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This makes total sense

Chickens, when allowed to roam and do what they want, eat beetles, worms, and probably mosquitoes too.

We kept chickens when I was a child. They were robust intelligent birds. They went by themselves to their little house at night, where the nest boxes were, and climbed onto perches to sleep. I went out at dusk, fed them and shut the door. In the morning I got up early before school to feed them again and let them out. I also changed their water then and collected eggs. We had about 10 chickens. We had 2 acres of yard. They never left it.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36854781

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ba1126
Jul. 21st, 2016 02:45 pm (UTC)
My Mom used to tell of bringing chicks and/or eggs into the kitchen on cold nights, sliding them in a box under the 'still warm' cast iron stove.This was in the 30's in what is now a part of Boston (out almost to our suburb of Dedham). Grandma had a big garden to feed a large family and supplement what my Grandfather made doing engraving (wedding invitations,etc.) for the Saltonstalls and other Boston Hoi-Poloi. They were at the end of the streetcar line and my father used to tease about how he bought her her first pair of shoes!!LOL!
eglantine_br
Jul. 21st, 2016 05:01 pm (UTC)
We used to bring ours in, one by one, on the coldest days and stand them in warm water in the bathroom sink. kept them from loosing combs and toes. Birds are very susceptible to frostbite. We had only one bathroom, so if you wanted the toilet, it was while chicken watched you, and if you wanted the bathroom sink, too bad!
ba1126
Jul. 21st, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC)
For awhile we had a mouse who used to come out and watch you on the toilet! I used to try and pull my feet up! My father finally got rid of him in a trap!
vespican
Jul. 22nd, 2016 12:49 am (UTC)
Sounds interesting! Wonder if chickens would deter the mosquitoes during the Alaskan summer. One of the things I remember from my childhood days... those darn mosquitoes and all the attempts to keep them at bay.
Dave
eglantine_br
Jul. 22nd, 2016 07:00 pm (UTC)
I wonder. We had mosquitoes in Ma. of course, but not enough be anything more than mildly annoying.

I have heard about the flies and mosquitoes in Alaska though, a price for all that open landscape...

Edited at 2016-07-22 07:03 pm (UTC)
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