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June 29, 2013

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Beth-too many dogs in our neighborhood to free range ours-and coyotes as well! But The Deer Hunter built them a fairly large run so they can move around. We've read about attaching tunnels to their coop-where you can let them roam around in a confined manner but haven't gotten around to trying it yet : ) Enjoy your day!


Tipper


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When we had chickens for eggs, we didn't let the rooster in the run with the hens for the reason that they just seem to always cause a ruckus. We made him roam around outside. He slept in a tree above the chicken run at night, and did fine. Now we have a hen and rooster that won the NC State Fair blue ribbon two years ago. They're Egyptian Feyoumis which are rare, because they use to roam the banks of the Nile in Egypt and everyone there ate 'em up. We got these two to breed 'em. The do "the deed" but the hen won't brood, so I don't know what we're gonna do about that long term. In the meantime, they're more like pets. We call 'em Henry and Hennie, not very imaginative I know - but they're names we can remember easily.

I saw a T-Shirt once I wish I'd gotten. It said, "My pet makes me breakfast" and shows a rooster and hen on the front. LOL

God bless.

RB
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Are you able to free-range them? We do ours but have a lot of predator damage. We would not be able to free-range without the rooster. He is on constant alert for hawks and puts the girls in the barn if he sees anything flying over.

Man,, seems to me when those 6 feet hit the floor it's Judgement Day,, ahhh also seems to me the Male population around there needs to learn from the others mistakes.. Watch them feet boys..

You know that little yellow flower in the bottom corner of the lot? Rex may have left that there for the hens as parting gesture. That old hen looks like she is saying to the other, "Well now, ain't that sweet; I thought they got shed of your boyfriend."

lol tipper ... sounds like the hens got their way :)
hope all the feathers grow back and things are sunshiney in your corner of the mountains.. would love to see some of those green eggs in person.. hope all are having a good day and lots of love and hugs to you all
xox
lynn

There is nothing like fresh eggs, they taste so different from store bought...I'll never go back. We've considered getting some chickens, but they require daily attention which would make traveling difficult...I can't imagine driving with the dog, cat and chickens, LOL! I hope the eggs hatch, that would be awesome so see:)

Tipper,
I was told that those green eggs
are cholesterol free. (I don't
believe it either!)

We had lots of free range chickens
when I was growing up. We fed the
chickens and our Beagle pups at the
same time. But this one big ole
rooster would always hurry and eat
his area, then come and peck on the Beagle's heads, have 'em
bleeding sometimes. One day the
pups grew up and one of 'em had
got tired of being Jonah'ed by a
blooming rooster. He snapped and
brought blood and the rooster
wished he had stayed with the
chickens. The other beagles joined
in, forgetting about their food,
and the rooster became their
dinner...Ken

Tipper,
and Ed...is so right about puttin' 6 feet down around old people...LOL

How long has Rex been gone...I guess you know it takes a little time for those fertile eggs to run their course...I think it is about 10 days...

We had two of the sweetest banty roosters....but they didn't like Roy...they would sneak up behind him and flog him...he'd go to slinging that feed bucket at them instead of talkin' sweet to them..Sort of like the Lord says turn the other beak...uhhh Cheek...He said beak, or cheek that rooster is going to loose a head if he keeps that up! lol
Oh no, you are gonna have to sort out the roosters and the hens again! LOL
We still have nesting hawks, peregrine falcons and owls that visit us...We are working on a cover for our chicken Run!

Later, and Thanks Tipper for the update, I was wonderin' about your chickens.

This makes me think of my daughter's chicken experience: she put duck eggs under an old setting hen and she hatched them. All went well, but when the baby ducks started swimming in their "kiddy" pool, the old hen was a little puzzled.

I am glad Gertrude got her hearts desire. I'll be interested in the progress of the hatching and hope the little ones keep Gertrude happy.

So glad they outlawed selling dyed chicks at Easter. My last two met their demise early on. The dog attacked one and while taking the other for a walk in its cute box, it fell out on the sidewalk.


Ed-thank you for asking-I should have made it clear-since most folks in western NC are more familiar with the lake : ) I was talking about the creek between Andrews and Aquone : )


Blind Pig The Acorn
Celebrating and Preserving the
Culture of Appalachia
www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

The Junaluska you referred to, is it the lake near Waynesville or the creek over between Andrews and Aquone. Over in the area Eric Rudolph was supposed had hid out for so long.

My grandkids always get baby chicks for Easter and some wild animal always digs under their pen for a late night snack within a month or two. Someone just gave them fifteen grown chickens, but no rooster. I love to hear roosters crow even if it brings back lonesome memories. Mom was superstitious about the time of day a rooster crows. I have heard her order Dad to kill roosters that crowed in the evening.

Yet some more good memories! We raised chickens of all descriptions, and would often sneak a bought chick or an orphan under an old hen with good temperament. Now, there you go letting your girls get attached to another possibly mean rooster. When you watch them from "bitties" it sure is hard to let them go. Of course, I am probably counting your chickens before they hatch. lol. Great experience for young girls growing up.

You shouldn't say "6 feet down" around old people!

Oh, no wonder she wants to stay put. There is nothing like a few little ones running around to keep a 'mom' doing her thing. Good luck! Isn't Mother Nature amazing!

yeah, mr. missy was fated to be around junaluska and double moreso as there are too many retired ministers at the lake there and all they ask every day, is "do you play?'(golf)n' i can tell by Mr. Missy's temperament he'd walk on by.

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