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Old 30-12-2013, 12:28   #1
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Wife went off the deep end, chickens? On my boat?

Really, last night over a card game, she suggested having chickens on board.
Now, I love my eggs, my girls lay for me and I do nice things for them. But I have never heard of any one keeping chickens on a boat.
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Old 30-12-2013, 12:29   #2
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Re: Wife went off the deep end, chickens? On my boat?

Go to the far east. It was a while ago. Maybe they all have freezers now.
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Old 30-12-2013, 12:42   #3
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Go to the far east. It was a while ago. Maybe they all have freezers now.
I take it its been done? I could see one of our local derelict live aboards doing this but while cruising? Chicken over board? And the poop, yuck.
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Old 30-12-2013, 13:22   #4
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Re: Wife went off the deep end, chickens? On my boat?

You could go for it, but then, when you get tired of it (them?), put them on the grill with your favorite seasoning.
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Old 30-12-2013, 13:24   #5
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Re: Wife went off the deep end, chickens? On my boat?

Having grown up around chicken farms you couldn't pay me enough to live around those birds. Chickens are the nastiest animals I have ever had the displeasure of smelling.
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Old 30-12-2013, 13:28   #6
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Re: Wife went off the deep end, chickens? On my boat?

We used to have chickens in the back garden. 5 produced more eggs than 4 of us could use. Great for eating slugs and things in the garden which they had free run of. They would gang up and chase the dog if he got too nosey.

However, there is no way I would have them on a boat, the poop stunk.

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Re: Wife went off the deep end, chickens? On my boat?

Probably should get a cow as well, milk, cheese, yogurt and whatnot.

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Having grown up around chicken farms you couldn't pay me enough to live around those birds. Chickens are the nastiest animals I have ever had the displeasure of smelling.
Stumble, you haven't spent enough time with turkeys! (The feathered variety that is.)
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Re: Wife went off the deep end, chickens? On my boat?

The only farm animal that got me running away was a turkey.
Nasty things !
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The only farm animal that got me running away was a turkey.
Nasty things !
Try geese.
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Re: Wife went off the deep end, chickens? On my boat?

I know a guy who has one of those mobile-coops that he drags along a cow pasture. Maybe you can tow a little chicken barge behind you. I'm sure customs officials worldwide will give you a green light for that.
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Having grown up around chicken farms you couldn't pay me enough to live around those birds. Chickens are the nastiest animals I have ever had the displeasure of smelling.
I've raised chickens and turkeys. If you think chickens are bad, try turkeys. Never again. Ducks make a far better choice.
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Re: Wife went off the deep end, chickens? On my boat?

tough enough traveling & checking in with a dog. Can't imagine arriving in most places with farm animals.
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Re: Wife went off the deep end, chickens? On my boat?

Fair enough. I have hunted turkeys, but never dealt with farmed ones. But I am happy to take your word for it.
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Fair enough. I have hunted turkeys, but never dealt with farmed ones. But I am happy to take your word for it.
Most of the turkeys I kept were captured wild game turkeys although thrown in with a few 'domestics' that friends gave me. I will tell you it seemed the wild birds pretty much adopted the behaviors of domestic variety. Maybe because of change of environment or what not but they had several acres in which to roam. Turkeys are smart critters though and I do much prefer the gamey taste. I reckon wild turkeys abound in most every state of the union. I just won't ever again keep 'em.
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