ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

6 Top Chickens to explore

Updated on April 11, 2015

Thinkin' 'bout Chickens...

Chickens have come up several times, lately, as noted below. Just could not resist the opportunity to do an article about Chickens.

First, my early days and chickens. Then, my good friend at StateoftheOzarks.net magazines writes about Chickens.

Finally, there are already some good articles of Chickens, of different kinds. What more could I ask. Come take a look! ;-)

StateoftheOzarks.net online magazine - Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of Ozark culture

Joshua Heston provides us with magnificent photography and fascinating narrative in this excellent Ozarks cultural publication. Stop by and check out the chickens, but stay a bit for more information on our Ozarks - it is a great place to live! ;-)

Billie leads the Chickens, May 31, 1942
Billie leads the Chickens, May 31, 1942

Billie leads the chickens

Chickens and I started very early on... Here I am, less than three years old, leading the chickens on our Iowa farm!

I did gather a lot of eggs as a youth. The brooder house is in the back of the photo where the young chicks were started out.

Just to the right of the photo is the Hen House, where the mature Hens laid their eggs. It was BIG! ;-)

I was an excellent student, in high school, and some of my classmates enjoyed 'putting me down' - so, as part of the "Class Prophesy" my class mates predicted, in 20 years, I would have a large chicken farm. I didn't plan to be a farmer - I was headed for a science degree at the State University. The funny thing was, in 30 years, thanks to Tyson, etc., being a BIG chicken farmer was a very desirable career, in my hometown! ;-)

Rescue Chicken links - Thanks to my friend, Ginger, for the suggestion!

I had heard of 'rescue dogs' but had not heard of 'rescue chickens' until my friend, Ginger, brought it to my attention.

This appears to be a very important topic, so I am pleased to add it to this lens.

Leave your comments on 'rescue chickens' below. I look forward to them.

Getting Chickens lens photo
Getting Chickens lens photo

Getting Chickens

Click the link above to get started on the lens Getting Chickens.

AlishaV gives us a good overview of selecting and choosing Chickens for various purposes.

Getting Chickens

I put this lens recommendation first because it gets us off to a great start. What do you think of this Chicken lens?

Basque Chicken
Basque Chicken

Basque Chickens in Lens

This photo is of a Basque Chicken from the lens, above. Thanks! ;-)

Our Ameraucana Chickens

This article, from naturegirl7, describes their chicken flock, with good questions and answers!

Baby Chicks in first few weeks
Baby Chicks in first few weeks

Our Ameraucana Chickens

Photo from the article above, courtesy of naturegirl7 - see more there... ;-)

How To Build Secure Fencing For Organic Chickens

Chickengirl provides a good source of information on fencing for chickens.

What do you think about Chickens by now! - I look forward to your comments! Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @maryseena: I totally agree. I love and appreciate tech... but, 'back to nature' has a lot to say for it, in many situations! Thanks for your visit! ;-)

    • maryseena profile image

      maryseena 

      5 years ago

      I identify with you in that picture in Billie leads the chickens! In those days chicken rearing was not as high tech as it is today. I grew up with them roaming all over the place. It's heartening that the trend is coming back in some areas.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @DavidLebar: I have a lens on Eggs, as well! ;-)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @justramblin: Thanks for stopping by... ;-)

    • justramblin profile image

      justramblin 

      5 years ago

      What an adorable photo of you and the chicks. Have you noticed that having chickens in your backyard has become vogue now? Even Southern Living magazine did a story on fancy hen houses and fancy hens to go with them. You have great photos here. I really enjoyed my visit with the hens. thanks

    • DavidLebar profile image

      DavidLebar 

      5 years ago

      Chickens are one of my favorite animals. I can't eat them because I like them very much but I eat their eggs though.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you! It certainly was interesting putting it together! ;-)

    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 

      5 years ago

      It was interesting to learn something new about chickens.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: I always appreciate your insights! Thanks, very much! ;-)

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      They taste great and so do their eggs! My uncle had Bantams and one morning they were all gone, they needed to be rescued from some prey animal. I like the twist you took here and especially your personal story of life with chickens! :)

    • Sunflower2423 profile image

      Sunflower2423 

      5 years ago

      Nice lens I enjoyed reading it. I never heard of rescue chickens. I have heard of rescuing horses,guinea pigs,cats,dogs,ect. But not chickens. But the chickens deserve to be adopted and loved just like any other animal. :) My sister-n-law had chickens and it is hard to get used to her saying she needs to go get eggs from her chickens.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anitabreeze: Maybe someday... Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

    • profile image

      anitabreeze 

      5 years ago

      I've always wanted to have chickens. Not allowed where I live!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @savateuse: ;-)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Snakesmum: ;-)

    • savateuse profile image

      savateuse 

      5 years ago

      Sadly my garden is secure enough to keep chickens...

    • profile image

      Snakesmum 

      5 years ago

      Miss my girls, but it became impossible to keep chickens here. Neighbour has a free-ranging ferret which visited the pen and the result was inevitable...... Chickens make great pets. I've got a lens about them too.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @amytrumpeter: Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments! Always appreciated!! ;-)

    • amytrumpeter profile image

      Amy Trumpeter 

      5 years ago from Oxford

      Well, I'd love to have chicken's, but we don't have the room at the moment, and my Jack Russell Terrier would probably eat them! One day, I hope - free range eggs all the way! :-)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @vineliner57: Great concept! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! ;-)

    • vineliner57 profile image

      Hal Gall 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Chickens are great animals to raise. Most of them make great pets, and the ones that don't, you eat them!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @siobhanryan: Keeping your distance may be the best policy... ;-)

    • siobhanryan profile image

      siobhanryan 

      5 years ago

      I like chicken but am afraid they might pick me-so I look and run at the same time

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @justmelucy: Neat! ;-)

    • KandDMarketing profile image

      KandDMarketing 

      6 years ago

      We've got a small flock we keep for eggs and meat. They tend to roam the property, which is good, since they are the best anti-tick remedy we have ever found!

    • justmelucy profile image

      justmelucy 

      6 years ago

      Another Nice Lens Dr. Bill I don't have a place for them now. When I do, I would like to get some Silkies.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @KandDMarketing: Anti-tick is good, for sure! Thanks for the visit! ;-)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @pinkrenegade lm: Takes the right time and place, and some care... but you can do it! ;-)

    • pinkrenegade lm profile image

      pinkrenegade lm 

      6 years ago

      Raising my own chicken is such an interesting idea.

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I prefer to eat their eggs, thanks!

    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I might raise a few myself one day. :)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)