Top 5 things I learned when I got into chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicken Picken, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Chicken Picken

    Chicken Picken New Egg

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    Top five things I learned when I got into chickens:

    5) No doubt about it, chickens are the closest link to dinosaurs. Just watch them run straight toward you!
    4) When you have an uneven number in your flock, you will witness what being an outcast will do to a creature.
    3) Sometimes chickens eat snakes, and not the other way around.
    2) When a skinny cat is trying to decide whether to go on the attack, chickens will join forces "wing to wing" and stare it down.
    and...
    1) Chickens have some sort of mind control over an otherwise normal dog!
     
  2. ChickMommaSD

    ChickMommaSD Out Of The Brooder

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    Ha! Love it!
     
  3. kdwag

    kdwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are funny --- what have you learned about hen bullying, I could use some help.
     
  4. cmoore333

    cmoore333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That when you go to just look you must buy more of the cute little chicks....
    When you go into just buy 2, you end up buying 3, or 4. Or if like me end up with 6 when I only ment to possibly get 3.....
    When you decide to finally get ducklings, and not only get ducklings but also end up with 1 more chick...
    When your husband comes home and says you are hopeless with this chicken thing..
    When your shopping includes 3 stops at different places to see what different chicks they have...
     
  5. Chicken Picken

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    Hey Kim,
    On the chicken bullying , well, I just had to let nature take its course. I've read about isolation techniques and stuff, but it's hard to keep up the consistency when you have to be at work. At this point the bullying has stabilized because the poor hen has learned to be submissive enough to avoid too much abuse anymore. She tends to go sit on eggs to avoid problems, I think.
     
  6. Chicken Picken

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    Cmoore, I know what you mean about wanting more chickens. But I'm sorta worried that any new birds I got would go to war with the "natives!" My bigger problem when I go shopping is nickel and diming myself on cracked corn treats, new feeders, fancy waterers... And everything else that I don't really need.
     
  7. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    5. Never underestimate the flight capabilities of bantams. A roof will make an acceptable roost/perch for 'em......if not supervised.
    4. An elevated or hanging feed container does not eliminate the scattering of feed. They will manage to peck and/or lift a foot into the feeder to scratch it and fling it everywhere. Apparently it is more palatable off of the ground.
    3. All pristine patio furniture will be commandeered and subsequently decorated with droppings by a free-ranging flock. (especially upon the arrival of guests for a barbecue)
    2. No lush green lawn can withstand the relentless scratching of a few hens. Carefully consider the combination of "lawn" time with "run" time. Limited ranging works well. (...and then there's always just the possibility of replacing the lawn with AstroTurf I reckon.)
    1. Roosters crow. Often. ....pre-sunrise, post sunrise, any given hour of daylight, and/or sunset.
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2013
  8. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1. Chickens scratch the ground and EAT ALOT
    2. Chickens POOP ALOT
    3. Chickens DRINK ALOT
    4. Chickens are great... FRESH EGGS!
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    5. and finally chickens POOP EVERYWHERE.


    I LOVE CHICKENS!!
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