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Chickens being chickens. share your pics, videos, and stories.

 
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I didn't see an obvious chicken story/picture sharing thread for general chicken-ness.

We got chickens a couple days ago! Yay! After years of researching chickens and sitting other people's chickens, we got 17, 3 year old hens from a friend who wanted a change of pace. I imagined they would need some time to get used to their new home, their new people, and their new way of life. Nope. They had no problem scratching around, eating bugs, eating greens, hopping the fence, hopping onto my lap.

The previous owner raised them well. They are very chill and very friendly. They aren't bothered by my three year old throwing greens at them or hanging out with them under their coop.

The first night I had to toss them one by one into their coop, but the second night they all filed in on their own.

Anyway share your pictures and stories of chickens being chickens.

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Nest basket is working out
Nest basket is working out
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They negotiated the log stairs just fine
They negotiated the log stairs just fine
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midday nap time
midday nap time
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hanging out under the coop
hanging out under the coop
 
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I’ve been unsuccessful in righting my sideways photos, but I hope you’ll forgive!
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New pullets find respite from our hen-in-charge
New pullets find respite from our hen-in-charge
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Sorry sideways!
Sorry sideways!
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Sunbathing!
Sunbathing!
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Big bird
Big bird
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Looking in the kitchen window
Looking in the kitchen window
 
Amy Arnett
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Stuck together a quick video of the dust bath. Chickens are so entertaining!
 
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I have six of about 4 month old.
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Love eating grees
Love eating grees
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Living in tree
Living in tree
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Good at finding bugs. Can you see black soldier fly larvae in the picture
Good at finding bugs. Can you see black soldier fly larvae in the picture
 
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We were new to chickens and had recently moved our girls outside. Their run and coop were very well secured and covered... but one went missing. Ohh the sadness! A couple hours after the discovery, grief already processed, I went to clean and lifted an overturned dish and there she was! Now how she flipped a dish over on top of herself and didn't bother to stand up and escape, we'll never know.
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chickens eating a pumpkin
chickens eating a pumpkin
 
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My chickens found out how tasty black walnut is and now they are hooked. I cracked them 20 nuts a day and my harvest will only last 2 months. So I went over friend's house and picked another 1000.
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Chickens go nuts!
Chickens go nuts!
 
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My family has a 9-10 year old hen and she still lays. Here’s hoping she’ll make it past sixteen, the oldest known chicken. She’s the one in the middle.  Back her youth she was the only uncatchable hen out of dozens.
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