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June 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 169

When I was a little girl, we had a few chickens in our backyard in small-town central Texas near Stephenville, known as "The Cowboy Capitol of the World". The two I remember the most were Katrina and Henry, a Bantam hen and rooster. They were friendly little chickens and were more pets than anything else. I decided at that time that I would like to have a few chickens of my own when I grew up. In hindsight, this wasn't such a good idea.

After many years in commercial construction, my husband was burned-out and ready for a change. As a result, we were both on edge and in need of attitude adjustments; it was time to get out of the city. We decided to move from the Dallas area to our central Texas ranch near Hico, the disputed home of Billy the Kid. Now was the time to try our luck with a few chickens. We spent days shoring up an old coop behind the house to provide a safe, comfortable refuge for our baby chicks. We then purchased the chicks from a nearby hatchery and ensconced them in their newly remodeled home. We watched them grow, and when they were big enough to be let out of the coop, we would sit outside and watch them as they navigated around the yard eating scratch and insects. Around sunset they would head back to roost in the coop, and we would lock them in for the night.

I have never heard so many comical sounds as those made by our young rooster as he discovered his voice. He sounded like he was being strangled in mid-crow, and it took a little time to get it right. In the meantime, he provided hours of comic relief for us.

When they were about five months old, they began to lay eggs. We were looking forward to fresh eggs for breakfast every day. Unfortunately, this was not to be the case. One morning I opened the door to the coop to let them out, and they were all dead with the exception of one chicken who headed for the nearest tree. Apparently, a racoon had gotten into the coop through a hole in the chicken wire no bigger than a lemon and killed them all. Needless to say, I'm no fan of the raccoon. I was heartbroken. We were not going to be done in by a coon, so we again went to work on the coop reinforcing every spot that was the least bit suspect. After we were done, our little coop was as impenetrable as Fort Knox.

This time we bought eight older chickens, almost to the laying age and a Rhode Island Red rooster. Our lone survivor of the "raccoon massacre" now had company again and blended into the new crew. The chickens thrived and we were getting approximately five eggs a week per chicken (when we could find them). Since our chickens were free-range chickens, they sometimes found inconspicuous places to lay their eggs, so we were always on an Easter egg hunt; most of the time they used their nest in the coop. Our rooster was a beauty, but he had a nasty habit of sneaking up behind people and ramming into their legs with his beak. We decided it was his turn for an attitude adjustment. After firmly swatting him with a small stick each time he pulled this stunt, he cleaned up his act and decided it was in his best interests to behave if he didn't want to be the main attraction at the dinner table. We kept our feathered friends for a while before giving them to a friend. Try as they might, the raccoons were never able to raid the coop again. We loved the eggs; we hated the poop - and I mean it was everywhere. We set ourselves up for this by allowing them to be free-range chickens as opposed to chickens never let out of one particular area. If you don't mind the mess, the eggs are so much better when the chickens are allowed to freely roam. That being said, the eggs are still very good even if they are confined to a smaller area. Mission accomplished, we moved on to our cow/calf operation - but that's a whole other story.

Reba McGowan


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