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I was in the Veterinary supply place last week to pick up some Frontline for my 4 leggers.
They also sell animal feed there too.

I had the strangest experience...got the Frontline, paid for it...but it was like the owner wanted to talk, so I chit-chatted for a bit.
Then he looks at my friends that are with me ( LOL.. my big scary tattooed, pierced, on again/off again boyfriend), and he just blurts out " Do you raise chickens?'!
It was so off the wall!
Ricky does not look like a chicken farmer standing there in his Ramones T-shirt, and boots.. :P
I guess the guy could see my shock...because then he started talking about how much feed he is selling for chickens ( this is in Louisville, proper, big city).
Says that there are tons of people that are getting 6 chickens and keeping them in their backyards.
Apparently 6 is the limit you can keep inside the city limits.

I felt it was worth sharing, just for weirdness alone...LOL
But I also thought, "that guy sure did make an effort to be sure and tell me how many people are starting to keep chickens in the city" might be something I'm supposed to pass along.

So, here it is.......there has been a big uptick in the number of City Dwellers that are housing 6 chickens in their backyard.
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I was in the Veterinary supply place last week to pick up some Frontline for my 4 leggers.
They also sell animal feed there too.

I had the strangest experience...got the Frontline, paid for it...but it was like the owner wanted to talk, so I chit-chatted for a bit.
Then he looks at my friends that are with me ( LOL.. my big scary tattooed, pierced, on again/off again boyfriend), and he just blurts out " Do you raise chickens?'!
It was so off the wall!
Ricky does not look like a chicken farmer standing there in his Ramones T-shirt, and boots.. :P
I guess the guy could see my shock...because then he started talking about how much feed he is selling for chickens ( this is in Louisville, proper, big city).
Says that there are tons of people that are getting 6 chickens and keeping them in their backyards.
Apparently 6 is the limit you can keep inside the city limits.

I felt it was worth sharing, just for weirdness alone...LOL
But I also thought, "that guy sure did make an effort to be sure and tell me how many people are starting to keep chickens in the city" might be something I'm supposed to pass along.

So, here it is.......there has been a big uptick in the number of City Dwellers that are housing 6 chickens in their backyard.
 Quoting: Woodsprite



Having chickens is a great idea, more people should have them.

Now the Frontline, is not such a great idea. Any of those types of flea products are basically insecticides, and the end result of putting this on any animal will be to shorten their life span and create illness.

I recently adopted an older Pekingese boy, who was observed to have poor muscle control when he was found as a stray. When I got him home he seized a couple of times in the first couple of weeks. It was only when I saw how sensitive he was to fleas that I realized that his former owners must have used flea control "poison" on him to control fleas.

I do not use this on my guys and never will. When fleas are a problem, I bath them with a squirt of iodine and it kills the fleas dead.

I now have the job of trying to get this poison out of his poor little body. People really should research things before they put them in their bodies or the bodies of those they love. Just sayin .......
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Yep, it becoming a lot more common. In fact, many cities are having to re-write their zoning laws to make rules for them. ie no roosters, allow to have only 2-4 hens, etc. You can buy portable chicken coops with outdoor run attached so you can move it around your backyard. Saves on mowing the grass I suppose. So chickens mow your lawn, eat the bugs, fertilize the lawn AND you get eggs. Note to city folk - hens will lay eggs without a rooster :-) so don't need one. Hens will lay for about 2-3 years then they don't produce much. Most folks then butcher the hen to eat. Note to self; don't get too attached to said chicken if you're going to eat it......
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I was in the Veterinary supply place last week to pick up some Frontline for my 4 leggers.
They also sell animal feed there too.

I had the strangest experience...got the Frontline, paid for it...but it was like the owner wanted to talk, so I chit-chatted for a bit.
Then he looks at my friends that are with me ( LOL.. my big scary tattooed, pierced, on again/off again boyfriend), and he just blurts out " Do you raise chickens?'!
It was so off the wall!
Ricky does not look like a chicken farmer standing there in his Ramones T-shirt, and boots.. :P
I guess the guy could see my shock...because then he started talking about how much feed he is selling for chickens ( this is in Louisville, proper, big city).
Says that there are tons of people that are getting 6 chickens and keeping them in their backyards.
Apparently 6 is the limit you can keep inside the city limits.

I felt it was worth sharing, just for weirdness alone...LOL
But I also thought, "that guy sure did make an effort to be sure and tell me how many people are starting to keep chickens in the city" might be something I'm supposed to pass along.

So, here it is.......there has been a big uptick in the number of City Dwellers that are housing 6 chickens in their backyard.



Having chickens is a great idea, more people should have them.

Now the Frontline, is not such a great idea. Any of those types of flea products are basically insecticides, and the end result of putting this on any animal will be to shorten their life span and create illness.

I recently adopted an older Pekingese boy, who was observed to have poor muscle control when he was found as a stray. When I got him home he seized a couple of times in the first couple of weeks. It was only when I saw how sensitive he was to fleas that I realized that his former owners must have used flea control "poison" on him to control fleas.

I do not use this on my guys and never will. When fleas are a problem, I bath them with a squirt of iodine and it kills the fleas dead.

I now have the job of trying to get this poison out of his poor little body. People really should research things before they put them in their bodies or the bodies of those they love. Just sayin .......
 Quoting: Canuck NLI 1026256

Umm? a squirt of iodine? My bassett spends 50% of his time outside, Iodine does the job?
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Great Advice NightOwl, plus you had me ROTFLOL. I'm gonna try chickens and goats soon.
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I was in the Veterinary supply place last week to pick up some Frontline for my 4 leggers.
They also sell animal feed there too.

I had the strangest experience...got the Frontline, paid for it...but it was like the owner wanted to talk, so I chit-chatted for a bit.
Then he looks at my friends that are with me ( LOL.. my big scary tattooed, pierced, on again/off again boyfriend), and he just blurts out " Do you raise chickens?'!
It was so off the wall!
Ricky does not look like a chicken farmer standing there in his Ramones T-shirt, and boots.. :P
I guess the guy could see my shock...because then he started talking about how much feed he is selling for chickens ( this is in Louisville, proper, big city).
Says that there are tons of people that are getting 6 chickens and keeping them in their backyards.
Apparently 6 is the limit you can keep inside the city limits.

I felt it was worth sharing, just for weirdness alone...LOL
But I also thought, "that guy sure did make an effort to be sure and tell me how many people are starting to keep chickens in the city" might be something I'm supposed to pass along.

So, here it is.......there has been a big uptick in the number of City Dwellers that are housing 6 chickens in their backyard.



Having chickens is a great idea, more people should have them.

Now the Frontline, is not such a great idea. Any of those types of flea products are basically insecticides, and the end result of putting this on any animal will be to shorten their life span and create illness.

I recently adopted an older Pekingese boy, who was observed to have poor muscle control when he was found as a stray. When I got him home he seized a couple of times in the first couple of weeks. It was only when I saw how sensitive he was to fleas that I realized that his former owners must have used flea control "poison" on him to control fleas.

I do not use this on my guys and never will. When fleas are a problem, I bath them with a squirt of iodine and it kills the fleas dead.

I now have the job of trying to get this poison out of his poor little body. People really should research things before they put them in their bodies or the bodies of those they love. Just sayin .......
 Quoting: Canuck NLI 1026256


I normally don't use anything on the 4 leggers......but this year it is horrible!
I'm in the middle of the woods, by a creek, so the animals are covered with fleas and ticks.
Maybe if I were in the city, Iodine would work...but out here, even the Frontline isn't working.. :(
They would have to swim in the stuff all day long, I believe, to handle this year.
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I grew up with neighbors that had chickens. Their kids was about 16 would grab one and wack it's head off and we would watch that old chicken run around with it's *........

They are too noisy, smelly and will attract other predators to your place IMHO.
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I was in the Veterinary supply place last week to pick up some Frontline for my 4 leggers.
They also sell animal feed there too.

I had the strangest experience...got the Frontline, paid for it...but it was like the owner wanted to talk, so I chit-chatted for a bit.
Then he looks at my friends that are with me ( LOL.. my big scary tattooed, pierced, on again/off again boyfriend), and he just blurts out " Do you raise chickens?'!
It was so off the wall!
Ricky does not look like a chicken farmer standing there in his Ramones T-shirt, and boots.. :P
I guess the guy could see my shock...because then he started talking about how much feed he is selling for chickens ( this is in Louisville, proper, big city).
Says that there are tons of people that are getting 6 chickens and keeping them in their backyards.
Apparently 6 is the limit you can keep inside the city limits.

I felt it was worth sharing, just for weirdness alone...LOL
But I also thought, "that guy sure did make an effort to be sure and tell me how many people are starting to keep chickens in the city" might be something I'm supposed to pass along.

So, here it is.......there has been a big uptick in the number of City Dwellers that are housing 6 chickens in their backyard.



Having chickens is a great idea, more people should have them.

Now the Frontline, is not such a great idea. Any of those types of flea products are basically insecticides, and the end result of putting this on any animal will be to shorten their life span and create illness.

I recently adopted an older Pekingese boy, who was observed to have poor muscle control when he was found as a stray. When I got him home he seized a couple of times in the first couple of weeks. It was only when I saw how sensitive he was to fleas that I realized that his former owners must have used flea control "poison" on him to control fleas.

I do not use this on my guys and never will. When fleas are a problem, I bath them with a squirt of iodine and it kills the fleas dead.

I now have the job of trying to get this poison out of his poor little body. People really should research things before they put them in their bodies or the bodies of those they love. Just sayin .......

Umm? a squirt of iodine? My bassett spends 50% of his time outside, Iodine does the job?
rockon
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Yes, it does. Got that idea from a breeder. And it does kill the fleas, however, one has to keep doing this often, particularly if your pet is really bothered by them. :)
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Yep, it becoming a lot more common. In fact, many cities are having to re-write their zoning laws to make rules for them. ie no roosters, allow to have only 2-4 hens, etc. You can buy portable chicken coops with outdoor run attached so you can move it around your backyard. Saves on mowing the grass I suppose. So chickens mow your lawn, eat the bugs, fertilize the lawn AND you get eggs. Note to city folk - hens will lay eggs without a rooster :-) so don't need one. Hens will lay for about 2-3 years then they don't produce much. Most folks then butcher the hen to eat. Note to self; don't get too attached to said chicken if you're going to eat it......
 Quoting: Night Owl 904954


I was kinda happy to hear that people are starting to think about taking care of themselves......planting gardens, raising chickens....seems like a good sign to me.

I'd have some here....but I doubt I would have them more than a day or 2, just so many things that would LOVE a chicken dinner!
Foxes, Owls, Coyotes, Raccoons, Hawks...
I'd have to guard them like Fort Knox! :P

Growing up, I raised Pulletts for 4-H...had 250 of them at 1 time!
I loved it...every day was an Easter Egg hunt, because I didn't pen them up..just let them be free .... :)
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i live in a small subdivision and just down the road their is a family doing that. however, they seem to only have one and let it roam around the yard.

honestly i attributed it to them being mexican.
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They are too noisy, smelly and will attract other predators to your place IMHO.
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Other predators?
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I grew up with neighbors that had chickens. Their kids was about 16 would grab one and wack it's head off and we would watch that old chicken run around with it's *........

They are too noisy, smelly and will attract other predators to your place IMHO.
 Quoting: Enlilson



When I was a kid growing up, my step-mother would send us kids up to the chicken coop to get dinner for the night.
In a sick farm kid game...we used to have races to see who could get the head off first, using just your hands!
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They are too noisy, smelly and will attract other predators to your place IMHO.


Other predators?
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Owls, foxes, coyotes....they all LOVE chicken.
Owls tear the head off, and leave the rest of the body...foxes and coyotes take the whole thing away and eat it.
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I have 4 hens and a rooster. I get about 3 eggs a day. Umm, umm.
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[link to www.mypetchicken.com]
Be good to your babies...


Who wouldn't want awesome chickens like this?

[link to www.mypetchicken.com]


Just remember they are gentle sweet natured creatures that will feed you for years if only you care for them.

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i live in a small subdivision and just down the road their is a family doing that. however, they seem to only have one and let it roam around the yard.

honestly i attributed it to them being mexican.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1026297

Sounds like they just have a pet.... :)
Believe it or not, they really do make great pets!
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Be good to your babies...
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Awwwwwwww....now I want to go get some baby chicks!!!!
They are so darn cute!!!

When I was in 4-H...I moved into the "exotic poultry" after a while...I had some of those chickens on that second link!
Those Chineese Silkies are somethin'!
They were smaller than my hens....so they would get up on this tree stump in the yard, and wait for a hen to go walking by...then they'd jump on her!!!! LMAO...it was too funny!

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Chickens aren't smelly at all not noticeably anyhow.
I think your thinking of trucks hauling their manure from factory.

Everyone should allow birds "out by day and up by night" as that's the predator give and take respect for the fact they own the night rule.

They are a bit noisy at full maturity but that's males not chicks or females.

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People have been raising chickens for thousands of years, hardly a trend. I hate when something is dubbed a trend...
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They are too noisy, smelly and will attract other predators to your place IMHO.


Other predators?


Owls, foxes, coyotes....they all LOVE chicken.
Owls tear the head off, and leave the rest of the body...foxes and coyotes take the whole thing away and eat it.
 Quoting: Woodsprite


Yeah but who are the other other predators? The chickens?
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That's why you need a proper coop. Raccoons are some major troublemakers. If you live anywhere in a suburb going to the woods you'll have them.
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That's why you need a proper coop. Raccoons are some major troublemakers. If you live anywhere in a suburb going to the woods you'll have them.
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The chickens need to be locked up by sundown each day. Otherwise the racoons will get in and kill all of them then decide which one it wants to eat.

Here's a nice chicken fenced area.
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I grew up with neighbors that had chickens. Their kids was about 16 would grab one and wack it's head off and we would watch that old chicken run around with it's *........

They are too noisy, smelly and will attract other predators to your place IMHO.
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SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE MEMBER OF THE BURBS...........
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[link to www.mypetchicken.com]
Be good to your babies...


Who wouldn't want awesome chickens like this?

[link to www.mypetchicken.com]


Just remember they are gentle sweet natured creatures that will feed you for years if only you care for them.
 Quoting: Olibow


clappa clappa

THAT'S RIGHT!!

WE HAVE 14... no bugs at all...great compost, the lighest and fluffiest eggs you could imagine...

and they have a totally secure coop and large 8 x 10 ft covered run... no worry of any predators during the day and are locked up securely at night. During the late Spring, Summer, and early Fall they are allowed to free range our backyard as long as we are out there with them, which will keep the airborne predators away...

Just got two Pekin Ducklings...so will be getting duck eggs and hopefully babies next year...

Way out in the country though...had to move from town when the chicks got to be about five months old...too much noise for the Burbs...

They are so wonderful and funny and so worth the trouble!
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They are too noisy, smelly and will attract other predators to your place IMHO.


Other predators?


Owls, foxes, coyotes....they all LOVE chicken.
Owls tear the head off, and leave the rest of the body...foxes and coyotes take the whole thing away and eat it.


Yeah but who are the other other predators? The chickens?
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might want find yourselves a copy of that war gaming pdf that was here a while back.

It shows the possible break downs in communities and how various thangs will unfold the longer there is no Gov.


4xsample A generator seems like a swell idea at first.......
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I have many many friends who have gone to growing their own veggies while raising hogs and chickens.

apparently you can also get a deal on buying a cow with a group of people and sharing the meat / cost.
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Big here too!

for the woofers - neem oil dogwash for fleas, also talc inside on floors and diatemaceous earth outside [could use hydrated lime too but not the best for paws]

I did a double take at the thread head :-)

Thread: Calling all chicken owners...chook question.
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