If it is working the valve is underwire free.
6 degrees here right now, so we are warm!!
I went into the coop last night to talk with the chickens, and check for eggs. No one pooped on my head so I had a good day. I noticed Blackie was sitting on the edge of a nest box with is head in the box. I picked him up and looked at him. He appeared alright except the tips of his comb are frostbit!
This dang warm wet weather we have had took it's toll. I feel bad for not having noticed that before. He is not friendly enough for me to catch him and Vaseline him, so there is not much I could have done. I guess in retrospect I saw a few black spots a few days ago, but I thought they were just bruises and scabs from the Turkey/rooster fights.
I think the turkeys want to be ahead of Blackie on the pecking order. Young Toms are pains in the butt. There is a special place awaiting most of them in my freezer soon. My toms refuse to use the nice new Turkey House I built them unless I run them inside. Then half leave as soon as I turn my back. I am thinking of kicking the Toms out of the pen and forcing them to fend for themselves.
It is time to get the undesirable Toms away from the girls. I would only put JJ in with the girls now and then. Do you think JJ could handle 11 girls by himself?
It appears I am going to be down to only 8 hens come hatching time, SOMEONE has requested Porter and 3 girls!!! With luck (well luck from my point of view) it will be after I get enough eggs before they get the hens. They should take Porter first so he gets time to bond and become a lapper. Right now he is somewhere between a belly button and a tolerant. He is a big boy though and should throw huge babies. I bet he is 6 inches taller than JJ and 3 inches taller than Sidekick.
Oh, Back to the frostbite. I went and checked the creamers after seeing Blackies frostbite. The young rooster there has some too, DANG moisture. I do not think it is the coops as they are unheated and well vented. I only have 12 birds in a 8x16 coop with them blocked out of the top of the coop and well below the vents.
The coop blackie is in, is 16 x 24 and has about 24 birds in it, it is very tall and has an open door front, and huge vents too. I thought I was going to be frostbite free this year. Bert Jr, has a tad too and he does not really have a coop. As a Cx (toad) they can handle the cold as if it is not there. He has hardware cloth sides and roofs with a few places plastic covered on the top and one side to get out of the weather and a couple "brooders type coops" with lots of ventilation. Bert and his girls stay out most of the time, they actually thrive in the cold, I think..