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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jun 9, 2012 1:18 PM CST
I saw this story on the front page of today's San Antonio newspaper...interesting!
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Urban-ag...
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
Jun 9, 2012 8:49 PM CST
Neat! Glad this type of lifestyle is taking off!! I need to get a few chickens myself. They can clean up the army worms and cutworms. grr.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jun 9, 2012 9:17 PM CST
It seems like the neighborhood chickens are hanging around more lately, even coming inside the yard sometimes. Hungry critters! I'll admit I like the idea that they might be eating some undesirable things around here. DH said they can also do some damage in the garden, but I haven't noticed any so far.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Carey
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careyana
Jun 9, 2012 9:57 PM CST
My only fear about having chickens would be the skunks and raccoons visiting even more than they do now to go after the chicken feed. Of course, they just pop in and eat my veggies anyway so it's not like there'd be any difference except less bugs!
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jun 10, 2012 12:19 AM CST
Hmm...the raccoons would come around to try to get the CHICKENS...they LOVE chicken for dinner!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jun 12, 2012 8:44 AM CST

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Our neighbor in the cul-de-sac brought in chickens....which brought in coyotes!
Name: Carey
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careyana
Jun 12, 2012 10:04 AM CST
That's my other fear!!!
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Jun 13, 2012 7:01 AM CST
I know a few people that have chickens in our suburban area. It is important to have a safe place for them at night. Yesterday when I was walking my dog, we passed by a chicken in the front driveway! I would have rang the doorbell but I was having a hard time keeping my dog away.
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Marylyn
Jun 13, 2012 12:19 PM CST
I wish we could have chickens here! Our backyard neighbor has a couple of cute little banties as pets (shhhhh.....) So cute! I'd love to have some layers (and de-buggers!)
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jun 13, 2012 5:06 PM CST
More and more those chickens are in the yard. I still remember the rooster abandoned by ex-next-door family. It hung around quite a while, eating whatever the birds and cats were eating here, then disappeared.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jun 14, 2012 7:45 PM CST
I was curious...to know where the chickens stay at night. Found them just now...they are up in the Texas Mountain Laurel in my front yard. Poor things.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jun 14, 2012 7:48 PM CST

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You mean "your chickens" now, don't you? They know where they're safe!
Name: Carey
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careyana
Jun 15, 2012 8:57 AM CST
Sheila, I'd take them in if I were you! Chicken poo makes great soil, and they eat bugs too! I wish someone would abandon a few cluckers in my yard!
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jun 15, 2012 11:29 AM CST
I'm not willing to admit they belong to us. As for safe...it's not safe when the raccoons can get into my yard any time they want to. I have no chicken coop for them. Even those who do have a coop for their chickens do lose chickens sometimes when the predators find a way to get in.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jun 16, 2012 8:38 PM CST
Well...bad news about the chickens. I found one dead this morning, partly eaten. The others hung around the yard during the day, acting more jumpy than ever. I looked for them this evening and couldn't find them. There was a stray tomcat around today, but I'm doubting a cat could catch and kill a chicken that size. It's a shame that people go out and get chickens, then later they virtually abandon them. But then, too, I've often thought that about dogs and cats, too.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
Jun 16, 2012 8:45 PM CST
Oh Linda, that is so sad to hear. I agree about abandoning animals, especially since we're on our second foster dog this year. :(
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jun 21, 2012 12:20 AM CST
Yep, being in my yard isn't much protection. Those poor chickens are still being killed off and not much I can do about it. And no rain, either! I'm going to East Texas for my niece's delayed wedding reception (delayed due to her mother's death last year). Such great twin daughters my brother has! Maybe I'll get to look at my daughter's Houston house.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jul 8, 2012 4:28 PM CST
Just to update a bit. The adult hens disappeared, leaving the remaining four older chicks hatched early in the year and one smaller chick that was hatched later on. After a while, the older chicks, which are now looking mostly grown, left. They come back to forage for food sometimes and I've seen them with a rooster sometimes. The younger one stayed. It seems to be afraid of everything, so it stays hidden most of the time. There's enough food and water left out for it. That's all I can do. This morning the rooster was in the yard... I hadn't put out any food for wildlife yet and I guess he was hungry, but he sure didn't seem to like seeing me nearby filling the feeder in the back yard.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

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