How long have you been working with chickens ?

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  1. ladytoysdream

    ladytoysdream Expect the unexpected Supporter

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    I grew up on a dairy farm. One of my chores was to gather eggs. The roosters thought
    different and gave chase more than once. Finally Dad let us use the broom to convince
    the bad boys to leave us alone. Sunday dinner chicken, finally revenge. Main course rooster :)
     
  2. ladycat

    ladycat Chicken Mafioso Staff Member

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    I grew up with them. I'm at least 4th generation Crazy Chicken Lady. My great-grandmother was actually known as the "Chicken Lady" in the region where she lived in the late 1800's. She had a 300-egg kerosene incubator, and everyone for miles around would go to her to buy chicks, fryers, and pullets.
    I don't know if the chicken craze went back further than that in my family tree.
     
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  3. brownegg

    brownegg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    For me it's been 45 years...I started in 1972 with pheasants and soon added chickens to the flock. It didn't take long to only raise chickens.

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    Fire-Man Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I started collecting eggs and helping feed the chickens in the late 1950's----took a few breaks but have had chickens most of the time since. No Breaks since the late 1980's. 67 chicken pens and over 1200 chickens 3 years ago. Now I got 65 chicken pens and only 40 or so chickens----chickens in 5 pens----60 empty. Not Good.
     
  5. aart

    aart HOW do they DO that?

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    2 summers as a teen with brothers flock.
    10 years (3-6 times a year) as a friends chicken sitter.
    4 years with my own small flock.
     
  6. Meinecke

    Meinecke Well-Known Member

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    3 Years Dad of a flock of 9 right now and with still growing enthusiasm
     
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    Pretty much my whole life off and on. Lived a few place I couldn't have poultry, but would help out at friends places.
     
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  9. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    Poultry forever until now. Roosters just are like any Male animal. I had a Buck Goat get me down one time. Up until then he had been very gentle.

    Use to be Chickens ran if you wanted one shoot it with .22.

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  10. Yellowsnow

    Yellowsnow Well-Known Member

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    Haha. I have a buddy that is so good with his .22 that he shoots them in the neck and clips the artery without hitting the spine. It's amazing to watch. They flop and bleed out quickly.
     
  11. hiddensprings

    hiddensprings Well-Known Member

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    I’ve had them for about 12 years now. Started in Tennessee on our farm. Now I’m in Northern Minnesota and this is my first winter with them. So far, so good. As for roosters, if a rooster became aggressive, we simply made him into Chicken & Dumplings or Chicken Curry. ;)
     
  12. happy hermits

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    We have had chickens for 26 years. I still hate roosters unless they are roasted. The roosters always want to mess with me until I have enough then potpie.