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post #581 of 1037 Old 06-10-2013, 03:33 PM
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We have 26, all are named and counted each night, even the nasty ones that I would rather throw in a pot (because the girls still love their nasty selves, they get to live...).

Course I am the one who lets the baby ducks swim in the kitchen sink...
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post #582 of 1037 Old 06-10-2013, 04:09 PM
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That's okay Del, my three cornish lived in a kiddie pool in my house until just recently. My smaller birds beat them up when they were little, so I had to pull them out and they quickly became big pets. I didn't have the heart to put them out in the coop with all the "mean" girls. The funniest thing was, they could have easily hopped out of the kiddie pool, it was only like 8 inches deep. But they never did.

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Course I am the one who lets the baby ducks swim in the kitchen sink...
LOL! I used to give my ducklings and goslings nightly "swimming lessons" in the jacuzzi bathtub, they LOVED those jets! Bad thing about it was, when it came time to go outside, they didn't like COLD water! I had been using warm because it was winter and I didn't want them to get cold.....

We ended up having to "teach" them to swim in the stock pond, they'd follow us in and go for a swim. Once they got used to that then every day, at 4 pm sharp, the geese would head down and the ducks would follow.
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LOL! I used to give my ducklings and goslings nightly "swimming lessons" in the jacuzzi bathtub, they LOVED those jets! Bad thing about it was, when it came time to go outside, they didn't like COLD water! I had been using warm because it was winter and I didn't want them to get cold.....
Hubby says the ducks are in for a world of hurt the first time they go swim in their pond because I won't be there to blowdry them. It was COLD the first time and little Assquack loved his blowdry so much, I've been blowdrying them every time.
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Hubby says the ducks are in for a world of hurt the first time they go swim in their pond because I won't be there to blowdry them. It was COLD the first time and little Assquack loved his blowdry so much, I've been blowdrying them every time.
ROFL! I didn't blow dry the ducks or the geese but when I see a chicken that has a messy bottom, I bring her in and we have "Chicken Beauty Spa" day and it includes a blow dry/feather fluff and a nap on my lap. OMG, are we silly or what?
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I sometimes talk about doing things for my chickens to my hubby, that I'd like to build this or that, that I worry about this one or that one, or that they needed a new heat lamp or a better feeder. His reply is always, "They are JUST chickens." I'd love to smack him. They are not "just chickens" to me or the girls.
My husband has started telling me that if I get upset about loosing another chicken, then he wants to just get rid of all of them, because it's not worth it to be so emotional about a chicken. I'm going to have to show him the posts about blowdrying ducklings and teaching errant geese to swim- then he'll see I'm not that crazy after all
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My husband has started telling me that if I get upset about loosing another chicken, then he wants to just get rid of all of them, because it's not worth it to be so emotional about a chicken. I'm going to have to show him the posts about blowdrying ducklings and teaching errant geese to swim- then he'll see I'm not that crazy after all
You know what? I got them for meat and eggs to begin with. Now? Oh hell, I haven't eaten one of my own chickens in a looooong time. They're all pets. Especially my Cochins, loves me some Coochie chicks....





You know you've got it bad when you start singing the theme from Star Wars when they all come a runnin for their daily Chicken Candy. I've got to remember to step out the door with the camera already on so I can video these silly things. Have you ever seen a Cochin RUN? OMG it's hysterical!
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You know you've got it bad when you start singing the theme from Star Wars when they all come a runnin for their daily Chicken Candy. I've got to remember to step out the door with the camera already on so I can video these silly things. Have you ever seen a Cochin RUN? OMG it's hysterical!
Hahahahhaaha! I have 3 cochins - one is a Giant Blue Cochin named KK (King Kong Koko-puff), and their running is hilarious. I'm a little mean. I throw their scratch way out there so I can sit with my coffee cup and watch them "run". If they were dogs, they'd be panting heavy by the time they reached their treats. I usually sing "I feel the Earth shake under my feet" when I see them come.

They're sooo sweet. I just wish they laid more eggs. I'm doing an experiment now getting a Langshan, hoping it will pretty much be a cochin that lays eggs. Experiment failed for this year though - apparently a cockrel ended up in the pullet-bin at the feed-store - won't be any eggs from that one.
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You HAVE to love chickens to have Cochins because 1 egg a year is what they deem to be good egg laying and how could you eat one of those fluffy silly things!?

Neighbor's dog beheaded one of my cochins and the remaining one desperately wants to hatch chicks but she forgets which box she's supposed to be sitting in. I keep finding her eggs abandoned and her guarding bitty birdy Polish eggs!
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You HAVE to love chickens to have Cochins because 1 egg a year is what they deem to be good egg laying and how could you eat one of those fluffy silly things!?

Neighbor's dog beheaded one of my cochins and the remaining one desperately wants to hatch chicks but she forgets which box she's supposed to be sitting in. I keep finding her eggs abandoned and her guarding bitty birdy Polish eggs!
LOL! Cochins are some silly birds, for sure. Whenever I order from the hatchery, I always order 10 cochins and generally, 2-4 survive the first year. They are beyond pigeon toed when they run and they look so hilarious when they "gallop" up for their treats. It's the only time you ever see most of 'em, the rest of the time they're sitting on eggs (anybody's) and golfballs in the egg boxes, trying to brood the eggs.

I keep Cochins strictly as eye candy, when I count my chickens to see where we are I say, "I have 16 chickens, 4 guineas and 4 Cochins.". I count them separately because I don't include them in egg production. They are totally just pets. And a couple of them say, "uh OH!" instead of cackling, makes me giggle everytime I hear it.

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