Monday, May 25, 2009

Chicken + Moniker = Part of the Family


We would like to formally introduce:
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11 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:41 AM

    Great names! Do you know they're all girls? (Duh ... I don't know much about chickens.)
    -Terry

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  2. Good question, Terry. We bought our chicks 'pre-sexed', meaning that a chicken sexer (real title) had gone through and determined the sex of the chicken. Chickens bought from a 'straight run' means that the chicks have not been sexed and that you have a pretty good chance of getting a rooster. Since we're in this for the eggs, and since roosters make for bad neighbors, we opted to pay a bit more for only lady chickens. Well, that's the plan, at any rate. Chicken sexers have been known to be wrong...


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chick_sexing

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  3. good luck with finding out if you really have girls or not. A set of our neighbors with chickens paid for girls and got one rooster so they had to take him back. Poor little guy, but yes, roosters are very loud at every hour of the day not just dawn. Fun names too, although now you guys can't use them on your kids when you have them!

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  4. what? I can't recycle names? :) You don't think our children would be proud to carry the names of a dearly beloved family pet? I guess we should hope for boys then since I LOVE the name Olivia. :)Winnie? eh, not so much.

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  5. Cute names!!! :) And the pictures are adorable! What personality they have.

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  6. I LOVE Winnie! She is so adorable! (The others are cute too, of course, I just like her coloring). Coincidentally that is the name for the French Bulldog I swear that I will get one day. But I agree that it would be a totally unacceptable choice for a human baby. ;)

    I have never really thought about chickens as pets until I saw how awesome yours were!!

    Just out of curiosity... You have a whole bunch of chickens now. But no roosters. Getting eggs would require a rooster, no? (Or maybe I just REALLY don't understand how the chicken thing works...) Is there a local person/organization who pimps out roosters to various chicken owners?

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  7. only if you want fertilized eggs, ie more chickens, right?

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  8. Lol, good questions, Sara. I'm glad you asked since I was asking the same questions six months ago. Chickens are weird in that they lay eggs regardless of a rooster. You're right: for things like cows and goats, in order to get milk, they need to have visited a male member of their species and had a baby. No so with chickens. They'll lay eggs...they just won't be fertilized. So no baby chicks in our future.

    I like your rooster idea, though. Want baby chicks in the future? Send 'em to the rooster gigolo. :)

    As for pets, I hope they work out well. They're super fun right now. I have a feeling they're going to go through a rather ugly (teenage) stage here in a few weeks but they definitely have their own personalities. Winnie is the bold one. Olivia shy; but willing the try the most stuff, food-wise.

    I would not want to keep them indoors if I didn't have the space to put them far, far away from our normal living quarters. They are a wee bit stinky if I don't change the bedding on a regular basis. So the fact that they'll be going outside in a month is a good thing. They're no stinkier than a cat though so I guess it's who you talk to.




    And yay for the name winnie. Pity the poor (human tyke) named Winifred) :)

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  9. I like the pimp idea for a rooster too! That would be really funny since that's basically what they do anyway.

    I'm pretty sure you kid would feel a little weird about being named after a chicken but then again who knows. :-)

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  10. My first blog reply, so I hope it works.

    Nice young ladies you have there. Rememer to hold them often for the first year and don't play favorites, they'll notice. They will have different personalities for sure. For ours, "Original Recipe" is not a friendly as "Extra Crispy". They like to run around so I hope Chris has got the coop and run started. Email me if he wants some pics of mine to get ideas (in case he forgot what it looked like). Don't forget that their are sensative to temperature.

    I've got to check out the rest of your site, I think I know how to navigate now....we'll see.

    PS. HB to Chris!

    PSS. Howard says hi.

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  11. Hey Ev! (and Howard!)
    Thanks for the advice. Chris and I were mulling over what you said this morning about playing favorites. It's hard not to like one over another. They're at an age where their personalities are quite different.

    As for the coop, yeah, we really need to get crackin'. I'm still designing and we hope to have a equipment list by this weekend. Home Depot is going to be our new best friend. We're going to combine it with a garden shed so it's a bit of a bigger project that we originally were planning.

    We will for sure be contacting you for chicken advice. I took a pic of your coop when we were at your house for the football BBQ so that's be nice to have for reference. I also remember the layout pretty well so that knowledge will come in handy.

    Thanks for the tips!

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