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    loftyboy
    Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
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    • 21st Sep 04, 9:29 PM
    Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..! 21st Sep 04 at 9:29 PM
    Apart from giving me all the eggs I can eat, and most of my neighbours..... My 9 girls......6 Blackrocks, 2 Rhode Island Reds and 1 Buff Orpington are good for the soul..... They are no real effort, and just about break even with the feed I buy. If you haven't tasted a creamy, orange yoked, firm white eggs.......... you have'nt lived.......


    ...................ok ok...... its going a bit too far, but they recycle almost all my waste food (and others too), and produce lovely food....... Give them a go.........

    I havent eaten any......not because I'm too squimish......but I prefer to let them retire..... Like me....!!!




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  • trafalgar
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    • 21st Sep 04, 9:31 PM
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
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    • 21st Sep 04, 9:31 PM
    I ain't got no space to keep chickens .............or I would love to
  • wirm
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    • 21st Sep 04, 10:34 PM
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
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    • 21st Sep 04, 10:34 PM
    lol! Yup chickens are handy! Although they do leave a mess!
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 22nd Sep 04, 2:23 AM
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    Caterina
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    • 22nd Sep 04, 2:23 AM
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
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    • 22nd Sep 04, 2:23 AM
    If anyone wants to keep chickens in a small garden in an urban situation, check:

    www.omlet.co.uk

    Expensive but lovely - we are thinking of getting a couple of hens, as pets as much as for eggs!

    Caterina
  • cathy
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    • 22nd Sep 04, 2:26 AM
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
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    • 22nd Sep 04, 2:26 AM
    I was all for it, till I found out that they stop laying after about 3-4 years then you have to kill them

    arrrrrgh

    no way

    lol
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    • 22nd Sep 04, 2:29 AM
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    My mum and dad have kept chickens for years and I hate it in winter when they stop laying. I buy free range, organic but they're never as good.

    Apart from the taste they're a fab colour. Scrambled eggs and omelettes are yellow instead of 'magnolia' and my cakes and yorkshire puds seem to rise better.

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    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 22nd Sep 04, 12:45 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 04, 12:45 PM
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
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    • 22nd Sep 04, 12:45 PM
    can i swap the kids for chickens?? they prob make less mess.
  • cathy
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    • 22nd Sep 04, 9:00 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 04, 9:00 PM
    kids for chickens!! I think thats a disgraceful thing to even consider,

    especially when you could get 3 superman comics and a yo yo for ONE kid

    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 22nd Sep 04, 9:06 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 04, 9:06 PM
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
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    • 22nd Sep 04, 9:06 PM
    yeah but you can't boil superman comics or a yo yo, and dip thick white bread in it.
  • bugs
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
    I was all for it, till I found out that they stop laying after about 3-4 years then you have to kill them
    No you don't! As Loftyboy says, they could just as easily have a graceful retirement. Also, old breeds can continue laying, albeit at a greatly reduced rate, for years, and on top of that they do help if you have a garden, by eating bugs, scraps of fruit and veg, and producing, er...compost accelerator. And again to quote Loftyboy - they're good for the soul, just to have them wandering about and chatting to you in the garden.

    Then of course you'll be spending more time in the garden so you may as well grow some more stuff, and you'll be getting out in the healthy fresh air, saving money on buying produce and stress relief activities and excercise which is all very money saving indeed.

    www.omlet.co.uk

    Expensive but lovely - we are thinking of getting a couple of hens, as pets as much as for eggs!
    Ooh do get them but don't get one of these! They're so plastic and ugly. And horrifyingly expensive. You could convert a small shed/tool store, with a perch, nest box and airholes and pop-hole. Line with newspaper and then sawdust or straw, make sure the roof doesn't leak. It'd come in at half the price of an eglu...you could paint it to match anything else in your garden or to blend in...you can repair it yourself...

    The problems, or challenges if you prefer, with keeping chickens are foxes, cats, and rats, which the girls must be well protected from, constant fresh clean water, shelter from inclement and overly clement weather, daily fresh food, and getting someone with it to look after them when you go on holiday.

    It takes us about 15 minutes a day in total to do the necessaries of cleaning, feeding and watering, but in fact we spend hours each day because it's so nice to be in the garden with them wandering about.

    Chickens are the way forward...I could get quite religious about that. I could make space for a duck deity too...
  • archived user
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
    Dont they stink? Do they do their mess everywheree?
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 23rd Sep 04, 4:03 PM
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    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
    mmm, that'd be my concern.
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 23rd Sep 04, 5:11 PM
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    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!

    The problems, or challenges if you prefer, with keeping chickens are foxes, cats, and rats
    Oh well that does it then, we just got two kittens that are already promising to become really big cats! I thought that cats and hens go along ok, indifferent to each others really (except if you have small chicks!).

    Foxes are a big problem here in SE London, very hungry scavengers. I know a few people who had their pet rabbits or ducks killed by foxes in the daytime.

    Goodbye dream of chickens then....

    Caterina
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 23rd Sep 04, 5:27 PM
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    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
    I have several friends that have lost chicks to foxes.
    Loftyboy, did you know Buff Orpington was the Queen Mum's favourite type of chicken? Whether that was to eat or keep. I know not!
  • Yoga Girl
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
    I would love to keep chickens but not sure I've got the right enviroment - small garden, 2 dogs (untrained), 2 toddlers (untrained!) and 3 cats (definately untrained!)

    Could be an interesting combination!
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 24th Sep 04, 10:39 AM
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    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
    mmm, maybe they'd film it like big brother!!
  • bugs
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
    Dont they stink?
    Not if you spend five minutes a day picking up the bits they leave behind, put them in the compost heap, which rots down much more quickly to boot.

    And somehow they keep their little fluffy bloomers (that's what it looks like to us!) perfectly clean unless they're ill.

    Our chickens mainly smell of sawdust, straw, and herbs when the damn creatures escape in to the garden beds.

    When their feathers get wet - cos chickens aren't the brightest of creatures, unless they're thinking up new ways to get to food, and one of ours is particularly prone to staring threateningly at the sky when it rains, instead of heading for cover - anyway when they get wet there is a certain wet dog smell due, I think, to the oils which protect them. But I wouldn't call it a stink cos it's not that strong or that bad.

    Do they do their mess everywheree?
    They can't be house trained and they're very unselfconscious so yes, they'll do it where they stand. But it doesn't smell so bad as say, a dog, which lots of people have, and it's easy to clear up. And you can compost it, unlike dog mess. And if you have a garden and a diary large enough for chickens then you have a garden and a diary large enough for a compost heap!
  • bugs
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!

    ...I thought that cats and hens go along ok, indifferent to each others really (except if you have small chicks!)...

    ...I know a few people who had their pet rabbits or ducks killed by foxes in the daytime...

    Goodbye dream of chickens then....
    Not necessarily. Re cats, we don't have a cat so ours aren't used to them. If you bring them up together as you say they're pretty compatible though of course you'd want to be careful. If you don't have a cat you will probably find that the chickens make a big fuss when one comes near, and that can be dangerous in that they might try to fly away or damage themselves in a panic.

    Foxes can be kept out but you must bear in mind their persistence and the "it only takes one chance" thing. We have foxes coming through our garden constantly. Touch wood etc but our homemade ark has worked so far: at night they are shut in to a wooden section where the nest box is. During the day their run is totally covered in that 1cm mesh - like bird cages rather than typical chicken wire. The floor is covered with the same wire, so in the event that something tried to dig in, or it was blown over, they still stand a chance.

    The same protection will mean that they can't do too much silly stuff if a cat comes to have a look, and the flapping will put the cat off a thorough investigation.

    Defend against rats by not leaving food out overnight, keeping them clean, and either moving the house regularly if it's "ark" style, or just checking regularly for signs of digging or nibbling if it's permanent.

    I love having chickens! I'm quite an evangelist about it all. They're not as much effort as some of the things people get for pets and you'll be giving them a far better life than the battery ones who make for most of this country's egg production.

  • chicklet
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
    Ooohh. I would so love to keep chickens... fresh eggs, fluffy hens....the kids knowing that eggs come out of chickens' bums..

    I keep trying to persuade the other half to go along with my plan but with three cats, two (escapee) rabbits and two children already, he's not highly impressed with the idea. :

    Hum ho. Mind you, I have just emailed him that link for the omlet website, just to keep up the pressure..
  • halloweenqueen
    Re: Hey.... Lets keep Chickens..!
    Lucky me! I have two friends with free range chickens, so I get eggs and no mess - woo hoo. I do save egg boxes if I get any to give to them, scraps of food for the hens and we also get firewood for one of the friends as she uses an open fire and we can get an endless supply of wood offcuts that would just be binned otherwise.
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