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Chickens

I got some today. It's been 5 years since I last had any. Wanted to do game birds and chickens, but everything I read said that's a no-no. So, I just decided to stick with chickens, which I just like having around the yard. I get a kick out of just watching them. Got some Silver Laced Wyandottes, Light Brahmas, Black Jersey Giants, and Buff Orpingtons.
Anyway, I'm excited, but now we've got to build a coop for when they get bigger. The nieghbor is raising them until we're ready here. Kinda worried about introduing Colter, my Lab to them as he wasn't around when I last had chickens. Oh well, should be fun regardless.

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Re: Chickens

I see you found something to occupy your time until hunting season! Thumbs up

Now get busy and build that chicken coop. Big smile

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sweet! My girls bug me to let them get some every time we go to the hardware! I have thought about it but I do want to get back into exotic game birds again some day. Maybe some wood ducks would be cool too!

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I can watch my birds for hours. I have leghorns. I built mine a roost that the predators can't climb. The only problem I have had from predation has been raptors but only last winter after a 2 week stretch of sub zero temps.

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I really like my chicken. I got some that were supposed to be Buff Orphington's but they got to 4# and quit growing. The one's we had years ago got huge and were really gentle, rooster's too. These little guy's are gentle but way to small and to light a buff color. McMurrary swears they are Buff Orphington's, I doubt it. Also have one Columbian Wyandotte left but she's an old girl now. All my Golden Sex Link's have finally died off and they were super birds. Never had any birds lay as well as them. I also have a few that I hatched here from a Rode Island Red rooster and those little Buff girls and got some really pretty hens and one beautiful rooster. Have them together and hatched out some chick's from them last week. Got 6 of the day olds and can't wait to see what they look like when grown.

No problem with my dogs around them, they were both raised around the chicken's. Both got their puppy butt's whipped a couple times by a rooster! Now if Bodie catche's a rooster breeding a hen, he knocks it off and stays between the hen and the rooster till he's sure the rooster will leave her alone! What a guy, the sex police at work protecting the honor of a chicken! Both the boy's go into the pen's with me and the houses and never bother the hen's much. Squirt like's to go in the bathroom to keep an eye on the chick's till I move them outside. For about 5 days they stay in a box with a light befor being moved. When I go to the bed room, Squirt runs in and wait's for me to open the bathroom door so he can check them, never offered to bite one but he did lick one pretty good last year. Bodie is not ammused by the chick's!

I forgoe to say, it is a diease. I have four hen house's now and planning on another small one! I like building hen house's!

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I just love watching their antics. I missed having my last Barred Rock hen around. She'd follow you around the yard and then if you sit on the porch, she'd climb up on your feet and sit on them to take a nap. Always felt bad about moving her. So all the chickies survived the night alright. Introduced Colter to one of them this morning with it in my hand and he first licked it, then tried to grab it so I gave him a stern talking to. Was good after that, we'll try again later. I'm planning on really adding a bunch of Wyandottes once we get a better brooder situation going up here. Should be fun.

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I picked up my chickens from my buddies house this morning to put in our temporary brooder, an old ferret cage. I couldn't for the life of me tell which ones were Black Jersey Giants and which were Wyandottes. I guess I'll know if a few weeks. But he had bought 10 Jersey Giants, I had 3, but I also had the Wyandottes. Don't know who's got what know.
The funny little buggers:

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i had trouble with my chickens and chucker fighting when i tried to keep them pinned together had to seperate them. chickens out weight the chucker but are no mach when it comes to fighting, the chucker would get the better half of the chickens every time. a freind of mine has pheasents and chickens and has no problome. but had the same problome with chucker they fought everything.

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Nice day to put the lawn ornaments out for a bit. Colter will watch them for hours. I have no idea yet whether or not he wants kill them or is just mesmerized by all things birdy.

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There growing fast Ex! Thumbs up

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won't be long now before we actually need to have the chicken coop built.

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