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07-03-2017, 02:09 PM
RE: Does anyone keep chickens?
Thanks for the feedback, everyone!

We are going with Buff Orphingtons and will be getting them (and an A-frame coop) in a few weeks! Smile

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07-03-2017, 02:30 PM
RE: Does anyone keep chickens?
We expect photo!

My daughter's best friend has a family farm with a few sheep and chickens and she brought some fresh eggs from her friends farm. The yokes are a dark yellow, almost red. They are very tasty. Yum.

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07-03-2017, 02:36 PM
RE: Does anyone keep chickens?
I am excited about the eggs! My daughter is excited about new pets Smile

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07-03-2017, 02:50 PM
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07-03-2017, 02:54 PM
RE: Does anyone keep chickens?
(07-03-2017 02:36 PM)ShadowProject Wrote:  I am excited about the eggs! My daughter is excited about new pets Smile

Do you have a dog? When I was a kid we had some chickens. We lived out in the woods near Lake Tahoe and we had a black labrador who was very loving but a real old fashioned country dog. He got hungry one day and ate a few of our chickens.

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07-03-2017, 03:21 PM
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(07-03-2017 02:54 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  He got hungry one day and ate a few of our chickens.

Really? When I was a wee lass, we had free-range chickens (locked into a chicken coop at night) and an assortment of rescued dogs. New dogs learned very quickly that all people and livestock were part of their pack, and it was their job to protect them. We had a few incidents with new dogs, but nothing that a "NO! Bad dog!" and a shaking finger wouldn't correct. The older dogs usually kept the younger ones in line.

Our "lead dog" for many years was a sweet old pit bull (when Pitties were considered the perfect family dog!) who watched out for the chickens during the day. One day he was ambling across the yard when a shadow - hawk, eagle, raven - who knows - crossed the yard going slow. All of the chickens in the area headed straight for the dog, trying to hide under him. His pained-but-patient look was hysterically funny as about 20 chickens tried to get their heads under him.

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07-03-2017, 03:58 PM
RE: Does anyone keep chickens?
We do - we have a rescue black lab/border collie.
To be honest, it has definitely given me pause...and she is why we can't get a bunny. I am so scared of her giving it a heart attack.

I am hopeful though!

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07-03-2017, 04:26 PM
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(07-03-2017 03:21 PM)Rockblossom Wrote:  
(07-03-2017 02:54 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  He got hungry one day and ate a few of our chickens.

Really? When I was a wee lass, we had free-range chickens (locked into a chicken coop at night) and an assortment of rescued dogs. New dogs learned very quickly that all people and livestock were part of their pack, and it was their job to protect them. We had a few incidents with new dogs, but nothing that a "NO! Bad dog!" and a shaking finger wouldn't correct. The older dogs usually kept the younger ones in line.

Our "lead dog" for many years was a sweet old pit bull (when Pitties were considered the perfect family dog!) who watched out for the chickens during the day. One day he was ambling across the yard when a shadow - hawk, eagle, raven - who knows - crossed the yard going slow. All of the chickens in the area headed straight for the dog, trying to hide under him. His pained-but-patient look was hysterically funny as about 20 chickens tried to get their heads under him.

Our lab was a crazy dog. His name was Sam. One day my brother saw him chasing a mountain lion.....a full grown mountain lion! The loin was running full tilt and our dog was right behind him bounding over rocks and through the thick woods. Sam used to chase down deer all by himself. I don't know how he did it by himself, but he did. We finally got a call from the game warden. Sam apparently didn't have a hunting licence. Who knew? Tongue

So chickens were nothing. That was just an afternoon snack. We were deep in the woods, up in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It was total wilderness. He finally ate the rest of the chickens one day but they were going to be hard to keep alive anyway. We'd usually get 7 to 8 feet of snow. Keeping chickens just wasn't very practical in that area.

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07-03-2017, 05:11 PM
RE: Does anyone keep chickens?
(07-03-2017 02:54 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  
(07-03-2017 02:36 PM)ShadowProject Wrote:  I am excited about the eggs! My daughter is excited about new pets Smile

Do you have a dog? When I was a kid we had some chickens. We lived out in the woods near Lake Tahoe and we had a black labrador who was very loving but a real old fashioned country dog. He got hungry one day and ate a few of our chickens.

I lived in Tahoe City for a while and am wondering how you kept them during the winter. Tahoe City had an average of 28 feet of snow during the winter and it was rather cold, to cold for chickens I think.

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07-03-2017, 05:16 PM
RE: Does anyone keep chickens?
You can get a small heater and buckets that keep water from freezing. Thankfully, I don't have to think about that quite yet.

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