Originally Posted by duluthralphie
I am sorry I can't help you on building costs. I would assume there are a lot of variables involved. Finishes, ceiling height materials.
I put on my big boy undies and dressed up to go see if I could find my rooster. It was colder than, well you know. I walked around the area I had last seen him, saw his tracks and that was it. I then went over amongst the breeding pens. Nothing,
I went towards the pen he had come out of and saw a blob lying in the snow, I went and checked out the blob. It was my rooster dead. Something took him in the neck. The head was still attached but there was a spot 2-3 inches below the head something had been eating on him. There were tracks that looked like rabbit or squirrel tracks. I doubt it was a rabbit. Whatever is was, I wonder if I scared it off.
I know we have some tough squirrels but I have some lagging doubts they did it either. I am going to have to set life traps, and see if I can get whatever it is. The tracks were too large for a weasel. Mink?? Maybe. I am trying to think what would be out on a night like this. There was one feather on the tracks about 4 feet from the rooster.
I am now worried about the Susex's, creamettes, and Bert's bunch. They all live right in that area. Dang,,,
Oh no, sorry about your roo Ralphie. I hope it wasn't a weasel or mink, like Holm said, they'll come back and take down a whole coop in one night. they don't bite the head off I guess, they bite the neck and drink the blood, them move onto the next one till they are all dead i've heard
So cold! Went to monticello for DD birthday supper, then hit the wally world for some socks and summer sausage. was just heading home when DD called and said she was at Cub in plymouth and her car wouldn't start... How long were we in Wally world? cripes. anywhoo, had to run down there, got her up and going. Didn't get home until after 10, so, I got to freeze cleaning the run tonight.
I'll admit it though, I'm a softy, I broke down and put a heat lamp in the run last night. don't worry, bulb covered by hardware cloth, put up really securely, no risk of fire. It kept the run about 10 degrees or so today. I hope the sun is out tomorrow though. sigh...
Oh yeah, then when I came in all the smoke alarms were going off and would not stop, took out all the batteries, nope, had to unplug them all. Poor puppies were just howling...
Edited by Cluckies - 1/16/16 at 11:43pm