I might as well have...my neighbor (on the back fence) has some and they just had chicks (this last summer) and now I've got tons of em that come into my yard all the time. (they can go right through the fence!) Quite convenient during the spring/summer really...I don't have nearly as much of a grasshopper problem!!!!
I got a incubator in the summer, but didnt get a chance to use it. I was going to use it last month but they stopped laying, they always do that in the winter. I cant wait till this spring when you can get chicks again, I plan to get some silkies, so later on i can raise silkies with my incubator!
We had chickens at one time. Never got into the incubator and all though. We did let them hatch once in awhile, was fun. Ours would lay in the winter, but usually every other day or so. It depends on the amount of day light hours. Some were really into it and had the lights and all so they would keep laying at higher volumes.
I had 2 ducks as pets for a month or so and they were great. I had to get rid of them though because farm animal are not aloud even though if i went out side and through a rock i could hit a cow. So I gave them to my mother in law once they got about half there big duck feathers.
We do hope to move to a small farm so I can have some ducks and chickens
Here's my embarrassing little secret. I am TERRIFIED of chickens. I don't know what it is, but whenever I am anywhere near one I absolutely panic. My nephews think it's an absolute riot when we go to the petting zoo and Auntie Cheryl has to stay on the outside of the fence because she is afraid of the chickens.
Is it one in my picture that you saw the yellow one with a line? If so, The chick in the middle/front is a silver grey dorking and the one in the back next to my arm is a Light Brahma. there backs are actually pretty dark. I would love to have a peacock. I was wanting one all last year. But I might get one this year, I just need to read up cuase Im not sure if you raise them like chicks or what?? I also have 2 ducks but they are scared of me!
One of our neighbours has bantems. I found this out one day when his rooster (is that what you call the male?) was strutting down the middle of our street. We live in the middle of the city so it was quite a surprise to see this. We picked it up and put it in our fenced in yard to try and figure out whose pet this might be. I called the SPCA to ask if anyone reported a missing rooster. The girl who answered the phone said "Ohhh I think what you have is a wild turkey" lol. I told her it definately wasn't a wild turkey unless they weigh about 2 lbs, I think it was a bantem. She said "Well maybe it's a baby wild turkey?" I told her I was aware of what a turkey looked like and this was not a turkey. We ended up walking up the street asking people if they knew who had bantems. We found out they were only three doors up the street. Apparently even though we live in the city, they grandfathered in the bylaw back in the 70's that anyone with "farm animals" on their property can keep them. So as long as they always have at least one they remain grandfathered in. Cute little critters :)
I worked with a gal that had a pet chicken in her 1 bedroom apartment. The manager came in one day and asked her if that was HER chicken and she said no it was a friends(cause she knew she couldn't have it there) I told her she should have said it was for dinner that night!
I have one chicken. Her name is Chikon, I know it's real inventive. She fell off the truck on the way to the poultry plant. She was just stunned laying in the middle of a busy road. My mom pulled the car into oncoming traffic to save her. She brought her home and the next day she was up and walking around. She is so sweet and loves to have the bottom of her beak rubbed. We keep her in an old pool. Just the hard outside without the liner. We let her run around the yard if we're outside. She loves to chase our cats. They don't know what to think of her, neither do the dogs who usually get pecked if they get a little too nosy.
Dobielover1 i am also terrified. my friend had chicks once and when they were running in the yard i was so terrified so i watched behind the glass door. A chicken actually lived headless for 8 years. He got fed with a seringe.
I have 18 chickens and one duck. I luv them. They make great pets. Mine were all hand raised by myself and my daughter, so they are very sweet and friendly. None of them are aggressive. They love to see us coming and they love to be held or sit on my shoulder.
Headless? For 8 years? No way. I refuse to believe that. If I did believe it, I would seriously freak out the next time one of those chickens got in my yard. Nope, just gonna pretend I didn't see that. LALALALALA I'm not listening.......