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Old 09-06-2020, 09:15 AM
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Chickies :)

Hey folks.

I know there's a few of you out there that have chickens, and we've joined the crowd. It's been a fun project, and something new to focus on, and learn about during the covid shutdowns. Truly amazing how different they are from our parrots, as far as being almost self sufficient from day one.

So, we got four little chickies back at the end of April. They're 4 months and a week old now, and sure don't look like babies any more! We've socialized and handled them as much as we could, so they're sweet and easy to work with. It never really occurred to me how social, and how SOFT they were!

Anyway, our babies are officially growing up, and this morning gifted us with this! So proud of those little girls!


They're so pretty now!
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Old 09-06-2020, 09:36 AM
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Re: Chickies :)

The girls will be changing your lawn care approach as adding fertilizers are not a good idea, but they will provide their own!

Consider cranking the deck up to about 4" (100 mm) cut height as that will keep the bugs higher and easier for your girls to add to their diet. And bonus, you will have fewer bugs around...

Free eggs! Now that is a win /win if I have ever seen four!

Yup, chickens are underrated!
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A quad of gorgeous chickies!! That lush grass gives me pause for having laid artificial grass in my backyard.
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Re: Chickies :)

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The girls will be changing your lawn care approach as adding fertilizers are not a good idea, but they will provide their own!



Consider cranking the deck up to about 4" (100 mm) cut height as that will keep the bugs higher and easier for your girls to add to their diet. And bonus, you will have fewer bugs around...



Free eggs! Now that is a win /win if I have ever seen four!



Yup, chickens are underrated!
Fortunately, no lawn care changes necessary. I built them a nice run that's attached to the coop. It's covered with strong mesh as we have our share of raptor/predator species from Hawks, owls, and eagles to racoons, fischer cats, minks, coyotes, and even bears on occasion. We let them out to free range (supervised) for an hour or so every day so they can enjoy the bug buffet. We're pretty rural here and we have about 3 acres to keep mowed and somewhat limited time to keep up on it. If I can keep it at 6" or less, I'm doing good. No fertilizer needed, ever, since our yard was literally part of a hay field before we bought the property.

A later inspection this morning revealed 2 more eggs, so either some little girl has been extra busy, or all four decided today was the day to begin laying! Can't wait to cook them! Some of our friends tell us that once we've had them organic style from our own chickens, we'll never go back to commercial store bought. Time will tell, but not much time... Assuming we have more tomorrow, I know what I'm making for breakfast in the morning !
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Re: Chickies :)

Congrats on your first eggs - very sweet looking girls you have there! I love having chickens, they are lovely outdoor pets if you socialize them well. They are my best recyclers - they convert all of my leftover chop, veggies, spare zucchini and everything else into fabulous EGGS. Mine love to come with me when I’m pulling weeds and gardening to take care of the bugs and worms that inevitably come up - gardening with chickens....it’s a thing .
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Re: Chickies :)

Oh my goodness! Lily, are those your chickie babes? They're gorgeous! Thank you for showing them!

Jen, thank you, they really are sweet. The smallest of the four, Waffle, is the most social, and is usually the first to try anything new. It's almost like the other three put her up to it, and wait to see what she thinks. (I'm not gonna try it... Let's get Mikey!)

I can't really take them to the garden, it's about 500' from the coop, with no cover, and the raptors would probably get them before too long. We do let them recycle leftover veggies though. Funny you mention zucchini- we wound up with waaaaaaay too much of it. An unexpected late frost killed most of what we had planted, so we put in more. Well, the dead stuff came back, and we suddenly had 20 zucchini plants! Oh my! We managed to give lots of it away, which was nice.

This morning they really liked having some corn that the crows kind of ruined. Rotten scavengers! We weren't going to eat it, so, why not, right?

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I want chickens! They all look great!
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Old 09-06-2020, 07:42 PM
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And you'll never guess what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow. Can't wait!
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