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    I have not much to add on the chicken front, other than a recent news item about local eggs coming from a factory where the poor chickens were abused, but I just wanted to say that I really started laughing out loud when I saw that this thread was revived again! Love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Advnt05 View Post
    I could make so many jokes about needing to have a rooster around to keep the hens calm but I won't go there.

    Here is another question for you then. If a hen usually only lays for a year, what is the life expectancy of a hen? If I don't eat her for dinner, how long will she be a "dependent" before naturally kicking the bucket?
    A hen will lay eggs nearly daily for two years, thereafter it will be a bit more sporadic, of course there are always exceptions. I believe the "normal" life span is five to six years, but again there are exceptions. I've read of chickens living to 15 years, but I'm sure that's a rare event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Advnt05 View Post
    I could make so many jokes about needing to have a rooster around to keep the hens calm but I won't go there.

    Here is another question for you then. If a hen usually only lays for a year, what is the life expectancy of a hen? If I don't eat her for dinner, how long will she be a "dependent" before naturally kicking the bucket?
    Roosters keeping hens calm. Sounds like an oxymoron to me, too, but that's what they claim. Sure doesn't work around my place!

    A chicken's regular lifespan can be eight years and some can live to be 15 years old! That's a long time to keep a bird after she isn't giving you eggs. Don't bother keeping one this long and expect a good plateful of eating, though. It will be so tough and have so little fat you won't want it.

    Most egg laying chickens are just over one year old when they are layed out and are sent on to the next phase of their careers - Swanson's or Campbell's. I know it sounds young, but the chickens you get at the store or your favourite KFC, Swiss Chalet, Popeye's is about two months old. Any older and they are too big for your plate, or they start developing weird habits, like crowing or laying eggs.

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    No chicken story, one about a cow pasture, flip flops, and a white sweater .

    Very funny post, first time I've read it
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    Not really a chicken story either. A farmer brought his bottle fed 3 week old sheep to our local farmers market. "Flower" is pretty cute. I did not know that baby sheep like to play with humans. He put it in a grassy yard with 3-4 4 year old boys. The boys would run and Flower would bounce along chasing them. Craziest thing that a baby sheep hopping can keep up with running boys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Advnt05 View Post
    Not really a chicken story either. A farmer brought his bottle fed 3 week old sheep to our local farmers market. "Flower" is pretty cute. I did not know that baby sheep like to play with humans. He put it in a grassy yard with 3-4 4 year old boys. The boys would run and Flower would bounce along chasing them. Craziest thing that a baby sheep hopping can keep up with running boys.
    Lambs are so sweet at that age - my daughter loves playing with them at her Granny's farm!

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