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Old 05-19-2020, 09:13 AM   #121
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Say what? They lay lotsa eggs. Just really small and kinda green colored. Takes a couple dozen to make an omelette.
More brown than green.

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More brown than green.
With chickens, the color of the egg is determined by the color of the beak. With rabbits, the color of their eggs is determined by the color of their feed. We fed ours those compressed grass pellets for green eggs. Really good layers they were.
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They will avoid a carcass like the plague if the head is attached. Once the head is removed, it's game on.

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I tried hanging a rockfish carcass for mine but they didn't seem interested. Took it down the next day and tossed it. Might have left its head on and the eyes spooked them?
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We have the red squirrels as well but they are to big to get into the bait boxes. I actually wish they could get in and eat the poison because they eat our bird food, they bury food all over the place, tear up the flower beds etc.
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Are red squirrels good eats?
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Are red squirrels good eats?
If you remove the fur first.
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Chickens aaacckk!!!! 61 years old and sometime I still wake up in a cold sweat from dreaming about my chicken experiences on the farm as a kid.
Mid 60's my folks decided to raise chickens for eggs, meat and to sell eggs as well. We had about 30 of them if i recall correctly, but it seemed more like 300. I was probably 6 or 7 at the time, little brother a year and a half younger. It was our job was to collect the eggs. Trying to get the eggs out from under the hens was a challenge. They would look evilly at us, and peck our hands when we would try to get the eggs out from under them. Once at dinner, my older brother about 16 years old noticed the specks of blood on my hands as well as my younger brothers. We explained about the chickens and the issues with them. He told us he would show us how to do it properly. Next trip out to the hen house he approached a nest, wiggled his right fingers above and to the right of the hen. When her attention was diverted, he would sweep in with his left hand, grab the beast around the neck, yank it off the nest and hold it at arms length all the while it was flapping and croaking, and collect the eggs from the nest. Then, once done he would none too gently slam it back down on its nest. It would totter woozily for a bit but was fine. So my little brother and I would two man them. I would distract the chicken, then grab it with both hands around the neck and yank it off, while my brother would get the eggs. After a couple days of this process, as soon as the blasted hens would hear us coming, they high tailed it out of the hen house and we would collect the eggs nice and peacefully.
Chickens? No thanks, unless they're for dinner!

Same here when I was a kid. I used to just grab them by the neck and drop them on the ground. Add in cleaning the coop and poop all over makes buying them at the store looks pretty good to me.

You will likely attract racoons and skunks to your yard. They both like eggs.
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Are red squirrels good eats?
Yes if they are the same as the ones on the eastern coast.
They hunted those to near extinction at one time.
Google American red squirrel, and ask if they're good eats.
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Everything is edible. Some people eat snails..... Doubt anyone would find a difference between the various species. Some may taste better because of diet but I would expect those critters eating from the bird feeder would pass any squirrel taste test. Grain feed mini-beef.
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Everything is edible. Some people eat snails..... Doubt anyone would find a difference between the various species. Some may taste better because of diet but I would expect those critters eating from the bird feeder would pass any squirrel taste test. Grain feed mini-beef.
Escargo, NAScargo. Fast snails.

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Dear Lord, that talk is blasphemy in my house. I mentioned eating the chickens when they stop laying, and the wife put a halt that that nonsense. She said we don't eat what we name. I said at least we know where our food comes from. Another mean look ended the conversation. Wabbits would be included.
Apparently never picked up a layer----nothing but feathers and egg making materials inside. Maybe if you stuffed 5 into a crockpot for a couple of days you could make a handful of chewy tacos.
You would be faaaaaar better off using them for crab bait and turning them into something that will be excellent to eat.
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Apparently never picked up a layer----nothing but feathers and egg making materials inside. Maybe if you stuffed 5 into a crockpot for a couple of days you could make a handful of chewy tacos.
You would be faaaaaar better off using them for crab bait and turning them into something that will be excellent to eat.
After reading your brilliant idea of using old layers as crab bait, I mentioned it to the wife. She didn't seem too opposed to the idea. You're a damn genius, AJ!
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Just had a raccoon trying for a chicken dinner. [shouldn't say that]
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How did you deter the bandit, Don?
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How did you deter the bandit, Don?
The old woman scared him off. He came back for a second try while I was fetching my dissuader. Got it sitting close to the door for later. As a precaution, going to shut them up inside the coop tonight.
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Did someone say chicken? I got 25 freedom rangers going into the freezer next week and a new batch of egg layers are growing up with them.
I love the fresh homemade eggs they have the best yolks. One hint if your trying to hard boil them is to use an instant pot or older eggs. Fresh eggs don’t peel too well.
I just recently got a buck and 2 doe giant chinchilla rabbits that will be putting some meat in the freezer in a few months.
The wife takes care of the bunnies I take care of the chickens. She is okay with the whole eating our pets thing she just doesn’t want to see or hear about it.
Home raised chicken is pretty good too!






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Processing 25 your self?
Or do you take them somewhere?
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Both. I think I’ll have the main batch done at a processor. It’s $5 a bird just drop them off and pick them up in a shrink wrapped bag a couple hours later. I’m gonna sell a few and I think people would like them better that way.


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Thanks,
My son and friend are raising a bunch.
$5 a bird is what we have found at a processor in boring.
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I love the fresh homemade eggs they have the best yolks. One hint if your trying to hard boil them is to use an instant pot or older eggs. Fresh eggs don’t peel too well.

We always keep a dozen separated in the outside fridge for boiling. We have found that if you want to make hard boiled and want them to peel, you have to age them a minimum of 3 weeks and 4 is best. Believe me when I say that we have tried every possible hint and tip on this, and the only one that works is aging them.



Ever wonder why the store bought eggs you do at Easter always seem to peel so nicely??? The egg farms have to hold back and store up eggs for weeks in advance of Easter to be able to handle the large volume of retail sales that happens just before Easter.
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Did someone say chicken? I got 25 freedom rangers going into the freezer next week and a new batch of egg layers are growing up with them.
I love the fresh homemade eggs they have the best yolks. One hint if your trying to hard boil them is to use an instant pot or older eggs. Fresh eggs don’t peel too well.
I just recently got a buck and 2 doe giant chinchilla rabbits that will be putting some meat in the freezer in a few months.
The wife takes care of the bunnies I take care of the chickens. She is okay with the whole eating our pets thing she just doesn’t want to see or hear about it.
Home raised chicken is pretty good too!






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Wife uses her Instapot and it works slick.
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After a couple of weeks of carpentry, the chicken coop is all done. The chickens have been staying outside for a week now, and are now enjoying their new digs. They have also been loving the free range life, scratching around the yard. I was almost done painting before the rain set in. My son picked out the color. It kind of reminds me of porta potty blue. There needs a crescent moon above the door.
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Most excellent. Like the paint job.
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You built it big enough for you. No dog house?
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One trick I used to keep varmints from digging in to a coop is to bury a piece of wire alongside the wall, Think of it as an L shape, Varmints go to the edge of the wall wire to dig down and hit the buried wire. They are not smart enough to back out and dig under the buried wire. Not a bad idea to keep a large Haveahart trap set along the coop at all times. As chicken wire ages it gets weak. I have had Raccoons break through old chicken wire. Rather than replace all the wire I would just put a three foot section of new wire around the base of the coop on the outside.
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One trick i used to keep varmints from digging in to a coop is to bury a piece of wire alongside the wall, Think of it as an L shape, Varmints go to the edge of the wall wire to dig down and hit the buried wire. They are not smart enough to back lout and dig under the buried wire. Not a bad idea to keep a large Haveahart trap set along the coop at all times. As chicken wire ages it gets weak. I have had Raccoons break through old chicken wire. Rather than replace all the wire I would just put a three foot section of new wire around the base of the coop on the outside.
That's what we did. I left an extra foot or wire on the bottoms and buried it. That way, a varmint wi try to dig and hit wire. I think once this wire breaks down, I will do hardware cloth. If the buried wire doesn't deter them, I have some horse fencing bits I will drive into the dirt. Gotta keep.the girls safe!
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You built it big enough for you. No dog house?
It could be a dog house if I mouth off to the wifey. My friends turned an old outhouse into a coop. Now theirs is a big coop. They say their chickens are just fine no matter the weather.
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Yesterday was the chickens first encounter with rain, and thunder. They reacted by wanting to come in the house.
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Yesterday was the chickens first encounter with rain, and thunder. They reacted by wanting to come in the house.
And you made them stay outside? Mean man! Looks like you've got a Buff Orpington there. Broody breed, mine has a really bad attitude. When the neighbor's boy was about 3 he said, "white chicken - mean chicken" because it pecked him.
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Unless wilco led me astray, the white one is a golden sex link, or golden comet. Peaches is one of the sweethearts of the bunch. All my chickens seem to like being around people. They like to roost on my lap when I'm hanging out on the patio. Even the normally stand offish Araucanas are friendly.
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Unless wilco led me astray, the white one is a golden sex link, or golden comet. Peaches is one of the sweethearts of the bunch. All my chickens seem to like being around people. They like to roost on my lap when I'm hanging out on the patio. Even the normally stand offish Araucanas are friendly.
If they are handled regularly they will tame. Ours get some attention and our rhode island red is the friendliest. Beware about lap sitting though, they don't care where they are when it's time to take a dump.
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I had to quit letting mine go all over the yard. They loved begging for food while we were eating on the back patio. Now they have a run that is about 1/3 the back yard so still plenty of room for them to roam. Mama didn’t like poop on her deck and chickens tearing up her pretty flowers. I built a little chicken tractor for them but just got tired of moving it all the time.


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We have a large front yard, and a smallish back yard that is totally fenced. Our gardens and flowers are in the front, so the back belongs to the hens. They don't know how good they got it.
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We always keep a dozen separated in the outside fridge for boiling. We have found that if you want to make hard boiled and want them to peel, you have to age them a minimum of 3 weeks and 4 is best. Believe me when I say that we have tried every possible hint and tip on this, and the only one that works is aging them.



Ever wonder why the store bought eggs you do at Easter always seem to peel so nicely??? The egg farms have to hold back and store up eggs for weeks in advance of Easter to be able to handle the large volume of retail sales that happens just before Easter.
Steam the eggs for 12 minutes. Start the timer when you actually see steam. Take them off the stove, rinse in cold water, put some ice in the cold water and let them cool for 15-20 minutes, they will peel like a dream.
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Yup Dan.
Some of the roosters were downright aggressive.
Their spurs were a couple inches long and they knew how to use them.
If you want to see aggressive roosters try game cocoa, they're worse an banties.

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Wolf Creek. Used to be a little cafe just off the freeway on the northbound side that truckers liked to stop at. Couple gals ran it. They'd get in a fight with each other when drivers tried to hit on one of them. Good times!
Wrong Wolf Creek Pass, your talking I5 near Azalea OR.
The song is about US HWY 84 between Chama NM and Pagosa Springs CO.

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Wrong Wolf Creek Pass, your talking I5 near Azalea OR.
The song is about US HWY 84 between Chama NM and Pagosa Springs CO.
Song?
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After reading your brilliant idea of using old layers as crab bait, I mentioned it to the wife. She didn't seem too opposed to the idea. You're a damn genius, AJ!
Do you strangle them before sinking them?
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This Easter, we decided to get some chickens so we can have fresh eggs. My wife has raised chickens, but never me. It has definitely been a learning process. We got 2 varieties, araucanas and Rhode iand reds. The araucanas are the easter egger variety that lay pretty colored eggs. We are in the process of building their chicken run and coup. We are doing a total enclosure to keep any pests out of the run. We have had some possums that like to mill around. If they mess with my chicks, they might feel the mighty red Ryder. Is there any advice you experienced chickeners can give us that might help our new venture?
My daughter talked me into getting chickens again this year. We did a quick remodel of the coop. The old run was toast, so I just bought a dog run from Home Depot to replace it. Daughter, dog and birds seem to be happy.
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looks like the family is getting chickens. Coop is almost ready!
Do you guys have any good places to get chicks/pullets.'
My daughter has her eyes set on a silkie!
Browns, Orpintons, gold-sex link and plymouths are on the list too.

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Pete's Hatchery is a good place out in Gervais, they still have some hatch dates in June per their website. Right now Coastal in Albany has plenty left to choose from. We go all over to find the one we want, the Mrs. likes different colored eggs.
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Pete's Hatchery is a good place out in Gervais, they still have some hatch dates in June per their website. Right now Coastal in Albany has plenty left to choose from. We go all over to find the one we want, the Mrs. likes different colored eggs.
We found ours through a few places on Craigslist and Wilco and Coastal.
A few weeks ago Wilco and Coastal would run out fast. They would get their new batch on Wed-Thurs and by the weekend wouldn't be much left.
We were looking for specific breeds and
settled on a 4 silkies. 2 white crested polish. 1 buff orpington, and a couple of bantam cochins. Unfortunately only the buff is sexed, so hoping the others turn out to be hens. We prepared the kids that we won't be keeping roosters. We will try to give them away when it's time. If not-they know the roosters will be dinner.
The coop is done. In a couple of weeks they should be ready to move from their brooder to the coop full time.
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We did the Craigslist list thing one time. Got 5 chicks and 4 of them turned out to be roosters. Not fun.

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That would be my concern with craigs. Someone said they were getting a Buff Orpington. Got one, she spends two out of three months brooding and not laying. Wish the raccoon had taken her instead of my NovoGen Brown.
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Devonioan was right. Chickens like springers. Ive caught 3 fish the last few days and the chicks have been enjoying some sushi.
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That's cold!
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That's (also) funny, right thar!
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You dealin' them eggs. Have TP to trade. JK. I have a local connection for extra large orange yolked brown eggs for $3 a dozen. Did the math. I'd have to live to be 99 to make the chicken thing break even. First thread I read in the morning, though.
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Chickens love crab guts too, even the lungs.

Not sure if it's a good idea, but I used to give them to them just to watch them go crazy and fight over them. Never seemed to cause any harm.
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They’ll eat loogies too. Don’t ask me how I know that.
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Chickens are feathered pigs.
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So can you use loogies in lieu of egg whites in recipes? Do they whip up well?
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That's why I avoid soufflés.
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I have heard loogies are a great baking binder in lieu of using eggs.
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