The Hazards of Backyard Hens

This is very serious. It is a ‘must see’, even if you never intend to have chickens in your backyard. It is of utmost importance that you watch this video in order to understand the hazards the chicken owners in your life must face.

It’s true. I have been pestering Bud for a Cow for at least a year now. :-/

15 thoughts on “The Hazards of Backyard Hens

  1. This is so cute. I enjoyed every minute of her rant. Chickens are no different from cats and dogs as far as having them for pets and eggs. When are you going to look into a cow?

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I loved it, too!

      Unfortunately, I’m going to have to talk Bud into letting me get the cow, first. He’s not for it. It’s a big responsibility and would keep us more tied down than the chickens do (if it’s a dairy cow)…but the desire to have one kicked in after I got the chickens, so I can vouch for the fact that what the ranter in the video says about wanting more farm animals is true!

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  2. you will need to get two cows — male and female — to get milk. The cow must be nursing for you to have milk all the time. Same with goats. Or, you can farm out a female to get pregnant by a male. Some small home farms around here do exactly that. Anyway, that is the reason why I decided against cows or goats for milk. However, rescuing and providing a home for them is a different matter.

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    1. Yes, that will be a big drawback, I know. It’s a totally different lifestyle when you are homesteading. I guess we need to decide how far we are going to take it. I fear that it’s going to become more and more of a necessity soon, due to rising food prices. I have considered goats, too, rather than a cow. Everyone says they are easier, but you are right…it takes more than one. That would be cool if some of your neighbors would sell you some milk! I don’t know why I even want one, because I’m totally off dairy right now. I’ve heard, though, that some people can drink raw milk, whereas, they have trouble with pasteurized. Also, some people do better with goat’s milk over cow’s.

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      1. I do have neighbor that sells eggs, kids (goats), chicks (chickens)… I haven’t gone over to check them out though. They are my “The Gardeners” neighbors by the way. 🙂 When we first met them, they were selling plants by the road and my goodness, their goats had 17 kids! That is one of the reasons why I haven’t gone over there — I am afraid I will be tempted to get a goat or two. LOL. 🙂

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        1. I don’t blame you for not wanting to go over there. I saw a video the other day of someone who had kids (goats) in their living room.They were tromping across the floor, and they were SO CUTE. 🙂 Wow, though…if you can get yard eggs…they taste so much better, and are much more nutritious than store eggs. I can really tell a difference between my hens’ eggs, and the ‘cage free’ I buy when our egg production is low.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I always appreciate your words of encouragement. I’m looking forward to having more to write about in a few weeks. 🙂 My life here is pretty boring. 😛 When we go to the other place, it’s like being in a different world. I look back at the pictures I’ve taken from there, and I remember again and again why I love it so much. I hope that I never get use to it once I am up there.

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  3. i have to disagree, though my case is a bit different. i live on an acre and rent out a house on the property. some new folks moved in and wanted chickens. i’m a vegan so i could not care less about chickens but it seemed like a good use of the property so i said OK. big mistake. one thing nobody seems to mention is that chickens can make a lot of noise sometimes. i’m not talking about roosters (i wasnt that stupid to allow roosters). every time a chicken lays an egg it makes a ton of god awful squawking noises. sometimes the squawking would go on for 10 minutes or more and i would get very annoyed and go see what was going on. you know what was going on? nothing. no egg laying, just a chicken strutting around the egg laying area making a huge amount of noise! sometimes 2 or 3 chickens would go in the egg laying area and have some kind of fight and the noise level would multiply by however many chickens were in there squawking at each other. another thing people dont tell you is that chickens can fly. not very far, of course, but over 6 and even 8 foot fences if they felt like it. i would find chickens on the roof of my house just looking at me, like ‘what? we have wings.’ so the chickens can be hard to contain. they seem to have a wanderlust and would circle and circle the perimeter, looking for a way out. they would push at the fencing looking for any little hole they could squeeze through and let me tell you, they can squeeze through some VERY small holes. numerous times the chickens broke into my garden and let me tell you, just 3 or 4 chickens can destroy a huge amount of vegetables. sometimes the chickens would get into the neighbors yard and eat their garden. yes some of the problems i had with chickens had to do with the renters not being responsible enough to prevent some of these things. i had to ask the renters to leave and i will not ever have chickens on my property again.

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    1. Thanks for weighing in, Chris! And…I have to say…you are CORRECT! They really can make a lot of noise, though not *most* of the time. A lot of it depends on the breed. We tried to pick out quiet breeds since we are in a neighborhood, but we do have several flaky ones that ‘go off’ for no particular reason. We also have some that are enamored of a particular nest, and if someone else is using it, they will go on and on and on, until that hen gets off their nest. It’s annoying to me, too, at times…but no more annoying than the neighbor’s yappy dog that goes on and on and on…even in the wee hours of the morning or middle of the night when they let it out to go to the bathroom. At least the chickens limit their ‘yapping’ to between sunrise and sundown and are quiet when people are sleeping.

      Though chickens can fly, mine have never made it over the fence (nor even tried), and never on the house, but I have one crazy hen that will fly on top of the hen house if she is cornered when I need to catch her. If your tenant’s hens were in a small pen…with no grass, no bugs, etc., then I can see them wanting to get out to do what chickens do…forage…and look for some real protein. (not that soy junk in chicken feed). I wouldn’t want to eat that full time, either. Chickens were designed to eat bugs, plants and seeds…not legumes. Chickens forage and eat -All-day-long! It’s what they do best, second only to laying eggs and pooping.

      Yes, they CAN destroy a garden if left there unchecked. Many people let them in for an hour or two to eat the bugs in the garden, but if you let them alone for hours, you are RIGHT. They really can destroy a garden, especially if the garden is just getting started and the plants are small. Most people put a fence around their garden if they have chickens.

      I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with chickens, and I agree that some of your points are valid. I can also see that if someone is just ‘tolerating’ them because someone who lives near them has them, that they wouldn’t find them quite so endearing as a chicken owner does. I can’t stand the neighbor’s noisy dog, either. Everyone loves their own pet and expects others to love them just as much, but most of the time, they are not as cute as the owner finds them to be.

      If a chicken is your pet, they are every bit as endearing as a dog or a cat (to the owner)). They have quirks and personality traits, just like a dog or cat. For those of us who eat eggs, there is nothing quite so delicious as an egg from a properly raised hen. There is a satisfaction that comes from gathering eggs from hens that you raised yourself…sort of like having a garden. Chicken poop is great for the garden, too, if it’s composted.

      Thanks again for weighing in. I had to laugh at how you had them pegged, because it’s true. I guess (like dog owners) the noise doesn’t bother the owner quite so much as it does everyone else. I also have to agree, that it wasn’t right for the owner of the hens to not have them secured to prevent them from getting out to destroy your garden. Ours have never gotten out of the backyard.

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    1. Hi Shanda. I’ve missed you, too! We have been gone for two weeks up to our place in AR–no internet except for the I-phone (was was more stressful for me than not having internet at all!)

      We just got back yesterday. I just signed up for Facebook again. (Don’t know how long it will be before I delete again…I’m kind of odd that way.) Anyway, I know you don’t do Facebook that much anymore, but I did request you.

      I will be making some posts about our trip up there to AR this time around…Hopefully I’ll get some posted next week. I’m looking forward to catching up with your posts that I missed, too. Thanks for your note, and for missing me! 🙂 Love and Hugs!, Kara

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  4. I loved the video of the rant!!! I’m still smiling. Now the “kids” is another story altogether. Those people are crazy IMHO.

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