I've just got chickens!

@GreenMoo (11837)
May 23, 2008 6:23am CST
After ages and ages of wanting them, we got our first chickens the other day. We have 5 big ladies, 5 little ones and a cockerel to keep them all in check. They seem to be settling into their new home really well. I had never realised how much MESS chickens make though!! They are filthy birds, and if I don't tie their veggie leaves up from the roof then they just trample them in minutes. I just adore watching them and feeding them. I could stand and stare at them for hours. Does anyone else keep chickens? Or want to?
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• United States
15 Jun 08
No, I've never had a chicken before. My grandmother had chickens once. You're right, they are very messy. I would not wish them on myself. I do not have time for cleanup
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@GreenMoo (11837)
15 Jun 08
I only need to clean out their run about once a week in summer, and it is very good for the garden.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
17 Jun 08
My dad many years ago had rabbits and geese he raised at his farm. Not a lot and they ran free not penned up either. I was amazed the rabbits never took off. Guess they feared the foxes and wolves in the fields. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@GreenMoo (11837)
17 Jun 08
I can't believe that the rabbits didn't make a run for it either.
@ruby222 (4848)
23 May 08
Congratulations!!!to Moo some chickens..we have an allotment and there are a few folk up there who keep chickens..we dont because we dont really want the responsibility of making sure that they are tended every day..but we buy the eggs...and yesterday we had a dozen eggs ..and the colours of them are wonderful..some brown..some pale shells..and some bluey shells and the eggs vary so much in size.My Granny always kept chickens,and the tin bucket was a permanent fixture on the top of her cooker..it contained the potatoe peelings and kitchen waste..with some bran added and there it stayed simmering away..I can still smell it!!Of course one ended up on the dinner table on a regular basis..there was no room for sentiment in those days!!..Grandad used to chop its head off..and Granny saw to the rest...No good whatsover for me...ive even got a pet Lupin here ..called Lucy..
• India
23 May 08
Well, yeah, it was very difficult to kill them for the table. I never could bear that, but nobody else cared. And I guess you can't keep chickens if you end up falling in love with them.
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@GreenMoo (11837)
25 May 08
Well I believe that if you're going to eat meat then you need to be prepared to kill it! So we'll see how we get on! I just hope there's someone around to show me how it's done the first time. I've got all the books, but looking at a diagram isn't the same as seeing it done and I really don't fancy getting it wrong.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
23 May 08
I, too, have always wanted chickens, mostly for the fresh eggs. But after reading your post of how messy they are, I think I'll continue to get my eggs from the grocery store. LOL My mom was raised on a farm where they had chickens. She told me all about them (except she never mentioned how messy they are!) and got me wanting some of my own. Are they worth the mess? I'd really love to know because I haven't completely ruled out getting some. Thanks for your help.
@GreenMoo (11837)
25 May 08
Mentalward, chickens poop *everywhere*! If you don't tie their food leaves up, they will poop on those! They just trample on everything and make a dreadful mess. Still, it's only a case of scraping it all out, so it's not too bad. And of course the more space that they have, the more well spread out it all is! I'd still get chickens, they're just so much fun. Mine are still young, but I'm so looking forward to that first egg!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
25 May 08
Thank you for that great information. I may just get a couple of chickens now. We do have the room. Enjoy that first egg! I bet it'll be the one that tastes the best. Take care.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I knew a friend that raised chickens. 100's of them. The smell and mess were unbelievable. HAHAHAHA! Made me not like eating them all that much more. I don't want any. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@GreenMoo (11837)
17 Jun 08
I can imagine what lots of them would smell like! My 11 are bad enough if I don't clean them quickly enough and they really do crap everywhere.
@ellie333 (21018)
15 Jun 08
Hi GreenMoo I just came across this one of your discussions and after the episode this morning with one squirting poo into your shoe I was just wondering if you still think they are adorable LOL. I had a duck once whom I loved dearly and her eggs were rich and gorgeous but I have never had chickens. If I had a larger garden though I probably would. Ellie :D
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@GreenMoo (11837)
15 Jun 08
Aw, I love 'em really, despite their disgusting habits! I'd love ducks. they seem to have so much personality. We're aiming to get them at our new place as there's a big water tank.
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@lieanat (1138)
• Malaysia
23 May 08
Hi, GreenMoo, I didn't keep chicken or even thinking of keep it now. It's simple reason as I'm living in apartment and we're not allow to keep pets. Chicken is more hard to keep than cat and dog! But I do have experience keeping some of the chicken when I was young. I like to feed them too and always observe them and check out on them to get fresh eggs every morning or evening!!!
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@GreenMoo (11837)
26 May 08
Having just cleaned them out, I would agree with you that I definately wouldn't want chickens in my house!! they are SO messy!
@mclendon (308)
• United States
23 May 08
We have two ladies that are big but only 2 months old. They do stink! My understanding is that if you want eggs and don't want to kill your birds that you shouldn't have a rooster around. The rooster will fertilize the eggs and you don't eat fertilized eggs, you hatch 'em!
@GreenMoo (11837)
26 May 08
Mine aren't quite old enough for egg laying yet, but I'm looking forward to that aspect in the future.
• India
23 May 08
Hey GreenMoo, congratulations on the recent additions to the family! Have I kept chickens? I had scores of chickens. And yes, I have bred chicken too. The new-born chickies are sooooooo cute and they can peck, though it tickles, doesn't hurt!! LOL.. you have revived such sweet memories of chickens. And yup, you are right, they create a mess. It stinks too. And they are noisy birds. They want to talk all the time. I wish you lots of happiness with your chickens. I too am planning to get some. But I have a very small place and I don't know how far I will be successful. And yup, before I forget, you can get addicted to staring at them!! :) Cheers and happy Mylotting!
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@GreenMoo (11837)
25 May 08
Oh they are just so fabulous! And the kids love watching them too. I desperately need to plant more cabbage though, these creatures are eating me out of house and home! I hope they produce an egg soon as compensation! Next I want ducks :-)
@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
23 May 08
I helped with my Grandma's chickens when I was young. I remember her telling me to never reach under a chicken to collect an egg because, like any mother, she would try to protect her children. A big conversation followed about eating eggs, etc. Grandma was a very smart lady and knew how to talk to children, I miss her! Yes, they're really messy!! Bet you could sell those eggs. When I buy eggs, I buy the free range ones after learning how laying chickens are treated commercially, I just can't stand supporting that cruel treatment. I pay a lot more but at least I'm not paying companies to torture chickens!
@GreenMoo (11837)
25 May 08
We've got to get some eggs before we can even think of selling them!! Our ladies are still on the young side, but I'm hoping it won't be too long now. We do eat an awful lot of eggs ourselves, so I'm hoping that it will help with our shopping bill as well as being fun. I'd love to get ducks!
@nanayangel (7862)
• Philippines
23 May 08
Hi there GreenMoo! A friend of mine gave me a chicken once but we lost it. It is my husband who takes care of chickens. Maybe we will once we have the time to.
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@GreenMoo (11837)
23 May 08
One escaped from the run whilst I was feeding them earlier, so I nearly lost one myself! I guess I need more practice at chicken catching!! I was chasing it for ages.
@asr999 (236)
• China
24 May 08
I kept chickens as pet when I was a pupil.They are hard to feed I think,they needs more cares especially little chickens. :-)
@aigege (45)
• China
24 May 08
hehe,I don't think it's hard to feed chick.Last year,Mum bought lots of chicks.We just let them be .They serch for food by themselves outside and this way they never make the house in a mess during the daytime.And in the evening,we feed them on water and rice. We needed to get it home at the first one or two days.But afterwards,it shocked me that they could make their own way back.They grow well ,and ladies have begun to lay eggs .So as I see ,they are very cute and it cost a little to raise them.
@GreenMoo (11837)
15 Jun 08
Mine are pretty easy to feed. I have a big sack of mixed grain which they have a couple of handfulls of, and they have my vegetable and garden scraps and dig around in the grass for bugs and seeds and tasty greens. I guess very young ones might be more problematic.
@xixinha (141)
• Portugal
23 May 08
I already had chickens before for the eggs, but after a while they stop laying eggs. When my chickens stopped laying eggs my dad killed them for us to eat, but i just couldn't do that. That is one of the main reasons that i would never want to have chickens again(at least with my dad around).
@GreenMoo (11837)
26 May 08
I personally think that if you choose to eat meat you should be prepared to kill it too. I haven't killed a chicken yet, and although I'm not looking forward to it it's something I know I'll have to do.