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Anyone Have Chickens?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by 88_gurgel, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. 88_gurgel

    88_gurgel

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    My mom got 18 chickens as a gift. One disappeared shortly after she got them but still has 17. She gets slightly more than a dozen eggs a day and people are always hounding her for fresh eggs. Well today she found a hen hiding behind something in their coop and she was sitting on somewhere between 17-20 eggs she figured. She thinks she could sell 15 dozen eggs a day pretty regularly. I think it sounds like a lot of work.

    So anyone keep any chickens?
     
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    We have seven chickens and we get around five eggs/day. The kids take turns cleaning out the coop every weekend. I rigged up an automatic waterer and feeder, so the only work they require during the week is checking for eggs twice a day.
     

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    You get an egg a day per bird on average.

    18 chickens = 180 eggs per day?

    You are going to need a lot more birds, not worth it.
     
  4. 88_gurgel

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    She said the could sell 15 dozen a day IF she had the chickens. I should have explained better.

    I think she has 4 roosters in there too.
     
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    Sometimes I forget stuff.
     
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    A one year old hen should produce about an egg a day. In her second year the production will drop a bit. By the time she is three she is meat.
    Don't give them names. :supergrin:
     
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    These chickens are all shy around people. I see some photos of people handling them and they look relaxed. I think you must have to socialize them young and often.
     
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    Some just dont socialize no matter how much you handle them.

    Decide whether its a pet or a source of food up front.
     
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    Glock-it-to-me Catching liars

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    What are you planning on doing with those chickens?

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    They were always destined to be food. The eggs are quite tasty. I can't wait to stick a beer can up a chickens *** and throw it on the grill. I also would like to save the feathers for tying flies.
     
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    We have around 13 or so chickens, they lay too many eggs for us to eat.
    So we're going to kill one or two sooner or later and then we'll eat it.:supergrin:
     
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    My parents have had chickens for about 10 years now. They only keep around 5-8 depending on how long they live.
     
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    Is it possible to own one hen, or will it get lonely? I live in the city so I wonder if chicken ownership is legal?
     
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    http://www.backyardchickens.com/

    I would think you could get away with it IF you only have hens. No way would your neighbors want to be neighbors if you had roosters.


    You could get a tractor coop and keep a few. You might have to check local covenants, hoas, city codes and such but I wouldn't think it would be too bad.


    two would be better. At least you could eat a 2 egg breakfast every day.
     
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    They are social birds. I expect that one would not do well on its own.

    Call your city and ask them.
     
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    I have 17 hens and one roo. 8 hens and the roo are Buff Orpingtons plus I have 7 Rhode Island Reds and 2 Russian Orloffs. I average 13 eggs a day. I barely get to keep enough for my family to eat because people love my farm fresh eggs. I get $3/doz. I'll be adding probably 4 - 6 more hens this year.
     
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    I think my mother has mostly bantams. There is one leghorn I think.

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  20. That's all Brother

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    My aunt and Uncle raised yardbirds when we where young. I have not since then. One of my wifes co-workers raises chickens, goats. Grows all kinds of fruit & nuts. and has honey bees. I don't know how she does it all. + she makes quilts for sale. and a full time teaching job. I sure do enjoy the 2 dozen fresh eggs we get every week. She had a hawk get a lot of her last batch. The new ones are finally laying small eggs, but they are getting bigger. The last time we went to see her, the young ones were walking around out of the hen house when one dropped an egg, the hen turned around and looked at it like "did that just come out of me?":faint:. it was the funniest thing I ever saw. I would have some hens, but we live in the city limits.