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Need some Chicken advice
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Griz    Posted 02-25-2005 at 07:32:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I have about 3 acres north of my house that my barn sits in. My wife is adament about not having chickens as her father raised them when he was a boy and has her convinced they are the nastiest animals since the rattle snake. I, however, would like to throw some out in this field and let them fend for themselves (there's a small stream for water and plenty of beautiful grass with bugs galore). Then, as the need strikes me, I can go out and pop a couple for supper.

Now, as I am sure most of you have already suspected, I am a novice to chickens. Is keeping chickens this simple or am I setting myself up for a disappointment and an upset wife?

Griz


KellyGa    Posted 02-25-2005 at 16:28:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
They may also get mites or lice, and that has to be treated, and they could get worms, and that has to be tended to. Chickens need care, like everybody says here, can't just leave them to their own, they will be gone.


Rickstir    Posted 02-25-2005 at 07:59:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chickens are for the most part domesitcated animals. Over the years man has tamed and changed their nature to suit his. The ehtical approach for us is to provide certain accomodations to them for changing thier natural makeup in order to serve whatever role we ask of them.

Your approach will feed and attrack more predators. When you go out to "pop" one, there won't be any left, and those that are gone will have died a cruel death. If you are not prepared to provide shelter, food (not all but a little), and protection then go "pop" your chickens at the grocery store.


hollie    Posted 02-25-2005 at 08:35:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
laffing here..(pop your chickens)..yea...i agree...or at the very least get a small shed so they can get in out of the weather...it doesn't take long to go out and shut them up....they can free range during the day...but need protection at night.........hollie who has only raised chickens once and would love to do it again but hubby says NO.


Bkeepr    Posted 02-25-2005 at 07:52:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife loves "her" chickens. They're very easy to take care of. Ours free range over about 3 acres around our farmstead. They come inside the coop at night, mainly because of predators but also for my wife's piece of mind.

My flock finds much, but not all, of its own food for about half the year; the rest of the time they eat varying amounts of feed. They are an old breed--Dominiques--and so are adept at finding their own feed and staying relatively safe (they've faired very well against hawks, but can't handle dogs or fox).

They need clean water, food, shelter (can be very simple, but they do need shelter) and protection from predators.

But ours are gentle and calm (wife can pick up and "pet" most of them, even the roosters). We clean the coop out seriously about twice a year, and do a light cleaning about once a month or 6 weeks. For that, we get lots of eggs (with a little income) and quite a few frozen chickens, too.

Tom A


Hunter n NOLa    Posted 02-25-2005 at 07:43:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you want to give a try regardless of the preditors I would suggest that you get Game chickens (like the ones they raise for cock fighting in Oklahoma and here in La.) and/or guineas. Guineas are a very tasty treat. The meat is dark and lean. Makes the best Gumbo around.


Peanut    Posted 02-25-2005 at 07:37:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Griz,

Keeping them is not a big deal. Food and water is obviously important. They probably should not be left to fend for themselves 100%.

They need shelter. They need some place to sleep, lay, and roost that is secure. They are a food source for lots of other critters. If they dont have protection, they'll be gone before the chicks grow up. Fox, possum, coons, owls, hawks, bobcats, etc all love chicken - they are easy for them to snatch.

Grass and bugs are great. Letting them free range is good for the birds too.

Good luck.


Red Dave    Posted 02-25-2005 at 07:36:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can certainly raise chickens that way, but if you have any predators in the area (fox, coyotes, ferel cats, etc.) all you will do is provide them with some easy chicken dinners.


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