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Old 10-13-2011, 11:01 AM   #101
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I had a pet chicken named Gertie once, but she ran away. We never found her...
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:08 AM   #102
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When my son lived just on the fringes between suburbia and rural country, one day a hen appeared and took up residence under the bougainvillea in the front yard. They put out water for her and she was around for a couple of weeks, then just disappeared. There are coons, possums, etc. around here, so there's no telling what happened to her. She never laid any eggs. Her name was Gertie.
Maybe she was on vacation...
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:40 AM   #103
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:51 AM   #104
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Drum roll please...Silly Millie is SAFE. I gathered 4 eggs this morning, and then went out with some "treats" for the hens...I caught Silly Millie in the nesting box...and watched as she laid her first egg. Egg production is not quite at 100%, the Orpingtons are not yet laying. Hopefully they will be laying by mid-late November. And, the little egg from Monday had a yolk. So, hopefully all the other little eggs I now have will have yolks as well... Gertrude is a good chicken name...

Chickens don't fly well (they tend to fly close to the ground like turkeys--and I think the longest recorded chicken flight was 1.5 minutes) nor do they stray very far from their coops. Of course, it takes a bit to get them "bonded" to their coop, but once they are, they don't usually wander very far. Mine are usually within 30-50 yards of the coop, often they are only about 12 feet from it. If they hear a new noise, they head for the coop.
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:28 PM   #105
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Waaaaaah! I wanna chicken too! Guess I'll have to settle for being a VCW. (vicarious chicken wrangler)
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:44 PM   #106
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:02 AM   #107
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Yea! Silly Millie!!!
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:58 AM   #108
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I imagine there's a huge market for yolk-less eggs.

Better than Egg Beaters and better than throwing away the yolk.
i'm sure you don't realize what might come out of such thinking, but OMG, i certainly hope the food industry doesn't try to mess with hens and homones in order to try for yolk-less eggs.
birds, in such a long, successful evolution, are already the most prolific breeding creatures at immature ages.
i can see a day where food companies feed chicks drugs so they never develop yolks.

sorry about the rant.
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:57 AM   #109
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Tom mate my chicken shed is very old, my wife will not let me refurb it as she knows it will lead to feathers flying.Click image for larger version

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Old 10-14-2011, 05:01 AM   #110
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That's too bad, Bolas. Free-range eggs are lower in cholesterol than store eggs...chicken poo is great fertilizer for the garden, and chickens are very entertaining. There's nothing like gathering the eggs when they are still warm, bringing them in, tossing them into a CI and watching them dance around the pan. The whites don't overlap. And then, the absolutely "out-of-this-world" taste. I'm going to go gather some eggs when the sun comes up and do just that, have the freshest eggs I can possibly have for breakfast.
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