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    We wanted laying hens. So we got a nice coop, got food, got fencing stuff and waited for the chickens we were adopting to come.
    We started out with 5 layers from a friend who had to give them up, then another friend offered us a rooster she wanted to get rid of.
    I decided to accept the rooster, because sooner or later I will want chicks and I figured we'd be getting him first, so our dogs could get used to having another critter around. If he gave his life for the cause, no big deal.

    So, we got the rooster, but she brought his brother cause he was getting picked on. No big deal, we have two dogs and I figure one would survive.
    I kept them in the coop so they would feel like it was home. We went to move them to the fence and one excaped....with the dogs in hot pursuit. (I wasn't aware they were out - dang grandson). So, while the kids were looking for the escapee and trying to call the dogs back, I got the other one out and put him in the fenced area. (we're waiting for hubby to come home to make everything tight, but since they had been in there for three days, I figured they'd enjoy a day out.
    I have a 6' high fence for them and plan to put a chicken wire fence over that so the hawks can't get them. However, I figured if I watched, they'd be ok for today. DUH! The remaining rooster decided to go find his brother and flew out of the pen. (note to self: don't assume anything with chickens)
    So, now I have two roosters crowing in the woods. One did venture down to the coop and check out his new territory, so unless some critter gets them, I'm sure they will be fine. Good thing the girls aren't coming until Saturday, hopefully we'll get the bugs out by then.
    I've only had broilers before, so this will be a learning experience for us.:p

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    LOL Please keep us posted on the "the great escape"! I would love to have seen that bird saling over that fence. Steve McQueen would have been proud I'm sure.




    I gotta get some chickens some day, but the wife won't even entertain the thought..... yet:D
    I'll keep working it.
    The 12ga.... It's not just for rabbits anymore.

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    • #3
      Maybe he saw the bear that climbs your trees.

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      • #4
        Herbalpagen, How are the chickens doing? And the chicken caretakers? : )

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        • #5
          All is well in cluck-land. The girls, even though starting to molt, are giving us about 6 eggs a week. Everyone seems to be happy, especially one honry little rooster, much to the annoyance of the not so horny hens.:D

          The pen is in good shape and looks sound, despite havng a heck of a time leveling it. The dogs still make occasional mad dashes at the pen, but I think it's just to hear the "girls" react.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the update HP! Glad things are working well.

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            • #7
              I too have a few chickens and as you experienced, I too have had an escapee that made me look like a fool running after to catch before my dog had lunch without me. I gave 2 of my roosters to a woman on the other side of town who wanted them for her free-range flock and now I'm just waiting for my hens to start paying their rent with eggs. I read that hens, or at least the Chantecler breed that I have, generally start laying after 5 months of age and it's been 7 months since they hatched so I'm just waiting.
              Being unprepared is giving up!

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              • #8
                Um, maybe you have to go out and sing to them in the mornings, pioneer. I hear music makes the birdies happy and relaxed.
                What part of "shall not be infringed" do you NOT understand?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by knightmare View Post
                  Um, maybe you have to go out and sing to them in the mornings, pioneer. I hear music makes the birdies happy and relaxed.
                  Too Funny knightmare! I ain't singing to a chicken! So far, I learned my lesson about letting the chickens out to free range. Granted, they will return at night but with me only having 6 hens and a rooster, the loss of even one right now could be devastating. ;)
                  Being unprepared is giving up!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by herbalpagan View Post
                    All is well in cluck-land. The girls, even though starting to molt, are giving us about 6 eggs a week. Everyone seems to be happy, especially one honry little rooster, much to the annoyance of the not so horny hens.:D

                    The pen is in good shape and looks sound, despite havng a heck of a time leveling it. The dogs still make occasional mad dashes at the pen, but I think it's just to hear the "girls" react.
                    I've been married to for hens.....sounds perfectly normal to me:rolleyes:
                    The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -- Thomas Jefferson

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