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Thanks just have a hubby who keeps asking when are these chickens gonna start laying eggs?? He wants them to start working for their keep and my 3 yr old dd goes out everyday hoping for eggs and always comes back in disappointed but she wants them for another reason... She wants babies hahahha silly little girl thinks as soon as their are eggs they will have babies right away!
Heck I even had two start laying that weren't laying before LOL. Granted now they are freaked by even the smallest dog. Getting 8/day and have a pullet ready to turn.
Ugh, neither worked for me...I think it's because I have a mac. It doesn't let me copy anything. :-(
But on a lighter note...guess what?!?!
WE GOT VEINS!!!!!! And they are on like 90% of the eggs!!!!
(Below) See the vein cluster?! the dark heavy red spot?! You should have seen the veins!! :-) I'm such a PROUD momma!!
Remember, this was my egg of worry...well, it GREW!! I don't know if that means anything, but I'm excited about that! LOL!
Due to hatch December 3rd!!
look how cute!!!!! LOVE THEM!!!
AWESOME!!!! Chicky Dee you need to come in the incubating thread too!!! u know where the info is from the thread in the hatching 101 article, but come say hello and share with us, there is a young girl on there too that could use some mothering from us all LOL
she recieved the incubater from silver and I also sent her a new hygro and thermometer digital and some standard incubator thermometers, temp is sooooo important to calibrate!
That's funny, I was thinking maybe they could be from a woman I met last year off of Mortonville rd (kind of in between us). She raises miniature silkied goats and also had some SQ Silkies....hmmmm. That's my guess anyway. She usually sells them for $5/each, so 6 for 20 is good -just not this time of year.
I am up to 7 peeps in my hatch, got one in the bator that my Broody left behind still peeping in the shell. She's not looking too good. Maybe when I get home tonight she'll be all better.
Awww we had two peeps die last night, just stumbly and then were dead????????????????? Harmony cried of course
Whether or not the turkeys will be able to be cooped with your chickens depends on the size of the coop. Turkeys are BIG, even compared to big chickens. I've kept my 'table' birds on pasture, with no ill effect from them being allowed to walk around. They enjoy eating bugs and green plants, so it's a good thing to allow them access to pasture. Heritage birds can fly, and enjoy doing it, so it's difficult to keep them from exploring beyond the area you want them in. They enjoy roosting in high places, like tree branches and the top of your coop. I've had less success long term in keeping heritage birds on pasture, because they tend to be lured away by the local wild turkeys. If there are no tempting wild turkeys nearby, you shouldn't have that problem, but might find they'd rather sleep in a tree than in the security of a coop.
Generally, turkeys and chickens eat the same things. Turkey feed is higher in protein, which is less of an issue if you're not trying to build muscle quickly. As long as the turkeys have the higher protein food when they're young and building bone, you should be able to switch them to lower protein layer feed as adults.
There is a disease called blackhead that turkeys can catch from chickens, though it is transferred by a soil borne worm that spends part of its life in the chickens intestines. This is a big problem in some areas of the country, but is less so here in PA.
I just wanted to jump in on this one... I work in healthcare and I was told by our infections control doctor (who has some specialized training in birds too... lol) that you can not keep chickens and turkeys together. Basically, in laymans terms the turkeys will pick at the ground where there is chicken poop, which has a worm as mentioned above, it is very contagious to the turkeys and causes horrific diarrhea, eventually death. He recommends if you want to do both that they be kept separately and ultimately the turkeys would not be able to free range... He overheard me talking to one of my co-workers one day about "my girls" and now every time he sees me he asks about my chickens and talks poultry with me!
How awesome to have a friend like that!!!
I am glad the good hatching vibes are going around. Tomorrow I have 7 Mottled Bantam Cochins to hatch. They are all wiggling and I could hear some peeping. They were shipped to me before the hurricane. I had to put them in as soon as possible. I wanted them to have a good start. The power was out for 22 hours. They all made it! Thank goodness. There was 14 in the beginning. One was smashed upon arrival. 5 were clear at day 4. One died around day 7. So that leaves me with 7. I am hoping to get a mix of black, blue, and splash mottled!
OMG MOTTLED???? awwwww too bad they are bantam!!! \
THIS IS gonna END up being an INCUBATING THREAD !!! LMAO!!!
so, as it turns out I DO have a Bantam buff brahma too! I am SO excited!!! Will have eggs/babies in the spring!
My oldest turns 9 in Feb and then he can join 4H. We are in the process of trying to decide which breed he is going to work with. He (like his mama) loves them all! He was sold on the brahma, but we lost his favorite roo over the summer and now he doesn't seem to want to mess with them much :(
Mama do u hatch in a bator? Perhaps doing a round with him will get him over his loss of Roo???
Mine start ed when ? last week??
We did the......
added light into the coop, now we have 14 hrs of daylight for them,when I open them out into run, I have 4 eggs already, great for a fresh breakfast, and then we are up to 3 later on..... still waiting for the others, but well worth the wait
ALSO when chad was here he suggested adding bigger/higher "lips/ledges" to the fronts of the nest boxes
thats the only thing I changed besides not hanging out as much with them lately : ( and I DID stop spoiling them with snacks and oatmeal, a friend said they may be too busy thinking about us and when we will come and treat them! who knows!!!