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Anyone here raising their own chickens at the moment ?

http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/

backyard chickens--- it's one of growing trends now a day

*random pic off the net*


my city allowed backyard chickens back in 2013

the # of chickens will be based on the size of the lot -- NO rooster allowed though

people with 1+ ACRE can have up to 50 chickens

for us we only have only 5 hens

it's an interesting experience-- raising chickens

Hens can be pretty destructive to your backyard -- more so than my own dog
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I raised chickens for about ten years up until I moved to a small city where the restrictions are ridiculous (no smell from the coop? Lol!).

The hardest part of raising chickens is keeping everything else from eating them. Almost everything loves a chicken dinner.

And yes, they're pretty destructive to leafy plants. Hostas, lettuce, just about anything with succulent leaf is game to be pecked. And any patch of loose, dry dirt is probably going to be converted into a dust bath wallowing hole.
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my chickens are free ranging from dawn to dusk

since we are in the middle of the city there's no predator here

even my dog didn't really care -- she was pecked by one of the hens once so

the thing with raising chickens for me is they will wake up pretty early

they will go to sleep around 515 or 615 pm (depends on the months) and waking up at 520-635 am

and when they fight over a nesting box they will start to make the annoying groaning sound + the egg song after laying..

if you have a garden + raising chickens at the same time-- it's best to block of the areas you don't want them to go into

if not there will be nothing left of your garden
Posted 11/12/16
I kill chickens with my fists, then eat them raw with out skinning or anything of that bulls**t.
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AnimeAddictANN69 wrote:

my chickens are free ranging from dawn to dusk

since we are in the middle of the city there's no predator here


It may depend on the city as well. Racoons, opossums, hawks, and stray dogs are awful to kill chickens.

Some stocker stuff like beans or okra won't be bothered as bad, unless they wallow under them. Definitely best to keep them out though.
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qwueri wrote:


AnimeAddictANN69 wrote:

my chickens are free ranging from dawn to dusk

since we are in the middle of the city there's no predator here


It may depend on the city as well. Racoons, opossums, hawks, and stray dogs are awful to kill chickens.


Don't forget scorpions
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OnePunchJoJo wrote:

Don't forget scorpions ;)


Scorpions would probably be eaten by chickens. I had a hen eat a baby copperhead once.
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I don't really like living in a house, so I probably will never own chickens, but I do like the idea. If I were stuck in a situation where I owned land, I'd consider keeping a coop. It would depend on if my other pets would leave them alone, though.
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I was raising two chicks when I was a child. Eventually they grew up and they ended up in the family pot for lunch.
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Chickens. Blargh. Roosters are the worst, screaming every morning before the sun's even up.

It gets weird when you hear cows in the middle of a residential neighborhood, though.
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No, but i wouldn't mind having a little dedicated chicken coop :3
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It may depend on the city as well. Racoons, opossums, hawks, and stray dogs are awful to kill chickens.

Some stocker stuff like beans or okra won't be bothered as bad, unless they wallow under them. Definitely best to keep them out though.



qwueri wrote:


OnePunchJoJo wrote:

Don't forget scorpions ;)


Scorpions would probably be eaten by chickens. I had a hen eat a baby copperhead once.


that's what i thought at first too.. so i used hardware cloth instead of poultry wire,

but after 2-3 months i noticed they were fine when i left them out all day

so i left the coop and run door opened all day

they will go in and out on their own

raising backyard chickens have its downsides.. the manure will be everywhere (free range) and i see holes through out my backyard.. not to mention they will eat anything that is edible to them.. even Styrofoam

i live in a desert state.. scorpions are common here

chickens love bugs!-

if they can find a scorpion --- it's like a human found a gold nugget after spending who knows how many hours digging for it
Posted 11/12/16
No, but they sure taste good.
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OnePunchJoJo wrote:

I kill chickens with my fists, then eat them raw with out skinning or anything of that bulls**t.


Ohh, so that whole "Anorexic rods in the legs thing" was just a persona-troll act to go with the avatar, then, and you fooled us thinking you were "real" (well, sounded like a real looney/insecure bodybuilding teen), so now you've got a vaudeville act? Ooo-kay.

(snaps fingers) Mods? This one's y--oh, wait, it's Lorreen.
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No, but they sure taste good.



you should try "free range" chickens vs factory farms

those factory farm chickens are stuck in such closed space with little or no movement/fresh air or sunlight

when you eat a free range chicken from a local small farm.. it's something else


egg production will drop around 2 years..

some people raise chickens as pets

i want eggs.. and after 3-4 years then they probably will be going on the table

then we will start with a new flock gain
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