5 Dos and Don’ts of Raising Chickens — 10 Comments

  1. If we had a somewhat bigger back yard, and there weren’t such a large and growing extended raccoon family (as in sisters, cousins, and aunts – not to mention mothers, brothers, fathers, cousins, uncles, and distant acquaintances) in our neighbourhood, we would definitely considering keeping chickens. Think of the fantastic omelettes you could make!

    Have you seen Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s chicken houses on telephone poles with the ramps that the chickens walk up? (But fox-like creatures cannot because the ramps won’t hold their weight….)

    • Have not seen the fancy coops. How does one get in to gather the eggs?
      Anyway, now we also are tending to a feral cat. I think we’ll rely on friends for eggs..

  2. I’ve wanted to keep chickens for a long time, but I just can’t. With my personality, they’d be considered pets so I couldn’t eat them. I’d love the eggs and it both fascinates and calms me to watch them, but there’s also the problem of never going anywhere unless you can trust a sitter to take care of them. So I watch the neighbor’s when they wander and tell myself that’s good enough. 🙂

    • I’m the same – couldn’t kill them or clean them, although if someone else did that part I could probably eat them. But the hubs couldn’t kill them and wouldn’t clean them, so that’s out.

  3. Oddly enough I’ve been thinking about it. A coup would be the only way being out in the woods we’d never keep predators away. The thing that stops me is the travel, the same reason we don’t have a dog. I do see the fun and advantages.

  4. We kept chickens way back in the suburbs but having a border collie stare them down all day put them off laying. The children named the Blondie!!

  5. Hmmm. I hadn’t thought of the difficulty of having to clamber up the ramp to get the eggs. And yes. Considering that cute little black cat hanging around, it seems quite wise to rely on friends for eggs.

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