Originally Posted by fisherlady
Originally Posted by Katt66
yup. I mean... people keeping chicks in their kitchen? It would be more of a miracle if they didn't get sick.
I don't have a problem with folks having them about anywhere in the house... as long as the brooder is kept reasonably clean, isn't over crowded and common sense hand washing is done after handling chicks then it shouldn't matter. If the chick is in your garage or barn and you handle it and then go into the house and prepare a meal without washing your hands it is just as dangerous as having them in the kitchen and not washing your hands. Although I still think folks not allowing their immune systems to ever have to work creates a higher risk of getting sick with more serious consequences. You can't build immunity to all germs, and I realize that... but some folks don't seem to be able to handle even the most basic ones anymore. Antibiotics and antibacterials are awesome things, but horribly over used IMO...
If you listen to all of the 'sky is falling' types it is a wonder humans ever survived long enough to discover Penicillin! ... just go get dirty once in a while, get sick once in a while and get over it and go on to the next project....
No antibacterial soap here. Homemade soap instead. Barefoot everywhere, even the coop. We walk back through the grass to scuff the droppings out from between our toes. Kids have been known to sit in the run & share lunch with the birds who were crawling all over their laps. Never once have we been sick because of our birds. We've actually been healthier since getting them.
Originally Posted by KlingKlan
So we went to Green Dragon tonight and got 4 chickens (even though we wanted 5 lol)... so we are official
DH worked VERY hard on the coop & run and he just couldn't wait to have chickens who could apprerciate all his hardwork, so my mixed flock of 5 bubble was burst in a 1 minute flurry of shouted numbers
!!! We got home after the sun had already set and daylight was fading, we took the girls from the cage and straight into the coop to explore their new home. My 10 yr old named one and the neighbor girl who tagged along named one, 2 remain nameless until tomorrow. My son named one Zero (not a clue why) and the neighbor girl named the other Miss Peckerton IV, this name has merrit though because that girl has many missing feathers from her back. At first we though it was due to fighting in the box while waiting to be auctioned... but then we got all of them out and could see that 2 of the girls had obviously had "relations" with a rooster on the farm before being put on the auction block hehehe.
Now, here's a question, ummm what breed do we have? The auctioneer simply called them Red Hens, but I know better, just not better enough to know exactly what. A little help please?!
Sorry about the picture quality.
Production reds, which, unfortunately, do not typically lay well past the end of the 2nd year & often have short lives & get egg bound easily. These look like older hens, which is probably why they were sold.