Every week at Community Chickens, we get dozens of questions from people across the world, hoping to find someone who has shared a similar experience. We try to answer them all, and forward them on to experts where we can. But many of the questions are unique, and because of this, we realize that sometimes the best people to answer the questions are precisely the people who are or have been in your shoes. This is why we often ask our guest bloggers to tackle questions – and they do such a great job!
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Q1: Dennis writes: What are the costs associated with raising chickens? Is it worth it for a family of two?
I am wondering how in the world I would manage dust (glass window “walls” may help; coarser, “washed” sand? I don’t know about dust bething . . ) , and if I would need to get into the clipping of wings. I would have liked them to roam (the yard is fenced well), but am not willing to risk a public escapee.
I like to work through as many potential conundrums as possible *before* venturing into such a project – so many thanks!
Q3: Mark writes: We just had 1 hen die, and another that looks as though she will at any time.
We don’t know why this has happened, and was wondering if it was safe to use their manure on our garden this Spring.
If they have a disease or a health problem of some sort, will that translate to the soil from their manure ?
I know this might be a gardening question, but we trust the info from you and your site.
We will have only 1 hen left if this second one expires and we were wondering if she should be culled for butchering, or is it best not to chance eating her ?
We are starting a new flock of 6 chicks that are 2 weeks old and were thinking of using our present coop to house them in in 6 weeks or so.
Do you recommend any specific type of cleaning of the coop that would kill any disease or other problem that might be lurking there ?
Thank you so much for any help you can give us.
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Q4: Linda writes: I was just asked if the eggs, in shell, you buy in the store are pasteurized and how they do it without cooking them. Not really sure how to answer that question. Would appreciate your input.
I’d appreciate your comments/suggestions.
Q6: Brenda writes: How do I stop Rat Snakes from eating my eggs.
at my door step. They free range over 3 acres of grass and wooded areas
and they only place I mind their poop, is at my stoop. Any ideas?
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1. My backyard neighbor has 3 giant german shepherd dogs that NEVER EVER shut up. the barking is constant. Will that stress a chicken or two too much?
2. My cat is a total predator. She kills and eats everything her size or smaller. Obviously if I get chickens I’ll have to keep them in a cage (probably a tractor type thing), but if the cat is always stalking them, will they be too stressed to lay?
3. Are chickens really quiet enough to get away with in a HOA neighborhood with rules against them? As long as I don’t start telling everyone I know that I have them, then they should be quiet enough to get away with, right?
What’s the earliest a cockerel will start trying to crow?
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Q16: Greg writes:
I am building a chicken tractor and want to get something straight. I am planning on buying 5-6 chickens and keeping them in the CT for a week or so and then letting them out to walk around. Shouldn’t these chickens come back to the CT toward night to roost without me having to chase them down??
Q17: Jonnie writes: