Old  October 26th, 2017, 11:08am     #4276
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I swear, you need to compile this thread into a memoir.
I'd buy it!
I, along with others, have often told her she needs to write a book. I reminded her of that just last week! I would buy it too!!
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  Old  October 26th, 2017, 11:42am     #4277
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seriously, you'd rather pay?

This thread was started to share my joy in having chickens and to show it is possible to have them even with a small backyard. Mission accomplished.

I much prefer it this way ... sharing with online friends who leave comments, which I enjoy as much as you enjoy my posts. This is all great fun for me.

The alternative sounds like work.

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  Old  October 26th, 2017, 11:56am     #4278
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That mouse tale reminds me of the time I saw a very small baby mouse run out from somewhere; maybe a cat was after it. But there were chickens in the area. The hens spotted it, and one reacted very quickly and gulped that mouse down in one bite! I was shocked since I didn't know a hen would eat a mouse.
They are the best mousers. I'm just not thrilled that they eat the vermin.

I know they have a high body temp (105-106) that kills most germs, but I still don't think mice are a good addition to their diet.

Still, they are hard-wired to hunt, kill and devour.

Chickens are a mix of domestication and adaptation to living with humans vs. being perfectly able to end for themselves in the wild. They wouldn't live as long, of course, but in time their progeny become more feral and better at surviving. It's such an interesting bird.

Birds have been adapting, evolving and surviving for 300,000,000 years.
They survived the last 3 extinction events on the earth. Truly an amazing animal. The only group that has members that fly, swim and walk.

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  Old  October 26th, 2017, 11:56am     #4279
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Yep! Love the Eyewitness News Report lmao!
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  Old  October 30th, 2017, 9:11am     #4280
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Yesterday was the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

We observed the occasion with a Nor'easter with 50-60 mph gusts and rain coming down in buckets.



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  Old  October 30th, 2017, 1:13pm     #4281
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BREAKING NEWS

Reporting to you from Long Island, this is EyeWitless News …

We’re speaking with Ms. duknuk who just witnessed a very rare event. Something very few chicken owners have ever seen, (but when they do, they rarely call up the News station.)

Tell us Ms. duknuk, exactly what did you see? (and try not to ramble too much.)

“Well, we had a field mouse in the house last week and it took three days to catch it with a Sticky Board.”

This is why you called us?

“Oh no, that’s just for comparison’s sake.

So, what did you see? We don’t have all day you know.

“Ok, so the girls are penned up in the back now. I had to deprive them of lawn access because they had eaten every single blade of grass down to 1/8th of an inch. If I had let them out today, they’d be eating the roots.”

Please, get to the point!

“yeah ok … I’m sitting in the coop on the shed side, looking past the inner door and out into the pen area, through the pop-door, when I see a field mouse race into the coop, right towards me. I barely had time to shriek, when hot on its tail, three hens came tearing into the coop after it.

The little guy didn’t even make it 4 feet into the coop, before someone pecked it and stopped it in its tracks. It only took ten minutes before there was nothing left but a tail.”

Well, that’s quite a tale, Ms. duknuk. But why did you tell us about the mouse in the house?

“Because now I understand why the house mouse came in. It wasn’t safe outside.”

Thank you, Ms. duknuk, for this very compelling, even epic, story.

Reporting live from the backyard coop, this is EyeWitless News, where sometimes you have lunch, and sometimes you are lunch.

Must have been funny to watch.

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  Old  November 2nd, 2017, 9:22pm     #4282
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I love reading your stories!! They are so descriptive that I can just see Molly watching and learning--and reading your mind! I do like seeing the photographs, too, since you have such a variety of hens. A question for you. Do most chickens have orange eyes?? I think that most of the ones I knew did. Recently my sister-in-law did a painting of a hen's head from a photograph she took and there was the orange eye!
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My son once asked me the same question about eye color. The answer is no. I have some nearly black irises, cola colored, brown, bay orange and very light orange. Depends on the breed.
No blue eyes though.

I have been thinking about your question about eye color and my answer is WRONG. I did a search and have seen photos of chickens with blue eyes. Seems a bit rare, but some have them.

Here's a photo someone posted at backyardchickens.com ...


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  Old  November 2nd, 2017, 10:19pm     #4283
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I have been thinking about your question about eye color and my answer is WRONG. I did a search and have seen photos of chickens with blue eyes. Seems a bit rare, but some have them.

Here's a photo someone posted at backyardchickens.com ...



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  Old  November 3rd, 2017, 12:22pm     #4284
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Beautiful blue eyes!

I'm getting these huge spools from my neighbor. They are much larger than the ones in this photo. These would make great nesting boxes for hens.
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  Old  November 7th, 2017, 1:49pm     #4285
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Love it!

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  Old  November 8th, 2017, 2:13pm     #4287
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Love it!
yep! chickens don't lie.

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  Old  November 30th, 2017, 10:16pm     #4288
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Assorted roosters.
made me laugh ...

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