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Chickens and Chicks and I just love them

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    Chickens and Chicks and I just love them

    Well, during quarantine, I ventured into the world of chicken ownership with a group of Rhode Island Red hens. I am ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED with them. They are so much fun to watch and farm fresh eggs can't be beat.

    Anyone else have chickens? I currently have them in a tractor/coop combo and move them to a new spot every day.

    They LOVE getting meal worms. And watching the rooster coo to them and "prepare" the nest boxes for their egg laying is adorable.

    I do!

    I hatch quite a lot in the spring and have chicks now, with more hatching this week, and more in early July. Busy busy! They're a blast, though, especially the babies


      I've had chickens for 11 years now, and to tell you the truth, I'm kinda getting over it. I don't think I will replace my current hens, but that could take a while as they're only 3 years old now (and two of them have stopped laying eggs). I'll let them live out whatever remains of their lives. They are fun and interesting, but I'm tired of cleaning the coop, delivering fresh, unfrozen water daily in the winter, raccoons, rats, and managing them while free in the yard, but trying to keep them out of the vegetable garden. Who knows, once they're gone I may regret it, but we'll see.


        The water in the winter is a sore spot for me too, Mango. I bought the K&H heated base last year--it's suitable for plastic waterers--and it's SO much better than anything else I've used. I have their heated waterer, too, and hate it with a fiery passion.

        This thing was a game changer for me, though:


          I do! Lots of them, lol. I currently have 52 chickens, ranging in age from 5 weeks to 5 yrs. I also have 4 turkeys destined for the freezer and 8 ducks, ages 5 days to 14 weeks.

          I love my birds! Fresh eggs and endless entertainment.


            My family and I have had laying hens for the past 10 years! They are wonderful. We have had Rhode Island Reds as well, along with Wyandottes, Ameraucanas, and Lakenvelders. I find that my chickens love this as a treat too!



              Currently down to 2 hens & a rooster.
              My all-time - for me - "Big Flock" was a mere 6 hens & rooster.
              Up until this year, I freeranged without much predation & hassle from just one B-word neighbor who has since moved (B'bye ).
              But after losing 2 hens to a hawk in less than a month, the survivors remain in their large, fenced yard.

              No chicks for me
              Did that once & ended up with a very handsome, but total asshat rooster.
              He died defending his hens from a fox, but if that had not happened, the stewpot was his next stop

              I am constantly amused by how much personality is packed into ~6# of feathers.
              And the eggs!!!

              My tip:
              Mealworms are great, but even for 3, kinda pricy.
              I get dollar store raisins & cheerios
              Both are Chicken Crack
              *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
              Steppin' Out 1988-2004
              Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
              Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                You will learn to hate raccoons. We figure that the entire mini flock of 6 was carried off by a raccoon family recently. I just got back into them this year and was being careful not to make pets out of them, but it’s hard not to enjoy their silly ways. They were supposed to be all sex link golden comets but one of them turned out to be in drag so we had a roo too. He put up a fight, there were plenty of his white hackle feathers on the ground.

                We have a tractor that needed new wood on the bottom but DH declared it safe, he just underestimated a determined hungry predator. The wood was torn up and the wire pulled away and that was all she wrote. I’m still bummed.
                Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
                Incredible Invisible


                  Originally posted by ReSomething View Post
                  You will learn to hate raccoons. We figure that the entire mini flock of 6 was carried off by a raccoon family recently. I just got back into them this year and was being careful not to make pets out of them, but it’s hard not to enjoy their silly ways. They were supposed to be all sex link golden comets but one of them turned out to be in drag so we had a roo too. He put up a fight, there were plenty of his white hackle feathers on the ground.

                  We have a tractor that needed new wood on the bottom but DH declared it safe, he just underestimated a determined hungry predator. The wood was torn up and the wire pulled away and that was all she wrote. I’m still bummed.
                  Racoons are the worst! I use hardware cloth instead of chicken wire. It's stronger and I can get more staples into it

                  I'm sorry you lost your birds, it sucks


                    We were discussing whether to repair/reinforce the tractor with something like pig panels, which we have lots of but he says the spaces will be too big. Hardware cloth sounds good too. We need to replace the corner and the runners, it had turned into a house rather than a tractor as we were having to pile rocks around the bottom to keep things from digging under it and the wood got more rotten than DH thought. We don't have a lot of good flat ground suitable for a tractor. Either that or we raise it up as a real house. He's already talking about vermin proof concrete foundations, lol.

                    I've lost a bird here and a bird there, roosters and hens, but never all of them at once, it really does suck.
                    Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
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                      Ten plus years ago we replaced our 2 horse Sooner with a 16' stock, and instead of selling the Sooner as would have been sensible we turned it into a chicken coop. It's a great chicken coop because nothing can get in, but if we ever want to revive it as a horse trailer we'll probably have to replace the axles.

                      I'm careful to keep the flock to no more than six, and usually no more than 4, and that simplifies the cleaning, winter watering, and gives us enough eggs most of the time. I add one or two pullets when the old hens stop laying through the winter.

                      I have a bantam who wants to nest every year, so I got her guinea eggs this spring because I don't need more hens, don't want to have to kill the extra roosters, and don't want to overcrowd the hen house. If the guineas need to be locked up this winter they'll have to have their own house. I've heard that they'll roost in the trees, but this is the first time I've had any so will have to figure out how to manage them.