Pets

Things to consider ...

before you get chickens.

  • They require work, time, and commitment. 
  • Farm fresh eggs are great and all, but your chickens won’t lay forever. In fact, they lay for a few years and then it tapers off.
  •  A chicken can live for around ten year or longer depending on the breed and care. My crazy neighbor had one that was 16.
  •  Each chicken makes about 40 pounds of poop a year. It’s great fertilizer but still, a lot of poop. 
  • You don’t need a Rooster but he does create order and protects the hens. Sometimes hens are like that girl in junior high who had to victimize someone to boost her own self-esteem. You know who I’m talking about. 
  • They like to eat bugs and love scraps. 
  • They aren’t picky eaters, however, there are things you should not feed them. Never give them chocolate or citrus. Never feed them after midnight. Just kidding, who stays up that late?
  • The have many predators. Hawks, weasels, fox, snakes, rats, your cat and dog just to name a few.  
  • They need a chicken coop and a fenced in space.
  • If your winter is cold enough they will need some type of heat source.
  • If you like to vacation you will need someone to care for them.
  • If you aren’t ready to make the commitment then find someone  who is and pay them for farm fresh eggs. 
  • Like all pets do, they eventually must cross that rainbow bridge. 
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Don’t let this faux red dog fool you.  He is public enemy number one.

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