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Steve Ducks

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@dianaT how long did the rescues live? I had intended to start with 3 rescues but BHT shut down for covid. I read that rescue chickens could be lovely as you see them recover and live life for the first time...... but they can have a lot of health issues, die within a year or two? Also you dont get too many eggs (which wouldnt be an issue for me anyway)
 

dianaT

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Well it was some years ago from memory they lived a good 4yrs and did lay once they got used to their new home and freedom. Now our animal rescue down here often get in loads of hens from barn/battery conditions then add to their website to find good home, they mostly all go, but you must have at least 3. Obviously there is a charge after all they had had to care for them in the meantime and do need some sort of income,it is run by volunteers. We have had 2 dogs from them over the years. Here's a selection of photos, the A frame has a hen & her chicks in.
 

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Wendy Cooper-Wolfe

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I've had chickens (and geese in the past) since the 1980s and at the moment we only have 3 chooks , (the most I've ever had were 8 plus a cockerel).
Would agree that you need a minimum of 3 hens, a henhouse that will be well ventilated but not draughty, (we used to have a summer henhouse outside and a winter one in a shed). And as much safe space as you can give them - they will dig up a small tin in days........ we opted for an electric poultry netting set up which cost a lot initially but had lasted for over 10 years and has proved is worth although now we are retired we can be with them while they free range. I wonder let them out of sight though.... and that means or large garden has lots of little bits and pieces done / not done as they call the tune and i follow them round! ( plants aren't safe when they are in digging mood )
Cheap to keep, even including costs of worming, bedding, Diatom etc etc, lovely to watch ( very relaxing), worrying if they are ill but i wouldn't be without them. We have 2 hybrids (Speckledy) both 3 yrs old and a buff Orpington who is 9.5 yrs. As @Yav says wonderful different personalities. Dora sees them as part of her flock!
 

Steve Ducks

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I grew up with ducks geese and chickens. Infact it was my job to look after them. Soooo I’ve finally decided the time is right to complete my poultry hoarding with the introduction of two Ebdon Goslings this coming Thursday. Apparently they make god guards so Iwill be able to spend more time indoors with the parrots. Very excited. More than parrots I have always wanted geese!
 

Steve Ducks

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On a less serious note one of my chooks caught a mouse this morning - My bottom bitch Hen actually caught and ate a sparrow a few weeks ago!
 

Tonifrax

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I grew up with ducks geese and chickens. Infact it was my job to look after them. Soooo I’ve finally decided the time is right to complete my poultry hoarding with the introduction of two Ebdon Goslings this coming Thursday. Apparently they make god guards so Iwill be able to spend more time indoors with the parrots. Very excited. More than parrots I have always wanted geese!
Have to change your name to Steve Goose 😜😂 or in my case it'd be goosed 🤣🤣🤣
 

Wendy Cooper-Wolfe

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I grew up with ducks geese and chickens. Infact it was my job to look after them. Soooo I’ve finally decided the time is right to complete my poultry hoarding with the introduction of two Ebdon Goslings this coming Thursday. Apparently they make god guards so Iwill be able to spend more time indoors with the parrots. Very excited. More than parrots I have always wanted geese!
Yes they make great guard geese, I had a breeding pair and they produced a gosling after a couple of years. They could be quite loving but the gander could give you a nasty nip, especially when they were protecting the gosling. they were inquisitive and would come into the huse if they could, but we didnt allow that as they do very messy poos!!!
 

Steve Ducks

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@Wendy Cooper-Wolfe one of my drakes likes to play fight with me and chase me indoors - during the summer when I’m wearing shorts the back of my calves are covering in little black kisses :) I know a Gander will nip MUCH harder so I won’t encourage interplay with him. I wish I had more space. I would love some more stuff but I am cramped now a it is!
 
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