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Old 10-29-2015, 07:06 AM   #811
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Merlot, I hope you have read the whole thread. CWS started out with a handful of baby chicks and named them all. All the forum members followed the progress as the chicks became all grown up and started to have babies of their own. Now there are just too many chickens in her flock to give all of them a name. But she does keep us up to date every so often. CWS and her husband are farmers and every year she lets the chickens loose so they can dig up the soil and get it ready for planting.

I agree, lot of fun following the antics of her flock.
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Old 06-29-2016, 06:47 AM   #812
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What a fun thread! I spent several years on an organic apple farm, and when the farmer heard that I grew up with chickens, told me about the idea he'd had to use chickens to keep bugs down. We bought an old hen-house, put it on skids, and towed it several miles home with a tractor, built a fence around the orchard, and ordered some day-old peepers. (The cats were utterly fascinated by the box that arrived.) I'd had a bit of fun mixing and matching, so there was a Rhode Island Red rooster (yes, my very own "little red rooster"), Cochin, Orphington, Leghorn and so on, and the eggs were pastel colours.

The farmer would smile whenever he walked past and saw the chickens busily pecking away under the trees. To handle the local fox, I added one goose, but he got far too good at handling me. (By the way, do you know where the expression "loose as a goose" comes from? Have you ever seen a goose ... ahem ... defecate?)

Come apple-harvest time, we headed out to the orchard with gunny sacks. We found apple trees full of apple-fed chickens. (Who knew chickens could fly? We'd obviously forgotten.) We spent that winter eating apple-fed chicken, yum.
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Old 06-29-2016, 03:10 PM   #813
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This is a fun thread. The members have really enjoyed following it.
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Old 06-29-2016, 11:40 PM   #814
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The girls are spending the summer at the farm while I am in MN. There are 7 new chicks running around out there. I miss them so much, wish I could've brought them to MN. I get reports twice a week, They have re-discovered the canoe that hangs from the ceiling, the loft, and the two tractors.
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Old 06-29-2016, 11:52 PM   #815
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The girls are spending the summer at the farm while I am in MN. There are 7 new chicks running around out there. I miss them so much, wish I could've brought them to MN. I get reports twice a week, They have re-discovered the canoe that hangs from the ceiling, the loft, and the two tractors.
Are any of the original chicks/hens still with us?
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Are any of the original chicks/hens still with us?
Prudence and Agatha are still with us.
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