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The &^*$%#@)!! guineas and ducks managed to waste yet another red heat lamp today. The glass bulb part was hanging by a wire from the base that screws into the socket. Probably the idiot guineas flying down from their roost wacked it a few times and it swung about and panicked the ducks, and wham. I've never had one of those die from old age. I think this one lasted 3 months. I have got to come up with a better way of having a heat lamp in there for young birds!

 

Finally caught up to the several pages you guys made since last night. Surprisingly you didn't go to town after my last post.

As for the snow storm, 35 miles s/w of Alpena, there was about 3.5-4 inches of incredibly soggy snow on the deck and maybe 6-7 in the driveway. The storm warning got cancelled early last night, the storm just evaporated around us for a while then came back and blew out all the power in the area for 15.3 hours.

 

Sure glad it's back since it's supposed to drop into the single digits tonight. Taprock, you can have all that snow we didn't get. But I agree, better snow and power outages than tornadoes. Isn't it rather early for those things?

2 dogs, lots of guineas and too many chickens. No uggos! 

2 dogs, lots of guineas and too many chickens. No uggos! 

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Swampducks, you might want to take a look at this lamp.  18266_1.jpghttp://www.premier1supplies.com/detail.php?prod_id=18266&cat_id=132

When having problems with chickens stop and think, what would Harlan do?
I've dealt with many thorns in my life and the flower is always worth the effort.

6 Nest rollout nest box plans  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/287684/new-rollout-nest-design-picture-heavy-edited-1-21

Smoker plans http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/721017/opas-recirculating-smoker

When having problems with chickens stop and think, what would Harlan do?
I've dealt with many thorns in my life and the flower is always worth the effort.

6 Nest rollout nest box plans  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/287684/new-rollout-nest-design-picture-heavy-edited-1-21

Smoker plans http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/721017/opas-recirculating-smoker

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Wow.  Our computer is having some serious wonked up issues.  DH did the thing he does when it's wonky and I come back on and half of everything is missing.  Finally notice I'm logged out so  log in and everything reappears. hu.gif  Anyway, I took notes for items I wanted to reply to, so here goes.

 

Msue- Easiest way to come out without chicks is to go in with a set breed inmind and stick to it.  It's worked for me so far and I have visited 2 stores.

Taprock-  DH couldn't believe the amount of snow you had.  Glad to say we really missed out here.

Juise- hello and welcome

RBahmer- I do believe your bantam is a silver sebright.  Looks just like the two we got last year.

Fuzzy- I was in the Lowell TSC today and they had a bin of ee's.  Oh the temptation, but I held out.

Nova- Lowell TSC has leghorns, wyandottes, and 2 silkies.  The wyandottes are the featured chicken so I'm surprised the Holland one didn't have them.  And it took me a while on the silkies, but when I realized what they were I called DH.  Sorry to say, he talked me down. barnie.gif

 

 

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Thanks teeville5. I thought that's what they might be but wasn't sure. I have pair of adults but have never seen baby ones. I also got 2 golden sebrights. Had no idea what they were when I bought them, just thought they were cute.

" Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind "
Dr. Seuss
" Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind "
Dr. Seuss
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Oh, they're cute, but can get feisty if any are roos.  Our recently lost golden sebright Mr. Peanut was quite something.  Always there, always crowing, almost always going into challenge mode.  It was quite funny to watch him challenge us as he was so small and we were so big.  He always ran head-on toward any trouble and was a terrific watch-bird.  Miss the little guy.

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We are supposed to get them. Right now its, the reds, blacks, jg, cornishx, mixed bantams, and exotics... What's in the exotics? No clue. I said, mutts? Laughs... Don't know. Well alight then.
At the very least, wipe the poop off your feet before getting in the car.

"Member of the Derperella Club-- We're just all goin' round' the rooster, here!"
Good night sweet Trousers, The Derp Club will miss you.
Treasure the love you recieve above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. Og Mandino
At the very least, wipe the poop off your feet before getting in the car.

"Member of the Derperella Club-- We're just all goin' round' the rooster, here!"
Good night sweet Trousers, The Derp Club will miss you.
Treasure the love you recieve above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. Og Mandino
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Swampducks, you might want to take a look at this lamp.  290x290px-LL-f056d71c_18266_1.jpeghttp://www.premier1supplies.com/detail.php?prod_id=18266&cat_id=132

oh, I like.
At the very least, wipe the poop off your feet before getting in the car.

"Member of the Derperella Club-- We're just all goin' round' the rooster, here!"
Good night sweet Trousers, The Derp Club will miss you.
Treasure the love you recieve above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. Og Mandino
At the very least, wipe the poop off your feet before getting in the car.

"Member of the Derperella Club-- We're just all goin' round' the rooster, here!"
Good night sweet Trousers, The Derp Club will miss you.
Treasure the love you recieve above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. Og Mandino
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One of my favorite seasonal beers is back in the stores!  yesss.gif yesss.gif yesss.gif


Which one is that? big_smile.png
 

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Juise,  I am coming to the conclusion that any time you add chickens to your flock you are taking a risk. Because unless you take a poop sample (fecal sample) to an avian vet and have it checked for worms and coccidia (which is a very nasty parasite that lives in the chickens intestines for their whole life and lives in your soil for 4 years even after you give them medicine to treat it), and then be sure to have the vet take a swab of a chickens throat so you can check for chronic respiratory illnesses that they may be carrying but showing no symptoms of at all.  And you would have to do this for the old existing flock and then the newcomers.

So just keeping animals apart for 30 days and then putting them together is not going to solve these two problems.

If you buy chickens from a hatchery that does testing for disease buy enough chickens at one time from one place and let it be enough. That is the best way to start with and maintain a healthy flock.  Then, don't wear the same shoes from the TSC or FFH stores into your backyard or you can track disease from other peoples farms onto your land. And be sure to keep mice/rats and wild birds out of your chickens area as best you can.


This sure gets really frustrating. I know I can't protect them from everything, and don't expect to, especially since we do free range ours. But I also don't want them to come to harm simply from my own ignorance or negligence, you know?

 

They may not get all the birds, but our 4 cats do at least keep down the rodents around here. The only time I normally see them, they are in at least a few pieces. sickbyc.gif

 

 

Well we didn't get much damage here, and amazingly little snow, considering. We are pretty close to the lake, so if anyone gets snow, we are usually dumped on. We've only got enough so far to barely cover the grass. yesss.gif It was still so windy this morning though, that I was actually a little nervous to go out to the coop. When we got all that wet, sticky, heavy snow a bit back here, I had a giant pine branch come down just as I stepped into the run. It nearly had my head!! barnie.gifSince the sticky snow had plastered the run, there wasn't actually much inside. I had mostly shut the door as I came in to keep the blowing snow out so that the chickens would still at least have their run to go out in. The branch came down pinning the door shut and it took me 15 minutes to get back out! Oh well, at least I wasn't concussed. smile.png I shan't be forgetting the sound of that thing whooshing past my head anytime soon, especially 'round about 3am. gig.gif

 

Nova, I see you are in the land of tulips as well. frow.gif

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Oh, they're cute, but can get feisty if any are roos.  Our recently lost golden sebright Mr. Peanut was quite something.  Always there, always crowing, almost always going into challenge mode.  It was quite funny to watch him challenge us as he was so small and we were so big.  He always ran head-on toward any trouble and was a terrific watch-bird.  Miss the little guy.

My little Silver Sebright roo is quit awesome. He doesn't challenge or anything. They are in with my trio of Quail d'Anvers and the roosters don't even fight. I did have at one time a self blue OEG rooster and he would challenge us any time we went in the pen. One day I stood there looking down at him and said to him " And just what do you think you are going to do ? We are a lot bigger than you are pee wee !". I gave him to a friend of mine that needed a roo.
 

 

" Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind "
Dr. Seuss
" Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind "
Dr. Seuss
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Nova, you have jg's at your TSC, too?  Okay, I'm getting a bit frustrated.  All the TSC's near me don't have those, but all the TSC's near the rest of you do. barnie.gif

 

I am seriously thinking road trip whether DH likes it or not.

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