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I can't believe I'm actually considering this, but

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Apr 2, 2020, 12:37 PM

I am thinking strongly about getting chickens.

With all of this virus stuff going on I've been looking for ways to be more self sufficient as a family.

Putting in the garden.

Planting fruit trees.

Making my own corn whiskey.

Naturally we are going to need some protein. Hence, chickens.

Those of you who have chickens, what do I need to know? What's your set up.

We have foxes and snakes around here so how do I protect my investment?

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You should get guineas instead.

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Apr 2, 2020, 12:41 PM

Trust me.

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Explain?***

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Apr 2, 2020, 12:42 PM



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They're like chickens. Only they will be more

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Apr 2, 2020, 12:43 PM

entertaining for us once you have them.

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Yeah, don't be one of those chicken yuppies.

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Apr 2, 2020, 12:45 PM

Real rednecks raise guineas.

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According to vague childhood memories

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Apr 2, 2020, 12:56 PM

you don't even have to build a coup for them.

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Re: According to vague childhood memories

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Apr 2, 2020, 1:00 PM

They normally roost in trees but you can train them to roost in a coop if you like.

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But their eggs taste like pig schyatt***

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Apr 2, 2020, 1:04 PM



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Yes, these are not eating birds***

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Apr 2, 2020, 1:17 PM



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My grandparents had some for a while while I was pretty

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Apr 2, 2020, 8:56 AM

young. I don't think they ever ventured very far but had free roam of the yard.

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There was a lot of the below...........

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Apr 2, 2020, 12:43 PM

in the grocery earlier. I didn't have to feed, protect or kill it. <img border=">">



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Yeah but the zombies are going to go after grocery stores

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Apr 2, 2020, 12:44 PM

first. So what are you going to do then

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If you buy all the pieces can you put one together?***

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Apr 2, 2020, 12:52 PM



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You're wife has been asking me to feed her protein for a

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Apr 2, 2020, 12:47 PM

while now. Good to see you guys are on the same page.

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*You're'n's***

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Apr 2, 2020, 12:47 PM



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Get some cats to take care of the snakes.***

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Apr 2, 2020, 1:12 PM



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Hate a ####### cat

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Apr 2, 2020, 1:25 PM

mainly we have earth snakes from the pond. I'm sure though as soon as we get chickens we will be getting all kinds of different kinds.

I'm more worried about the foxes that screech in the woods at night.

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We had chickens when my sister and I were together

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Apr 2, 2020, 1:27 PM

But they didn't last long. They were killed by hawks, coons, and neighbor dogs.

Even with a fully enclosed fence, the coons was able to get in.

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We had 2 chickens when we lived in Augusta and...

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Apr 2, 2020, 1:36 PM

I loved it. They were free-range in our backyard during the day and hung out in their coop at night. They had plenty of cover and a screened-in deck to go under for protection.

Got 2 fresh eggs every morning, which was awesome.

They became pretty domesticated. My wife would sit in a chair in the middle of the yard and they would walk up to her and lift their wings up so she could pick them up. They would sit in her lap and sleep.

Only draw-back was them pooping on the deck.

We ended up having to get rid of them when my wife broke her ankle during an ice storm. I was traveling a lot and she couldn't get in the yard to fill their water/food.

We also raised 3 ducks until they got too big to keep in the yard and we set them free on a duck pond.

In fact, we just bought 4 chicks this weekend. We're raising in our dog's travel kennel in the garage. We plan to give them away when they outgrow the cage.

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Re: I can't believe I'm actually considering this, but

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Apr 2, 2020, 1:57 PM

What kind of fruit trees did you plant?

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Right now on the property I have

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Apr 2, 2020, 2:00 PM

2 blueberry bushes

1 grape vine

2 strawberry plants

1 Apple tree

1 Fig tree

1 Cherry Tree

1 Peach Tree

1 Pear Tree

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Deer gonna love you***

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Apr 2, 2020, 2:06 PM



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Been there. Done that. Paid the medical bills.

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Apr 2, 2020, 2:56 PM

I could regale you with stories of our chickens, but you've probably heard them all before.


We're probably going to get some again. Wife and kids keep bugging me, and to be honest, nearly zero effort was required. For guineas, literally zero effort. After all of our chickens died, we had a single guinea that hung around for like 2 years with no food, or anything. It would pal around with our cats all day.

backyardchickens.com is a great resource.

Keep the rooster's spurs cut.

You'll see more snakes around due to the eggs.

Don't wash the eggs or refrigerate them, just leave them out on the counter. They'll last FOREVER like that.

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Re: I can't believe I'm actually considering this, but

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Apr 2, 2020, 3:19 PM

I've done meat chickens and egg chickens. If you buy day-old chicks, don't underestimate the ability of a racoon to get them. I lost about 30 in 2 nights by a coon pulling them thru a 1" wire cage. Just shreaded them and pulled them out a piece at a time. Meet chickens are pretty easy if you can stomach processing them yourself. We never had major problems with snakes, but random stray dogs can be an issue.

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Just don't let them cross the road.

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Apr 2, 2020, 3:21 PM

Wait, wut?

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