Originally Posted by lizzyGSR
My dog has been running away with the ducks' food bowl(s). I think he's even been helping them eat their food, even though he's got plenty of his own. I've got a growing gosling that I've been trying to feed, so the dog helping them eat their food means that the gosling doesn't get her share. Any ideas on what I could do to stop this behavior?
Also, my ducks have been "free ranging", which seems to just mean that they hang out underneath a tree outside of their pen. Is this because of the heat? Will they free range more once it cools down? I tried to move them to the yard where there's more grass/bugs for them to eat and no trees, and they turned tail and ran back to "their tree" as soon as I stopped watching them. They're gonna kill what little grass is in the yard if they don't move around the yard a little more!
Lizzygsr- Have you tried a big feed pan with a huge rock in it? Thats what I did with Lucie when she kept carrying their dog food bowls off and they would just have to eat around the rock when I fed them! I am sure he is eating their feed, I have to feed everyone shut in their pens or the dogs would live on chicken and goose feed!
Originally Posted by medawinks
OK.... Are those two roosters the same two Hawkeye was selling????
Hawkeye- I am sorry this happened to you. I think I sold this guy silkies a few years ago and he did this with them. I sold them on craigslist to him and he turned around and resold them two weeks later. They were in a dog kennel like that with a pot of water! I am sure he is feeding them, he probably just puts some food down twice a day instead of having food out all the time. A lot of people feed like that to keep things clean. My nana feeds her birds that way otherwise they scratch it all over the place and make a big mess and waste a ton of food. If he was an older gentleman I bet he was raised in that "era" where food was put out twice a day like you would feed a dog to conserve and save money. I never met him because his teenage son picked the birds up. At least they have a very fresh, clean bowl of water?
How are your babies doing? Feeling any better? I still have that poor silkie chick with the slipped achilles tendon. The swelling is so bad on the joint that I can't get the tendon back into place. I keep thinking I need to cull it but it is running around out there with its leg brace on with all the other chicks and eating and drinking so I guess I will wait and see...
Originally Posted by checoukan
Grand Champion Rosecomb pullet, Same pullet Overall Grand Champion
Congratulations checoukan!!!! That is awesome!
Originally Posted by chicken danz
Yeah you'll be having mixed duck eggs soon!
Tweety- Love the duck dance!! hahaha, they are so silly those ducks, mine get in the pool and do that too but I haven't seen any of that action going on yet!!! I am sure I will soon. There is something about a fresh pool that just gets ducks and geese going!
Originally Posted by chicken danz
Okay let's all put our minds together and think rain and 75 degrees. Maybe a combination of the minds working together will make a difference.
Ok, I'm thinkin real hard about rain and 75 degrees. It makes it feel a lot hotter outside though when I am thinking about 75.....
That darn broody, I let her out of the vari kennel this morning and she just took off and those babies were screaming their little heads off and she never even came back for them. She was walking all around clucking like a broody does but she never came back to near where they were so I took them from her. They are too cute and sweet to let her neglect them and I don't want them to die out there!
The little polish chicks are the best of friends today! So cute. I swear, I don't know how they know they are both polish but they do!
So I am kind of aggravated with Ideal. I ordered chicks from them and so far several "pullets" are getting kinda big rooish looking combs. I mean, I expect one mistake but several?? And, I ordered two black australorp cockerels and they are feathering in like barred rocks!!! I don't want barred rock cockerels! I am less than impressed with this experience. I don't know if I should call or not, what does everyone think? I don't really want to get more chicks that I have to grow out and feed but I am a bit aggravated because now I have a ton more birds to feed out and butcher. Ugh. I have ordered chicks from meyers in the past and had a great experience and only had one accidental cockerel in 3 orders. Maybe I should just stick with them.
I moved all my big laying girls over to the metal run in last night and my banties into the big girls coop. I am trying to get the big girls closer to the gate so I can start free ranging them but boy they didn't like that move! I went out this morning and 3/4 of them were back in the original pen so I had to block the gate with a big rubber tote so they can't squeeze back into their old stomping grounds!