Comments On - 5 Daily Chicken Activities

I loved this list.Its nice to know my chickens are very normal even tho I have the SMARTEST chickens ever.
Vivian, Santa Cruz, CA
Posted: 5/11/2015 1:00:02 PM
i have different colored spray painted coffee cans and its almost like they know whats in each one. favorite is toss up between split peas and raisins. go insane over raisins. will even jump up to receive those. so comical my babies are.....
sue, rock falls, IL
Posted: 3/4/2015 10:15:04 PM
As an aspiring chicken farmer, looking to accumulate 200 hens by 2016, I it would be awesome to speak with you, Sunce from Tiffin, Ohio!
Amanda, Trenton, OH
Posted: 1/16/2015 7:40:11 PM
My gals (220 of them) do the same thing ,i dont give them milk i do buttermilk and when they see a green bag a hear the rustling of opening the bag its like a stempede of chicken running at me for mealworms! I love the girls they are my lively hood at 57.
sunce, tiffin, OH
Posted: 1/15/2015 10:44:33 AM
If you don't want all the hassle of raising chic's.buy young pullets all they need are chicken feed and a coop and fresh clean water.or you can look online for chicken leases.there are some people who will rent you chickens by the month with all they need to live coop and feed.then when your done with them give them back.
alicia, roanoke, VA
Posted: 6/28/2014 2:53:46 PM
YES, I do want to start a poultry! Just can't seem to gather enough courage to start it. I feel everything has to be right. The time of the season has to be right, the area carefuly prepared, the chicken coop/house properly set up, getting the chicks from the right place, etc. Maybe the preparation doesn't have to be as much as it should.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 5/18/2014 1:56:59 PM
This isn't really any new information but I think it's still very interesting! =D
Sonja, International
Posted: 3/30/2014 6:54:05 AM
Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 3/29/2014 9:58:14 AM
Seems just as busy as most of us are!
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 1/8/2014 6:56:00 PM
Could a chicken whistle if it had lips?
Jay, Springfield, MO
Posted: 8/30/2013 12:47:42 PM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 8/21/2013 12:36:03 PM
Very interesting!
Greg, Hampstead, MD
Posted: 8/16/2013 1:50:02 PM
When I was a youngster my mother use to keep a small flock of about 8 to 10 chickens kept in an enclosure 20 feet wide by 35 feet back with a fence about 8 feet high. A few times a chicken had scaled that fence and I had to chase and catch it. Until my mother got tired of the chicken "flying the coop" and have my uncle install chicken wire overhead making it completely enclosed.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 4/29/2013 7:02:26 PM
Good info
Jeremy, Le Mars, IA
Posted: 2/21/2013 8:07:05 AM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 12/16/2012 7:22:44 AM
Since the weather has already turned cold, at least once a week i will put a fresh flake of straw in the coop. Hours of entertainment for them. I also use a head of cabbage once a week. They love it. Two sticks of celery went in today. It's all gone now.
Dee, Chassell, MI
Posted: 12/1/2012 5:00:54 PM
Our chickens are entertained by hanging a cabbage from a string to peck at!
Susan, Iowa City, IA
Posted: 8/28/2012 4:35:34 PM
Will definitely try the milk! Mine enjoy standing in a shallow tub of water on hot days. And funny you should mention mice - mine pecked one to death. It was totally flat. I think mine get bored and I'm trying to think of things I can put in their coop run. They dismantled the decorative porch railing on their coop and apparently drag around that narrow piece of wood. They also have a cat ball toy with a bell inside. I haven't seen them play with it, but it's never in the same place. They are so interested in anything that's new, so I'm going to come up with some "chicken toys."
Lisa, Snellville, GA
Posted: 8/10/2012 6:52:43 AM
Watching a 4yo corral the girls is even more amusing!
Carina, Indianapolis, IN
Posted: 5/13/2012 8:27:54 AM
All very true, They are very entertaining to watch.
Erika, Salt Lake City, UT
Posted: 5/4/2012 10:33:07 AM
Good info. Thanks!

Emily, Antioch, IL
Posted: 4/28/2012 3:12:26 PM
Very informative!! I'm going to give my 4 girls some milk today.
Lance, Affton, MO
Posted: 4/13/2012 1:44:28 PM
I really enjoyed the article. It shows me what can be found when time is given to watching rather than chasing. I love the idea of watching chickens to learn their behaviours. Something I hope to do in the near future.
Horst, Coquitlam, BC
Posted: 3/11/2012 8:39:44 PM
This article clearly tells me chicken patterns and what to watch for in healthy chickens. Thank you.
Milwaukee issued permits in July 2011. Our chicks were chosen by neighbors who decided that they didn't wish to continue the process of urban farming so they gave us the peeps. They chose one Rhode Island Red, one Naked Neck, and two Polish Hens (one of the Polish Hens turned out to be a rooster.) We gave the rooster to a farmer near Milwaukee and continued raising our three hens. What a Joy!

I do have one concern. The Rhode Island Red's comb tips are blue grey. She does all of the things mentioned in your article, and lays an egg/day. One day she laid 2 eggs in a 24 hour period. The hens stay up in their coop at night but spend daylight hours down in the chicken yard. It gets very cold here in Wisconsin.
Matilda, Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 3/5/2012 6:04:23 AM
I liked your article very much. My 6 hens are a joy and when I make a clucking sound come running for the latest treat. I started wheat sprouts for them and they love them.
One of my hens was trapped outside her coop and I heard her calling for help. I thought she was laying an egg but soon realized something was wrong and went out to rescue her.
Billie, Redding, CA
Posted: 2/20/2012 8:57:46 PM
I can't wait until I can have a few ladies!
Cassandra, Ofallon, MO
Posted: 2/10/2012 3:00:49 PM
We should be getting our chickens soon and I am excited to see all the fun (and yes, work) they will bring. No roosters though, our neighborhood is girls only!
Kim, Lancaster, CA
Posted: 1/12/2012 1:14:05 PM
We have a bantam cochin rooster co-habiting with our 3 Rhode Island Reds and 3 Arucaunas. "Gregory Peck" may be a little guy, but he has a big heart. He has a special call when he finds a particularly tasty bug or other morsel. Similarly, if he spies a hawk in the sky, he has another call that brings the girls running for cover.
Cathy, Volcano, CA
Posted: 12/13/2011 11:46:33 AM
Our chickens will be moving out of the brooder on the front porch into their coop/tractor by the weekend. I'm so excited to see them go crazy on the grass and bugs but so worried we've not done enough to keep them secure and adequately ventilated... the coop, not the chickens. ;)
Darren, Indianapolis, IN
Posted: 8/24/2011 3:42:14 PM
Can't wait until I can get my chickens!
Molly, Bay City, MI
Posted: 8/10/2011 6:27:11 AM
Our chickens are pretty normal I guess; weird, but normal!
Chris, Kannapolis, NC
Posted: 8/4/2011 4:53:29 AM
I love this article.  My girls start their day with a little morning gossip while waiting on me to let them out of their run and into the yard at 6 am.  After a scaveneged breakfast and "helping me" turn over the soil in some part of my garden (even though I was trying to grow something there) they are full of worms, bugs, and lots of greens.  They settle down for a brief nap in the shade of the fruit trees, then get up and all of them go for a quick jog around the yard.  Once they see me with my spade or the scraps for the compost pile, they are all over me, and we spend some time together outside.  The afternoon is pretty routine...gather at the waterer for the days gossip then off to the dust spa for their nap and bath.  Sometimes there are squabbles over their favorite nest if someone else is in it or has used it; I usually have to go get "someone elses business" out of "their" nest before they quit sqawking.  At 5 pm they are all back at the run waiting for dinner/scraps, then settle down for bedtime stories.  With my girls there is never a dull moment
Jeanne, Hesperia, CA
Posted: 6/18/2011 4:58:14 AM
It's like the Chicken Planet on Chicken TV.
jess s, olympia, WA
Posted: 3/29/2011 11:07:31 AM
It is calming
Justin, Bonham, TX
Posted: 3/10/2011 9:12:14 AM
I have 15 hens and 2 roosters. I just love to watch my chickens and their habits. I especially love the home grown eggs.
Hope, Phoenix, AZ
Posted: 2/7/2011 4:33:06 PM
I actually have a baby monitor in my chickens' hen house. I love hearing them settle in for the evening or when they wake up in the morning. And I have the peace of mind that I would hopefully hear if there was anything wrong during the night or daytime if they were upset.
theresa, minneapolis, MN
Posted: 12/8/2010 11:35:11 AM
Looking forward to the day I can observe chickens in my own backyard!
Mo, San Diego, CA
Posted: 11/16/2010 11:38:23 AM
My inlaw's chickens do all of the above.
Bill, Newburgh, IN
Posted: 11/15/2010 6:05:53 AM
I can't wait to start raising chickens and watch their silly antics :)
Kristin, upper sandusky, OH
Posted: 11/11/2010 3:56:08 PM
My chickens definitely do all 5 Daily Chicken Activities and more!
Georgianne, Sherman Oaks, CA
Posted: 8/26/2010 8:21:05 PM
Mmm, chicken
g, g, AZ
Posted: 8/9/2010 11:50:48 PM
Lots of chicken lovers here!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 8/1/2010 5:44:52 PM
The article is great. What about egg laying-waiting turns for a favorite nest box-fusing at the girl taking her time on the nest-getting pecked by the more irratable ones if you get too close and announcing the fresh layed treasure with some hollering and strutting.
Donna, Winston Salem, NC
Posted: 7/4/2010 9:56:07 PM
I have a Buff Orpington hen who is extra special!! I call her my therapy hen. I raised her by hand, in the house, where she still prefers to be even though she's three. She visits schools and assisted living homes; everyone loves Sophie! But the funniest thing happened this summer. It has been especially hot, early. We keep our screen door cracked just alittle to let Ella, our Boston Terrier outside. My husband was enjoying his Sunday afternoon nap in his recliner and when he woke up, he had company....Sophie!! She was sitting on the sofa preening and enjoying the cool. Since then she squeezes in several times a day. Many friends tell me I need to write a book about my Soph. She really is something special!!
Cathy, Baxley, GA
Posted: 6/26/2010 11:52:14 AM
Chickens are very smart. Just watch them figure out how to get a worm!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 5/21/2010 10:53:28 PM
I really enjoyed the article and agree that the different types of vocalization are easily recongizable once you are familiar with your chickens. Our two Silkie Bantam hens talk and chatter and will let us know if someething is amiss or sometimes if we are working in the yard and then go inside they will cackle loudly almost like saying"Where did you go?"
Mark, Lexington, KY
Posted: 5/21/2010 7:05:19 PM
Definitely agree with the list! And a comment on their desire to forage...we walked out to our RIR Sat and found her pecking a small furry blob. Come to find out her movable cage had been placed over a voles hole...maybe the vole thought it was safe? LOL It was DEFINITELY NOT SAFE! There was basically nothing left but it's face and tail!
Leigh Ann, Fultondale, AL
Posted: 5/19/2010 8:35:53 AM
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