Saturday, May 03, 2008

We're Talking About Chicks, Man!

I forgot to mention that we got our chickens three weeks ago. There are twenty little peepers living in a box of straw showered by a heat lamp. Our Spring has been colder than normal. I decided to house the chick in my wife’s office, but even with daily bedding changes they room began to stink. Birds are really disgusting animals and should never live inside peoples homes. Sorry Syd, but really…they are disgusting.

They now reside in the garage. They’ve doubled in size in two weeks and are attempting to fly. I will need to build their new coop within the next two weeks. They will be flying out of their box by then. I don’t want to find chickens roosting on my truck.

For those of you keeping score we will be off to kiss our second frog since posting the article about horses two weeks ago. Updates will follow on both the horses and chickens.


Anonymous Nemo said...

chickens are cool critters. Like the old southern gent who's name is lost to the ages said, Da chicken is de best animal dere iz becuz you can eats him befo he is born and after he iz daid" (or something like that)

Sure, they shit alot and make really crummy housepets, but out in the yard they really can take care of business. They keep down the bugs, and talk about mousers, an experienced barnyard hen will be on a mouse or small rodent so fast the hapless mouse never will know what hit it....and talk about fearless, I saw a red hen go beeline streaking across the yard once-she must have seen some slight movement in the taller grass-and begin drilling a rattle snake right on top of the head. That snake was done for in short order-she was woodpecker like in her delivery-"peck-peck-peck-peck!!" and it was all over but some squirming for Mr. Snake In The Grass. Her sisters soon caught on and came over and they had a nice lunch out of that snake. Yeah, hens are some of a farm wife's best friends if the lady of the house doesnt like mice and snakes. It's a good thing chickens aren't the size of elephants because if they were you'd be reading a lot of obituaries of people who got killed by hungry chickens.

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah and it's a good thing elephants don't fly.


6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I blogged about chickens once, if yer interested it was in january 19th, 2008,
just my humble opinion

loopysandqueen saying good luck

6:40 AM  
Anonymous columbiacontrolfreak said...

The day all the poultry was big enough to go out into the coop I did the happy dance. No more bird stink, no more straw blowing into the house every time the door opened.

If you really want smell, forget the chickens, raise ducklings!!!

Mine are now 8 wks old, almost half way to laying eggs and being useful instead of just decorative.

7:37 AM  
Anonymous g said...

We have chickens and they're in the coop. One rooster and a few hens. They provide enough weekly eggs for our family. On occassion we are blessed with a few chicks who grow up and continue the egg process.

In our case, the chickens came first. I hope this clears up any misconceptions about which came first.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't they just get some DNA from a T. Rex shin bone and determine it to be the chickens great great great granddaddy?

11:29 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

The Chicken or the egg? A chicken is one eggs way of making more eggs.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Syd said...

Chickens in the house (chicks or fully grown...and I've had both inside) are disgusting.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Bpaul said...

What breed/breeds may i ask? I love hearing about folks' decisions on this front.


8:37 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Being intimately familiar with large numbers of foul fowl over the years, I have to say that the chicken's strongest 'pro-chicken' argument is that they really don't smell as bad as ducks, in my opinion. I do enjoy eating the little beasties though, hatched or unhatched:)

11:36 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I once had a summer job that involved dealing with baby chicks. Cute little critters but, geez, the smell!
That was quite an education for a city girl.

5:18 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

We have two Cornish cross and twenty Barred Rocks. We plan to off the Cornish crosses and the roosters and put them in the freezer. But now that I'm thinking of it maybe we should keep a rooster to remind all my new neighbors that they live in the country.

I always liked Barred Rocks and Reds, but Brims ran out of reds. Both are substantial multi-use breeds, good natured, non brooders, and Barred Rocks are beautiful.

I had Bantams when I first moved here and then migrated over to Barreds and Reds for a couple years.

Syd, how about those illegal alien birds?

5:41 AM  

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