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Chicken Keepers? (10 replies)
I'm looking to connect with other fellow backyard chicken keepers! I've been keeping a small flock of laying hens since 2010. I've had a wide variety of breeds during that time, but my all time favorite breed is the Delaware, which is currently listed on the Livestock Conservancy's list of threatened breeds. Some of my other favorites are the Black Australorp, the Buff Orpington, the Barred Plymouth Rock, the Speckled Sussex and the Rhode Island Red, to name a few. Chickens make GREAT pets and give you backyard farm fresh eggs to boot! So, come join me and let's talk chicken...cluck, cluck!
I am so happy to have another "chicken lady" on board. My husband and I just got into raising chickens. and, boy, is it fun! (And hilarious). We started with 5, but unfortunately 3 of them met an early death. Right now we have 2 roosters and plan to get more chickens. My husband has done this before, but it is rather new to me. "Dog" and "Roo Roo" are adorable in their antics, acting much like canines. We would like to stick with one breed (Black Jersey Giants) but they are kind of hard to find already hatched out. Wish me luck .., I need a hen!
It is such fun!!!! I've never had a Jersey Giant. I've always gotten my day old chicks from Meyer Hatchery and I know they have Black Jersey Giants. You can order straight run, only females or only males. Have always had great egg-speriences with them and customer service reps are great!! Google Meyer Hatchery (Ohio) and you should find plenty of hens. Don't know if you're looking for chicks or point of lay; Meyer unfortunately doesn't sell point of lay Black Jersey Giants. Keep me posted on your chicken keeping adventures!
I think you should join us on this wacky yet wonderful chicken keeping adventure...it too can be a roller coaster of fun!!! Chickens are busy little feathery bees, flapping up to their roost and flapping down to the ground, up and down, up and down, very much like a roller coaster...Ha Ha!! Seriously though, a small backyard chicken flock is great fun!!!
Your chickens look quite happy and healthy:)
Wow, going from 4 to 13 is quite a jump, but I understand. I started with 6 and doubled that the next year. I also rescued a hen from a small farm in NJ. She thrived here for a while, but did eventually die -- I don't think she had a very healthy beginning. Chickens are truly amazing creatures and I'm continually amazed at their intelligence and ability to learn. Has your son ever tried teaching his chickens to do tricks? I've read a lot about it, but have yet to try it, although my hens all have names and do respond when I address them or call them...most of the time that is. I have the occassional happy-go-clucky wanderer who seems to have selective hearing when it's time to return to the coop. Ha Ha !
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