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    Backyard chickens

    Are there other backyard chicken fanatics out there?

    Here are some pics of our girls:














    We’ve since lost one to an opossum and one to a hawk.

    They are fantastic, and keep the garden beds nice and fertilized and bug free

    We currently have 8 hens, which yields ~ 1.5 dozen eggs every 2-3 days.

    Their feed runs ~$20.00 a month.

    Last time I was at Kroger eggs were ~$4 a dozen for the non-industrially grown/tortured variety.

    I shouldn’t be eating eggs, on a personal level, but with my protein requirements practicality won out over spirituality.

    It’s a great life lesson for my young boys, too! They are becoming quite into the animal husbandry of it all. Waking in the morning to feed and water and let out, checking on them throughout the day, roosting them at night, etc.

    And since they free range on ~1/2 an acre we have “easter egg” hunts every day!

    It really is quite fun.

    I’m glad I let my wife talk me into it

    And NO, we are not zoned for chickens…but, we are zoned for Redneck, so it’s all good.
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    That's cool. My dad is moving on to 150-ish something acres and plans on raising chickens and 'guinies'.
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    Those chickens are incredible. Would love to have a couple myself, although we need a backyard first. Definitely on my to-do list.

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    150 acres? Whoa...that'll hold a ton of peeps!

    We started with 30, came in the mail the day they hatched via FedEx live stock courier.

    we traded 20 to the local feed and seed guy for feed for the 1st 2 months.

    it takes ~16 weeks until they start laying, then they lay ~1 per day for a year or 2, then slowly start to dwindle until they eventually become chicken salad for the wife and kids.

    Then, start over with fresh chicks.

    It is incredibly easy to do.

    They are about a month older than in the pics and are ~2x the size.

    10 of them fit nicely in the little red hutch in the pics.

    They have just started to roost themselves at night, which is cool. All we have to do is close up the gate - no more chicken wranglin' before bath time each night, tho the kids thought it was much fun!

    Lots of info here, for interested parties.
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    Cute chicks and a darling litle girl.
    She's having fun!
    My grandmother had a large chicken coup.
    I loved feeding them & finding eggs.
    Wish I was there to take some eggs off ya! lol
    I pay right at $4 doz for organic eggs.
    I bet yours are better.

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    We had chickens when I was young.The eggs were great but we ate the chickens too.Cajun life.
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    I prefer my chickens tortured. Also, I beat the eggs before cooking for good measure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mona~on~wheels
    Cute chicks and a darling litle girl.
    She's having fun!
    My grandmother had a large chicken coup.
    I loved feeding them & finding eggs.
    Wish I was there to take some eggs off ya! lol
    I pay right at $4 doz for organic eggs.
    I bet yours are better.
    LOL - he is mistaken for a girl ALL the time, he's soooo damn pretty! That, and his mom won't hardly cut his hair. My 2y/o has a head full of blonde curls almost to his shoulders! What pretty little girls...i hear it all the time No worries!

    Here's a shot of him, all boy (i think), with his little bro about 1 year ago:



    re: the eggs, yes - we share with all the neighbors! I'd be happy to ship 'em...err...well, nevermind

    They are a little smaller than the store bought eggs, but not by very much. Taste a bit eggier, due to freshness, but some have called it 'gamey', so i reckon they aren't for everyone!
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    Definately a boy. Sorry he's a cutey. They both are darling.

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    dupe post...dee dee dee
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