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Old 13 June 2019, 00:24
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Why am I always the one that has to mention thermite and/or tannerite?
Because you beat me to it. An excuse to blow shit up.....
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Old 13 June 2019, 09:27
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I apologize in advance, but I can't read/hear the term "Rhode Island Reds" without thinking of this scene from the Rob Zombie move "The Devil's Rejects"

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Old 13 June 2019, 16:24
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They are 70-80 foot white oaks. The problem is that you cant get a logger around here to do anything with only 7-8 acres. Not enough money in it for them on only 7-8 acres. Most of the trees are long and straight but only 12" or so in diameter.
You might check at a local sawmill to find the number of a small time logger/pulp wood operation. They would probably be willing to do it.
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Old 13 June 2019, 22:47
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I bought 15, 3 day old chicks at Tractor Supply real early in the year when they 1st came out. I kept them in a heated area until they were big enough to go outside. They're pretty big now and follow me around like the pied piper. I'm down to 9 but they're doing well. I lost 2 to the swim test, 2 LOM's, 1 to what I think was a code red and 1 FTR.

They free range and grass feed. They have a thicket close by when the hawks are flying sorties.

I gotta get a few more hens already laying until my Replacement Detachment is ready for assignment. My few remaining hens are so broody all they want to do is sit.
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Old 14 June 2019, 19:25
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I bought 15, 3 day old chicks at Tractor Supply real early in the year when they 1st came out. I kept them in a heated area until they were big enough to go outside. They're pretty big now and follow me around like the pied piper. I'm down to 9 but they're doing well. I lost 2 to the swim test, 2 LOM's, 1 to what I think was a code red and 1 FTR.

They free range and grass feed. They have a thicket close by when the hawks are flying sorties.

I gotta get a few more hens already laying until my Replacement Detachment is ready for assignment. My few remaining hens are so broody all they want to do is sit.
Good to hear 1RS...I got 6 Rhode Island Reds and all are standing tall. They freerange during the day and put a hurt on the worms, bugs etc. I suspect they will be laying in September or so. I have not encountered any hawks, foxes etc...but I am sure they will be lurking soon.
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Old 18 June 2019, 11:24
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We've had chickens and guineas for years.

A surprising number of women visiting the house have asked, "How do you get eggs when you don't have any roosters?"

I just look at them and go "Do you need a man to produce your eggs?" Most go, "ooohhh…"
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Old 18 June 2019, 11:30
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I bought 15, 3 day old chicks at Tractor Supply real early in the year when they 1st came out. I kept them in a heated area until they were big enough to go outside. They're pretty big now and follow me around like the pied piper. I'm down to 9 but they're doing well. I lost 2 to the swim test, 2 LOM's, 1 to what I think was a code red and 1 FTR.

They free range and grass feed. They have a thicket close by when the hawks are flying sorties.

I gotta get a few more hens already laying until my Replacement Detachment is ready for assignment. My few remaining hens are so broody all they want to do is sit.
You will have a large supply of eggs with that many!
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Old 18 June 2019, 21:16
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You will have a large supply of eggs with that many!
I had 35 hens at one time. Had to lay off a few for poor performance. Hawks, owls, falcons & occasionally my neighbors dog have had free meals. I'm under 20 now and happy with that.

I had 1 Leghorn hen that laid 330 eggs a year. She was victim to the great dog massacre of 2015 along with 8 others.
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Old 18 June 2019, 23:29
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Yep I bet at least half of our turn out to be roosters. My wife raises some pretty fancy birds so she can sell some, but lots end up in the pressure cooker.
We butchered a bunch of roosters when they were young and they were not too bad. My remaining rooster got so rank, I finally had to dispatch him after several years. We cooked him but it was tough going. We ended up throwing the cooked carcass into the chicken pen and those girls would jump over a basket of biscuits to get at that meat.
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Old 19 June 2019, 18:42
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We butchered a bunch of roosters when they were young and they were not too bad. My remaining rooster got so rank, I finally had to dispatch him after several years. We cooked him but it was tough going. We ended up throwing the cooked carcass into the chicken pen and those girls would jump over a basket of biscuits to get at that meat.
Dang....that just seems wrong!
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Old 19 June 2019, 19:45
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Dang....that just seems wrong!
They might as well be little velociraptors. You should see our's when they get a mouse. The turkeys are even worse. They hunt in packs...
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They might as well be little velociraptors. You should see our's when they get a mouse. The turkeys are even worse. They hunt in packs...
Most people have no idea how vicious chickens can be...

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Old 21 June 2019, 01:11
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They are hell be on snakes too. Which was pretty awesome where my wife grew up.

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And my wife keeps trying to convince me to let her hatch an emu...
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Old 24 June 2019, 06:21
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My wife wants to hatch an emu as well. Yet, she's afraid to just reach in and grab/shoo the giant rooster that "flies at my head and tries to kill me" every time she goes to get eggs.

Bottom line: There will be no gigantic dinosaur birds on my watch.
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Old 24 June 2019, 10:22
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My wife wants to hatch an emu as well. Yet, she's afraid to just reach in and grab/shoo the giant rooster that "flies at my head and tries to kill me" every time she goes to get eggs.

Bottom line: There will be no gigantic dinosaur birds on my watch.
Tennis rackets are her friend with the rank rooster.
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Old 24 June 2019, 11:51
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Tennis rackets are her friend with the rank rooster.
Yeah a badminton racket would break when you hit that birdie.
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The 3 horses aren't here. They are boarded about 15 miles away.
To support your dressage habit?
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Old 24 June 2019, 12:49
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To support your dressage habit?
Dressage, yes. Me? No.....LOL


She actually does 3 day eventing, of which Dressage is day 1 followed by cross-country and then show jumping. The cross country is pretty brutal.
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