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Coast range of, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 13, 2006
5:20 AM

Post #2186295

I am thinking about getting some chickens and I've read through several of the posts here already. Two questions that I didn't see answered:

What do you do with the eggs, after collecting them, to prepare for eating? (I've heard they can carry salmonella (sp?) or something)
I've seen wild turkey's near our house/property, do I need to worry about them?
Fritch, TX
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2006
5:29 AM

Post #2186306

hi got2!

the answer ot the first one is in one of the threads, started by PeggyK. i think Seppy answered it very well.

and the second answer is, that chickens are a potential health threat to turkeys, not vice versa. the fact that you have seen wild turkey around, i would think is a good indication that there are bugs etc to be eaten [food aplenty for your flock], and predator count may be low. if your chicks hang around the turkeys, they may even be safer from predaotrs.

the one thing that concerns me is that you carefully train your flock to come in at night, rather than roosting in trees like the turkeys will.

so, have you decided what kind you are going ot get? that was the toughest choice for me!

Claremore, OK
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2006
2:06 PM

Post #2186769

I think the name of the thread is "Chickens and their eggs" where you can find info about cleaning the eggs for use. I had major concerns about this at first too.
Coast range of, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 13, 2006
6:55 PM

Post #2187369

Thanks for the information, I found the thread about washing them. We are only going to get 5 or 6 of them to start. We have a coop and a run so we won't let them run on the property. The local feed store has several different varieties so we'll get them there. Golden Sex Link were recommended highly by one of my co-workers but I don't think they have any at the feed store.

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