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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by LeBlackbird, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. wingstone

    wingstone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I am not gone back to quote....

    whoever has the problem rooster,,,careful,,,I traumatized my granddaughter by taking one out in front of her,,,,it was more of a reaction than a plan....she walked around for 2 m,onths telling everyone I kill animals...

    Sally, Chad,,, all of you up that direction,,,,i will not have alot of time this weekend, but I have to make plans to come see all of you....I know how to get to lebanon, but after that i am lost.......

    Rose....[​IMG]...it will get better....been there with a divorce and sounds like alot of the others on here have been also....
     
  2. Brittany7

    Brittany7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does anyone have any thoughts on different breeds of chicks? I like the silkie and the polish cause of their crazy hair dosss.. but the more and more i am no here the more and more i dont want to wait another two weeks to geth the silkies and polishes when they come in... and thoughts ?
     
  3. Brittany7

    Brittany7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does anyone have any thoughts on different breeds of chicks? I like the silkie and the polish cause of their crazy hair dosss.. but the more and more i am no here the more and more i dont want to wait another two weeks to geth the silkies and polishes when they come in... and thoughts ?
     
  4. mrsmc604

    mrsmc604 Out Of The Brooder

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    DH and I are in the same boat! We just bought a real fixer upper on 2 acres and am nothing short of thrilled to have our garden and chickens! The damily farm is just down the road so we get fresh organic beef and will have all of the straw, alfalfa, corn and beans we want for the chickens. Good luck you you!! :)
     
  5. Brittany7

    Brittany7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you. thats the way ours is. its our first and we bought what we could for now instead of renting...IF THE WEATHER would ever get nice i could get outside to work on our yard which is a mess. i have been dieing to get out and those couple of days where it was 50-60 were such a tease.
     
  6. mama2my4

    mama2my4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds just about perfect!
     
  7. wingstone

    wingstone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] any ex smokers here.......it does get easier .....doesn't it...[​IMG]
     
  8. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    Oohhh, so sorry! Wish I was off of work today, I'd have come to help you out, at least I could have given some moral support or taken care of the shovel part for you! Fingers crossed that whatever was wrong doesn't get to the others... [​IMG]
    Love this!!! [​IMG]
    Oh, that is nasty. Glad you got her out without trauma to her, at least, sorry he got you. We processed a few that turned nasty, it is never easy to kill an animal (and it shouldn't be) but there are ways to do it without it being too horribly traumatic. Sometimes it is the best answer.
    We have done in 3 roos in the past 6 months for getting too rough with the hens, we have a couple who are great with them, so we don't keep the rough ones
    Well said! Respect their life and treat them humanely. We use the cone and there is very, very little problem with dramatic actions... so much easier. The meat from 'home raised' birds is excellent, and I do feel much better knowing how well they were treated from hatching to adulthood.
    Sally, one of these days Radioman and I are going to make a run out your direction... I would love to meet up with you all! If we do the 'get together' somewhere this year I'd be willing to bring our plucker and scalder and a couple of roos along, and anyone else with unwanted roos could do the same. We can process them, and package them and everyone could take home a couple. Since they wouldn't be marked no one would know 'who' they get for the freezer so to speak, so it would remove the guilt factor.
    See above post wing... Radioman and I would be there!
    Breeds are totally a personal choice based on what you want from your chickens.... A few eggs and 'yard candy'... lots of eggs... what color eggs/does egg color matter?, meat? a mix of all things already listed??
    Do you want hens who will go broody and hatch out their own little ones? or do you want to stick to running your incubator?
    A few basics...
    Silkies, cochins and Game hens are frequently broody, but Silkies and game hens are small egg producers, and are so/so for quantity of eggs, cochins can be bigger birds if you get the LF (large fowl) variety, but bantams are smaller.
    Barred Rocks are larger, and are good 'multi-use' or dual purpose birds because they are good layers of large eggs and are plenty big enough to make good table birds, same with Black Australorps and Rhode Island Reds.
    Cornish and Jersey Giants are often meat birds, not sure how they do for eggs.
    Orpingtons are large breed, known to be very friendly and good for kids and beginners.
    Too many breeds for me to even begin to cover them...
    There is a breed selector section here on BYC that can really help narrow it down for you, once you decide what you want from your birds.
    Good luck and if you find a few breeds that seem interesting to you then just let us know and any of us who are familiar with them can chime in with details then... or point you in the right direction for more info.

    (pay attention to birds 'flightiness' or how they do with confinement vs free ranging, this really can come in to play if you have a restricted area or don't plan to let them out of your coop/run area)
     
  9. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    Quit cold turkey 3+ yrs ago.. and yes, it does get easier. I rarely, rarely even think about it anymore. The only time I get the urge now is after being in a large crowded area such as a mall or sporting event, but that's because I never liked those environments to begin with.... and the urge passes very quickly.
     
  10. heatherscooby77

    heatherscooby77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Duramaxgirl, and DMRippy!!!
     

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