Luhu's Adventures

What I’ve learned from six years of chicken keeping

  1. Free ranging has equal amounts of pros and cons. 
  2. Chickens do not react to smoke
  3. Ordering chicks through mail has an equal amount of pros and cons
  4. It doesn’t matter how many chickens you have you always want more chicks each spring
  5. Coops are generally something you and your father will never see eye to eye on.
  6. Don’t move the chicken coop by yourself
  7. Chickens are going to fight and its not gonna make you happy 
  8. Finding the balance between loving them and being effected by their deaths is hard
  9. Dogs and chickens free ranging together doesn’t work
  10. I want a new coop 
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The chickens we cared for part one

I was recently told that city chickens have started to be abandoned. If you look back at other popular trends such as miniature pigs you’ll find the same thing.

Many of the same things that happened then are happening now, mainly because the animal has been false advertised or the owner didn’t do their research.

Like did you know that chickens stop laying after a few years? And yes, chickens do poop and it smells.

Research also shows that more order mistake (like Hercules) are becoming more common. So combined with the lack of information, the order mistakes, and the non laying chickens all being abandoned, you have a ton of chickens that no one really knows what to do with.

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Hand feeding

   So far I’ve felt like our new chicks have been strangely unfriendly. And I was out sitting near their cage the other day and remembered that we hand fed our big chickens a lot when they were young. I realized i had barely hand fed these chicks at all.

   For the past few days i have been consistently hand feeding the chicks. And very quickly they’re less scared of me and easier to catch.

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It’s spring through the snow

Even though the snow is still here the girls can tell its spring. The birds are singing a different song. And, the chickens are much more active when I let the out.The temperatures are warmer and during the day the sun shine onto the sparkly plume of snow.

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What dose snow become when it melts?

     Now that the snow is melting the best thing to do for your girls (and boys) is encourage them to get out and start pecking and really wake them up from their winter blues. I do this by not giving them any scraps or cracked corn all day (as hard as it is) and just let them run around. Then hopefully they will come out from under their sheltered porch and peck at the left over snow.

 But our girls are stubborn and I had to use food to persuade them to come out into the wet  “disgusting” grass.

 

   

 

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Stuck in the coop

   The chickens have not been happy about the below 23 degrees weather outside. Every time I try to let the out but, they just sit in a huddle shivering. So they are stuck in the coop which hasn’t made the happy either. All they have is food and meal worms to occupy themselves.

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Sandy

 

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Nina

 

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Gracie

 

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Didi

 

 

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Christmas chickens

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Me and Didi cuddling. She’s a big sweetie.

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“Hey we want presents too!”

  The Chickens’ first Christmas with us. They got three pounds of meal worms; that made them very happy. Though Sandy thought I was trying to poison her. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you.

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A late Halloween scare

 We had two (small) scares this week. two dogs and one falcon.

   On Wednesday our neighbor’s dogs got loose and went after Nina and she ran to the house and sat in the cat door screaming until I went to help. Well I go outside and there is a playful beagle on my porch.So i went after him and his owner came down the driveway with her other dog looking for him. There were feathers all over the porch but no Nina. Turns out he went after all the chickens except Didi. I went looking for the other chickens while mom helped our neighbor bring the dogs home. As soon as i got to the road the other dog got loose and went after Sandy. After a few seconds of circling she laid down in surrender but the dog stopped like “what do i do now”? So i took her back to the house where,in the mud room, I found chicken legs sticking out of the shoe cubbey. Nina had stuck herself in there for safety. Well I got her out and put them in the coop. Didi showed up later not knowing what happened. We found Gracie, finally, in my neighbor’s yard.She had been with Sandy when the other dog chased and fled for her life.

  The falcon came again this week too but i threw some rocks at it and sacred it off. I built a chicken carrier and have Sandy in training to sit in it properly. I’m very excited for Christmas, it’s my first one with the girls. But I hope you all have a good holiday season no matter what traditions you have.

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Fall number 1

Fall number 1

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Over and over again

As you know i tried to move the chicken coop this summer but that ended in disaster. The 500 pound coop went down the hill.

This past week my dad has tried to move it and failed twice . The first time it went down the same hill as before,but, it rolled over and we spent all night trying to get it back up. Once it was up straight  he tried again and this time it went down across the large hill. And today he is using a pull along to bring it up to the level ground and move it under the porch. So i think that is the last time we move the coop… for now.

 

 

 

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