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    Yes, and it's awesome! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    I don't know about chickens but I had ducks as pets when I was a kid. They were great! They lived for 7 years. They used to hunt me down in the neighborhood when it was "bedtime". They'd stand at my neighbors fence and raise a ruckus for me to come put them up in their pen. If I could, I'd have ducks as pets today but...I think Ollie would like them a little too much. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

    I'd recommend ducks to anyone. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Err...as pets, not as dinner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (PlantAKiss @ Nov. 13 2005,7:32)]Err...as pets, not as dinner.
    well i know you dont eat a pet. i use to have a pet dove that we have raised since it hatched, as it grew it became to be plump. my grandma, being from mexico, wanted to eat it. i ended up giving it away... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif[/img]

    but yeah i wouldnt eat my pet unless it wast and its wild(not kept in captivity as a pet)
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    I raise both. I`d recomend Muscovy ducks very hardy,they don`t quack,don`t need as much of a pool as normal ducks, and are easy to care for,my experiences with runners is they all get predated on. Chickens also are prime target for predation you`ll need a coop or large cage to protect them,but birds of prey will still eat them if they are out in the day even. I would get a shotgun as well and if you see a predacious animal shoot it on sight,coons can rip[a birds head right out of a cage,a very horrifying sight.


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    This is what I'm currently stuck on, coops/tractors. I need to pick up some books at the library and read up on it. I like the idea of a tractor, it is portable so you can move it around the yard and rake up the mess. However I can see this only being good for the warmer times of the year (which is only a few months here in Ohio). Winters are pretty brutal here in NE Ohio, starting from anywhere in November upto late may (depending on how mother nature is).

    Can coops be built to protect chickens in cold, winter weather? So far from people I've talked to they die from freezing in the winter here. Also would a duck share a home in the coop with the chicken? So much to learn [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img].
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    i am interested also, but prefer geese. Raising chickens for the heck of it? pick bantams. But do NOT let chickens in with prized plants because they ill eat em! Allso look into guine fowl, great pest/tick controlers, watchdogs, etc.

    I know a few broken-winged snow geese and a canada goose that will never fly but won them over by feeding them grass in their grassless pen. they come up to me now, wich is saying alot with wild animals
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    I'd say raise them for pets and meat, but I'm a little more callous than most people in that respect. But consider this - there's going to be birds of prey, coons, neighborhood dogs and cats, and possibly wild dogs or big cats, all attracted to your plump, lazy, penned up domestic flock, as others have pointed out. Pets die, and domestic fowl are particularly prone in that respect. Chances are that at least one of your birds will die a painful, frightening death at the hands of a predator, and that's a reality you have to come to terms with if you're going to keep small, relatively defenseless livestock. Unless you intend to raise a bird as a lap pet that's under your constant supervision when not in its coop, you won't always be there to protect it. I think it's best to enjoy them as a flock of birds and try not to become attached - keep a breeding pair producing a clutch every year, harvest the excess eggs, and when the adults start getting on in their years, take them to a humane butcher and have them put down gently. It's at least as kind as leaving them to the wolves. Besides, they'll be happier if you let them breed and raise their young and do regular duck/chicken things. I'm sad when I harvest my annual vegetables, because my plants are my companions and I like seeing them alive and growing every day. But things get eaten and that's the way it goes for living beings. I find some solice in the fact that I have no ill intent towards the things I eat; I simply need to eat. Will you resent the bacteria and other detritivores that decompose your body when you die?
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    ive eaten wild duck and goose. very good but very rich. not something i can eat all the time. never had domestic raised meat of either.

    i had "pet" ducks and geese for about a year and a half. fun critters but very messy. ive always heard of ppl being chased by geese but mine were chickens. i really liked my African goos, she was really friendly and seemed happy to see me even if i didnt have any food. the ducks were friendly also. we gave them to a friend of ours this past fall as i didnt want to keep them through another winter and they had geese already. i was told the duck we gave them ignores everyone until the food or water dish runs out. than he goes and finds Gordon so that he will fill it up again.
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