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post #11 of 33 Old 08-06-2011, 12:27 AM
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Another chicken fan here!

Currently we have 35; 25 laying, 10 that we raised from chicks this spring and will start laying this fall.

We have Buff Orps, Barred Rocks, RI Reds, Sicilian Buttercups, Black Stars and Amarucanas. The Buff Orps are the sweetest and most hand tame, but also the most broody. We have a big welding glove we use to gather their eggs because they can be pretty fierce. Next would be the Barred Rocks for hand tame. I love the look of the Buttercups and the Amarucanas.

Tried to get Austrolorps this spring because we heard such good things about their productivity, maybe next year.

Selling the eggs does pretty much pay for the feed, and this time of year they eat all the over ripe produce from the garden. Sadly, we can not let ours free range for the bug control, but I love them anyway. We may have to get a "chicken tractor" so we can move a few around the garden and pastures.
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post #12 of 33 Old 08-06-2011, 12:32 AM
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CHICKENNNN!!!!

I'm practically clueless when it comes to chickens, so all I can say is they have pretty feathers
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post #13 of 33 Old 08-06-2011, 12:38 AM
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CHICKENNNN!!!!

I'm practically clueless when it comes to chickens, so all I can say is they have pretty feathers

They have feathers??, I thought they just came with a crispy coat of a secret blend of herbs and spices
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post #14 of 33 Old 08-06-2011, 12:41 AM
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If I see one more chicken running through my kitchen with a squealing child in pursuit, I'll be trying my hand at figuring out the recipe for the secret herbs and spices.

I like chickens, but they do NOT need to come inside to say hi!!
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They have feathers??, I thought they just came with a crispy coat of a secret blend of herbs and spices
The KFC breed does
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post #16 of 33 Old 08-07-2011, 09:45 AM
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Aww I love chickens! That last photo looks like my Black Star
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Maura, I'd like to get my flock up to about 35, that's what I am aiming for. I had a few of the buffs and 2 RIRs go broody earlier in the year, but none actually stuck with it long enough to hatch a nest out. That's part of why I want the cochins, since from what I hear they will sit about any nest, including those that aren't their own. It was get them or a few banties, and I worry about mixing the banties with the larger birds, since everything else I have will fall under the LF side of things. My new roo's dad was 17 lbs.

Delf, LMAO about chickens in the house! I have to chase them off the porch from time to time, but only had them sneak in my house once, thankfully.


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Chickens are cute

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Indy, in re: chickens in the house:
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post #20 of 33 Old 08-07-2011, 11:32 PM
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LOL Maura!!

Oh these chickens aren't "sneaking" in, more like small kiddo CARRIES them in, chicken makes a break for it and then runs for it's life with kiddo squealing and running after.

Is there a way to tell a bantam from a regular chicken? I specifically requested no bantams as I want to let them free-range around the 10 fenced acres around the house. One of our chickens is much smaller than all the rest, very bright, alert, active and catches way more grasshoppers than the rest but it's tiny!
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