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Chick info

Monday, July 29, 2013

These chicks were all hatched from eggs that we gathered from
the various pens. These are purebred bantams (small sized) and
are used as 4-H projects. These are exotic birds. Yes, you can
eat them if you have too many or if for some reason, you can
not show them (crooked toes, wrong color, etc). They are what
hobby farmers call "yard art on feet". Some people buy them
at poultry auctions to add a little color to their yards. Because
they are small, even when grown, they have a tendency to be
very tough to eat unless you use them to make soup.
There are also other chickens that are called large fowl because
they are bigger but just as pretty. Most of these are not used
for egg production. Those are another totally different chicken.
So, to put it all in simple terms, you have
1. Bantam-small, colorful, made to look at but not to eat.
2. Large fowl-larger, just as colorful, can be eaten but may be tough.
3. Egg production-breeds that are normally used just for that.
4. Meat production-broilers, and other heavy breeds only meant
to eat.
If you all are confused, consider this. Looks aren't everything! LOL!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KLMEIRING 8/1/2013 5:03AM

    I am getting an education by reading your blog!

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AWESOMECHELZ 7/31/2013 8:46AM

    I learned something!! I so much like your blogs. For me, is like being at the farm while still living in the city. I had NO idea that's how it works. emoticon
Have a fabulous day!!

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FROSTY99 7/30/2013 8:01PM

    Thanks for the great info-I didn't realize how fancy raising chickens has gotten.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/30/2013 7:55PM

    small and tough it is the spark way lol thanks for the info I basically only know perdue chickens and that is no joke sad . that why there is you to teach me hugs. enjoy your pretty chicks

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BARBANNA 7/30/2013 6:42PM

    Well now I can rest! It's bad enough we eat chickens but little fowls seems like a lot of work for very little. You have an amazing knowledge of farm animals but I guess that real valuable with the 4H. I can't believe to find time to go to bed with all the projects, jobs, responsibilities, roles, hat you wear and all the time you devote to SP. You are an amazing person! You have so much love and give to so many! Thank god for giving us angels in earth like you! I want to be like you when I grow up....oops I'm the same age as you. Maybe I can model your behavior! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 7/30/2013 12:42PM

    GREAT lesson! I love learning things like this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 7/30/2013 11:18AM

    Ok! I forgot you do stuff with the 4-H!!! Duh, me!!! So, they are just for that then! My neighbor has layers. One is an "Easter egger" so her eggs will be greenish or blueish!
Anyway, your chicks are just beautiful and I'm sure they will be gorgeous adults!! Please keep us updated with pics as they grow! I know my neighbor's chicks have doubled their size yet again and are getting more beautiful all the time!! And of course, looks aren't everything, but it couldn't hurt!! emoticon (((HUGS)))

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AUNTB63 7/30/2013 10:57AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this info, I feel smarter already....Have terrific Tuesday :) emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/30/2013 10:49AM

    Thank you for the information! HUGS

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JUSTA123 7/30/2013 7:15AM

    Interesting! emoticon

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MILLEDGE2 7/30/2013 6:29AM

    Great clarification! I grew up in the city and vividly recall the first time, after moving to a tiny rural town, I learned there was such a thing as "show chickens" - bred to be seen rather than eaten. It broadened my world considerably!

Hope they all turn out to be beauties and inspire many 4-H-ers!

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WISLNDR 7/30/2013 5:48AM

    I love ONEKIDSMOM's answer. definitely something there to think about!!


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FLEMIDG 7/30/2013 12:14AM

    Thanks for the info.

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GABIBEAR 7/30/2013 12:00AM

    Thank you so much Marsha for taking out any confusion I felt!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/29/2013 10:48PM

    So if we don't want to get eaten, we should be small and tough? Hey, it's Spark motivation!

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IMAVISION 7/29/2013 10:43PM

    Thank you for sharing this information!

God bless!

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