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    Default Anyone here keep chickens for eggs or meat?

    We have a flock of 11 and wondered if anyone else was a chicken keeper. For me it helps me get back to my roots of when my grandparents and great grandparents lived off the land and relied on their animals for so much. It also lets my children learn skills that are slowly dying in todays world of video games and iPhones. Share some pictures if you have them. I love seeing others chicken coops and setups.

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    yep, got a few my coops not worth photgraphing though the taste of fresh eggs from a healthy active chicken is a whole world diferent from what you can get in a supermarket.

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    Well, close - we went with ducks instead because they are better entertainment and because they will eat all the slugs out of the garden without wrecking the plants. Eggs are good. Funny critters.

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    Default Way back when

    My Dad raised chickens in Suburbia until 17 years ago. We raised and slaughtered meat birds for only one year, and layers for 4-5. We stopped when his Arborist business took off and he didn't have time to keep up the garden. I miss them.

    Have you played the "marshmallow" game with them?

    @crookedknife: I have been known to do unspeakable things for a breakfast of duck eggs and bacon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pekane View Post
    @crookedknife: I have been known to do unspeakable things for a breakfast of duck eggs and bacon
    Duck eggs and moose sausage ain't bad either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crookedknife View Post
    Duck eggs and moose sausage ain't bad either.
    I think I need to trade my Uncle for moose then. He won the lottery a couple years ago and may have some left.

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    Wife is wanting to try this, and I am wondering about getting a portable/ movable coop and cage. We have bad coyote problems, and can't shoot them often, without waking the neighbors. So can't let them run free.
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    We've had chickens for many years. They turn kitchen and garden scraps into eggs and meat. Eventually hens get old and don't lay many eggs any more. But they sure make good enchiladas and chicken stew if they spend some time in the crock pot.



    Quote Originally Posted by GreyOne View Post
    Wife is wanting to try this, and I am wondering about getting a portable/ movable coop and cage. We have bad coyote problems, and can't shoot them often, without waking the neighbors. So can't let them run free.
    Dogs, coyotes, owls, hawks, raccoons, etc etc, love chicken meat too and can really wipe out your flock. A good fence and a safe place for them to sleep at night is the only way to protect them. I live in major predator country (coyotes, foxes, mtn lions, bob cats, bears, etc etc. and have never lost anything to predators because of a really good fence. We let ours run free for a while in the PM as long as the dog is out there to protect them. They go back into the pen at dusk and we close them in for the night.

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    My wife and I had a few chickens until a raccoon got them. I'm working on fortifying the coop a bit before we get some more. I loved having fresh eggs. They do taste a lot better than the store bought. It was also a lot of entertainment giving them left over scraps...especially chicken and turkey carcasses! They're pretty low cost to keep and are a lot more rugged than you'd give them credit for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyOne View Post
    Wife is wanting to try this, and I am wondering about getting a portable/ movable coop and cage. We have bad coyote problems, and can't shoot them often, without waking the neighbors. So can't let them run free.
    Can't you hunt with suppressors (silencers) in Texas, or would the coyotes be too much trouble?

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