"The Time Has Come," the Walrus Said...

our ex-Buff Orpington
@Genipher (5146)
United States
August 1, 2017 6:27pm CST
..."to talk of many things Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings-- And why the sea is boiling hot-- And whether pigs have wings." ** And let's not forget about chickens! We have this habit, at our house, of raising chickens and then deciding, "Meh, this ain't for us!". So we sell said chickens only to buy more a few years later, after we've "conveniently" forgotten that they weren't "our thing". I say we but I really mean me, because my husband in no way, shape, or form is interested in raising beast nor fowl. This last March we bought 6 cute little chicks from our local farm store. The little kids had begged for chicks but I was the main one interested in bringing them home. I had dreams of never having to buy an egg again (let's forget about the cost of chicken feed, mkay?) and being a tad bit self-sufficient. Buuuut...all good things come to an end. Just as the chicks--now hens--developed into egg layers, we came into a stage in life that put the chickens in a bad spot: we have to move. We don't know where, exactly, but it'll probably be sometime this month. And I'm assuming wherever we go, the chickens won't be allowed. And so, today, we found our four ladies a new home. In fact, their lifestyle will greatly improve as their new owners have two roosters. Lucky ladies! How many of y'all have chickens? Isn't it awesome (despite the poop) gathering your own eggs? **poem snippet, The Walrus and the Carpenter written by Lewis Carroll**
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@Platespinner (17062)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
2 Aug 17
We have chickens and in all honesty the poop is almost as awesome as the eggs. It makes wonderful fertilizer! We've lost several flocks to predators and I keep saying we'll (I'll) never do this again, but invariably I succumb to the temptation of wee, fuzzy chicks and we start the whole silly cycle all over again.
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
Oh yes, chicks are so hard to resist! A couple days before we sold the hens, my 4-year-old slipped in some of the poop that was on the porch. It was smeared all over her shorts, legs, and shirt. I definitely won't miss that part of raising chickens...though I do agree it's great for the yard. I just wish they'd stayed off the porch! They also had a thing about coming inside the house every time the kids left the back door open. I can't count how many times they pooped on our carpet. Next time (if there IS a next time) we'll need to get a coop instead of letting them have free range in the backyard.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
5 Aug 17
@Genipher a coop is a must. Ours are incarcerated most of the time, but we do turn the loose in the yard every evening. Ours don't try to come into the house.
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
9 Aug 17
@Platespinner I hate to keep them confined all the time but...the poop! I like the idea of letting them out for a certain amount of time in the evening. That way they can roam a bit AND rid the yard of bugs. We'll have to try that, should we ever get chickens again.
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@RubyHawk (29138)
• Atlanta, Georgia
2 Aug 17
I've never raised chickens and I've no desire to do so. I know many people love having them. Of course I couldn't if I wanted to. I live in an apartment so that lets out chickens.
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
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Well, there's always chicken diapers if you wanted a hen as a house pet...
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@sishy7 (27598)
• Australia
3 Aug 17
@Genipher Is that for real? Pretty pattern and all...
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
@sishy7 Yeah...though it's not mine! I'd never do that. But my husband knew someone at work who kept chickens in the house and the chickens wore diapers. Funny, huh?
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• Jacksonville, Florida
2 Aug 17
I have no desire for chickens, I have enough work to do! Lol.
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
That's definitely true! You've got a lot on your plate right now!!
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@mandala100 (50355)
• Hong Kong
1 Aug 17
@Genipher This is a good one my friend. I'll see you later.
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@Shavkat (65269)
• Philippines
2 Aug 17
I wish I can have chickens in the backyard. Unfortunately, it is not possible in my city.
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
Where we're out we're legally allowed 2 chickens. Of course, being a "rebel", we had 4...
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@Shavkat (65269)
• Philippines
3 Aug 17
@Genipher I remembered my late father had two chickens in the backyard and butchered them in Christmas day.
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
@Shavkat Mmmmm! Fresh meat!
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@sol_cee (17303)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
1 Aug 17
Where are you going with Peter Ang?
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
2 Aug 17
Nowhere. He (she?) seems to say that in many responses. Though perhaps, if the family were to ever travel to Hong Kong, he could give us a tour...?
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@sol_cee (17303)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
2 Aug 17
@Genipher Not with the chickens! haha
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
@sol_cee Nope. It'll have to be a chicken-free tour! Unless we stop at KFC or Chik-Fil-A or something. Do they have such places in Hong Kong??
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@sishy7 (27598)
• Australia
2 Aug 17
No chickens for me... I've seen people raising them, and enjoyed admiring them but ultimately glad that I didn't have to take them home with me...
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
I think I would have enjoyed ours more if they'd had a coop and a run so they couldn't get on our porch. The porch seemed to be their favorite place to poop...
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@sishy7 (27598)
• Australia
3 Aug 17
@Genipher Oh no...
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
@sishy7 Yup. And a couple days before the birds were sold, my 4-year-old went sliding (accidentally) in the mess on the porch.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Aug 17
I've recited that poem many times, at least the beginning, I always forget the second part of it, so I appreciate reading it here. I'm sorry about your chickens, though I have a feeling your husband won't miss them. Why are you moving?
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
I've always liked that poem, too. I often recite that one portion to the kids when it's time for bed. Oh, my husband wasn't asked to come back and teach at our local college and since we can't make it financially without that income, he had to find another job. The new job is in a new town, which means we have to move. On the plus side, we'll be moving back to where most of our friends live.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Aug 17
@Genipher So some pros and cons to it just like everything else. I hope you find a nice home.
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
9 Aug 17
@just4him Thanks. We're trying to buy our first house. It's a bit scary...
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@LadyDuck (175653)
• Switzerland
2 Aug 17
My grandmother raised chickens and hens, we cannot in this area, it's a residential area, you can only have house pets.
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
More and more cities here are getting permission to have chickens. Though the limit on them almost defeats the purpose of having them. In our town, we can legally have 2...which doesn't make for a lot of eggs.
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@LadyDuck (175653)
• Switzerland
3 Aug 17
@Genipher We cannot, if you live far from residential homes you can, but not if your garden is attached to another residential garden. It's for hygiene purpose and for the bad smell.
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
@LadyDuck Here you either have to have neighbors that don't care (ours don't) or the coop has to be "x" amount of feet from the neighbor's houses. And roosters are absolutely NOT allowed. Though with only 4 chickens the stink wasn't too bad. We kept it as clean as possible to not offend. They can get rather stinky if not taken care of!
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@kepweng (18505)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
3 Aug 17
i love chicken fried chicken chicken can be a good pet too like dogs they can train
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
3 Aug 17
Fried chicken is, indeed, yummy!
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