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  •  thanks (5+ / 0-)

    seriously, you have no idea how much I appreciate it :)

    Got a pic of your chickens? What breeds did you get?

    I wrote a book! You should buy it!

    by Jill Richardson on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:39:38 AM PDT

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    •  Oh, thanks for asking! (9+ / 0-)

      I will take a pic of them and include next time. I have a variety of them, not sure all the names, got them from a relative who has a free-range (ish) farm. 7 are small and some have leg warmers (bandies? silkie?) One is a big white one with no tail feathers, another is a big golden-white one who lays huge green eggs, and one black one with a really red comb that lays big brown eggs.

      They have total run of the (1-acre, field grass and orchard, field-fenced) property, and the dogs have finally figured out that they are to be guarded and not harassed.

      It's so great to have happy chickens and delicious eggs with bright orange yolks.

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      by rhetoricus on Mon May 11, 2009 at 09:16:20 AM PDT

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    •  Our chickens (2+ / 0-)
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      just had 3 babies, hatched on Mother's Day! There are 9 more eggs in the nest with 2 Mama hens.  The sitters are Silkies, but the eggs are from all different hens, so it will be interesting to see what we end up with!

      •  awwww (0+ / 0-)

        I think I've heard before that Silkies are good mothers. I heart them. They are the kittens of chickens :)

        I wrote a book! You should buy it!

        by Jill Richardson on Tue May 12, 2009 at 06:02:39 AM PDT

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        •  They are, Jill (1+ / 0-)
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          They will steal other hens' eggs to sit on too! They just walk over to the egg, and roll it with their feet to add to their pile. We now have 7 babies and one more egg was cracking this morning
          when I fed them. The babies are all doing great with 2 Mama hens around.
          It is sad that natural brooding has been bred out of so many breeds for human convenience.  There is nothing quite so cozy as a contented hen with a fuzzy little chick peeking out from under her wing.
          I have good homes lined up for the newcomers, as there seem to be more people wanting to get started with backyard chickens.
          BTW, can't wait till your book comes out, I have it on pre-order.

          •  awwww omg so cute (0+ / 0-)

            I hope you have pics and if you do, please post them to my blog in a diary or open thread?

            I just saw the movie Food Inc today. OMG. You have to see it. But you'll just be so upset when you see how the animals are treated in industrial operations - not that it's a surprise. i don't think most people realize how chickens have personalities like they do. The one thing that struck me the most while watching the chickens at the chicken workshop I went to a week or so ago was how much the chickens did NOT think that they were put on this earth to be egg-laying machines. They had entirely different agendas that involved preening and dirt baths and all kinds of things.

            I wrote a book! You should buy it!

            by Jill Richardson on Thu May 14, 2009 at 02:50:51 AM PDT

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