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How you know you're an poultry lover...

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by 4H kids and mom, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    Here's a checklist I've come up with on my own to know when you've finally gone over the deep end, and are a "true" poultry lover. [​IMG] (And by the way, ALL of these apply to me currently! lol)

    1) After a hard day of work, you go talk to your chicks, and ducks about it, before your family.

    2) You often have several "nurseries" or brooders set up around your house.

    3) Chicks and other feathered species currently occupy as much, or MORE, space in your home than your human family members do.

    4) You have baby ducks brooding in your upstairs bathtub.

    5) You adjust the temp in your home to suit the "babies" even if the other "humans" in your home suffer.

    6) Once out in their coop, you worry constantly. First about real dangers (raccoons, possums, fox), and then about imaginary threats (the roof blowing off the coop in the middle of the night and sucking them all away into oblivian, etc) and end up bringing them all back into the house at 2am so YOU can sleep.

    7) You find it hard to sleep without hearing the constant "cheep cheep cheep" of chicks brooding in a nearby room.

    8) You once (or more times) fell asleep holding a chick, chicken, duck, or goose.

    9) You have brought a DUCK or GOOSE into the house to get them out of the rain, even though you know they are water birds.

    10) You coddle, preen, and swoon over a favorite rooster, despite the odd looks you get as neighbors drive by.

    11) You have sacraficed YOUR grocery bill to feed your poultry more than once.

    12) It takes you more than 30 minutes to do your shopping for your feeds, and other poultry needs.

    13) You dont feel silly at all snorting at the young sales person who told you this bag of feed was non-medicated when it is clearly marked medicated on the bag, and you eagerly point this out to him so he knows in the future. You then go home feeling like you helped other chickens out there somewhere by sharing this knowledge with him.

    14) You take every opportunity to talk about, show photos of, and brag about your poultry to anyone who will listen.

    15) You have done the above so often, that your 'human' family rolls their eyes at the mere mention of chicks, chickens, etc. and quickly tries to devert the topic.

    16) Your 'poultry' allowance has been cut off on more than one occasion, usually by a loving spouse who just doesn't understand why this little chick MUST have friends.

    17) Your local feed store knows you by your first name, and smiles when you come in because they know you're going to spend a bundle there.

    18) You've spent money more on your poultry than some of your 'human' family.

    19) At least one person in your family is slightly jealous of the time, money, or attention you give to your "babies".

    20) For those of us who are married: Poultry has been the discussion in an argument with a spouse on more than one occasion, and you still ended up winning. [​IMG]
  2. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2007
    Belleville, Kansas
    I have to laugh when others have said their dh is jealous of the "chicks" time. I NEVER thought hubby would be jealous but I guess he must be a bit.

    So, it blew me away today when dh said somethin to the effect of...I dont MY feet washed with warm water everyday, I think your spending more time and attention with THEM than me....

    I laughed and asked him if he wanted me to wash his feet...I ONLY do that so they wont get the floor dirty...silly man. He said NO, he didnt want me to "wash his feet". [​IMG] Whats a woman to do??? [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  3. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    lol thndrdancr [​IMG]

    When I moved the ducklings into the bathtub he just about dropped a brick on the floor! But, I told him I HAD to because they were makin a mess in their box, and they needed time to swim and I could just wash the tub out so easily and he finally said "fine...for now" but he rolled his eyes at me when he walked away! He snorts at me when I'm holding a wet ducky and dryin them off with our last clean towel, because they were wet and cold, and the 'humans' can wait. Hehehe

    I am used to getting an earful about how tired he is of hearing about them all, but I always win in the end! lol [​IMG] Silly men! [​IMG]
  4. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    I've only had chicks for a month and I am already guilty of 1,6, and 19 - I see 20 in my future. [​IMG]

    Actually 20 will probably happen today because I need some help cutting a chicken door and he's sick of everything chicken that requires his help.
    Geez can't a girl have any fun?! Jealous of chickens, I never thought the day would come........
  5. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
    LOL, our fights seem to revolve around the chicken house. My feeling is, "these are my babies! *gasp* Everything has to be perfect!" His feeling is that they are CHICKENS. LOL, he admitted to me that he was driving home from work looking for chickens and chicken coops.. and was quite pleased that ours ranked high in the looks department <according to him, anyway!>.

    I can't complain though. Currently the brooder box is taking up room in his garage, and he hasn't complained once (actually I told him last night coop had to be finished so we could move them out of there and he could have the garage back. A look of pain <not kidding> crossed his face and he said he really didn't mind!!! This is the same hubby who throws a fit at the mere mention of storing ANYTHING in there!). Plus.. he leaves the radio on a classical station for them, and he doesn't listen to classical!

    Forgot to add: How about when you fall asleep early, so don't make your 2am visit to the brooder box, and you wake up in a panic sure that the babies are sick and dying because you weren't out there at 2AM??

    Last edited: Jun 2, 2007
  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member


    And I'd like to add:
    21) You look forward to coming home from work and hanging out with "the girls" before you even get out of bed in the morning.
  7. Jenai

    Jenai Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2007
    How about these:

    22) Your friends leave voicemail/ answering machine message saying, "I guess you are outside with those chickens again."

    23) Those same friends no longer go to the front door when they visit you at home, but head around back to the coop.
  8. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    Quote:OH my gosh thats EXACTLY what happened to me tonite [​IMG] I am only a month into this but they know already..........[​IMG]
  9. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    Oooo! I like those! I actually found a real cute old country sign at the antique store in town today that says "Out Poop Scoopin!" and has a painting of a rickedy old coop and the silhouette of a roo on top of it. HAD to have it! Now I'll hang it on my door when I'm out in the coop! [​IMG]
  10. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Quote:Story of my life.
    They didn't happen to have one with a barn and horses, did they? [​IMG]

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