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The Chicken Club (The Flock)

A group for people who want to raise a few chickens, who have chickens or other poultry, are thinking about getting some poultry, or who just plain love chickens and ducks and geese!

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Comment by Alys Kennedy on October 20, 2009 at 9:44am
Hi Kate....sounds like your chicken girl is in love with you...that is a submissive behavior usually afforded the rooster...but you most likely don't have a rooster, so she is giving it to you. At least from your description that is my take on it. Any other ideas Ro? As for a class, lets just set up a date, a place to meet and put it out to those on this site and see who shows up...if no one but you and I come, we can just talk about chickens or???? If it is small we could do it here, on either a Monday or Wednesday early evening. I go to bed early, so I would want to be done with it by about 8...perhaps we could do a potluck sort of meeting and talk while we eat. I think it best for a beginning to keep it informal and do what we can to share experiences - things that worked and didn't work.....and if it grows, perhaps it would be something that could be done at the ReStore?
Comment by Kate Clark on October 19, 2009 at 10:15pm
Ok, new name for the group- as we refine our vision of our chicken group.

I have a question...the other day one of my girls was so excited when I brought out compost, she put her head down a little, spread her wings just slightly and pounded the ground with her feet super quick in a little chicken dance. What the heck was that?!
Comment by Ro Donelson on October 19, 2009 at 11:19am
Alys I'm interested in learning about your new coop idea and in helping with a class. Wasn't Mad City fun!!
Comment by Alys Kennedy on October 18, 2009 at 10:18am
Wow! I haven't been on the Transition site for a little while and look what happened when I wasn't looking!!!!!! I am thrilled that there is now a chicken group, and it seems to be very well populated. I have had chickens, from the incubator up, off and on all my life. Of course that said, there are always new things to learn and new challenges to be dealt with. I started my most recent batch a year and a half ago, and I found a way to do a chicken house that I would most highly recommend. It is set up in a fashion that The Girls - or the B'gaks - do a lot of the "cleaning" for you. I do some cleaning on a daily basis but it only takes me about 10 - 15 minutes and my chicken house does not stink! and to me that is nigh on a miracle. I would be happy to share the method with anyone interested. And, I am wondering if there is anyone in the group interested in the possibility of offering small classes for newcomers to chickendom?? It would be fun to share all we know collectively.

I saw Mad City Chickens last night - it was great! Thanks TW for bringing it to us....wish we could get the world to watch it.

Also, getting back to basics is kind of my primary aim these days, and I have a lot of old style living skills and information if anyone is looking for that sort of thing. Simplicity is a wonderful thing...time consuming though....oddly enough, as it becomes who you are.
Comment by Kate Clark on October 17, 2009 at 11:31pm
Wooohoo! Great time at the movie today- Mad City Chickens sold out! I had a blast-hope some of you were able to make it. Some beautiful chickens, too.
Comment by Jeffrey Westcott on October 14, 2009 at 11:20pm

Comment by Jeffrey Westcott on October 14, 2009 at 11:19pm
Notes from Franklin Street...

Our RI Reds are happily laying wonderful eggs and see quite happy. We had a Bantam rooster, but living on a 4,000sf lot in Sunnyland coupled with his increased charging at us when we let him out at 6am every morning contributed to his early demise. (He didn't abide.) I don't eat chicken, but my housemate said it was wonderful, albeit a bit stringy.

Sure enough, it took the hens about six months to mature to egg-laying status. They get to roam the yard all day and have grown find of the compost pile and following me into the house. Our pit-bill boxer mix has even been known to herd them into the coop when they were younger and a little more rambunctious.

I think they have a good life (the hens, at least; Sid, the rooster, led a noble life). We will probably add two more next year.
Comment by Ro Donelson on October 14, 2009 at 6:30pm
Keith
Happy to see you here. I met you last night at the Common Security Club. I've had quite a bit of experience with raising chickens (layers) and would be happy to advise you. Let me know, when and if you have questions.
Comment by Keith Foecke on October 14, 2009 at 10:26am
I currently don't have chickens, but I want some. I hope to learn all I can, prepare, and acquire some by next spring.
Comment by Kate Clark on October 11, 2009 at 12:33pm
Hey Ro:
So glad you joined us! Your chicken expertise is legend. I would love to see you at Mad City Chickens- I'm bringing a picture of my girls.
 

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