Originally Posted by chicklover56
Wow really? Where can you find it? I usually just get my food at Orschelns or TSC and all I've found are the little bags of the medicated feed.
The others have answered by now but yeah, I get the 50 lb bags at TSC. I don't like the Orschelns feed as it winds up more expensive than anywhere else due to being in 40 lb bags instead of 50. I would not buy those little bags. They are much more expensive per pound than buying the bigger bags. You can feed chick starter to any age, so I would just get one big bag and keep feeding it until its gone. If by then they're old enough for layer feed, you can switch them to layer pellets.
Originally Posted by chicken danz
HEChicken I have always wanted to make some fresh cheeses. Never had the right supply of milk and never got a milking stand when I had the Nigerians. Not gonna go back there either. Done with them. I'll volunteer to sample for you though!!!
Its a deal!
Originally Posted by Trish44
@HEChicken I envy you having all of the milk to make cheeses with but I don't envy you the milking, lol. You'll have to let us know how they turn out later on.
I had my first two guinea keets hatch yesterday & the day before & I have more due on Friday. I've got so many orders for guinea keets this year that even though my guineas are laying better now I bought some eggs from a guy in town who has about 70 guineas. He has more eggs than he can incubate & I needed more, so it was a good deal for both of us. Those things are so tiny when they hatch but boy are they wild & they grow pretty fast too. They're more like game birds, you can never tame them like chickens. No matter how long I have mine they fly around in the hoop coop every time I come in like they've never seen me before. They sure do eat the ticks though, we just don't have any up where they range & they go next door & eat the neighbor's ticks too & he said that's fine with him.
I must admit, I really don't mind the milking. It does take a commitment of time but it is relaxing in its own way (remind me I said that next time a hoof gets into my milk bucket!) Seriously though, the goats and cows we are milking are mostly well behaved. They sometimes get impatient and will shift around a little bit but mostly they stand nicely and the hoof in the bucket thing is quite rare. The dogs sure do like when it happens though since there's no way I'm drinking milk after a hoof landed in it
Congrats on the guineas - I know you've been needing those to fill orders.
Originally Posted by chicken danz
I think I forgot to mention I hatched my first peachick of the year yesterday. It was a white one.
I just haven't stopped today. I came in with another 3 gallons of milk and literally nowhere to put it. So I am making a goat milk tomme style cheese that uses 2 gallons of goat milk. At least that opened up some jars for me to filter my newly milked cow milk into.
I have some ewes that are bagging up so it looks like we'll have more lambs on the ground here in the next few weeks. I don't always catch the ram mating them but one that I did catch, I know is due around May 23rd. Hopefully the others will go around the same time so the lambs will have playmates.
My broody turkey has about a week and a half to go. I have never once seen her off the nest. She's brooded for me a half dozen times over the years and usually I see her take her daily broody break but not this time. I figure she must be eating and drinking or she wouldn't still be alive but....I sure don't know when she's doing it. I only feed once per day - in the morning - and when its gone, its gone. Yet when I go down there to feed in the morning, she never jumps off the nest to come and eat while the food is out.