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June 6, 2011
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Suzanne McMinn
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No, I didn't get any of those Cornish crosses that grow fast.  They just sound like mutant chickens to me, LOL.  I just want regular chickens……….

Clover made me do it.

June 6, 2011
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Your right…they are mutants…I'm not excited about them…we will see what we do next year.

Buckeyegirl..thank for your concern, but this is not the first year we butcher We are a little factory.

June 6, 2011
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Suzanne and anyone else raising older breeds for meat: Please update when you can! i would love to hear how you're raising your birds. How much they are eating, are they free-ranging, age at time of butcher and final weights! lol, i don't ask for much , do I? Just curious, might give the old-time breeds a try next time. Thank you!

June 6, 2011
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aprilejoi, what we have in our first batch are all heavies:

http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/all_heavies.html

 

That's just a mix of regular chickens, from all heavier breeds.  Then the batch I ordered today is the frying pan special, white leghorns.  Both batches are all roos.  I wasn't attracted to the Cornish crosses because they just don't seem like regular chickens.  I don't like animals that are bred for super-production.  There's just something icky about that to me.  It doesn't suit my old-fashioned sensibility about raising my own chicken.  That's not how they did it back in the day…..  I just want regular chickens.  Though, I understand why people want to get them, they grow fast, make a bigger chicken, etc.  It just seems like a supersize fast food meal comparison to me.  Do we think everything needs to be supersized today?  I just want a regular chicken, LOL.

 

We are NOT free-ranging them, to answer that question.  Too much trouble to try to track them back down later and get them back in the chicken yard when it's Time.  I can't promise that we will be weighing every chicken….  I'll weigh a few just to see for examples.  52 can say later how much feed he picked up at the store for them.  They were cheap to buy, of course.  These were about a dollar a piece.  Whether it's cheaper to buy chicken at the store on sale, I don't know, maybe, probably!  They have some good sales sometimes.  That's not the point to me.  To me, it's about providing for ourselves, raising our own food, more naturally, getting out of the factory food chain as much as possible.  If it costs a little more, that's okay.  At least my chickens don't live in a one foot by one foot square box all their lives.  That's the chicken you're getting when you buy from the store.

Clover made me do it.

June 7, 2011
3:58 pm
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Suzanne McMinn said:

 Whether it's cheaper to buy chicken at the store on sale, I don't know, maybe, probably!  They have some good sales sometimes.  That's not the point to me.  To me, it's about providing for ourselves, raising our own food, more naturally, getting out of the factory food chain as much as possible.  If it costs a little more, that's okay.  At least my chickens don't live in a one foot by one foot square box all their lives.  That's the chicken you're getting when you buy from the store.

Well said Suzanne. happy-flower I agree…. The more you can get away from the factory farmed meat, dairy and eggs the better. Just because there destination is your plate doesn't mean the deserve to be mistreated and abused up until D-day.

Good luck on butchering day, let us know how long 50 (well 46) fryers last in freezer camp.  

June 8, 2011
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We live in suburbia and chickens are not allowed. shame-on-you I've wanted hens for years!  I talked to our closest neighbors & had no objections. So, Easter weekend, I became an outlaw.devil

We got 3 girls.  In “pecking order”; we have Ginger (Rogers) a buff orpington, Myrna (Loy) a NH Red and June (son's b-day month) a speckled sussex. They are our pets with a perkshimmy  I expect eggs late August, early September.  I know there is a possibility that we'll be discovered & be forced to give them up hissy-fit  I have that worked out…. I've been buying eggs from a lady for over 2 years & she said they could come live w/ her, if need be.

 

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June 8, 2011
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Yay, Beverly!  good luck!!!

Clover made me do it.

June 8, 2011
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I sure hope things work out, Beverly! They are such a joy to raise. I always feel for people who want a few hens and aren't allowed to have them. Have fun!

June 8, 2011
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Go, Beverly, go! If you've got good neighbors, you won't need plan B. Bribe them with eggs, if necessary.

Watching chickens is a hoot. I sit outside every day with a cold drink and watch them. Their personalities are remarkable. The pullets have been interacting with the hens  out in the yard more lately, and the dynamics definitely unfold. “Uh Oh. It's the mean girls. If we sit still, maybe they won't see us. Ok, ok, they see us. If we cluster together, maybe Cutie Pants will think we're one big bird instead of a lot of little ones. Oh no! Here comes Cutie Pants and Rootie Kazoo. Hop on the gate, hop on the gate.”

And that always works, because the mean girls can't boost the caboose up that high anymore.

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June 8, 2011
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I am planning on having some girls of my own this fall! I don't know if we are allowed to have chickens in our small town…I am not even going to ask! We live at the edge of city limits but have neighbors all around. If I get in trouble for keeping contraband chickens the girls will just go back to my son's place.

BeverlyC, I love the nameshappy-flower

June 8, 2011
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Did you know…..? I am reading that it takes 28 days for an egg to hatch. But here in Kenya, more than one person has told me 21 days. is that weird? We have a hen sitting on eggs now. I guess we’ll know in a few weeks.

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

June 8, 2011
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I think 21 days is correct. Maybe I had better recheck. It has been a while since my days on the farm.

June 8, 2011
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I did a quick google and everything I saw said 21 days. What book are you reading?

June 8, 2011
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It takes 28 days for guinea fowl, turkey and duck eggs to hatch, maybe that's the confusion?  

Oh, and I think geese can be 28 days, but often 28 + a few days.  I've seen goslings be sort of staggered in size at first, then they all catch up with each other and there's no way to tell who is who anymore.

Oh, and yes, chickens are 21 days.

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June 8, 2011
1:54 pm
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Hm. Well, I don't know where I got this idea, but hub said he thought 28 days, too. Thanks for clearing it up. Maybe we were reading about ducks or something else. BTW, I think a friend is getting ready to gift DS with 2 ducks. What am I going to do with ducks? I know even less about them…

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

June 8, 2011
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Thanks Suzanne & Langela!  Merryment, your post made me laugh!  GO FOR IT, Miss Judy & Good Luck!  They have been very entertaining & are becoming quite spoiled!  They love mealworms, watermelon, peaches, yogurt, blueberries and steel cut oats….those are the treats we've tried so far.  Oh, none of them care for bananas!  They got some on their beaks & immediately started wiping their beaks off…..their reaction was priceless! 

Someday when we have land, I definitely want ducks, geese, peacocks, turkeys, and of course, more chickens!  Will also have plenty of the 4-legged critters too :)

June 8, 2011
7:17 pm
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This made me laugh today; our mama Buff Orpington hatched a Barred Rock chick 3 weeks ago. I've noticed one of the chicks' favorite roosting spots is on his mama's back. It is sooo cute. He hops up, she goes about her business and he rides her like a circus monkey riding a pony!

June 8, 2011
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^^^ laugh ^^^

aprilejoi, would love too see a pic!

June 16, 2011
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UPDATE:

We lost our little Henny Penny yesterday. She was healing up fine and acting good. Then yesterday she acted very weak and lethargic. I picked her up and she really stank. Then I saw that she was dark on her chest (not a spot affected by the pecking). Upon closer inspection we found her to be filled with maggots. ACK! We disposed of her quickly to end her suffering. She didn't even have any wound in that area. Weird. And gross. I hate it when I lose one of our pets. I feel so badly when I don't realize they have been suffering until later. Helpless. I just want everyone to be happy and healthy and feel sick when I can't help them stay that way. My least favorite part of living on a farm.

June 16, 2011
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Oh, Langela, how awful for you! So sorry. I have to add, that this these type of events are sad, but they are also why I love raising our son on a farm (ish). I think it helps him grow up with a great appreciation for life, food, an understanding of the world and a sympathetic heart. IMHO.

Sorry, sorry for your sad loss.

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

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