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March 28, 2014



Oh, that's an interesting project! Our middle daughter is getting into it too and the granddaughters are very excited.


I just can't understand this new fascination with keeping chickens. As a child I had to feed when I spent my summers at my grandmother's farm and still cringe at the memory of them flapping and pecking around my feet and legs. And the musty smell of the hen house...... I like my chickens wrapped in plastic, although I do want them to be free-range and organic, as I have also visited the giant industrial chicken coops a la Purdue and they are like a horror movie. Good luck with this project. Maybe when you aren't as close to the ground with them as I was as a child it's not so bad.

Hank Chapin

My Country Grandma had Bantam Chickens on her farm in Massachusetts. I recall great excitement over the Bantams. Somehow they were more intriguing than regular old Rhode Island Reds.


Marja-Leena: As long as they have room and someone always there and not too many of them it's fun.
Jaykaym: I won't be taking care of them that much, and they are small varieties. Chances are by the time they are grown up only three will be left, all hens, and that's how many we actually want. It really is a lot of fun, because there are enough of us to look after a few chickens, and it is not a character improving task we're dumping on children.
Hank: I saw many a chicken meet its end when we went to visit rural relatives in the Bakersfield area. The custom was to kill the chicken for Sunday dinner. I think the chickens that we buy these days taste pretty bad, not like those ones or like the ones we used to get in Spain.


Since Hawaii has no snakes or fox, this should be a slam dunk. Wait, do you have hawks?


Tabor: We do have a native, the Hawaiian Hawk.


Oh goodonya! I spend time with the chicks up the road where they all have names and give Daughter and I eggs. Delicious.

good luck!



Glad the fire ants are "under control." I hope they are (got bitten once in Jamaica)Your chicken pals will eat centipedes too. . . Ah, Hilo side. . . .
here's my last Hilo-side trip:

ALOHA from Honolulu

=^..^= <3


We are working on our moveable coop, looking forward to having a few chickens. And maybe Muscovy ducks, since we have a pond.
Bakersfield? I have ancestors from there, and spent summers there (ugh!) as a child. My great-great grandfather was a pioneer/robber baron there, and had one of the early oil leases.


wisewebwoman: We'll probably leave the eggs to our neighbors. It's mostly just the fun of it for us.
Annie: When you decide to get chickens, you have got to go out to that place in Pahoa. It's the limit.
My uncle was a geologist in Bakersfield, and their house was right over the fence from a field of oilwells. They had a swimming pool.I used to play sandlot softball in a vacant lot in 95 degree temperatures with my cousins, and we ate watermelon for breakfast. I thought it was great, coming from those fogbound Bay Area summers. In those days the Bay Area often did not have real summer days at all. Our visits were not long, though, so I did not have the experience of the novelty wearing off.


Getting the chicks from our closest neighbors, they do a great job with their flock and share their eggs. Re: Bakersfield-those 105 degree summer days were only fun if we were in water, which we tried to be as much as possible. It was always lots of fun visiting, just very sweaty. My great-aunt and uncle owned a great cabin above Bakersfield, in the Tehachapi Mtns. which is still owned by the family. That's where we went when we needed a break from the heat. Guess I acclimated to San Francisco weather early-on. Hamakua Coast temperatures are definitely my favorite!


I fed them some dehydrated worms today. One of the chicks is smaller than the others and having trouble keeping up, so we hand feed it.


You don't want the eggs?


Raising Chickens has become all the rage. We have a few neighbors doing it. They even sell chicken coops at Costco now.
Fire ants sound nasty. We have lots of types and sizes of ants here but their stings are all pretty minor.


Ingineer: Yes, it is quite the fad. Some people stick with it, though, and find a lot of pleasure in chicken raising.
Annie: We are going in with our neighbors on this, and they have two little girls and will want the eggs. Terry stopped eating eggs a while ago, when he stopped eating them and his cholesterol went down by 40 points!


Our next door neighbors seem to have added chickens to their Mission district backyard. Can't see 'em, but definitely hear 'em. I wonder how they'll do with the local racoons.

It is pretty amazing how that we are in the very heart of the city.

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