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What do you chickens mean to you?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Linda in San Diego, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Songster

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    I read posts here all the time. Many folks are new to chickens but many are people who have had chickens for years. I got chicken fever last year and took a day off work (which I hate to do even when I am really sick) to go get the chicks. The Delightful Dozen have been just that.
    So I am wondering, what do your chickens mean to you?

    For me my chickens mean a connection to the past and future. When talk is about sustainability, chickens are right up there. They reproduce when kept in an appropriate ratio. They eat what I don't want/need. They give me food everyday....in fact today they provided a quick and simpe dinner - Huevos Rancheros!

    My chickens provide entertainment and speculation. When we walk to the front gate in the morning, the hens come running from all over the yard. We can actually hear their feet pounding behind us. When we come out into "their" yard with something in our hands it is " all hands on deck" and again, we hear them before we see them. We suggest that that must have been what dinosaurs acted like in the way back when.

    Connections and good basic food - that is what my chickens mean to me.

    How about you?
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    My chicken mean FUNNY ANTICs and eggs. I love those girls and they give me food. Who could ask for more???
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Linda, I've enjoyed reading about your "Delightful Dozen" over the time you have been posting.

    A rooster in his prime is incredibly colorful and has "style" - - don't you think [​IMG]?

    If we didn't have chickens, we'd need to invent them. I can hardly imagine a critter with more curiosity. There single-mindedness of purpose is incredible. We've probably all seen a hen try to stare down a dog to get in his feed bowl [​IMG].

    I appreciate their productivity and really value the food that they provide. I've learned that the British often refer to protein as albumen whereas Americans know albumen as egg white. As a standard, egg protein is top quality. And, yolks make the best desserts.

    I made a quiche as my contribution for Sunday dinner. Cheddar & Swiss cheeses, ham, shrimp, milk, bell pepper, and sautéed onions but the #1 ingredient was the 6 eggs. It was beautiful, tasty and well complimented [​IMG].

    The hens don't require much from me. I've got one "complainer" but she does all the complaining for the others. It's hard to imagine what she'd be doing if it wasn't carrying on about something. Each has her own personality but they all are just as "straight up" as a good dog - maybe not as affectionate but certainly as honest.

  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    above and foremost for me my chickens are providers I have them for meat and eggs, the enjoyment and love are just icing on the cake [​IMG]
  5. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    I got the chickens for the eggs, but somehow they snuck into my heart. I love watching their fluffy little butts as they tromp around the yard, digging for goodies. They crack me up when they run around with their heads down, topedo style. When I sit in the chair in their run they take turns jumping on my lap and hunkering down for pets, cooing at me.

    I know they aren't brilliant or obedient, they won't rescue anyone from a burning building, but I adore them. I can't believe I went for 35 years not knowing how much enjoyment the goofy birds can give their owner. I like them even more than the dogs (don't tell them), almost up there with my favorite cat. Plus the eggs are delicious! [​IMG]
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    They are a teaching tool for me to use with my kids.

    You can take a little chick and ask your child what it will become.

    Will it become a dog?

    Will it become a cat?

    Will it become a dinosaur? (Sorry... not talking about Nugget here)

    Of course not they say, they'll end up being a regal rooster or a wonderfully producing pullet.

    Then I teach them, "You are a child of a loving and caring God. He is Our Everlasting and Eternal Heavenly Father and we pray to Him everyday. That, is your potential."
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2009
  7. FractalFarmer

    FractalFarmer Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    SF Bay area CA
    Quote:This sums it up very well for me, except that I went almost 40 years not knowing! I couldn't have said it any better, but I'll add my own take anyway.

    Chickens provide all of the serenity and relaxation of bird-watching, but you can grab one and pet it like a puppy. It is a very mutualistic relationship; For a small amount of care and feed, they lay fresh eggs daily, and help nourish my family. They keep me connected to the land and help me feel a bit more self sufficient and secure in the face of a vast and anonymous global food supply chain that seems fragile for all its complexity. They help me learn, and to teach my kids how to nurture and to care for others, and about the circle of life.

    And they are funny, often hysterically so. Especially when they run full tilt with their heads down (torpedo style), trying to show the cat who's boss. Each one is unique and has their own personality, their own quirks. And they make me feel loved (or at least appreciated) when I go out with the treat bucket or dig them some worms.

    I don't know how I got by before I had chickens.
  8. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Its all been said in the other posts....I adore my girlies, I would be a lost soul without them.....
  9. jacyjones

    jacyjones Songster

    Jun 9, 2008
    Aberystwyth, Wales
    I agree with everyone - my chickens add a measure of relaxation, fun and happiness to our lives..............and they also provide the best eggs I have ever tasted. When my mum was frail and unable to eat many types of food my eggs helped to keep her going and when she reteurned to her home she missed the brilliant colour of their yolks and the fantastic taste. I was without chickens for a few months once after a fox attack and hated being without them. They are brill!!
  10. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    There is something very relaxing about them. They help to ground me. I love to sit on my deck and what how they relate to each other. Taking care of them is no chore to me I enjoy it. I love to show them off to people, my co-workers have got to get tired of hearing about them.

    Yes I do love the eggs too. My DH makes a mean omlett. [​IMG]

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