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I know quite a few forum members at vegan and so I hope I do not offend anyone with this but I wanted to see who else on the forums raises their own chickens? I do not eat my chickens, but do consume their eggs. I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and had chickens then and loved them. And now I have m own place and a few acres, I decided enough was enough with supporting the horrible food industry. With meat out of the question, the only other big food issue I has was the terrible treatment of the chickens for egg production.<br><br>
I have three chickens, two hens and a rooster. The Earl of Parker, is the roo's name... He's genetically flawed...he's really small and is a mouth to feed but we love him despite his short comings. He isn't even able to procreate, poor guy. But he's got a home with us for the rest of his days.<br><br>
The two hens, Cora and Gwen, are great. They give us eggs nearly every day and just recently their behavior changed towards me. For the longest time they feared me, for no apparent reason. But now they will sit on my shoulder while I clean their coop or fill their feed bins. They're a riot. They live in a coop but for keeping them safe, they also have a huge fenced in run...40 feet by 40 feet, in which they can scratch and peck all day long. I wish I could free range them completely but coyotes and hawks will make off with them. I learned that lesson the hard way. I plan to expand my flock this year.<br><br>
Anyone else raise their own flock?<br><br>
Oh I should mention, my flock is made of Buff Orpington chickens... Sweetest birds I've ever known!
 

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My mother had pet chickens within city limits back in the 80's. It was probably against some ordinance but no one ever complained. Chickens make nice pets and are calming just to watch. I know my mother got them from the feed store as chicks. Not the most friendly way to get them but back then I didn't realize. It sounds like they have a good life with you.
 

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Ok!!!!!!<br><br>
I should mention I got my birds from a local woman who's mission is to help people return to growing and raising their own food. She is a part of a co op called Denver urban homesteading. So my chickens came from similar circumstances in which they live now!<br><br>
Pics....<img alt="" src="http://img.tapatalk.com/a867c874-c6ac-7a6a.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
This is Cora. She's super friendly and intensely curious about me.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://img.tapatalk.com/a867c874-c6e4-df72.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
Fuzzy butts!!!! With it being so cold in the Colorado winter nights, I gave them extra scratch to eat so they have plenty of calories to burn keeping warm. It's like crack for them. Lol<br><br><br>
Ryan<br><br>
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Very cute! Thanks for posting. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> It sounds like you take very good care of them. They are lucky to have you.
 

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I am pretty sure if I lived where raising chickens was allowed, that I would have a few for myself. At this point, I probably wouldn't eat the eggs myself...I don't really miss eggs at all, but then hubby would have a supply of eggs for himself and not have to eat ones from the supermarket. I love chickens and yours are totally cute! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:">
 

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I am pretty sure if I lived where raising chickens was allowed, that I would have a few for myself. At this point, I probably wouldn't eat the eggs myself...I don't really miss eggs at all, but then hubby would have a supply of eggs for himself and not have to eat ones from the supermarket. I love chickens and yours are totally cute! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"></div>
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Thanks! You guys should try out the chicken keeping thing. Two hens will feed your husband with eggs easily. I heart my peeps so much. They get all of our scraps and I grow what I call a chick salad bar...it's a raised bed with wire over the top and I plant greens for them so that when the green grow through the wire, they get to eat it! The wire keeps them from destroying he plants. A salad bar will last all growing season. I also grow mealworms for them. They live in a bucket and I toss in scraps for them and they eat everything and procreate. The works then either lay eggs or they go to the peeps which love them! I spend next to nothing on chicken feed as a result and the he a produce deep orange yolks rich in vitamins and omega 3s.<br><br>
Best of all, I can go out to the coop and sit with my peeps and they'll sit in my shoulders or lap and let me pet them as they snooze. Perfect way to relax and take in our clean mountain air.<br><br><br>
Ryan<br><br>
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They are lucky birds and you are a lucky Papa. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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