Originally Posted by ambergordon
Originally Posted by chiques chicks
Between wingstone and I we can probably fill all your wants! And the scary part is, I'm just as close as she is, I'm on the Milton Grove side of Mount Joy.
I have ducks in the incubator, and baby rabbits when you feel the need, lol.
She said i came right past you! I caught Ciderpress to Meadow view to try to avoid downtown Manheim. If you're familiar with the area, i live next to the Renaissance Faire (we face the joust field). Anyways, we had Champagne D'Argents for awhile, we really liked them but they are hard to come by it seems. Plus i was kinda screwed over with the doe we bought from some high school student selling rabbits out of her garage. I should of known better
. Alot of people seem to do Californians or New Zealand around here. When we first started "homesteading" we tried to stick to more of a heritage breeds- Dominiques were our first chickens, soon followed by Champagne D'Argents. But i'm thinking that is going out the window soon. I liked the coat also, maybe i'll get around to making a nice pair of winter mittens. With two small shadows following me around, I can dream can't i?! lol.
On another note, can you free range ducks? Do they put themselves up at night like chickens? We have a nice creek out back that i think they would enjoy but i get the feeling i'll be duck wrangling every night. I haven't read up much on them, but seeing wingstones (she wouldn't give me a price!) i would like a few.
You need Anconas. Mine are trained to return themselves to the coop before dark or run for the coop when we say "bedtime" if we need to put them in early for any reason.
Originally Posted by My peeps
Now I'm freaked out about salmonella
We usually keep our brooder in the kitchen. Opposite side of where we prep food but still. I will be moving it in the basement from now on. My husband is in and out of the house 100 times a day and doesn't take his boots off. We have hard wood floors and I clean them often during the week but my 2 year old is all over the floor all day long. I'm afraid of what germs he is tracking inside the house with his nasty boots.I also keep my egg basket and a gallon milk jug that I take back and forth to the coop under the sink. Please someone tell me I'm over reacting!!
In other news one of our polish chicks died yesterday. They were fine when I left for my son's baseball game and dead by the time we got home. We only got 2 and of course it was the one we thought was going to be a hen. Grrrr! I promised my daughter we would get some polish and serema eggs soon.
Guarantee my kids rarely wash hands after touching chicks. My goofy kids will even go sit in the coop & share their lunch with the birds. My kids have been healthier since we got the birds than they ever were before. I think they have each missed 1 day of school to actual illness in the past 3 years. My older kids were always sick, always missing school. My ex wouldn't even let them have a cat.
Originally Posted by evroman
Do you keep your eggs in the counter or refrigerate right away?
Mine sit on the counter until no more will fit...then they either go in a pan to boil for deviled eggs or in the fridge after I stuff as many of the freshest ad I can in my bators. I do this about once a week just because I get so overloaded with eggs. There wre about 15 dozen sitting there before I loaded bators this week...not counting the 4 dozen quail eggs. There are still about 9 dozen chicken I need to boil or freeze.
Originally Posted by Intheboro
Originally Posted by Intheboro
You are not alone, I am in the same type of situation, well the freaking part...our chicks have to be in the house by default, basement floods, she'd isn't secure, and a raccoon recently spotted. Our house is set up with a living/dining/kitchen as the main room and only real living area in the house... And with a half dozen kids running around, well you get the picture... I will be watching to see what responses you get!
So I called the store where we got our chicks, they called mt healthy. And the cdc. They were told the outbreak is over, and if you have had your chicks for a few weeks and not gotten sick, you are either doing really good with the whole cleanliness thing, or the birds are not infected.from what the girl said from the store, it seems this May be a *bit* hyped in the media (since the report just came out, suddenly there are news stories). She said, as wing said, as any of us with chickens know, salmonella is around with chickens, use common sense.
I am thinking that our birds were not infected, as it said in my post, I have a half dozen kids... As vigilant about hand washing with chickens as I am, I am also not ignorant of the fact that I am sure some hands, probably the 2&4 year olds, have not gotten washed....they are sneaky about touching those fluffy butts!
See above...just don't lick the chicks...lol
Originally Posted by Auroradream26
Wow, you guys haven't been as chatty as usual today. I wasn't on all day and I was only a page and a half behind lol.
I know this has been discussed a thousand times but I can't even attempt to go back through and find it. I just started some fermented feed. I was doing it one way but it doesn't seem to be working out so well so I'm staying the continuous ferment type where you just add more feed and water each day after you take it out. All I need to know is, how often to stir it and do you cover it with anything? I have it in one of those big red buckets that someone posted a picture of before. It's well under water level and I've added ACV.
Stir once or twice per day & cover loosely to keep bugs out.Edited by SilkieSensation - 5/10/14 at 6:23am