Sunday, June 30, 2013

Chickens�� vs. Dogs�� in the battle for the best pet


Which are Better Pets? Dogs ��vs. Chickens��

Find out which make better pets in this posting that compares chickens and dogs.
Dogs are the most popular pet in America and Europe.  But do they deserve that status?  Let's do a side-by-side comparison of dogs and chickens to find out which make better pets:
Daily Feeding������������������
  • Chickens:  Fill the feeder as needed; generally, just a few times per week.
  • Dogs: Feed every day, two times each day.  Supplement with table scraps when begging occurs.
  • Winner -- Chickens.��

Daily Upkeep����������������

  • Chickens:  Let them out of the coop in the morning.  Close the coop at night.
  • Dogs:  Put on your coat and go out in the pouring rain or snow to walk your dog.  Do this two or three times each day for a minimum of 20 minutes each time.  When you get home, use a towel to wipe off your dogs feet or suffer with muddy paw prints on your floors.  In urban and suburban locations, you need to clean up after your pooch, so talk along your pooper scooper and dog bags.  Having fun yet?
  • Winner -- Chickens��
Household Inconveniences����
  • Chickens: None.  They live in a coop outside, so you have your home to yourself.  Clean the coop once per week -- takes about 20 minutes.
  • Dogs:  Dogs generally live with you, so dog hair gathers on your floors and your furniture as well, because dogs sleep on the couch whenever they can get away with it.  And of course, there are those little accidents on the floor now and again which you'll need to clean up.  Get out those paper towels.
  • Winner -- Chickens��
Cute & Cuddly����
  • Chickens:  Tame enough to hold, but not exactly what I'd call cuddly.
  • Dogs:  Definitely cute and cuddly.  And then there are those sad brown eyes looking at you.
  • Winner -- Dogs��

Eggs��

  • Chickens:  Each girl gives you a wonderfully fresh egg that you couldn't buy at the grocery store for love or money.  You get one egg per day from each bird.
  • Dogs:  If you've collected any eggs from your dog, post a comment because we'd all like to know about it.
  • Winner -- Chickens��

Play Fetch��

  • Chickens:  Generally, not very capable retrievers. Prac tice not likely to improve performance.
  • Dogs:  Dogs love to fetch sticks, balls, Frisbees, you name it, a dog will retrieve it.
  • Winner -- Dogs��

Eat Backyard Pests��������

  • Chickens:  Love to eat slugs, bugs, and other creepy crawley critters.
  • Dogs:  Don't kid yourself, dogs eat anything.  I once saw my dog eat a spider.
  • Winner -- Tie between Dogs and Chickens����

Provide A Source of Meat����

  • Chickens:  You can eat 'em if you want to.
  • Dogs:  Not unless you live in a very poor country or you have a sick mind.
  • Winner -- Chickens��

Welcome You����

  • Chickens:  Come running to the door of the pen when they see you because they are hoping for treats (chicken scratch)
  • Dogs:  Come running to the door of the house when they see you because they are hoping for treats (Milk Bones, Liva Snaps etc.)
  • Winner -- Tie between Dogs and Chickens����
And the Winner Is....��������
Well with all the categories tallied chickens prove to be far superior pets.  
Ok, it's a tongue in cheek comparison, but here's the real point.... Chickens are actually much easier to take care of than you might think.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Goodbye:(

Yesterday was the heart wrenching day that we had to sAy goodbye to our chickens,  They have a new home in Lisle,  but we miss them already! Please show your support for the chickens, we NEED more positive support and signatures, if you would like to help us collect signature, as long as you are 18 or older and live in LaGrange, You CAN!! please contact us via email : chickens4lagrange@gmail.com if you would be interested in helping us collect signatures, we need at least 300 more to make it onto the ballot.

We miss our house, the coop, the kids, the doggie, the "LaGrange" feel, our new home is nice and we have some new chicken friends, but we miss our family, its almost like we are at "chicken boarding school"  We thought we were pets, but the village forced us to leave our family, papa hen (Jeff Cogelja) always kept our coop clean and smelling fresh, we tried to be as quite as we could, except for the exception of one of us (Myrtle) after she laid her egg for the day, she had to tell us all about it.  We miss our comfortable roost at our own home, please help us come back home!!
                                               Love,
                                              Henrietta, Bertha, Maybel, and Myrtle
    (P.S. why can the village force us to leave our family, but dogs, cats, and other birds can stay, we're pets too!?!?!?!?!?!?)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

:( A sad day for the Ladies

:( Unfortunately we need to say goodbye to the LaGrange  area.  We are  not allowed to live here anymore.  Please help our owner get us on the ballot in April(by signing the petition), we want to come home!!:(
                            Love From,
      Myrtle, Bertha, Maybel, and Henrietta

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Websites about Chickens

Here are just a few websites that may help answer some questions you may have about chickens:

Click Here for general information on backyard chickens

Pick Me to purchase chickens of your own!

Look! even Chicago has made chicken ownership legal!! They have an annual coop tour!

Click  for common myths and facts about chickens

Tap this for fun chicken information that will answer questions like, is there a national chicken month?  (YES! September is national chicken month)

Here are some more interesting facts about chickens!

Sign me!  this will take you straight to our online petition for making chicken ownership legal!!

Fun Facts

Here are a few interesting facts about chickens!!

1.

Chickens can distinguish between more than 100 faces of their own species. Looks like elephants aren't the only ones who have a great memory.

2.

Chickens know who's boss—they form complex social structures known as "pecking orders," and every chicken knows his or her place on the social ladder.

3.

Chickens have full-color vision—no color-blindness here!

4.

Who likes to sunbathe? Apparently everyone—humans, cats, dogs, and chickens too! You can't blame them, and they don't even need sunscreen.

5.

Chickens are real sleeping beauties—they experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which means they dream just like we do.

6.

Chickens have pain receptors that give them the ability to feel pain and distress. Put yourself in the shoes (or the feathers) of a battery hen—or 452 million of them, which is how many are used for their eggs each year.

7.

Hens defend their young from predators. Looks like calling someone a "chicken" is actually a compliment!

8.

Who needs pepper spray? Chickens have more than 30 types of vocalizations to distinguish between threats.

9.

Chickens are just like human mothers who talk to their babies in the womb—a mother hen begins to teach calls to her chicks before they even hatch.

10.

Last but not least, chickens are adorable
This information is not mine, it belongs to Peta
http://www.peta.org/action/10-surprising-facts-about-chickens.aspx

Go Green LaGrange

Go Green LaGrange Visit this website!! Their topic for the next meeting is CHICKENS!!  Also the LaGrange Patch posted an article online about our chickens Click Here for that article!

Western Springs Makes Chicken Ownership LEGAL!!

Western Springs officially made chicken ownership legal this past week!!! Common LaGrange!!! We can do it too!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Board Contact Information

Also, if you have any comments or suggestions, you can contact the president of the board, Elizabeth Asperger. easperger@villageoflagrange.com 
or any of the trustees:
jpalermo@villageoflagrange.com;
mhorvath@villageoflagrange.com;
mkuchler@villageoflagrange.com;
bholder@villageoflagrange.com;
mlangan@villageoflagrange.com;
jnowak@villageoflagrange.com;
rpilipiszyn@villageoflagrange.com

SUPPORT WANTED!

If you know of anyone who has chickens, in LaGrange, or anyone who has helped get them made legal, please email us at chickens4lagrange@gmail.com, we only have a few more weeks to get the ball rolling to save our chickens, they are part of the family, please help us save them, the more support the better, or else we will need to give them up, Thank you.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Find out More

Check out what all the clucking is about: Sunday, November 4th, 2012; 2-4 pm, LaGrange Library, Meeting room A twitter: @Chickens18