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I Raise Chickens

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    Love For Pure Breeds

    I've been raising chickens for around ten years now. Up until now only using broody bantam hens, but this year I bought an incubator and brooder. I have two dozen lavender Araucana eggs in it hatching at the moment. I have owned a range of crossbreeds and pure breeds over the...
    Handed Handed 41-45, F Sep 5, 2012

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    Relentless Predator

    Our modest chicken population keeps taking hits from a dedicated foe that visits every night. Every now and then, it gets lucky and gets into the hen house before we shut the door to the hen house, which is really a barn area usually reserved for a fancy sports car...now covered...
    RLB2 RLB2 41-45, M 2 Responses May 14, 2013

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    I Hate Racoons

    We were just living in the city so we only had three (we have had more before we lived in the city) and now we moved into more of the country (not really the country though) and we hadn't gotten our chickens from the old house. Today we came to our old house to get some stuff and...
    404error 404error 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 13, 2012

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    My Girls

    So, I decided this spring to get some hens. Who wouldn't want fresh eggs in their backyard with relatively no effort? So I began building a 10'x10' pen just inside the wood line of my backyard. My initial plan included building an adjoining coop for the birds but I think have...
    next30years next30years 36-40, M 4 Responses Jun 29, 2013

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    Love Those Fresh Eggs and the Reliable Alarm Clock.

     I'm not sure how long I've raised chickens.  I was trying to figure this out a couple of days ago when my oldest rooster died.  I was planning on hatching out a batch of eggs this spring, but waiting for warmer weather, but this tragic event sped things up.  ...
    gdrtx gdrtx 36-40, M 2 Responses Feb 13, 2009

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    Eggstra Fun!

    I just love our chickens, and fresh eggs are the best! We have six Speckled Sussex, five hens and a rooster. We've had the hens for a year, but we just got the little rooster yesterday. He's only eight weeks old and too little for our hens, but he'll grow. He...
    Pidgie Pidgie 46-50, F 1 Response Jul 7, 2009

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    Green Eggs and Ham

    I never raised the ham (oink, oink) but I used to raise Americauna chickens. Their eggs are in lovely colors ranging form olive green to turquoise blue. They were so lovely. I enjoyed my chickens a lot. I wish I had room for chickens now. Hello to all you chicken raisers out...
    bleedingheartconservative bleedingheartconservative 51-55, F 4 Responses Jun 26, 2008

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    BlueTortoise BlueTortoise 61-65, F 1 Response Jun 9

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    HEN

    i have a chicken that is a female. she has spurs like a rooster. is that normal?? should i cut them or file them or something?? she doesn't fight or anything. definately female because she lays eggs.
    jaylo1125 jaylo1125 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 17, 2009

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    Roosters

    What does it mean when my rooster makes a humming almost high pitched purring noise??
    jaylo1125 jaylo1125 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 15, 2009

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    4 Birds In the Backyard, & 31 Eggs In the Incubator!

    I love raising chickens!  They are my favorite pet by far!  I love how they follow me around and eat treats from my hand.  And they make the silliest sounds.  Best of all, they keep the squirrels away!  I can't wait to see what they think of the snow this...
    sugnim sugnim 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 23, 2008

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    Barnyard Buddies

    I miss having chickens roaming my yard. I used to have a flock of approx. 20 chickens & 4 geese at my place in Washington.  I'd let them out to forage in the morning & secure them in their coop at night. There's something calming about having chickens roaming...
    zillaron zillaron 51-55, M 4 Responses Jul 13, 2009

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    I know it was stupid given my situation but I had real hope that today would be a good day, for most part I guess you would say it was. However things feel apart very quickly. I...
    Lightandshadows Lightandshadows 31-35, M Aug 9

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    I can raise one eyebrow high. I been told when I'm pissed or upset at something I raise my left eyebrow highest I go raise for a long time.
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F Jul 29

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    I can raise my right eyebrow. It's kind of fun because it emphasizes my "Dude. Really?" Face. However, I can't raise my left by itself.
    ZydecoVivo ZydecoVivo 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    Happy day! I received more than double my annually contracted raise today! I was also told that they want to promote me! We have to establish a few goals to accomplish so corporate...
    scorpionflower1 scorpionflower1 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 24

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    I hate my mother to hell! She raised a ****** up family! She got pregnant at 17 and now shes 42 but her mental age is still 17. Goddamit! I fuckking hate her. Growing up, i was...
    Shehshen Shehshen 22-25, F Aug 2

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    I was raised my 2 older brothers who are 25 and 30. They are really over protective and they dont believe in corporal punishment and dont believe in hitting me. A few years ago I...
    17kabarb 17kabarb 13-15, F Aug 10

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    "happy" (not so 'happy' is the missing word)I really do love shaved chicken sandwiches but it's hard to find a shaved chicken.
    staleywise staleywise 56-60, F 1 Response Aug 7

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    Who smokes around a chicken anyway??!
    foreverby foreverby 16-17, F 4 days ago

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    As was everyone else on this planet....
    AuntieShani AuntieShani 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 27

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    It was hard yet fun the kids were cool the food MMMMMM!!! Then we moved to kkkouisiana the kkk are dicks thats why i live in a nice cabin with my friends if you hate it suck my...
    CrazyUnStableGuy666 CrazyUnStableGuy666 22-25, M Jul 29

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    100% I Do ! I understand women may need a career to help support their family or to just feel important in life.A woman that is a stay at home mother is in my eyes the best mother...
    bignatbreastluver bignatbreastluver 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 29

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    I think about this a lot, I don't really know if its good or bad, but I guess it's good motivation. I believe I set my goals/hopes/dreams/aspirations too high to actually ever...
    Pmiller3 Pmiller3 26-30, M Jul 29

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    I want to find people who have the will to do good. People who can fight or are willing to learn how to fight. And I want to meet all of these people and do something inspiring...
    CheeseBomb500 CheeseBomb500 13-15, M Jul 31

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    Haha not like this is the coolest thing ever, but I do know people that can't so therefore it's pretty impressive!
    tsg96 tsg96 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 31

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    given, it wasn't a model home. In fact, it probably reinforces a lot of the opposite-gendered parenting arguments against the lifestyle. But I love my mom and even though her lover...
    GiulianaxRossi GiulianaxRossi 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 3

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    aprilshowers1985 aprilshowers1985 26-30, F Aug 4

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    Everyone is affected by the lifestyle they grew up in their environment.
    FunnyandNerdy FunnyandNerdy 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 8

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    So affected that when people say "Dumb" or "Stupid" it gets me angry and I cry about it later. I grew up in so much negativity that jokes are sometimes hard to accept.
    AcousticLover AcousticLover 16-17, F Aug 8

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    Is it just me or do you like one of your eye brows more than the other?
    Living2Heights Living2Heights 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 9

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    It's a Revolution I suppose
    IndigoBlue95 IndigoBlue95 18-21, M Aug 9

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    my pay sucks sooooooooo bad
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    Although it's styled as a children's book it speaks to both children and adult in different ways. From Le Petit Prince: --------------------- It was then that the fox appeared...
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    I must be really bored if I'm going to do this. 1. I am 25. 2. I have two children. 3. My niece was born on my birthday. 4. I love English. 5. I HATE math. 6. I was a cheerleader...
    lp1989 lp1989 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 25

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    I would like to visit Brazil, St. Thomas, Hawaii, and a couple countries in Southern Asia. The only country I have been to outside of the U.S is Jamaica. I learned a lot about...
    guideme2truth guideme2truth 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 11

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    My auntie has this farm and I go there when ever I can, it is my home. I wake up a 5:00am to help milk the cows and feed the chickens and then at 3:00pm I help put up fences and...
    NuclearError NuclearError 13-15, F 1 Response 25 mins ago

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    A few months ago I was in Melbourne and saw a PETA protest. One of the things they had was a small cage crowded with 4 chickens. Having a bit of knowledge of chickens I was...
    stormglass stormglass 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 14

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    An idiot decided to start a chicken farm, so he bought a hundred chickens to start. A month later, he returned to the dealer for another hundred chickens because all of the first...
    boxersoff4u boxersoff4u 51-55, M 2 Responses Jul 31

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    An idiot decided to start a chicken farm, so he bought a hundred chickens to start. A month later, he returned to the dealer for another hundred chickens because all of the first...
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    My dream is small. I don't want to change the world with my dream. I don't want to be famous. Heck, I want absolutely no recognition what so ever. My dream is a simple one. I want...
    Discomfited Discomfited 31-35, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    So last year my family bought a farm in the middle of no where, and I love it; It has almost sixty acres, a pond, and tons of forest. We raise sheep and goats in the fields and...
    Jase586 Jase586 18-21, M Jul 28

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    Society is run by rabid chickens. We suffer because rabid chickens gained power. Wars start because of them. And tired retards copy them. Which creates more crimes...
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 28

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    If you're pondering declaring "oui" to a French kitchen style, then it's important for your kitchen island to...We just completed a intestine renovation of our retro 60s eating...
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