WOW! I neglect my laptop for a few days and come back to over 60 posts to go through! Happy belated 4th!!!! It was a busy (and somewhat stressful) weekend! We did a lot of work around the homestead...fixing the barn doors, building individual stalls, (which the chickens took over) planting and continuing the build on my greenhouse....had a scare with one of my chicks...I can't remember who had posted something similar but one of my chicks all of a sudden couldn't walk and was walking on what I would call her elbows. She had a droopy tail and her neck looked kind of funny???? Wasn't eating much so I dosed her up with cranberries (supposed to possibly work on Merek's?) Oregano, VetRX and some other natural goodies and then just watched her. I gave her the weekend to see any improvement before I made the decision to cull. Well last night she kept attempting to stand up tall and even tried to get up on the roosting bars (poor thing fell off) I felt so bad for her but then she settled down in the corner of the coop with 2 roo's. The other birds are not being too nasty to her...there's a few who peck her as they go by but other than that they are leaving her alone. Today she walked out of the coop on her feet...still a little wobbly but went straight for the food which I think is a good sign. I don't know what the issue is but I read up on Merek's and then panicked of course...but there are many other things it could be. I just started letting them free range and one of my horses thinks these are play things and chases them around sometimes, so I was also thinking maybe he stepped on her or tossed her with his nose injuring her back? The downed tail is what made me think back injury...I have seen it in other animal back trauma. Any other ideas from you experienced chicken owners?
She seems to be getting better so I am letting her be. If it is Merek's the research says it doesn't do any good to isolate because all the others have been exposed already. Let's hope it's not and she makes a full recovery. It would suck to get it on my first try with chickens!
Had something try to dig under the fence in the run two nights ago???? Once it hit the 1/4" mesh it stopped so I guess it worked like it was supposed to. Haven't seen any other signs of predators though...hoping this is a fluke occurrence.
I got Grand Champion Breeding Poultry and Grand Champion Senior Showmanship with my LF Blue Cochin Pullet!!
My red sex link pullet trio took 1st for their category.
My bantam black frizzle cochin cock took 1st for his category.
My eggs all got blues other then the one red. Angered me because the person who got grand and reserve did not have good eggs, they were not the same color of brown, or the same shape. Where mine were all uniform...
Also they have a premium sale, you don't actually sell your animal, but local businesses bid on them.
My JH volleyball coach was there for CHS nutrition, where she works, and she bid my chicken up to $425!!
I thanked her afterwards, I was so happy! Since some of the horses and sheep didn't even get that much!
Pens....they sound more comfy :)
I'm sorry to hear about your little chick
Hellooo! I'm new to the site, but I live in central mn and want to know more about raising chickens at home, so here I am! Raising backyard chickens just recently became legal in my city, so I'm super excited to possibly get into it. Do any of you know of a good place to purchase chickens in mn? I can only have up to 4 hens legally, and all of the popular companies that ship chicks have minimum orders of around 25, which wouldn't work.
Happy 4th all...
I do not have 5 years to breed them back to non-sports. A fact of life that hits you around 65. I am not sure if I will even have birds in 5 years.
I am stuck trying to bring the ones I find with the recessive gene back into the sports. I will breed my pullets to a white sport rooster, if they have the recessive gene I should get 50% whites. I will test breed the pullets in December. Marking each one, a pain in the rear, but I will be bringing in cousins instead of brother sister. Not great but better.
I would like to trade with someone but beings the CLBs all started at GFF there is not a lot of diversity. I guess that is the way all new breeds are though. I have not seen any problems with the CLB's beyond the young ones that fail to thrive or have wry legs. They end up in the chamber, sad but true.
I am starting to pick my SS for next year. I am a little worried I do not have a lot of hens. I have one I think is a girl, (watch it grow today to celebrate the 4th) She is a beauty, good conformation. I hope I can find a rooster and another hen that look like she does.
Lydiaholmes if you want a good hen for in town, I would take a SS hen. They are so naturally friendly and curious. The only complaint I would have is they follow me everywhere. I have to tell them or run them off when I go into the chick brooder shed. They would follow me in there if I allowed it.
Judy and I are going to be putting next springs breeding pens up today. I think Coffee is coming by to get her Keets today. Hopefully, that will give us a break to sit on the deck and have a Mikes.
I need 13 more Keets to make an even 100 Guineas. I am pretty sure I have them, but I will not open or look in the hatcher until Judy gets up and wants to get them. It is kind of a thing we do together, she really likes the babies. The keets are so active it takes two of us to corral them. I have two hatching trays full of eggs, I have blocking on the ends but as soon as I start to pull it out they start jumping out.
You know, I picture you living on this 400 acre farm with expansive views of the countryside.....
I am glad to hear Dixie has recovered!!
Edited by Siggie - 7/5/16 at 8:32am