Need help convincing...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Gracegirl16, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Gracegirl16

    Gracegirl16 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    need help convincing my parents to let me get another batch of chickens next year! My old girls are almost through with their laying cycle ([​IMG]) and I really love em.
  2. GramaCindy

    GramaCindy Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 30, 2011
    Far NW Wisconsin
    Sorry Gracegirl16, I wish I could help. My dilemna is convincing my husband to let me even START raising chickens. So far it's "DEFINITELY NOT!" I think he may be workable though. Just keep working on your parents with good arguments….nice ones! Where will the nice fresh eggs come from? …….GOOD LUCK![​IMG]
  3. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    What are their arguments against? If you know what's bugging them about it, you may be able to build a convincing counter case. Try to find out. Putting yourself in their shoes and then coming up with counter arguments is very effective, like defeating them with their own weapons.

    Good luck!
  4. peterlund

    peterlund Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    MA Cranberry Country
    Quote:How old are the chickens?? Are you sure they are not just resting due to lack of light???
  5. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    My DH insisted we would have no more pets in our house - his error #1 - chicken's aren't an "in" the house animal. Without his permission or knowledge I ordered an incubator and 13 White Leghorn eggs and the kids & I began hatching them for a "science project" When they were almost ready to hatch I mentioned how we would need to figure out who to give them to after the chicks hatched and DH said, "why don't we just keep them?" which was his error #2! Later he attempted to say that he was just questioning why we would or would not keep chicks - but all I needed was an opening and I pushed that door all the way and now we have 13 chickens! Our original 5 white leghorns had 4 roos and 1 pullet so we kept the pullet and 1 roo. We then added 1 hatched chick and 2 purchased chicks. And recently we hatched out 3 silkies & 5 lavender orpingtons. That's enough chicks for me for now - we have them in the coop and will soon have them all integrated as one big happy chicken family - I hope.

    I won't tell you to manipulate your parents - but I can tell you to be honest with them about why you want the chicks. Maybe they have some hesitations about it - and if you talk with them maturely they may just understand and relent. Then again you could use my son's method of continually bringing up the thing he wants until I relent just to keep him from bringing it up again - it doesn't always work for him though [​IMG]
  6. Gracegirl16

    Gracegirl16 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    Dad is the primary one against it. He thinks that because I am starting college that I won't have time to take care of them properly. (I do own the chickens - they are my primary responsibility). They are about 3 1/2 years old now. I am doing college from home and am mature for my age so I know that I can handle it.

    Haha..nope, I wouldn't dare manipulate my parents like that! I love them more than I want chickens.

    We'll see. Mom is on my side and so are all my siblings. (all six of them, thankfully!) [​IMG]. Maybe he will relent soon! Lol!
  7. frostbite

    frostbite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2011
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    When all else fails, remember that you're still a spring chicken yourself, and you'll have lots of time when you move out to raise all the chickens you want to. Just remember when you move, to check the zoning rules and make sure you get someplace where chickens are permitted.

    Good luck!
  8. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    Mom is on my side and so are all my siblings. (all six of them, thankfully!)

    Well then, can you come up with a plan with one or more of your siblings if they are still living at home that they will be your backup care providers? I gather that in the past 4 years you have proven to your parents that you are responsible and do take care of the animals as you should. So having a mature back up plan may sway him.

    Good luck with college! It's exciting to start something new, isn't it?​
  9. Leslieb118

    Leslieb118 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2011
    Quote:That's funny. My hubby said the same thing when my 17 year old son wanted to buy some chicks to raise this past August. I was all for it. Dad said NO WAY! Well, my son has never been one to listen to dad so much, so one saturday morning he came home with a box full of baby chicks. Dad came home and said, "They've got to go!" Well, our 4 year old granddaughter lives with us, and Papaw is quite fond of her. My son said..Papaw is getting rid of the chickens!! The granddaughter started to cry, and three weeks later, Papaw was outside building a coop!! The new wore off with my son fairly quickly, but I'm having the time of my life tending to my (his) flock!!
  10. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Quote:Perhaps when you explain that your feeding chickens that are not laying He might reconsider. Also it's nice to trade out half and bring in new so your not starting from scratch each time. Heck if you lived near me that would be no problem. I just gave away 5 free chicks. I've sold chicks for $1 ea. Just cz they were broody hatched and heck those girls have a mind of their own. Perhaps you can find a deal nearby. Or someone to hatch eggs for you. I know I would. I'm crazy, I just like to hatch.

    You are aware purebreds lay longer than hybrids? You didn't mention what you had.

    I hope things work out,


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