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Toyota Guy, I have 2 six month Silkies, a Blue and a White. Both sold to me by Amber Waves as hens because I can't have roosters in my suburban neighborhood but recently, the white one has been crowing like a rooster occasionally. Oh-oh, lol!

Why do you say they are a pain?
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Yesterday morning we got our 300th egg! (that's 25 dozen eggs in 54 days)

We've been very much enjoying the hens and their abundance of fresh eggs. They have been fun to have around, not a lot of trouble to maintain, and the eggs are awesome.
My biggest regret is that I didn't do this a long time ago. I thought about it many times over the years, but just... never got around to it.

I highly recommend chickens for anyone who has a few square feet of space to keep them!

And yes, fresh eggs make GREAT egg nog.


I love all the photos of the fresh chicks & the ducklings, and Hopi's fresh eggs!
C'mon all you chicken farmers, post your pics!

And all you wannabe chicken farmers... get your coops built, cuz spring is here and it's chick season. Don't be missing out on the fun!
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this is what it looked like a couple of months ago.




it's almost done had to modify it a little. i will be expanding it to the left under the tree for more room. should work out fine when im done.
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Best post ever. Keep up the good work OP.
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this is what it looked like a couple of months ago.




it's almost done had to modify it a little. i will be expanding it to the left under the tree for more room. should work out fine when im done.
Yeah! Looking good!

I don't know what your predator situation is like, but just remember that chicken wire keeps chickens in but does NOT keep predators out.

A raccoon will rip that chicken wire off of there in a heartbeat.

If your yard is predator free already then nevermind...
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DUDE!! You Rock!! I Love these pictures! Off the grid living big time

just curious, how did you upload these pictures? I am trying and striking out... every time.

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no prob with city restrictions? I'd really love to do this!
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Yeah! Looking good!

I don't know what your predator situation is like, but just remember that chicken wire keeps chickens in but does NOT keep predators out.

A raccoon will rip that chicken wire off of there in a heartbeat.

If your yard is predator free already then nevermind...
no predators in my area. heck i have a major street behind my house. i have 3 dogs that bark at anything up and to including lizards on my wall back there. not done just yet though.
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look what we started haha!

good to see more and more people getting chickens.
1 of ours has stopped laying because its molting. the other 2 are still doing about 1 a day.

I might get another RIR from my uncle.

Sorry to hear some were attacked by animals and the 1 odd one, it happens.

Im surprised some of you guys keep track of how many eggs they have laid.
All I know is that we havent bought any eggs in almost a year except 2 weeks ago when we ate all the ones we had and were going out of town for the weekend we bought a dozen.
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DUDE!! You Rock!! I Love these pictures! Off the grid living big time

just curious, how did you upload these pictures? I am trying and striking out... every time.

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1 - get an account at a photo hosting site like photobucket.
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6 - paste the direct link code in the line and click OK

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Chic.... er um turkeys

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no prob with city restrictions? I'd really love to do this!
City restrictions?
We ain't got no stinking city restrictions.

But you might. So... where do you live? It should be easy enough to look up the rules for your city.

More and more cities are allowing small backyard flocks.
There's usually a limit, like maybe 6 hens. Many cities don't allow roosters.
There's often a minimum setback distance from the coop to your neighbors house.. like 30 or 50 feet maybe.
It depends on your local ordinance. But it should be easy enough to find out.
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no prob with city restrictions? I'd really love to do this!
go to this site they have forums and lots of info on counties and city regulations and ordinances

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Toyota Guy, I have 2 six month Silkies, a Blue and a White. Both sold to me by Amber Waves as hens because I can't have roosters in my suburban neighborhood but recently, the white one has been crowing like a rooster occasionally. Oh-oh, lol!

Why do you say they are a pain?
Ours loved to eat eggs alot! And they were constantly trying to hatch eggs too, still trying to figure that one out... They are neat birds just keep a close eye on them.
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As seen in Driftwood's pictures, I too practice defensive gardening to succeed and coexist with my neighbors, the gophers and the bunnies, not to mention the birds and the squirrels who reap their tax on my fruit. My fruit trees got a cage of chicken wire around the roots when planted to keep the gophers from eating the roots before the trees get a chance to mature, the fruits I decided to share with the birds and the squirrels by wrapping the ones I want with bags made out of fiberglass door screening. Too many for my family to eat all at once anyway. The veggies, a wall of chicken wire to keep them out. Still figuring out how to keep the horned caterpillar from my tomato plants without spray or chemical dust though. Had to resort to systemic insecticide to protect my citrus for this year so that they get a chance to grow precious leaves without destruction from leaf miners that currently infest Orange County, consumable citrus fruits will have to be harvested next year. And Tanglefoot to keep the ants from climbing them. My chickens, mostly bantams, are fully enclosed in 1/4 galvanized wire under my deck with wood shavings and straw as bedding to keep the field mice from eating their food, I had very fat mice several years ago when the coop was not fully enclosed. The chickens "freerange" only for a couple of hours while I'm out in the yard because the hawks are relentless. Ahhh, the joys of keeping in touch with the land, huh?

City restrictions? Well,,,, just don't have roosters I guess. There is an very active 4H Club in the area soooo...

I have been harvesting eggs, Toyota guy, but no destroyed eggs so far. Tiny eggs though and much fewer compared to the 8 Rhode Island Reds I had until 5 years ago. Boy they lived a long time before they finally kicked the bucket (like 8 years or so). Kids couldn't stand the thought of eating them so they just died of old age one by one.

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As seen in Driftwood's pictures, I too practice defensive gardening to succeed and coexist with my neighbors, the gophers and the bunnies, not to mention the birds and the squirrels who reap their tax on my fruit. My fruit trees got a cage of chicken wire around the roots when planted to keep the gophers from eating the roots before the trees get a chance to mature, the fruits I decided to share with the birds and the squirrels by wrapping the ones I want with bags made out of fiberglass door screening. Too many for my family to eat all at once anyway. The veggies, a wall of chicken wire to keep them out.......

Do you have a picture of your veggie garden with the chicken wire wall?
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So you guys realize that we're following a thread on a gun forum, started by a guy that keeps a running total of his eggs by number and weight? Brilliant!

My newest 4 girls are about 3 weeks old now. The original 4 are almost 1 year old, and we have been getting 2 to 4 eggs per day which is plenty for just my wife and I.

I went about this coop thing very differently than most, pics and a write up to follow soon.

My 3 week old babies are currently living in this box in the master bathtub.


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I can't believe how much I love this thread! Im getting some later this year when I retire.

But Bakersfield gets really hot in the summer and will just shade and water do? I heard about freezing water bottle and such?
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Do your research on heritage chicken breeds, most are very tolerant of hot or cold weather with access to shade and water, its really only the hybrid meat birds that will drop dead in the heat. Certain breeds are more heat tolerant than others though.
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I can't believe how much I love this thread! Im getting some later this year when I retire.

But Bakersfield gets really hot in the summer and will just shade and water do? I heard about freezing water bottle and such?


You will want to provide them with a shallow pool to stand in.
The water level should be no deeper than their legs so they can stand in it without their body getting wet.
The sides should be low so they can step into it.

This will help them manage their body heat in the summer.
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And apparently some of us also have chickens in the bathtub...

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I will be looking into getting chickens later this month or the first of May. what are the best kind to get. I can have 4 in my city.
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I will be looking into getting chickens later this month or the first of May. what are the best kind to get. I can have 4 in my city.
I'm not sure if there's really a "best". There's lots of very good chicken breeds to choose from.

We currently have 7 hens. 4 Americauna, 2 Barred Plymouth Rock, 1 Rhode Island Red.
Each of them lays about 6 eggs a week. (this time of year)

If I was limited to 4 hens I would probably get 2 Americauna's for the blue eggs and 2 of "something else" that lays brown eggs (so many to choose from) just because I like the look of a carton of mixed blue & brown eggs.
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I will be looking into getting chickens later this month or the first of May. what are the best kind to get. I can have 4 in my city.

I started with Rhode Island Reds cause they are heavy layers, they lay just about an egg a day per hen if they are happy, comfortable & well fed.

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Very cool thread! Chickens were a very big part of my growing up. I hated them then as they were a chore for a kid that had better things to do! I wish I could go back 35 years and have the chickens and the 600+ pigs that drove me to join to the Navy. Maybe I will get a few chickens for the back yard, no pig though!
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I started with Rhode Island Reds cause they are heavy layers, they lay just about an egg a day per hen if they are happy, comfortable & well fed.

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I have thought about getting Rhode Island Reds or Barred Plymouth Rock for sometime. I have read about their temperament and the eggs they lay. I like the brown eggs. I did have a Plymouth Rock chicken when I was young and remember them and they were pretty calm. I don't think I will raise them from chicks though.
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My Rhode Island Reds are fairly well behaved but sometimes I get one that does not want to cooperate when it comes to egg collecting time.
I HAD a RIR rooster that grew to be downright onery so I got rid of him.

My Barred Rocks are quite calm and well mannered.
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And apparently some of us also have chickens in the bathtub...


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I've been so shamed by Dubious_Beans for keeping my new girls in the bathtub, that I've moved them to the living room.

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Actually, they weren't getting enough attention in the bathtub, now in the living room, we can sit and watch chicken tv.
Whose the weird one now?
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My wife hatches chickens and quails for her kindergarden class to watch and learn and then she brings them home on the weekend so we can keep an eye on them. We also hatches ducks last year and for their exercise we would fill up the bath tub and let them swim around awhile everyday. They are all characters to watch thats for sure.
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I've been so shamed by Dubious_Beans for keeping my new girls in the bathtub, that I've moved them to the living room.

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Actually, they weren't getting enough attention in the bathtub, now in the living room, we can sit and watch chicken tv.
Whose the weird one now?
Well, they are cute little devils so I guess it makes sense to put them in the living room where you can enjoy them. heh..

Our cats would love chicken TV (TV dinner !)


Post more photos as they grow up!

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We also hatches ducks last year and for their exercise we would fill up the bath tub and let them swim around awhile everyday. They are all characters to watch thats for sure.

Jeez... as if the antis didn't already think that gun owners are a bunch of rednecks... now here's another one of you guys admitting to having poultry in your bathtub!






But thanks guys for making me not feel so weird just because I diligently record the weights of all the eggs we get.
Heh. Poultry in the bathtub...

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The babies are 2 Dominique, and 2 New Hampshire Reds.
My outdoor girls are 2 Rhode Island Reds, and 2 Black Australorps.

I only just got into this chicken thing last May. I borrowed a friends chicken tractor until I could finish building my first coop.

I think chickens are the best bang for the buck as far as having fresh food available right in your own backyard.
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Saw this on Amazon and made me think of this thread. Free Kindle book on chicken breeds.

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did some finishing up today. before I go away for a couple of weeks for the Army.

doubled up the wire on the roof also.
but this is what I have finished up today.


will be adding sand in there hopefully today.


I can take these out if I have to.


just have to clean this up later.
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It was getting a little poopy in the hen house so I gave it a quick cleaning this afternoon.

One of the features I added to the coop which has worked out quite well is the pair of "trap doors" in the floor.
They make it very easy to sweep the turds & dirty bedding into a bin under the floor and I'm really glad I added them to the plan.

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Gotta get rid f that chicken poop somehow!
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Does anyone vaccinate their chickens against salmonella? Commercial egg handling is quite different abroad and it seems that consuming under-cooked eggs is very common and safe because the farms inoculate their chickens. The US does not vaccinate chickens for salmonella thus all the warnings to fully cook eggs.

In Japan, the eggs are kept at room temperature at the grocery store and have two dates: One date to indicate until when it's safe to eat raw and the other date is when to consume by.

How do you guys store/process your eggs?
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Mine go right from the nesting boxes to the fridge.
I know not refrigerating eggs is becoming the thing to do, but I don't know why.
If my cooked, over easy yolks are a bit runny I don't worry, I never eat raw eggs.
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just have to clean this up later.
i salute your efforts and skills but this will never do. chickens are indiscriminate with their bowels and you will soon tire of constantly cleaning that filthy water on a very regular basis.

better to add a hanging water system where they cant reach and roost and crap in their own water

i hear the nipples work well although i haven't tried them
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just have to clean this up later.

i salute your efforts and skills but this will never do. chickens are indiscriminate with their bowels and you will soon tire of constantly cleaning that filthy water on a very regular basis.

better to add a hanging water system where they cant reach and roost and crap in their own water

i hear the nipples work well although i haven't tried them



I agree with your assessment.

These work quit well.
You see a 5 gal jug but I now use a 5 gal bucket which is easier to get my hand inside and scrub it out when the algea gets bad.



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+1 one using the nipples for their water supply. Much easier to maintain. Only issue we had was the height since our chickens are different sizes. We built a frame that we could adjust the level up/down till we could figure out what worked best. Here's a quick video from Youtube showing how they work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HML2RQ0gUCk
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