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5/4/14 2:39 P

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You got that one right. And there are many breeds of rooster that are almost noise less. If you have a pan under the area where that roost at night, you can pull it out each morning, clean it off and put it back in. It is so very important to keep your chickens clean because they can get very ill if you don't.

All that chicken mature is awesome for your garden--BUT you have to compost it and add water to it, then leaves and straw; mix it well and use it the next year.

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5/4/14 1:56 P

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There is someone in my area that was complaining about their neighbor's rooster and hens. They said they stink besides being noisy. I wouldn't think they should stink unless they aren't cleaning the pen.

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5/4/14 10:42 A

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People think you have to have a rooster. This is not true. Chickens will lay eggs without a rooster. Unfortunately for me, I cannot have a rooster; but the chickens do not care. Many people think roosters are nosy. If you do your home work, you will find breeds of rooster that barely make noise as long as they have females around them.


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5/4/14 9:08 A

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I know I would like to try having chickens, as long as you don't have a rooster.

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I'd love to know the answer to this question, too!

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5/3/14 4:12 P

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I do not live in the country, but I am in a small-town village. My back yard is filled with birds. I especially love my Cardinals, Gold Finches and those feisty Blue Jays, just to name a few. Soon I am going to be introducing chickens to my backyard. I cannot wait. What is holding me back is figuring out how to make a coop for them. My husband is not in any way mechanically incline. So I will be on my own with this project. I want something simple, yet, good looking. Does anyone else have chickens?

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5/21/13 3:34 P

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The birds at my Moms feeder have really multiplied!! First we put up a seed feeder and it was mostly house finches and sparrows. Then we put a suet holder and now get starlings. Also the quail and morning doves are following up on the ground. At 92 she so enjoys watching the birds.

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I WILL TRY THAT

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6/15/12 11:14 A

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I know this isnt about the birds but the squirrel is using the old feeder that is broken to take his afternoon nap - so the backyard wildlife is all benefitting from me not getting the little projects done! LOL

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today as I was making breakfast a little bird landed on the ripped screen of the kitchen window. The screen was ripped from an earlier hail storm and hasnt been fixed yet. lately I have noticed that the rip is enlarging. Well today I watched as that little finch is pulling out strands of screening for a nest!! I was amused and awed. I didnt think a finch was that strong. It was fun to watch.

Now to decide to fix the screen or let them have it especially since I wouldnt let the robin build a nest on the patio..... Of course in thinking about how fast the screen was being fixed previously it is obvious that the finch wins this one! HA!

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Thanks for the suggestion!!

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5/27/12 12:58 A

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Hello! Oh my gosh I've never heard of anything like this before, I don't know what to tell you because I would feel the same about a bird nesting and pooping near where my family eats. I think I would contact Birds and Blooms on line and post that question about what to do. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

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I have a robin who is determined to build a next on top of the patio lights above our BBQ -- i removed the nest (NO EGGS YET) and have hung up a small broom so it cant return but the robin is fixated on the spot -- keeps coming back every day now for 3 days -- hope it decideds the 2 nearby trees are adequate soon. Sigh.

PS Please dont tell me to let the robin build a nest on the lights. Past experience with swallows has shown me that the amount of poop from the birds will truly be unsanitary for the patio and since we eat out there a lot I cant let it happen. It is amazing how much a small bird can poop.

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Thank you!!!! You solved my problem it IS the House Finch!!!!! The one with red all over is so pretty and why is it the male is always so pretty???LOL Anyway thank you!

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5/7/12 8:50 A

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Sounds like a finch to me too.

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5/6/12 3:10 A

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Could it be a house finch? They come pretty close to this area. images.search.yahoo.com/search/image
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Thank you so much! I'll get it! We have many birds and since we put up bird feeders close to our sunroom window they have been coming in like crazy! I have one little bird that I can't seem to identify. It kind of looks like a sparrow but thinner and it's got a red sheen to it's head, chest and upper back. It's a very pretty liitle bird!

If you come accross any birds that look like the one I described please let me know!

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A field guide to birds has always been helpful for me.

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5/3/12 12:42 P

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The very best book for bird identification is The Sibley Guide to Birds. I keep it in a drawer in my living room next to my bird-watching window beside a pair of binoculars. Haven't seen a bird yet I haven't been able to identify in the guide!



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Hi All!
Can anyone suggest a good book that identifes backyard birds for the Pacific North West?

Thanks!
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