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What's with the weird chicken obsession?

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About a month ago we were watching yet another doomsday show on tv - this one happened to be Nova, about what a severe solar storm could do - and I started thinking about how my family could survive if we lost electricity for months.  Answer:  I need chickens.  So I casually mention to my husband, "hey, we should get chickens one of these days", to which he answers, "yeah, I've been thinking that too."

 

Off to the internet to research.  And I found so much on-line.  This forum, Backyard Chicken, etc.  Articles about how to care for chickens, how to design a coop, breed characteristics, etc.  I now spend hours a day "researching" chickens.  Planning my coop.  Lurking on the forums.  I have never held a chicken.  Never dreamed of having chickens.  And now I am obsessed.  Weird.  Perhaps there is a part of my brain that needed a hobby - the part that has been locked up while we rebuilt after Katrina and try to survive our children (3 girls, 9, 6, and the bonus baby just turned 2).

 

So that was the quick intro on how I found my way here.  Now for where I am in my chicken adventure - planning on getting chicks after our first ever family trip to DC this summer.  I've decided to order from Ideal Poultry based on the mostly great reviews and because they are relatively close.  I had wanted 5 or 6 pullets, but their minimum order is $25, so I'm now planning on 10.  My tentative flock is two each of Buff Orpingtons, Wyandottes, Delawares, RIR, and Easter Eggers.  Looking for larger birds (less hawk susceptible), and kid-friendly.  Would love silkies but am worried about hawks.

 

The flock will be in an open coop tractor inside an eloctronet enclosure.  I prefer to move the flock periodically so that I don't have as much to clean.  We have two acres.  They will be the movable compost crew!  Hazards and predators to consider are:  Heat, hurricanes (wind and flood), fox, coyote, raccoons, possums, hawks, owls (including a pair of great horned owls), dogs, gators.  Probably others, but those are the ones I know we have. 

 

No questions yet - still drinking from the fire hose!  I have no idea if the obsession will continue, but for the time being it looks like I'm here to stay.

 

- E

post #2 of 16
Haha same thing happened to me! My husband swears he married Ellie Mae. I started out planning for 4 standard size chickens and now I have 15 bantums of various breeds. Its a healthy addiction though and a good thought for disaster prep, I agree.
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That's how it begins!  For me, it was the day I saw a small backyard flock of Buff Orpingtons.  That day I became obsessed also.  It took a few years after that, but when it hits, it hits!

Owned by two old dogs (yellow lab and a big, red, fuzzy mutt) and four chickens (Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, and two Easter Eggers)
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Owned by two old dogs (yellow lab and a big, red, fuzzy mutt) and four chickens (Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, and two Easter Eggers)
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Wow neat story. So glad you joined all the other chickens obsessed people here LOL. Welcome and best of luck with your new babies

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Good luck with the girls!!

Poop Cleaner Extraordinaire...

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Poop Cleaner Extraordinaire...

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Yup. Obsession leads to bad chicken math.

My dream of 5-6 red hens has bloomed to 18 hens of every size and color, including one broody EE who is currently sitting on 7 eggs.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the madness. And those yummy eggs! Oh gosh, you'll never eat another store egg again.

I'm the silly old biddy one, proud member of the crazy pullets of BYC and resident chicken whisperer. My cologne is eau de chicken poop.
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I'm the silly old biddy one, proud member of the crazy pullets of BYC and resident chicken whisperer. My cologne is eau de chicken poop.
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  AnnElise Clark

 

~Chickens are like potato chips, you can't just have one!~ 

 

Silver Laced Wyandotte's, Silkies, Ameraucana's, Easter Egger's, Belgian d'anvers, Leghorns, California Whites, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, one Black Jersey Giant rooster, Guinea's, Ducks, and one Sweetgrass turkey tom. 

 

 

 

 

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  AnnElise Clark

 

~Chickens are like potato chips, you can't just have one!~ 

 

Silver Laced Wyandotte's, Silkies, Ameraucana's, Easter Egger's, Belgian d'anvers, Leghorns, California Whites, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, one Black Jersey Giant rooster, Guinea's, Ducks, and one Sweetgrass turkey tom. 

 

 

 

 

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Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan big_smile.png

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



My Chickens
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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



My Chickens
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                             *Pure English Orpington Breeder *

* Spangle/Mottle Orpingtons* *Partridge Orpingtons* Jubilee Orpingtons *Silver Laced Orpingtons *BBS Orpingtons * English Lavenders* *LF Chocolates* *Chocolate bantam* *Red Orpingtons*

* Autumn Farm Orpingtons *

  

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                             *Pure English Orpington Breeder *

* Spangle/Mottle Orpingtons* *Partridge Orpingtons* Jubilee Orpingtons *Silver Laced Orpingtons *BBS Orpingtons * English Lavenders* *LF Chocolates* *Chocolate bantam* *Red Orpingtons*

* Autumn Farm Orpingtons *

  

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"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" 

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 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

 

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" 

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