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Posted on Jun 12, 2012 3:07:45 PM PDT
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A mutual love for lowercase letters and trolling for trouble. Tonight at 10 !

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Posted on Jun 12, 2012 3:45:45 PM PDT
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Chandler says:
Cats are not predators to grown chickens. Neighbor's and Stray cats roam my backyard. What cat food you choose to buy for them is another thread so any comments or concerns with what's in your cat or dog food has been addressed. :-) Bing!

Chickens are a cheap protein due to egg production chicken by products. . If your cat was actually given a chicken it likely would have no interest unless it looked small enough to resemble a regular bird. As in, a chick. Cats even ignore my tiny bantam hens so meh, I doubt they love them. They do go after pond fish though. I have none. Cats sleep with my hens under the deck.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 4:47:34 PM PDT
Chandler, if I belittled anyone who happens to love chickens, I apologize. It was unintended as far as I can remember. I then as now dislike chickens but do not insist others dislike them as well. Hey, I loath tutti-fruttie ice cream but if someone else adores it, that is their business. I am, however, caring for four abandoned kittens who are genetically impaired and feral, thereby rendering them unadoptable. I already had the mother (the tramp!) fixed, shots given and a new home found for her. So I do like animals as a rule. Just not chickens. Or cock roaches either. But, again, if you do, more power to you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 4:51:38 PM PDT
Ursiform, so I now see. I would hope that the extremism in my wording would be a clue that is was ment to be humorous. I forgot that folks, including me, tend to be less than humourous about animals in general and pets in particular. Chandler, if you read this, good for you for caring for the damaged chicken instead of eating it. Forgot to put that in my last post. Peace for one and all now?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 6:05:37 PM PDT
My cats love turkey. They always seem to take long naps after eating. I have to wonder if eating turkey affects animals the same way it does humans.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 8:23:38 PM PDT
Chandler says:
Props to you for the kitten care. And I appreciate the explanation. Truly. I think I have such a passion for chickens others toss aside as crippled and non-laying because I had no idea until I got some chicks of my own (how it began) that chickens are as they are...they are SO devoted to me and so sweet to each other; they have such personalities. Such character and kindness. It's amazing to watch a rooster spend all day caring for the ladies and bringing them worms and flowers, to see one mourn horribly over a death, to see another miss a friend who is inside with babies so badly I had to reunite them so she'd eat again, to see them announce my presence and run like puppies and jump up and down EVERY time they see me, to have them follow me around my whole yard as I garden just to talk to me and ride on my shoulders, and cuddle in my lap and purr. To see one care for a sick hen, bring her straw, sit with her 24/7 never leaving her side, I never knew either so I cannot fault anyone who has not had the pleasure of that experience. And not all hens have the same breeds of dogs, some chickens are bred to be tough, just lay, not have the emotions mine do so I cannot fault someone who only saw them as the egg layers they were bred to be, but I have two Faverolles who have the deepest emotions I"ve ever seen and they are bred to be meat. I can't imagine...but caring for hens that were tossed aside is an amazing thing because they just LOVE me....they fight over being in my lap, they pull on my shirtsleeve until I talk to them...even the roosters I rescue and rehome people call and say they are the nicest chickens they have. I had one lady adopt a second roo I rehomed (got a new home for; I try to help others who wind up with a rooster and can't have one in the neighborhood or have one too many. They stay here first. But I have 2 crippled roosters I keep.) just because she loved my roo training after staying here in the Ritz of chickens! She sends me pictures--They give back what you give them.

Unlike cockroaches.

Which is why I said yes, if there is one thing I'd be a famewhore about it's allowing others to realize what they are...they are not dumb at all...I have some really smart hens, but they are seen as food rather than pets by most and I know that...It's like talking to my tour guide in China about dogs...I can say what I know, but he only knew what he knew which is that anyone who loves dogs is silly and he, yep, ate them but mourned his goldfish. Life experiences...we can plant seeds but we can't "get it" until we "get it".

Until you see and know what I have experienced for yourself, all my stories are just stories...

But if I didn't share some of those stories, they wouldn't even be a story...I wish I could change the world, but all I can do is what I do...hopefully somewhere along the way it makes a difference. I would rather have fame for saving a chicken than fame for writing good reviews...that's why I've turned down reviewer interviews and pass on "studies" that want to use me. But my chickens have been photographed and seen on websites and in pet magazines. I have diva hens. I'm nothing, but my chickens are famous although they go unnamed. I even have one on a magazine cover.

As well they should be.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 9:04:04 PM PDT
@ Chandler. I know a little bit what you mean about chickens. At about 13, we were given a bantam rooster for a pet for us three kids. He just lived around the yard in a small town and wasn't fenced in or anything like that. I don't know how the neighbors felt about the crowing in the morning, but I don't remember any strong complaints. Life was more mellow then. Anyway he made a quite good pet and we cherished him.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 9:29:45 PM PDT
Sincere thanks for the info and education. We all have our blind spots and this was clearly one of mine. I had no idea that anyone liked chickens as other than produce and welcome the knowledge that they are loved for more than their meat and eggs. To set things straight though, I never really hated chickens. Or eggs. I was just posting a provocative statement to see what, if any, reaction set in. And, boy, did it! I am not sorry I did so as I got to read your post and it broadened my perspective quite a bit. People probably thought I was strange years ago when the only my allergic to mammals son had to have reptiles as pets. One would think they never heard of anacondas being pets! lol I can assure you that a chicken must by nature be much more affectionate than an anaconda. Anacondas never grow to like you, just your body heat, and if they grow large enough (and some species can) they will cheerfully enjoy your body heat internally! I am glad there are people like you to watch over less popular species and set people like me right about their worth, even if puppies and kittens get more press. Thanks again for the info and continued good fortune for you and your charges.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 9:32:34 PM PDT
Rebecca, I'd be surprized if turkey did not effect mammals in similar fashions but don't know for sure. Are you sure you want your cats eating turkey (or you either for that matter) with all the hormones and chemicals they get introduced into them? Just saying...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2012 4:06:22 PM PDT
The brand they are eating now is the only one they will touch. Very finicky eaters I must say. I'd feed them baked salmon if I could afford it all the time. That is what they like best. I suppose organic turkey would be the way to go. I'll check and see if our pet store carries anything like that. I bet they do. Otherwise I feed them Science Diet dry food which they are crazy about.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 7:40:10 PM PDT
Rebecco, sounds like a plan to me for what that's worth. Like I wrote, I am not sure.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 10:42:37 PM PST
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EJ says:
Interesting comment that a helpful vote followed by a buy may help a reviewer move up.

If so, I'm gypping helpful reviewers all the time. I often read reviews, buy an item and then after the purchase go back and click helpful on the reviews I remembered as being particularly helpful in making my decision. I don't always know what is helpful at first. For example, I learned about Pyrex no longer being made of borosilicate on Amazon. I didn't immediately vote those reviews as helpful since I hadn't verified the info. Once I had researched it myself, resulting in numerous non-Pyrex purchases, I went back and voted those reviews helpful.

Sometimes I only vote a review helpful after I get the item and realize that the reviewer was spot-on. For example, say a reviewer says a knife has a very comfortable lightweight handle which is ideal for small hands. I have small hands, so I buy the knife. When it arrives I'm delighted because the reviewer was absolutely correct. That day I go back and give that person a helpful vote.

Also, on the comment that five star reviews may be rewarded by Amazon I must say that if this is true, it is shortsighted. It's not unusual for one-star reviews on product A to help me decide to buy product B! Either way, Amazon benefits, and in fact, often the one star reviews send me to more expensive options.
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