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How many chickens are too many?

Discussion in 'Other Animals' started by AshleyFishy, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. Jun 1, 2017
    Southern by choice

    Southern by choice Herd Master

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    We have reduced, reduced, and reduced again.
    We are down to our old favorites and a small group of active but pet chickens. Most of which are roosters.
    We still have way too many feral chickens living deep in the woods though.

    We decided our dairy goats were what we needed to focus on. When we move I will probably breed 2-3 varieties again.
    I love my chickens.
     
  2. Jun 4, 2017
    Baymule

    Baymule Herd Master

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    Hmmm........ 28 layers, 2 of which are old and kept as pets. 14 chicks 3 weeks old and hatching more now, so far 12 new chicks. Is there such a thing as too many chickens????
     
  3. Jun 5, 2017
    babsbag

    babsbag Herd Master

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    I hatched out 28chicks a few months ago and usually sell them no problem. This year no buyers so I have 28 new birds plus probably another 25 in the coop; I should try and count them someday. I know I have 5 hens and 2 roosters that live in my yard, one is broody right now so I need to watch her, I don't want a bunch of yard birds. I also have 6 guineas and 4 ducks. I have a broody hen in my coop too.
     
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  4. Jun 7, 2017
    Baymule

    Baymule Herd Master

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    My hatch finished with 17 chicks. Going to set some Muscovy eggs. it is truly a sickness....... :thumbsup
     
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  5. Jun 8, 2017
    Bruce

    Bruce True BYH Addict

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    Only if you don't have proper housing for them!
     
  6. Jun 8, 2017
    AClark

    AClark Loving the herd life

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    Uhm, well, I have 19 half grown ones, 8 more chicks, and 12 eggs in the incubator set to hatch this weekend. Why? Because they're like pringles.
     
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  7. Jun 8, 2017
    Bruce

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    No no @AClark, Lays! Can't bring "plain" Lays into the house. DW has NO self control and will snarf the entire bag even if it is "family size". Their claim: "bet you can't eat just one" holds true for her. So I'm not allowed to bring them home unless I hide them and she doesn't know!! I trust she won't have any reason to look in the mid sized of our coolers in the laundry room ;) She is fine with a reasonable serving size of BBQ Lays.

    And I don't care for "reconstituted potato mush" chips anyway :)
     
  8. Jun 8, 2017
    AClark

    AClark Loving the herd life

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    I can easily eat just 1 potato chip, but pringles...nah, I can eat a whole can of those suckers. Sour cream and onion. :)