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Old 05-19-2017, 08:28 PM
 
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So last year my father got some chickens and it's very interesting. He has 3 roosters, one of which is significantly bigger than the others and he has been nicknamed Bigfoot. Not as colorful as the others but interestingly enough is the nicest one out of the bunch, he lets you pet him and is quite friendly unlike the other roosters. It's really interesting how they eat pretty much anything. They certainly aren't picky eaters by any means. I like feeding them bananas. He says they're like garbage disposals lol. The hens have been laying lots of eggs but one is a broody hen so he's been dealing with that. He makes sure they are always separated for obvious reasons.

The other day a rabbit managed to get in the roosters pen and the roosters were chasing it until it finally left lol. Then a possum got in and the roosters started chasing it until it left lol. I actually think the noises they make are quite interesting. Don't have to worry about buying eggs again either lol. Not very smart animals but fun to watch.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:21 PM
 
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In my observation, people who like chickens really REALLY like chickens! They must be delightful, Marleinie. Each with an individual personality.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:16 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Not very smart animals but fun to watch.
Compared to whom or what other animals ?
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:18 AM
 
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We used to have chickens. Loved the hens, but roosters... oh, boy. Ill-tempered. That's all I will say. And we never had more than 1 at a time. I am surprised 3 roosters don't fight all day long. Lucky you!
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Old 05-20-2017, 04:31 PM
 
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We used to have chickens. Loved the hens, but roosters... oh, boy. Ill-tempered. That's all I will say. And we never had more than 1 at a time. I am surprised 3 roosters don't fight all day long. Lucky you!
What's funny is the biggest one, Bigfoot is the nicest and doesn't really fight or cause much trouble at all. He'll let you pet him. Now the other two roosters will fight each other now and then.
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Old 05-20-2017, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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I have thought about getting chickens ... but I think I would become attached to them and think of them as pets instead of as food. So it might not work.

OP, loved your description, though!
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Old 05-21-2017, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Yep that would be me - I would have chickens for eggs but I could never keep one and then have it AS dinner one night.
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Old 05-21-2017, 08:50 AM
 
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I have thought about getting chickens ... but I think I would become attached to them and think of them as pets instead of as food. So it might not work.

OP, loved your description, though!
Ours were strictly pets. Although we did enjoy the eggs the females so generously provided.
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Old 05-24-2017, 06:10 PM
 
Location: The South
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We had a few game chickens that took up in our yard because of our bird feeders and stayed. Over the years, there were several generations and we enjoyed watching them. We would monitor the nests when we found them and kept count of the eggs. Our joke was these chickens could count, because almost everytime, the hen would lay 16 eggs and start setting.If you keep yard chickens and they raise chicks and you have an infestation of Japanese Beetle, in about two years you won't have any beetles. The hens get them.
Our chickens roosted in the trees at night and if the hen had chicks, she would entice them into a tree or shrub when they were about two days old. If they wouldn't follow her up the tree at dark, she left them and usually they were gone in the morning. Interesting birds.
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