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I have also heard that they don't test often because the high rate of false negatives. I think ralphie may have even mentioned that the other day. I picked a tick of my pooch this weekend which means I waited to long to start flea and tick meds. this warm snap has brought on a miraid of bugs. my flock has been coming in from ranging with full crops the last few days. they have much less interest in dinner and there is leftovers still in the feeder when I open coops in the morning. it is nice to see them finding good things to eat! they are good at keeping the ticks down around the house where they range but we hike all over the countryside with our pups and they are always running through deep grass and brush.
fortunately DW and I have rarely had issues with ticks on ourselves
We've had ticks out now for 5/6 weeks, the chickens just can't get them all. It's a heavily infested area.
What I wonder about is, you take a dog to the vet and in 5 minutes they can tell you if they are infected but a person ? they can't tell, they have to send the test out etc.
Our golf meets are horrible in the wind because the holes are in all different directions so you have to switch your swing every hole!
Does anyone else in this thread get their chicks from Welp Hatchery in Bancroft Iowa, I have gone with them for 2 years now and they have pushed my order farther back than I wanted it to be. This year, I wanted it to be the week before Easter but now I have to get them May 11:barnie
Jerry, I am not much for posting pictures, primarily because I don't take the time to create them. The Maiden Rock is a bantam breed which was developed by Dan Powell. His mailing address was Maiden Rock, Wi although he lived on a farm much closer to Plum City. the best source of info related to them is on the internet web site One Earth Farm.com Which is still up though not maintained for some years. If you go to the Chicken section and bantams there is a link for Maiden Rocks. I have a Citron Spangled hen which looks much like the one in photos on that site.
Dan and his partner sold their farm and Dan liquidated his Llama herd and got rid of all of his chickens. The last time I communicated with Dan he had relocated to New Zealand.
When Dan got out his remaining Maiden Rocks and Silver Spangled McGraws went to Nathans brother Ryan. I refused to take them and Dan seemed convinced that Ryan although young would keep them going. This turned out not to be the case.
The Maiden rocks were beautiful little birds which layed blue eggs. It is unfortunate that they have disappeared as Dan spent quite some time, effort and money to develop them, and he did not share with anyone that I am aware of all the breeds he used in their development. They would be good foo foo birds for Ralphie with the blue eggs, but that is not to be.