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I am not against raising birds, obviously, but i am against idiots having animals and being able to just go get animals whenever they get a notion. Chickens just as dogs, cats, goldfish and cows are all Gods creatures and we have domesticated them, this entitles them to fair humane treatment from us. Selling them off to every moron who woke up and decided today is the day is just as irresponsible as the morons who buy them. I put the industry at fault as much as the consumer. If you are going to have them available as impulse purchases, there needs to be an education program to go along with it, and a realistic one too. 

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Lol. The wife has chickens, I think there are almost 30 right now.   She enjoys it so I don’t care.  When I build the shop we added a small room off the back that’s heated. Her Coop.  She goes out there and farts around and comes back happy.

 

worth it to me.

 

I am guessing she will pick up some flocks/chickens that people want out of next fall when they find out how much work they are in the winter

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14 minutes ago, cjf711 said:

hey man, your chicken looks rather duckish this morning!

Lol, yeah, chickens don’t do do much for me, these 2 are in sick bay, as it is warm, she started laying again, the 8 freeloaders outside, not since Halloween. 

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I prefer ducks over chickens, also.  Having chickens doesn't save money but it's food that's raised on my farm.  My neighbors can buy from me or we even barter sometimes.  Just traded some eggs for venison the other day.

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8 minutes ago, IHandJDman said:

I prefer ducks over chickens, also.  Having chickens doesn't save money but it's food that's raised on my farm.  My neighbors can buy from me or we even barter sometimes.  Just traded some eggs for venison the other day.

It is a fine hobby, it is not economical, mostly its the treatment of animals i am fired up about.

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I grew up having chickens and ducks, a few geese, and a pair of turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They were just always around, it seems. One of my first chores as a boy was gathering eggs and feeding and watering the all birds. Mom always killed a pullet for Sunday dinner, and we always had fresh eggs. I remember selling the excess for $1.00 a dozen, and people were scandalized when we started asking $1.25; of course that was years ago. One thing I do remember, we never regarded any of them as pets. "Never name anything you might have to eat", pawpaw always said. 

These days, we have about 30 hens; they lay about a dozen eggs a day in the winter time and about two dozen a day in the warm months. My wife loves them, most of them have names and they all get "treats" every time she goes outside. She also understands that they get sick and die, that predators will get them, and that I like fresh chicken in my dumplings. Up until two weeks ago, she had a rooster that she'd raised from a chick. He was her friend if ever a chicken could be; he followed her around outside, "talked" to her, sat in her lap, and came inside each morning and evening for a snack and some cuddles. Until one evening we came home from work, and he didn't come up. A hawk killed him, and I'll admit even my hard heart softened a little to see her so upset. But that's the way of owning farm animals; we get attached to them but in the end, they're not pets and we all have to accept that. I guess that's a long way of saying I agree with you, people are stupid, and most shouldn't be able to own animals of any kind!

Mac

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16 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

S.S.S. 

Way ahead of ya brother. At least he had a son that is the spittin' image of him, and while not nearly as tame he is gentle enough she has taken to hand feeding him each evening. So at the very least his line will live on. 

Mac

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As the second son in a large poor family, In coastal South Carolina  I always had 6 or 8 chickens. We lived out in the country, in a house with an open well for water and an outhouse.

I always grew bantams, for eggs and meat.  Never had any fences and they roosted in the sweet gums in the fence row surrounding our rented house.  Screech owls were probably the worst problem. Our family dog would keep the grounds free of predators,

The bantams rarely got extra food, they fended for themselves, bred like rabbits  and ate whatever we had left over after feeding a family of 8.

We  mostly found their nests during laying season and a bantam dinner was a .22 round away. 

Those bantams literally cost almost nothing to raise, many a meal was produced totally,  subsistence living. 

Never sold a single egg, but ate lot's of them.

They were never treated as pets.

I tried hogs but the bantams were far the easiest to raise as a food source.

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7 minutes ago, oleman said:

We lived out in the country, in a house with an open well for water and an outhouse.

Hopefully nobody ever got drunk and mixed those 2 up. 

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1 minute ago, vtfireman85 said:

Hopefully nobody ever got drunk and mixed those 2 up. 

Naw, the well had a bucket with a chain and the outhouse had a door and a two hole seat to sit on. Often  wondered what I would find in the bottom of the well. Looking back, I never recall having a bantam in the well incident. 

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6 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

Good thinking, you can encourage each other! 

In 1963 I was going to  USN Electronics Training  at Naval Schools Command at  the  Navy Training Center in Waukegan Ill, The barracks we had  was an old WW2 era building.  The head, toilet area as a large room filled with  camodes with no partitions or privacy at all.  Just walk in grab a seat and take a break.  That took a while to get accustomed too. 

  Old ships did not have toilets as we think of today but troughs that slanted toward one side with salt water flowing in the trough. if the drain got stopped up the guy on the low side would  suffer, smart sailors all got on the highside. There was no flushing, the material to get rid of  was  just went down hill and into the drain.  The drain dumped out  the side to feed the ocean.

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16 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

It is a fine hobby, it is not economical, mostly its the treatment of animals i am fired up about.

""Is it true that roosters don't lay eggs ???""

...a question asked of me by some inked female with bits of wire in her face incuding the nose  etc   (You blokes may remember my story of the ''hippy '' type couple who refused to pay me for  Excavator   work...thus so incensed   I asked the female   ...with the ring in her nose.....""Does that ring stop you rooting  ??""...same dumb broad

....I answered her question by   explaining  the ''roosters only lay the hens ''...I guess you had to be there ,,but it was mind boggling stuff...The exchange took place prior to the ''payment"' discussion...

Mike

NZ / Aust  Glossary of Terms

''Rooting ''

The act of exchanging body fluids with some homo sapien of the opposite sex 

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3 hours ago, Tractordanp said:

Yesterday while on the phone with you coming through Brandon there was a small used car dealer and there was a sign outside a dozen eggs with every purchase of a car 🤣

Probably have their own, i wont let people leave in the summer without a dozen, i get 4-5 doz a week at the height of it. 

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5 hours ago, mike newman said:

 I asked the female   ...with the ring in her nose.....""Does that ring stop you rooting  ??"

There are many of that type around here, Mike. And to be honest, it's been all I could do at times to not ask them the same question! Of course, Mrs. Mac would likely knock me into next week if I had done. Thanks for the laugh this morning!

Mac

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37 minutes ago, MacAR said:

I asked the female   ...with the ring in her nose....."

When I see them nose rings I feel as if I need to go and get the lead rope out and lead them around.

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we let our crew have the winter off and don' use lights to encourage laying

with the bread delivery every week it helps in the feed bill

warm porage for breakfast helps them too [bread in warm water[

Mike

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Went to home depot the other day looking for the stick-on (basically sandpaper) stair anti-slip covers. Both female employees had lifting devices in their noses. One of them appeared to know about hardware and lead me to the correct rack for selecting what I required. I thanked her for the help and went to the check-out thinking "why in the world did a competent young woman  think that somehow she was enhanced by a ring in her nose". BUT not my relative and not my responsibility.

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17 minutes ago, Mike H said:

we let our crew have the winter off and don' use lights to encourage laying

with the bread delivery every week it helps in the feed bill

warm porage for breakfast helps them too [bread in warm water[

Mike

They like that for sure, mine get warm oatmeal, fresh hay today too 

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