How did I fall in love with my chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lexustami, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. lexustami

    lexustami Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    St. Clairsville, OH
    Hello all,

    I have 23 7 1/2 week old chicks, 9 6 1/2 week old turkeys, 15 6 week old keets, 23 4 week old chicks and 49 1 week old meat birds. (Darn internet!)

    I just started letting all of the 4 week and older chicks, turkeys and keets run around the inside of the barn full time. I let them outside for a bit when I'm at the farm and can keep an eye on them.

    They are hilarious and I have found that I'm thinking about them all the time. I want to spend more time out there with them but I have no cell service there and I am self employed and need to stay in touch with my customers.

    We went out to the farm this evening to put the horses in and feed all of the animals (5 horses, 2 lambs, 4 goats, 1 kitten and all of the birds.) and when I opened the door to the barn all the chicks came running toward me. I felt so loved... LOL

    Now I feel bad because 5 of my 4 week olds are Cornish Rock X's and I "KNEW" they were meat birds but what I didn't know is that if I decided not to eat them they would die anyway. Now I'm attached to these sweet little birds (the Cornish Rocks) and they follow me everywhere I go hoping to be fed. They will end up in our freezer because that is what they were bought for.

    Anyway, I guess what I'm getting to is that I never expected to fall in love with my chickens! LOL

    Take care,

  2. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia

    LOL... don't feel bad!!!! I have fallen in love with mine too! I think that we all have, otherwise we wouldnt still have them! When I first got mine, I would sit out in there coop with them for hours and just watch them for weeks upon weeks. Now they are about 15 weeks, and I still find myself outside sitting watching, petting, and playing with them. They are loveable, comical, interesting, and as someone said in a post I read... very relaxing. If I get mad at the hubby or the kids... I go sit with my chickens and they calm me down!!!!! I am fortunate to be able to step out on on the front porch and have them right there LOL... litterally... LOL... they even come up steps and peck at the door until I come out to visit with them. If the door is open... they will stick their head in the house or stand on the door frame to see if they can see me. I do have so much fun with them and love them dearly!!!

    Good luck and remember we all love our chickens

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