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I've been using a 5 gallon bucket with nipples and a bird bath heater from Murdochs in a fairly mild Colorado season (so far).  Our lowest low so far has been 9 degrees, and most nights it has been in the low twenties or high teens.  Works like a champ.  This next week will give us more typical winter weather - but I expect it to perform well.  My water bucket is outside the coop in a covered run over sand.  I suspect there are a few drips, but I honestly have never seen...
I use a 5 gallon bucket with a bird bath heater and the nipple dispensers.  So far - works great.  We have been in the single digits at night - no freezing.  This week might see our first below zeros.  That will be a good test.  This has been a super easy watering method for me.  No mess, no ice.
Hi Janet.  The 10 chickens I have right now are the first chickens I have ever raised, so I can't answer your question from personal experience.  I got these girls (and 2 boys) in June.  I saw that you posted on the Wellsummer thread too.  Those folks are great - and will fill you in on the heredity of speckles question.  Some of the breeders on there love speckles (I think they are cool!), and some prefer the solid color (I like those too).  That is one of the...
Hi Janet.  I have 4 Wellie hens, all from Whitmore Farm.  Some of our eggs are dark and unspeckled, some are fairly dark and heavily speckled, and a few are light colored and heavily speckled.  I don't know if some lines are more speckle prone - but at least some of the Whitmore Farm hens lay speckled eggs.
Thanks, Patty.  We got our first Wellie egg today.  It is lovely - dark and speckled.
Hi Patty.  I bought Wellies and Ameraucana chicks from Whitmore Farm in June.  I have 1 wellie rooster and 4 wellie hens, and 2 ameraucanas.  They are beautiful.  I am waiting for my first eggs.  I had my chicks shipped all the way to Colorado.  I do not know what their rules are regarding picking up chicks.  I was very pleased with Whitmore's customer service, and I love my birds.  Here's a picture of my young rooster a few weeks ago.
I am waiting for my first Wellie eggs too.   I have 4 Wellie ladies who hatched in June.  Any day now ....
I have a small flock, too.  I have 10.  2 are roosters.  They are the same age - and lived together since hatching.  They are only 23 weeks old, but get along so far.  Are yours together now?  If the little guy doesn't try to dominate the older - they might get along.  I have read a lot on this forum about 2 roosters getting along.  Most of the time it sounds challenging.  It really depends on the personalities of your birds.  One concern I have is whether my 2 roosters...
Do you mean a heated waterer with the chicken nipple dispensers?  I have a very basic 5 gallon bucket with nipples.  I bought a bird bath heater at Murdochs.  So far works great.  We haven't gotten really cold yet here, but it has worked so well that I do not anticipate problems this winter.  5 gallons keeps my flock of 10 in water for a week or more.
Hi Mamma Dixie.  My husband also ties flies.  There are a few sources of fertilized eggs for fly-tying birds - but no chicks that I ever found.  This is our first year with chickens, so we didn't want to try to hatch eggs.  My husband got some bantam dark brahma hens for their hackle - but he is a chicken-softie.  He loves those girls, and there is no way they will end up in his fly-tying desk!  PM me if you can't find a thread on here about fly-tying,  I'll help you find...
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