BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Social › Where am I? Where are you! › Pennsylvania!! Unite!!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Pennsylvania!! Unite!! - Page 3799

post #37981 of 65610
Quote:
Originally Posted by BevyCrockr View Post
 

Question- I have a broody BCM. I take her off the nest many, many times a day. She insists she has a duty to set in that box. I do not have a rooster and no eggs in that nest. Should I build a broody box or go to TSC and get her some babies?? All advice is welcome!!

If she isn't being bothered by other hens you could leave her where she is at, but plan to have a secure cubby area fenced from the rest of the flock for the first few days after she hatches so the chicks get used to her vocalizations and learn to listen to her. Once you have raised a clutch or two you should have a good idea if any of the others in the flock cause problems and maybe the separation by fencing won't be needed, but for first time I would do it for peace of mind.

Watch her general body condition and give her high protein type snacks to keep her boosted since she is not out foraging or eating as much as normal.  we do scrambled eggs, sunflower seeds and peanuts, tuna or other cooked fish, oatmeal with raisins or chopped canned peaches or pears in it, boiled liver chopped fine (I have an electric chopper that does wonders for making this stuff easier!), cat food, canned corn (rinse it first), fine chopped or shredded lettuce or cabbage and I usually switch my broodies over to chick starter also while they are setting.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by stake View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BevyCrockr View Post
 

Question- I have a broody BCM. I take her off the nest many, many times a day. She insists she has a duty to set in that box. I do not have a rooster and no eggs in that nest. Should I build a broody box or go to TSC and get her some babies?? All advice is welcome!!


BC: Howdy from Chester Co

 

For my two cents, find somebody on here close to you with hatching eggs...

  This would be my first choice also!   However.... if you aren't allowed to have roosters, and don't know anyone who could either butcher them for you or rehome them for you then TSC day olds are an option, though I would wait till she has been on fake eggs for about 10 days or more before doing them.  For a first time broody 6 may be too many also (the minimum TSC will sell)

 

Ideally, go with 6 or 8 eggs and let her enjoy the whole process, if you aren't sure about roosters try to start making arrangements for them now, because you won't have to worry about them for 3 or 4 months yet, so you have plenty of time to plan.

post #37982 of 65610

On the topic of mites and even other chicken parasites, since it's coming that time of year...

 

This may seem like overkill, but this is what I do when I find my bird/s has/have a bug... or many.

1) Bath in flea and tick shampoo for cats.  I use Sergeant's Gold.  Make sure to rinse with vinegar and water mix to remove all the soap (I use a quart per 10 gallons of water).

2) After the bird is mostly dry, I sprinkle them with Sevin.

3) I strip their bedding and spray all cracks and surfaces well with Permethrin (mix as label suggests).

4) I replace the bedding and sprinkle Poultry Dust in their bedding.

5) Just to make sure nothing lives, once the birds are totally dry, I apply Ivermectin pour-on (1/2mL for bantams and 1mL for large fowl).

 

I had a bad case of lice 2yrs ago and after 2x of cleaning the pens and powdering with Sevin they kept coming back.  I went nuclear on them and haven't seen any bugs since!

What I've Got (Nothing For Sale!)::

Black, Blue & Mottled Bantam Cochins
Chocolate Bantam Orpingtons
Chocolate Bantam Cochin Project
German Bielefelders

In the Brooder & Incubator:
All of the Above Breeds & Varieties
Reply
What I've Got (Nothing For Sale!)::

Black, Blue & Mottled Bantam Cochins
Chocolate Bantam Orpingtons
Chocolate Bantam Cochin Project
German Bielefelders

In the Brooder & Incubator:
All of the Above Breeds & Varieties
Reply
post #37983 of 65610

 

 

 

 

Incubator done!!!! Cost me less the 10 bucks!

 

Next question is a picture of one of my eggs....any idea or advise on fertile or not?

Mom to a 2 Great Dane, a Mutt, a Cat, 2 Orpingtons, 2 Silkies, and a Polish/SLW mix.
Reply
Mom to a 2 Great Dane, a Mutt, a Cat, 2 Orpingtons, 2 Silkies, and a Polish/SLW mix.
Reply
post #37984 of 65610

I think that a good dust bath area helps the chickens fight the lice and mites themselves. They still might need help once the critters are established, but I haven't had any problems yet with free ranging chickens, I think because the dust bathe with great enthusiasm (giant holes dug under some bushes, I think a basketball might disappear in some those).

Raising lots of fun poultry: Cream Legbars, Welbars, Bielefelders, California Greys, and 6 colors / sizes of Ameraucanas

Also Turkeys, Guineas and Peafowl

 

I have eggs and chicks available for sale from some of these breeds, details at my website

How to make a hoop tractor

My Poultry Blog

Reply

Raising lots of fun poultry: Cream Legbars, Welbars, Bielefelders, California Greys, and 6 colors / sizes of Ameraucanas

Also Turkeys, Guineas and Peafowl

 

I have eggs and chicks available for sale from some of these breeds, details at my website

How to make a hoop tractor

My Poultry Blog

Reply
post #37985 of 65610
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brittany7 View Post
 

 

 

 

 

Incubator done!!!! Cost me less the 10 bucks!

 

Next question is a picture of one of my eggs....any idea or advise on fertile or not?


Great looking 'bator!!

 

Here is a thread on fertility checking...

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures

post #37986 of 65610

hello all---------------I just sent wingstone a PM about quail...............just thought I would post a general thing too

 

since my chicks have been nixed..............darn it!

 

I am thinking its time for coturnix quail raising.

 

first off-------------I want a quieter quail with decorative eggshell

 

with eggs that taste good

 

and meat that might be processed and tasty.

 

second

I want to get male and female quail so that there are fertile eggs

and hope the birds will incubate their eggs

 

some people say they don't do this

 

but lastly

if they don't incubate their own.............I might have to look into an cheapo incubator to try this

 

 

anyone out their got coturnix............maybe even jumbo coturnix?

 

or what type of quail would you recommend and why?

 

I am also gonna look into a good raising quail book!

 

I am  in Chester county and can drive to get these ------------------a reasonable distance.............

 

thanks in advance!

post #37987 of 65610
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brittany7 View Post




Next question is a picture of one of my eggs....any idea or advise on fertile or not?

That one appears to be infertile. That white speck there would appear as a disk, or a bullseye, if it were fertile.
Edited by Avlana - 3/17/14 at 12:54pm
post #37988 of 65610
Quote:
Originally Posted by dheltzel View Post
 

I think that a good dust bath area helps the chickens fight the lice and mites themselves. They still might need help once the critters are established, but I haven't had any problems yet with free ranging chickens, I think because the dust bathe with great enthusiasm (giant holes dug under some bushes, I think a basketball might disappear in some those).


Yep, every time the ground thaws, they are fighting over the prime spots....

I learn something from everyone I meet, sometimes its what not to do

Current crew: the BOYS: x2 CCL x1 BCM, x1 OE young'in, GIRLS:, 2 BCMs, x2 CCLs
Reply
I learn something from everyone I meet, sometimes its what not to do

Current crew: the BOYS: x2 CCL x1 BCM, x1 OE young'in, GIRLS:, 2 BCMs, x2 CCLs
Reply
post #37989 of 65610
Well, we broke down and drove to punxy because they had EEs. Got 4 EEs and left the kids each pick their own Bantam chick. Life just doesn't feel right without chicks in it. Pictures when There's a good signal.
Cream Crested Legbars, BCM, bearded silkies, Welbars, lavender ameraucanas

Turkeys:Bourbon red/buff, red bronze, royal palm, mottled black

Muscovy Ducks

I also make hen saddles, PM me for details!

www.onemountainacres.weebly.com
Reply
Cream Crested Legbars, BCM, bearded silkies, Welbars, lavender ameraucanas

Turkeys:Bourbon red/buff, red bronze, royal palm, mottled black

Muscovy Ducks

I also make hen saddles, PM me for details!

www.onemountainacres.weebly.com
Reply
post #37990 of 65610
Quote:
Originally Posted by Auroradream26 View Post

Well, we broke down and drove to punxy because they had EEs. Got 4 EEs and left the kids each pick their own Bantam chick. Life just doesn't feel right without chicks in it. Pictures when There's a good signal.

Congrats on the new chicks :jumpy

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Where am I? Where are you!
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Social › Where am I? Where are you! › Pennsylvania!! Unite!!