This could be funny, only it's not

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by basicliving, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    I am going to knock my neighbor upside the head. He lives about a mile down the road and has a bunch of chickens he knows nothing about. His father in law gave them to him and he doesn't even know the breeds. I think I recognize some Australorps and Orpingtons. A few months ago he woke up one day and found 3 roosters in with his flock (free-range). He was really baffled until I told him that most likely someone didn't want roos and dumped them in his yard. I think he thought his hens layed them! He's a super nice guy, but really knows very, very little about chickens. I don't even know why he has them.

    At any rate, I've had SO many broodies this year, and currently have 3. One just went broody last weekend, so I asked my neighbor if I could get some eggs from him for my broody to hatch out - just to mix my flock up a little. So last Wednesday he brought me 1 dozen eggs and I put them under this last broody.

    Now, keep in mind I already have 2 broodies setting on eggs that are due to hatch this Tuesday. I have trouble with broody moms attacking each other, so I keep them in brooders for two weeks after the chicks hatch. I ONLY HAVE TWO BROODERS. So I figured it would work out that about the time the two broodies were ready to leave the brooders with their hatches, this last broody would hatch out the chicks from the eggs from my neighbor and go into one of the brooders. I HAD A PLAN.

    Well, this morning, only THREE days after I put the eggs he gave me under the broody, I went into the coop to find that one had hatched and another is pipping already! THREE DAYS! The numb-skull pulled eggs out from under one of HIS broodies and gave them to me! And didn't even tell me! Aaarrrgghhhh.

    I'm happy to see the babies - but dad gum it, now I have to build another brooder which I really don't have room for - and I'm not even sure if all 12 eggs came from the same broody and are the same age!

    I'm heading down to visit him this afternoon and at least try to find out if all the eggs are the same age.

    He's a nice guy. He really is. But I'm just a little annoyed at him right now. [​IMG]

    Thanks for letting me vent. I feel better now.

  2. nicalandia

    nicalandia Crowing

    Jul 16, 2009
    WOW....but it happens...[​IMG]
  3. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    "SOME" Men are....not smart. Maybe you need to talk to him in more specific ways. Some people just can NOT read between the lines.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2009
  4. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    not to be mean but why are you annoyed? You knew he didn't know anything about chickens??
    Maybe since you knew he was clueless you should have went down to collect te eggs??
    Just a thought

    and fordmommy, many men are on this site who are very knowledged in dealing with chickens~ to say they are not smart is rude!
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2009
  5. Go easy on him Penny, his heart is in the right place and he really NEEDS your expertise...
  6. Triggerjay

    Triggerjay Songster

    Jul 8, 2009
    Quote:lol.. You have been hanging around the wrong men! lol. [​IMG]

  7. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    I would have to agree with Sillystunt. I think it was a wonderful thing that he gave you the eggs. He didn't know any better, but I am sure that he is still a smart man, just not when it comes to chickens.

    Why don't you invite him to join BYC. He would learn all that he needs to know. Or you might offer to go over and help him out. I am sure that he would appreciate it.
  8. Casey3043

    Casey3043 Songster

    I agree with LynneP. This is a teaching opportunity. He must like chickens at least a little, or he wouldn't have them. Now is your chance to help him learn to do it right.

    CASEY [​IMG]
  9. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Quote:lol.. You have been hanging around the wrong men! lol. [​IMG]


    Listen to Triggerjay, he bakes! [​IMG]
  10. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I tend to agree, he needs your help. Maybe just show him how its done? [​IMG] You're lucky, hes a nice guy. Good luck, let us know how it works out for you. [​IMG]

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