anymore until next winter.

Comment by mo puff on March 31, 2016 at 7:31am

Also, I have too many eggs! Does any one have a great Quiche recipe?

Comment by mo puff on March 31, 2016 at 7:19am

well, hubs and I went on a weekend getaway and the now 4 girls were forced to stay in the coop and run for 3 days.  I wasn't sure what shape Dumplin would be in when we returned home... Surprisingly, I think it did her/ them some good.  They all ran out together when I opened the run door.. and stayed together most of the day.  Now, Cindy Loo has gone broody... AGAIN!! This is her second time trying to hatch unfertile eggs! I take the eggs away daily and she pitches a FUSS! SO, I gave her some golf balls to sit on. She has been sitting on the golf balls for 3 days now. I have heard this broody period can go on for 20 days or more. The first time she went broody it lasted a month! Does any one have some other tactics to get her to stop? and... is she going to continue doing this?

Comment by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW on March 25, 2016 at 12:53am

Too funny Lyn. I have one Rhode Island Red that has outlived all her sisters & still spunky. She's the boss & first on the roost. 6 years is pretty old for a chicken! My chickens are for fertilizer first, then eggs. Can't have the garden size outstrip the amount of fertilizer I can move into it. Good thing a little chicken power goes a long way. . .

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on March 24, 2016 at 8:49pm
Lorraine, I have an old chicken, a Polish called Big Black Betty, she is over 6 yrs old now, I adopted her from someone moving interstate. She has reached the stage where she gets up on the roost at night, but doesn't want to be bothered getting down in the morning. I have to put my arm in, she steps on it and I lower her to the ground. Talk about a grand old lady! She also crows if a stray pigeon enters the chicken run seeking out any spare seed.
Comment by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW on March 24, 2016 at 8:22pm

I am so glad that chicken dumplin got rescued--poor thing. Black Betty FINALLY went into the barn to roost just a couple nites ago! She held out for a year but the spring rains & wind must have blown her out of her tree & into the dry loft space with other ladies. She is not being snooty anymore. I think we have small owls here. They are not very loud but answer each other high up in the evergreens. 

Comment by mo puff on March 24, 2016 at 7:37am

I love the chicken stories. Chickens can be so silly! I have 3 chickens. My son in law came rushing from his work 2 weeks ago with a large box. In the box.. a fully grown sweet fat obviously tame chicken. He said there was a group of 4or 5 chickens found out at his work by the dumpster and it appeared someone had DUMPED them off in the night. He was able to pick this one up and brought it to me. I aptly named her Chicken DUMPlin' ! While my other girls were out free ranging for the day , I snuck her into the coop and run. They discovered their new coop-mate a dusk when they went in for the night. I may should have named her Cinderella, because they act like the evil step sisters. Poor girl , learning the pecking order has been a bit painful! Finally yesterday , I saw signs of acceptance. The first few days she stayed in the run while they went out for the day. I think that's the only time she could eat without being bothered. I was VERY surprised that after only 2 days, she laid a beautiful bluish egg... after what she had been through.  I didn't expect her to lay for a while, IF ever! She is such a sweet chicken and obviously was cared for. She loves being picked up and petted. It makes me wonder why someone dumped her and her "sisters". She will have a great home here! Thanks son in law! Welcome my lil DUMP-lin! 

Comment by Shelley on March 6, 2016 at 5:32pm

Sounds like fun and games everyday at your place Lorraine. Keep the narratives coming. What kind of owls do you have around your place?

Comment by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW on March 5, 2016 at 6:20pm

Characters! The Rhode Island Reds still like to pass through the picket fence into the back yard while all the others stay in the barnyard because of my nice GSD patrolling her perimeter. She looks bit & scary but prefers to harass cats that come over (but chickies don't know that) All laying well in the barn now but one. She was a wild one we call Black Betty (which is probably why the owl has not picked her out of the trees yet) She has hidden her nests around the house for over a year now. Saphira finds them once the eggs get old & then buries the eggs so I can find one way later when I am digging in the garden. . .

Comment by Shelley on March 5, 2016 at 3:56am

Have no chickens. Volunteered at the Fairview Lodge Animal Shelter (SA). Geese, turkeys, ducks, chooks of all kinds. It is wonderful to be among poultry again. Also assorted other animal - rescued goats, calves, horses, pigs and cats. Clears the mind and fills the heart.


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Lorraine Smith Pacific NW commented on S. Asherah Taylor's group Orchids
"I heard the last hurricane that devastated FL was 11 yrs ago. Was it Ivan or ? How did one chicken make it through while the others are gone?? Sad & strange! I would be mourning those lovely trees as well. Around here, people are always cutting…"
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"Our beautiful city of St. Augustine just went through a devastating hurricane. "Mathew" left much destruction of property and plants ! BIG HUGE OLD trees strewn everywhere. Flooded houses left many people out on the streets with all…"
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