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Dec022009

the truth about chickens

there has been a lot in the news lately about having your own chickens.  I am currently one of those people who has chickens and before you think about getting them you need to know all, the good and the bad.  A little over a year ago I received an Eglu as an anniversary present from my husband, I did actually want it so it's not as bad as it sounds. First, if you are going to get chickens (and you have never had them before) seriously consider getting this (my husband found it used on craigslist). It is so easy to clean and move and the chickens stay warm and safe. 

We ordered our chickens online, this I do not recommend as they only can guarantee the sex 90% and we ended up with a rooster that needed a new home. I could not bear the thought of our beloved Cottontail I getting killed. We traded him for Cottontail II

So the good and the bad...

The good... the eggs are delicious, they are fun to watch and are very sweet birds, they make great fertilizer, they are surprisingly low maintenance (we can go away for 3-4 days and they are fine, unless it is freezing cold).

The bad... they create a lot of poop! This is fine in the winter, but in the summer there were flies everywhere! No matter what anyone says you cannot let them have free reign in your yard. If you have any flowers or plants that you would like to keep, they will either eat or scratch everything up.  Also, if you like to use your yard beware of poop! So after a year of learning we have confined them to one area of the yard and we are all much happier.  The children and dog can play and lounge poop free and the the chickens have decimated all the grass in their area.

All in all though the eggs are worth it, but get some flypaper in the summer!

 

 

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Reader Comments (3)

I LIKE THE PICTURES OF THE FAMILY ROOM IT LOOKS GREAT HAVE A GREAT DAY AND WE WILL SEE YOU SOON

February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Mom

How are the chickens dealing with the winter?

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCottontail

the chickens have found a new home!

February 24, 2010 | Registered CommenterVallery Koenig

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