Chicken aggregation

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are two main purposes for this aggregation of chicken information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.

After a lot of research, my partner, Phyliss, and I decided on Buff Orpingtons. We love their personalities, we love the color of their eggs, and we love the color contrast they make with the green of the lawns (we have a 2.5 acre/1 hectare "hobby" farm) where our contented and friendly "lap" chickens are allowed to roam, eat at their own private organic "salad bar" and hunt for bugs and worms to their hearts' content.

As is the case with many other things, I strongly suggest that you do your own research. Paper doesn't refuse ink, plus many times the information you have might not be quite complete in areas which wind up causing you misperceptions and extra physical labor. It's rather like the old adage, "measure twice, cut once". You can get a ton of great information out of a book or video, but then your own personal experience will raise little issues which all your information didn't tell you. Plus your own experiences might prove different from the experience of the folks whose opinion you value. I'll give you a couple of examples. But before I do, let me assure you that Phyliss and I both think chickens are wonderful creatures to have around. They are a never-ending source of enjoyment and fresh eggs.

At first, we thought we wanted to keep both chickens and guineas because so many people online said they were compatible. For us, that proved to not be the case, so we gave our guineas away to a good home on a bigger farm with seven children. Some of the more dominant guineas bullied the chickens. Furthermore, guineas fly as well as pheasants, so we couldn't contain them in our "low security" area. They would simply fly over the eight-foot fence at will, and be hard to pen up in our "high security" area at night. Sometimes they would actually try to roost outside in zero-degree weather instead of voluntarily going inside the 50-degree heated coop with the chickens. We couldn't stand seeing them suffer, and we didn't like going outside on a bitterly cold night with a foot of snow on the ground and try to herd guineas.

Also, we had very limited space, so our coop is only 70 sq. ft. (10' x 7') on the inside with 12 nesting boxes. After a few dog "holocausts" and losing about a dozen hens in three different disasters, we have decided to keep our flock from 18 to 24 chickens. The reason is because chickens are very serious about their pecking order, and we've found it's not a good idea to introduce too few strange chickens into an established flock. In fact, chickens will peck baby chicks to death if given the chance. They occasionally manage to kill a sparrow who tries to share their food and gets too careless.

BOOKS:

The Chicken Health Handbook, by Gail Damerow

The Chicken Encyclopedia: An Illustrated Reference, by Gail Damerow

Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl, by Gail Damerow

RECENT VIDEOS, BLOGS, ARTICLES, COLUMNS, AND STATEMENTS:

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION: See John's Twitter for one of the web's most eclectic mashups of interesting real-time news articles. I surf the web for interesting real-time news stories and informative tidbits so you don't have to.

See the miraculous healing of a severely wounded chicken with Yunnan Baiyao, Manuka Honey and Colloidal Silver (graphic photos), by Mike Adams, Natural News - (NOTE: This wonderful story is "must reading" for all chicken people!)

Buff Orpington The Right Chicken for your Backyard - See ChickensForBackyards.com

Backyard Chickens 101 — Mother Earth News

Caring for an urban chicken coop

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