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RE: Chickens

  • To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
  • Subject: RE: Chickens
  • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 07:32:16 -0800
  • Thread-index: AclJjAjUiDOit0qnTAONLbidh4HvmwABlH+A
  • Thread-topic: [CHAT] Chickens

Zen chickens, that's good. We think of them like that too. Years back
when DH was in a very stressful job he'd come home, grab a lawn chair
and sit out in the back with the chickens. There's just something so
relaxing about watching them scratch around making their little clucking
noises, taking dust baths, and having their little pecking order


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Jesse Bell
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 6:42 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Chickens

Yeh...my husband says they suffer from short term memory loss...can't
remember if they scratched there five seconds ago or not, but they'll do
again just to make sure.  And you're right...they cluck and make all
of noise, and if one finds a "goody" it makes a really loud noise and
off, then they all run after her trying to get the goody.  One day they
fighting over a dead mouse...gross.  I could have done without that
one....ick.  And they make a distinct sound when the hawk is bothering
and I have to go out there and shoo the hawk away.  I don't think Mr.
is after them (he's too small really) but I think he is after all the
birds that hang out over there because of the chicken scratch on the
ground.  Talk about a bird sanctuary...I have it.  There is always bird
and clean water, four or five big trees, and some privets that Pam sent
as small starts about 5 years ago that are now HUGE, so the birds
always have some kind of cover.  The chickens hide under them and the
birds sit inside so Mr. Hawk can't find them...but he got brave enough
hop inside the privets one day to get 'em a bird and there were the two
roosters....not a good idea.  They went after him.  He lost a tail
Chickens are very, VERY entertaining to watch.  But they are also very
soothing to me.  I call them my "zen chickens" cause I can go out there
just watch them cluck around. They eat out of my hands.  Sometimes
hop up on the big rock I'm sitting on and just "sit" with me.  They'll
up at me like, "Hey...this is cool" and just sit there as long as I sit
there.  I love them.

On 11/17/08, james singer <islandjim1@comcast.net> wrote:
> Now that's funny! I can see it--that's just how they act. And they're
> busy bodies while they're doing it, fussing and clucking like it's a
> social.
> On Nov 17, 2008, at 3:05 PM, Jesse Bell wrote:
> My chickens get scratch and some cracked corn and seeds, and they free
>> range.  They have the BEST eggs...and I have no compost pile anymore
>> because
>> they FOUND it and have scratched it all out looking for bugs.  I rake
>> back up, they scratch it back out.  It's a game we have going on.
>> really funny to watch them.  I raked up a bunch of fall leaves...they
>> over there making all kinds of noise and scratching them out in a big
>> pile...then, they turn around and go "HEY...LEAVES!  and scratch them
>> right
>> back where I had them, then turn around and go "HEY...LEAVES!!"  It's
>> funniest thing I've ever seen.
>> On 11/17/08, james singer <islandjim1@comcast.net> wrote:
>>> Last time I had chickens I fed them nothing but scratch and oyster
>>> shell--and I let them out every now and then to eat grass, bugs, and
>>> anything else that struck their fancy. They produced great eggs. We
>>> always
>>> fed turkeys that same diet, and they [Beltsville whites] developed
>>> as
>>> fast and finished just as well as the ones fed all that mysterious
>>> high-priced stuff.
>>> On Nov 17, 2008, at 2:33 PM, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95
>>> wrote:
>>> You can't eat anything anymore without worrying about it I guess. We
>>>> lots of our own home-grown lamb. And you think, well that ought to
>>>> okay, we know what they eat - straight alfalfa grown locally - so
>>>> from the whole red meat thing) it's healthy. But wait! What's in
>>>> water they use for the alfalfa farms? Some of them are using
>>>> from the sewage plants for fertilizer, and partially treated water
>>>> to water it...so now we have to find out where the hay comes from.
>>>> chickens eat basically "chicken chow" and what's in that, no one
>>>> now we should figure out new food sources for them too? I grow my
>>>> vegetables in soil enriched with large quantities of manure from
>>>> those sheep and the chickens. Makes my head hurt.
>>>> Cyndi

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