Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pingy, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. pingy

    pingy Hatching

    Aug 20, 2013
    I have been reading lots about keeping chickens. I am really keen to own about 3 chickens. However my husband says I can't have any because I wouldn't be able to kill them if injured or seriously sick.
    This is a shame as we have so much space for chickens and I thought they would be good company.
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I've been keeping chickens for a few years now and in that time had probably about 300? I lost count! LOL We had to cull very, very few of them. The benefits of keeping chickens, laughing at their antics, enjoying their company and or course, those wonderful fresh eggs, far outweigh the negatives. I would definitely talk to hubby and put together the pros and cons and try and reach some agreement, starting with what to do if one needs to be put down or when things go wrong. How are you going to deal with it and what are you going to do? Chickens for me so far was 95% great, but things can and does happen.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, pingy, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I agree with Sumi. I've raised a lot of chickens and I can't think of a single one I've had to cull - even as a chick. That's not to say I've never had one die on me. The risk is low. Do you have a neighbor that could do the chore should it arise?
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Sounds like hubby is trying to find a reason not to have them - maybe if you go to him game plan in place? I also have not had to cull an adult bird, although I have had some die, and have given some to others to do the deed.
  5. Webechickens

    Webechickens Chirping

    Apr 1, 2013
    East Central Indiana
    Welcome from east central Indiana! Maybe if you got some great heritage breed ones from a great breeder there would be the potential for longer lives. From all I've read on here, their life spans can far exceed the hatchery stock. Sure would hate for you to not get the chance to be a chicken mom! It's too fun.

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] I think your husband said that because he knows it would fall on him - at the risk of sounding sexist, isn't that one of the chores men are supposed to do? You know like setting mousetraps and dumping the contents, fixing stuffed toilets and sinks, taking the trash out. [​IMG]

    My army tough father used to say we shouldn't get any more dogs because he couldn't 'take ' having any more old ones put down at the vet.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013

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