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How To Get "Free" Eggs
Thanks! I do enjoy my chickies.
Cool. Thanks. Let me know how it goes.
groovymama the groovywriter. :) I really enjoyed reading your instructable. Sometimes, you just have to laugh at yourself, right? Yeah, I grew up with ducks an chickens and so forth. Messy little buggers. But once they start laying, you'll have more than you can handle. Have fun with those little chickies! - TeresaM7
Not exactly free you have a start up cost and have to maintain the chickens. My wife wants chickens when we get our own place ill have to save this instructable. - JpsManCave
I just linked my "blog" in my profile. Has nothing to do with making stuff. Just stories.
LOL! So you know! Thank you!
You made me smile so much! It is SO TRUE that the roosters crow all the time and that chicks poop a lot! I have had personal experience in the area of chickens.
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Thanks for the chuckle. You write really well!
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Very funny, great jib
This was very helpful. Thank you! Sorry you can't have them anymore.
I kept mine in a dog kennel covered with tarps at night. This was my "coop". During the day I let them roam a fenced yard and eat grass and bugs. You can easily train your chickens to return to the coop at night. Start by leaving them inside the coop for a few days till they feel secure with it. Then at dusk when you want to close them in, bring a treat for them (I used to sprout several types of seeds and then feed them the sprouts, or crack some corn for them with my grinder, or mix some plain yogurt with a little mash- there's lots of options). Very soon, even without treats, the chickens will start going to the coop in the evening on their own. (I also had my laying boxes in here, and most of my chickens used these - though occasionally one would get broody and try to hide eggs, or just lay outdoors to be a pain). Normally my chickens would be waiting for me inside the coop when I came out to close them up, or would come when they saw me, or when I called "Here chicky". If I ever got held up until after sunset the chickens would all go perch on their roosts in the coop by themselves.I never lost any of mine to predators, though I do know that I had a hawk try at least once and miss. - I had trees and other air cover in my yard, and normally the chickens would move under cover on their own if there was a threat. I never used much layer's mash as the chickens had other things to eat and were satisfied with that (though I did keep a feeder of it in the coop). I did grind up and bake egg shells for a calcium supplement. I would still have chickens but I moved to a town were idiotic regulations keep me from having them. - dropkick
Home raised Egg's V Store Egg's; Have you ever stopped to think why store Egg's need to be refrigerated & not BEFORE refrigeration? My ancestors gathered there Egg's in a basket and just set it on the counter, NO refrigeration. when a chicken lay's an Egg it is coated with a substance that dries fast and seal out Oxygen from getting in and causing the Egg to start breaking down. Egg producers have to wash all the Egg's for cleanliness, without that coating they have to be refrigerated. Farm Fresh Egg's need no refrigeration and can last for Months. To get store Egg's to last that long Without Refrigeration wash them, dry them and put a very THIN coat of Mineral Oil on them, we bye 5 Dozen at a time and do this. Our Egg's only last us about 3 month's but are still fresh to the LAST EGG. - kekker70
Great info! Thanks!
Thanks for the great information!
Wow. It's cool that snakes aren't a problem there. Wish we didn't have to worry about that.
Agreed. But some of the puns are eggscrutiating.... Eggcelent post. - Isaiahb
Oh, I didn't find them TOO eggregious.... - Dr. dB
As with most pets, Parent A usually ends up caring & maintaining for the cute baby pet that morphs into a messy adult pet - even if they are still cute and adorable. Our 'free' eggs lasted for about 12 months after they laid their first egg. Free eggs cost a fair bit in chook food, straw, chicken well-being medicines and the occasional vet visit. Snake-proofing was another item on the list of egg & egg producing defense. Our chooks retired to a friends farm about 18 months ago and the section of our backyard that they turned into a desert wasteland has not yet recovered - still hard earth and weeds where there was once lush grass. We get our eggs from the supermarket now, much cheaper. - Sneezy Phil
Loved this instructable! I agree with everybody's opinion, you are hysterical! I have a friend that LOVES chickens, I'm going to share this so she can read it! You should do a daily or weekly blog! Good job! - Atha13
It sure was! - ClareBS
So true about Parent A!
Thank you!!! That was great info!!!
True. They are pets 1st. And yes, all have names.
Yay! That makes me happy!
Ooo. Great idea. There's a lot of feathers!
I'm so glad! Thank you!
Chickens also eat your veggie scraps! Plus they are so social. Have you named the girls? - silversofttail
i got chickens earlier this spring/summer. I like to collect their shedded feathers for crafts and stuff. - ryniablackfox.inesory
Chicken tractor... - skylane
Our rooster, Flip, would chase us kids, no matter where we were. Flip didn't chase dad, and mom kept her distance. Flip met his demise when he decided to challenge the neighbor Collie dog - a couple of acres over - and the Collie won. My mom was relieved, and the neighbors had a nice dinner, I was told much later. Unless you want chicks, do not keep a rooster :) - BeadGarden
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