backyard chickens, anyone?
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We've always found keeping chickens to be relatively problem free, if you don't get too upset when a few just die for no apparent reason or one starts pecking the rest to death, again for no apparent reason. And if you want laying hens, do your best to make sure a rooster doesn't come with the flock (this usually only happens by accident, though). Roosters will most likely drive you batty (I hate roosters unless they're little bantys) and they'll dampen your good experience with the hens.

Do you have a dog, though, is the big question. What we've found is that if you have a dog, who is safe with the birds of course, that predators really aren't as much of a problem. My theory is that if your four-legged friend is running all around the yard at least a couple times a day, spreading his/her scent, the raccoons (I could be wrong but I think this guy is chicken enemy #1, at least at our house) and other predators seem to stay away. Also, don't stress about the birds and overdo. While really helpful and necessary, the books and the Internet will make you crazy. Chickens do really well if you just follow a few good rules about food and water, and also temperature when they're chicks, otherwise let them roam and enjoy. And for us anyway, they stay right within sight of their coop, no need to worry about them wandering off if you don't keep them fenced in all the time, or maybe we just got lucky. Oh, man, now I miss our chickens! (We moved and now live in the dreaded sub-division, where they frown upon these things)

Edited to add: we found the best breeds were either Barred Rocks or Rhode Island Reds. Both lay brown eggs. Oh and have fun!
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backyard chickens, anyone? - by SouthernCross - 06-02-2009, 02:48 AM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Historian - 06-02-2009, 03:23 AM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Historian - 06-02-2009, 04:12 AM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Historian - 06-02-2009, 04:19 AM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Fontevrault - 06-02-2009, 05:28 AM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Historian - 06-02-2009, 08:51 AM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Satori - 06-02-2009, 08:54 AM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Historian - 06-02-2009, 08:57 AM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Mhoram - 06-02-2009, 09:03 AM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by ResiduumRevertetur - 06-02-2009, 09:04 AM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Paloma - 06-02-2009, 12:33 PM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Tobias - 06-02-2009, 01:28 PM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by libby - 06-02-2009, 02:49 PM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Paloma - 06-02-2009, 07:04 PM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by mom - 06-02-2009, 10:07 PM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by SouthernCross - 06-03-2009, 09:54 AM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Mhoram - 06-03-2009, 10:27 AM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Historian - 06-03-2009, 12:30 PM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Mhoram - 06-03-2009, 12:36 PM
Re: backyard chickens, anyone? - by Sebastianus - 06-04-2009, 10:11 PM



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