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The chickens that lay blue or green eggs are Araucanas and Ameraucanas. Those are the pure breeds or varieties, but you can also get the less pure ones called Easter Eggers and they lay colored eggs too. I hope to have some in the future but I'm working on getting my three older hens to be nice to a couple of youngsters I introduced about a month ago and they're not getting along very well!


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I would love to have chickens. Altho we are on almost 5 acres, our zoning doesn't allow livestock. Altho I know someone nearby that has chickens anyway - our properties are large & wooded, so for the most part one neighbor can't see the other.

I'd like to have those chickens that lay the pretty blue eggs -can't remember just now their breed. The eggs are delish!

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We ordered 12 barred rock chickens through the mail last year. We have 2 roosters (only get one if you are just starting) and 10 hens. We get about 10 eggs a day. Over Easter we had so many eggs we fed the church Easter breakfast. I have heard you can freeze them. I haven't been brave enough to try it. We just give them away. They have a coup and yard of their own and we let them roam during the day. We have fox and coyotes so they are put up at night. The Cackle Hatchery will send them in the mail to your local post office if you want to get started.


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We had a rooster named Jellybean who was mean as could be (maybe he didn't like his name). He chased the kids and would fly at us with his spurs out-we literally took to carrying a 2x4 with us when we went out to get eggs.

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What kind are they? And your rooster, especially--is he nice? Lol. I'm asking because DH and I had to find a new home for ours--he was a Brown Leghorn and started flogging us! But my chickens have since been attacked by dogs twice, and though I know a 12-pound rooster is no match for dogs, at least he would pay more attention to what's out there than the girls do.

We'd like to hear more about your flock!


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Hi, new to your board.
I've got 6 hens and a rooster. I've had them for 4 years and adore them.


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I'm researching buying more and I might get a rooster too if I can find a nice one. We had to find a new home for Rudy because he started flogging us! I guess he thought we were competition. I know a rooster is no match for dogs but at least he could warn the girls because they NEVER pay attention!

I'm just wondering how many my DH will tolerate!

Shyteetee, maybe you should form a city chicken-lovers group and lobby your local leaders for a change in the laws. Many cities will allow hens (but not roosters of course) as long as you don't let them wander too far!


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I'm so envious! We live in city limits and can not have chickens (even though we have a half acre). It makes me want to move!!!

I raised chickens as a child (up until high school or so). I had many types, my favorite were the ones with the feathers on the legs - its been so long, I forget the names!

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I think Ameraucanas run the gamut in personality. Some are sweeties and others and downright mean. I've heard that about cochins and brahmas as well, but the feathered feet are a deterrent to me. I think it looks weird! I like the bare legged look.

We have cruddy clay soil too here in California. :(


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I've read that Dominiques are now a rare breed and people are encouraged to keep them. And I hope if I get an Ameraucana she'll be nice. I think maybe just an "Easter Egger" that isn't pure Ameraucana might be better to try.

I'd also like to have Cochins or Brahmas--they're supposed to have nice personalities like Orpingtons, but they do have feathery feet and I can just imagine their feet turning into little mudballs in our Tennessee clay soils LOL!

I hope your little chick recovers. I'm guessing it isn't high in the peck order!


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I'm glad your chickens are recovering! What a great end to a bad story. My husband is always saying ours look like little dinosaurs.

Baby chicks are a lot of work, but it's so much fun with kids. They seem to be doing alright, growing before our very eyes. The buff seems to have something up with its eye, but they have been pecking each other quite a bit and I suspect it may have been pecked. I'm keeping an eye on it and hoping she'll be ok.

We had an ameraucana last year that we got for the eggs and she ended up being the meanest old pullet!! She died when she was about 12 weeks old and we haven't missed her a bit. Our other pullets ended up being much nicer birds after she died as well. I would still like to get the green eggs! It looks like we'll have all brown egg layers, which is cool with me.

Oh, and I love Dominiques!! I wish we had a feed store around here or someone who I could buy a chick or pullet from.


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Those are nice chickens. I'm hoping to find some adult pullets on our local sales network because I don't have time to raise baby chicks right now. On my want list are Barred Rocks, Buff Orpington, Golden-laced Wyandotte, Dominique and Ameraucana. I can taste those blue and green eggs right now LOL!!

I'm very pleased to report that my two injured hens are recovering and even laying eggs while they have big wounds on their backs. And the one that was hurt 2 weeks ago is starting to grow some feathers back. They're incredibly tough little creatures. Like little feathered dinosaurs I say!

Animal Control is looking for those dogs that attacked my chickens and I hope they can get them contained.


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We got 3 more chicks today! 2 barred rocks and a buff orp. These are new breeds for us. Now we have 5 birds and that's enough for suburbia! emoticon


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I live in the city, and one of our neighbors' son has two chickens as his pets, and it certainly took us by surprise the first time we "met" them....they walked right onto our back porch and started tapping their beaks on the patio door! I don't know what kind they are, but I'll have to ask him the next time that I see him.

My wife started leaving seeds or whole grain bread out for them, and like clockwork, they stop by to visit every day to eat. It is very comical on Sunday morning watching them interact with the squirrels and other birds who are also clamoring on our back porch to get some food. I find them fascinating, and can't wait to have our own chickens (but that is after I've gone back to being a vegetarian again!) emoticon

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I'm afraid it's just one of those things that happens. My neighbor called to say someone from animal control was out looking, so maybe these dogs are strays. The good news is that my injured chicken made it through the night, so I'm hopeful she'll be okay (has a lot of healing and then feather-growing to do!). Thanks to you all for the condolences. It's amazing how our little creatures have such a hold on our hearts.

And I'm very thankful the dogs didn't get the other bunny, two chickens or any of my three cats.


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I am so sorry to hear about your chickens and bunny! I don't know what else you could do for your chicken. I hope she recovers. Other than a raccoon in the vicinity, I haven't had any predators around my girls. Cats will come into our fenced yard, but my chickens have managed to terrify all the cats so that they jump back up the fence and run away if the chickens are out.


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Poor chickens and bunnies! I don't think there's anything else you can do. When we had chickens, we buried boards with nails sticking out around the perimeter because we had critters that would dig under the henhouse. We ended up with some fur covered nails, but no critters digging anymore.

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This was a dangerous thread to read... I got curious and started looking up Easter eggers - and spent about 3 hrs reading all about them!
So sorry to hear about the fate of your poor chicken and bunny! I hope the injured one recovers!

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I have some sad news to report: This morning three dogs came onto our property and killed one of our chickens and ripped a door off the bunny hutch and killed one of the bunnies. And they seriously injured another chicken. I brought her in the house and put her in a warm place and put Neosporin on the wound. She's drinking water and eating and I'm hoping for the best. Does anyone have any suggestions about what else I should be doing for her? Thanks.


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I agree! It's fun to learn about everyone's chickens. I wanted an easter egger because of the eggs, of course. We have two Welsummers, they are very pretty birds with nice personalities and are pretty good layers too (not as great as a leghorn or RIR, but close). I have a pic of one of them in my profile.


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It's so nice to read about everyone's chickens! I'd love to have some Easter Eggers or Ameraucanas for blue and green eggs. I've also read that Buff Orpingtons are really sweet. My chickens will let me pet them but I'd like some that would let me carry them around lol!


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Barbara, your eggs sound so pretty and colorful! We lost our easter egger last spring when she was only about 8 weeks old. She was such a pretty thing. One of my hens stopped laying for the winter and resumed about a month ago and the other laid an egg a day throughout the winter, taking a day or two off here and there. I had to buy eggs for a month or so and I hated to do it. One laying hen isn't enough for a family of 4, but two works out pretty well. It would be ideal for us to have 3, I think, and too bad that we lost our easter egger. Oh well.

I've heard you can keep the eggs for quite a while, several months if they are refrigerated. I know that if you buy that egg substitute stuff that you can freeze it, so I don't know why you can't just freeze beaten eggs. I've never had enough to freeze. Right now I have about 18 in the fridge.






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Karen, I don't like store eggs now either. I've become an egg snob!emoticon. We live in a town of 100,000 which is on the edge of an agricultural area and we are allowed to have chickens. Well, hens only and you have to keep things cleaned up. They are also supposed to be enclosed in a coop and/or run, but we let ours free range. We clip the wings and our whole yard is fenced with a high fence.


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Mary Ann, that fall from the chicken house sounds painful! I hope my kids don't try doing that. Our chicken coop is on concrete so it would be a painful fall.


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Whee, those Wyandottes are so pretty! I wrap chicken wrire around each of my raised beds to keep them out, which works pretty well. Mine free range during the day as well.


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We have a flock of 14. That is including the rooster. Half our hens are the Easter Egg hens and the other half are ???. Our rooster is a bard rock which is black & white. We have one little white rock bantum hen. She had a rooster mate but the bard rock rooster killed him. Our rooster we have won't breed with her. But we think she will be the one to set eggs this year. We get white eggs, brown eggs and pink and a sort of purple. And the bantum lays the cutest tiny white egg. Ours are free roam in a pen as we live in too wild an area to have them loose. We have wild dogs, coyotes, fox, racoons and even hawks that have killed our chickens. We even had a crow to steal eggs last spring. So far he isn't back this year thankfully. Our Easter egg chickens lay all winter here. Out of 13 hens we average about 9 eggs a day. I'm wanting to know how to save the eggs...like freezing them or whatever for next winter? I have heard you can beat them a little and freeze that way??? Any ideas?

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When I lived in Idaho I had Leghorns, Plymouth Rocks, and Rhode Island Reds. There is nothing like fresh eggs! I can't stand store eggs. Unfortunately now that I live in a town, I doubt they'd appreciate my having chickens running around.

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I haven't had chickens in my back yard since I was a little girl. They were Banta chicken and we had a couple of Rosters my sister and I tried to stay away from. I once climbed on the chicken house and fell off then got caught on the tin roof on a chicken coop below on my way down. I wasn't supposed to be there so I couldn't tell my mother just how I got hurt or how bad it hurt.

My grandmother also had chickens in her backyard.

I haven't tought about this in years. It happened about 55 years ago.

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DH and I have four chickens and they're all sweethearts. One is a brown Leghorn and she lays a shiny ivory colored egg, while the other three are Silver-laced Wyandottes and they all lay eggs in various shades of brown, some with speckles.

They free-range during the day and do some mini-roto-tilling for me and eat bugs. I do have to lay wire over newly seeded beds to keep them from eating my seeds! But their silly antics and delicious eggs are worth a little extra garden work!


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Just wondering if there are any other backyard gardeners here with chickens? We started with day old chicks last year and we lost one, and have two laying hens now. Right now they are each laying a gorgeous dark brown egg each day.


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