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I Raise Chickens

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    BlueTortoise BlueTortoise 61-65, F 1 Response Jun 9

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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 16-17, T 2 Responses Sep 13, 2012

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    Used to... Last night, a raccoon came into our back yard and broke into the chicken coop. Three were eaten and one was severely injured, and we now have to watch her die slowly...
    Annaelaine Annaelaine 13-15, F Dec 2

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    I was raised by a mother who hated me and expressed her hate toward me every chance she had , my father was in and out of my life .. when he was in my life he was always drunk...
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    I was raised in a super over protective Christian family. I now live my life to be everything they are not. I don't judge people for their choices. I just don't want to be anything...
    RememberingSunday22 RememberingSunday22 36-40, F 1 day ago

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    Wow, this group is so depressing. What's even more depressing is that people are in it😢
    Matthews14 Matthews14 70+, M Nov 18

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    marilife marilife 31-35, F Nov 28

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    I'm looking for a mommy, I already have a daddy, but I want a mommy to join us and be a part of our relationship. My daddy is loving and caring but super strict on me, especially...
    Megster97 Megster97 16-17, F Dec 1

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    American by birth, Southern by the grace of God! Shout out to my fellow Tennesseans!
    TheLittleMrs TheLittleMrs 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 5

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    My mother was bisexual though I didn't know it until a year ago when I was 15. A close friend of my mothers told me. She's never been in any relationships with a woman only men...
    K1PST3R K1PST3R 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 6

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    i dont think i can trust another girl again ever. i was with a girl for 4 years and she has lied several times every year and we kept breaking up and i kept letting her back in...
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    When I was young ( <5 ) my dad educated me early so I am ahead and good in school. So grateful
    madisonsevcik madisonsevcik 13-15, F 1 day ago

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    Or lack of, same difference.
    Sicarium Sicarium 36-40, M 1 Response 23 hrs ago

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    Even though I am not that of an ASPCA member (let alone an ASPCA zealot which are two completely different groups), I do hate that there are many animals that do not get...
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    Year before last (2013) i went with some ppl from my school and from other schools as well to Lesotho in South Africa on an exchange experience. It was one of the most amazing...
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    It sometimes takes a new person in your life to gain a better perspective of your past. What I believed I never had, might have been, that I never understood the power of love...
    EverlyAnn EverlyAnn 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 3

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    Yes I like being a cowboy I take care of my animals cows and goats I have some chickens and I raise a garden
    justinthebath justinthebath 51-55, M a week ago

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    Sometimes, when this world tests me...I feel like it's not a fair test. Or perhaps, that it is more of a provocation than anything else. It feels like everything is made...
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    I hate thanks giving. It's the one holiday that encourages the slaughtering of animals, more specifically chickens. I hope your happy with what should be considered cannibalism
    ImJustARandomPerson ImJustARandomPerson 13-15, M 1 Response Nov 20

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    Wouldn't have any other way. I love living in the country on 80+ Acres and raising chickens and turkeys and ducks and rabbits. I especially love eating them ;) We also have a huge...
    j010280 j010280 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 20

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    Maybe I should just be happy people are vegetarians and let it go. I just hate when people are like, animals are so much better, they don't do anything wrong and they are so pure...
    Bedmonster Bedmonster 70+, M 4 Responses Nov 20

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    Have you ever wondered if chickens are either insulted or flattered when other food items are said to be "it tastes just like chicken"
    doodlebug224 doodlebug224 18-21, F 7 Responses Nov 21

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    Never Trust A Beautiful Girl!- I grew up in Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic which is now known as Kyrgyzstan. My parents,my mother and stepfather,were still very unassimalated...
    DoonJi DoonJi 41-45, M Nov 22

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    Well, my mom and dad are coming down tomorrow, about 1 pm. Can't wait to see them. I've called my brother who lives about a mile away from me but as usual got no responce. Mom...
    ed54 ed54 51-55, M Nov 25

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    I live in a tiny, one hundred year old house, my bedroom is the size of a closet, we can barely afford bills, I'm homeschooled, our house is 2 bedrooms but I have 5 siblings living...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses Nov 25

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    This would be my ideal life...living in a very small house, no electronics, out in the country...a milk cow, chickens & garden...lots of good friends with similar values...oh, and...
    haleyscomet88 haleyscomet88 41-45, F 6 Responses Nov 25

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    Since when have chickens, the timid birds, become super warriors and super models? Lol. Things may seem completely different if we give them a chance and look at them from a...
    TheDimJoker TheDimJoker 13-15, M 2 Responses Nov 28

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    Ok ... As crazy as it was.. I think her douchebag move made something click I feel something lifting ... And I am not counting my chickens here girls but I am gonna buck up And...
    jupsta jupsta 36-40, F 11 Responses Dec 4

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    lots of hunters running around in Ohio.:-D they look like chickens running w their heads chopped off hahaha dont they know of order
    mgji1996fireseer mgji1996fireseer 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 5