Yesterday my mother and I traveled down to the Dillsburg/York area to look at a horse. While I was gone, Dewey and the kids tackled my shed. When I got home I was ticked that my birds were out in the direct sun with no shade and only warm water to drink for over 3hrs. Considering 2 of those birds are my $100 pair from Jaime Matts really had me fuming. Once I took care of them, I could see that if I wanted them back in their pens before dark, I'd have to help. They weren't going to scrape the mess off the floor (Makenzie likes to dump 10-30lbs of feed a week and then never cleans it up and the rain runs in the door to make a stuck on, stinky mess). They weren't going to knock the cobwebs and dust down, either. My back screen was so caked with chicken dust there was no air going through and I had to tear that off. Dewey broke the bottom pane of the other window trying to close it without using the crank (crank is broken and barely usable), so I finished closing that and prepping for wire mesh. I don't care about it being broke, there is an addition on that side and the horse stall and hay is in there (stacking hay is why Dewey broke the window anyways). I pulled 3 nice replacement windows out of the garage that I plan on installing on the south facing wall in the shed since there is no air flow and no light. I also bought 2 new, bigger vents for the ends in hopes of better ventilation. Those 4x6 vents in in now do nothing to keep that 12x24 shed aired out.
All that's in my shed now is my 4 breeding pens, my brooder and my feed bins. I will be building 3 - 4'x6'8" pens along the left wall and a single 4x4 pen in the right back corner as a permanent brooder/grow out pen. I have another set of breeding pens I need to build the bases for to match the others, and they will go on the right side of the shed, right inside the doors like the others. I will still have room for some quarantine pens to be set up in the shed, either beside the breeding pen on the right or in the middle with aisles around them.
I'm excited! I may actually get all my chickens moved into 3 sheds with no more little coops all over! Ideally, I'd like 2 sheds, or one huge 14x50' some day. Only really bad thing about getting the shed ready was the fact that all the junk from inside the shed is now in my driveway or yard. Lovely.
I still need to decide whether or not I want to continue with my Mille Fleur bantam Cochin project. Of all the chicks I hatched and managed to raise past the 2 rounds of brooder related illnesses, I am keeping 3 MFC pullets and 1 MFC cockerel for sure. I have 2 pullets I am considering. I have 2 cockerels and I think 5 pullets from Byron (he's back with his breeder now, so I want to keep as many of his babies as I can) I am growing out. I have a couple dark mottled w/ red hackle leakage that I am not planning on keeping. But, I am waiting to see if two have good type - that's the only way I will be keeping any of them. So, in the end, I hatched over 400 chicks and I may end up keeping only 10 chicks. What a waste of space, time, money and feed imho.
Oh, yes, my mom did buy the horse. He'll be home on Friday unless things change!
ETA: No one on the Mille forum really answered me about a breeding/genetic question I had.
In horses, breeders line breed quite a bit. I have seen the same grandfather/great grandfather three times on a horse's pedigree (a QH filly I owned was triple linebred Leo and he was within 4 generations each time). Can I do the same in chickens without any defects?
Edited by Reyvaughn - 8/26/13 at 7:11am