Originally Posted by chicken danz
I had one white that didn't make it out of the shell. Sad.
Yeah, I always hate that they made it that far but didn't hatch. I had a turkey from my last hatch that pipped and had its beak out of the shell but never progressed any further and was dead when I checked on it.
I am carrying a turkey around in my shirt right now. I don't expect it will make it but I had to at least try. It seemed to be struggling yesterday and was cold even though it had access to the same Eco-Glow as all the others who are doing fine. This morning it was laying on its side, chilled and not even under the Eco-Glow. I put it in my shirt to warm up with my body heat and I feel it moving around now and then but I think whatever the reason was that it went downhill in the first place will most likely take it eventually.
TurboScooby, that looks like a great start for a coop - those sturdy pallets are good for all sorts of things. You'll have to keep us posted on your build progress.
Well, I got my Leghorn group of chicks transitioned to the main coop last night - yay. That was a big one that I hadn't been looking forward to because those leghorns are kind of flighty and with all the rain, the pen they were in was muddy. I had to crawl in multiple times to grab 3-4 chicks at a time, then carry them to the coop and put them on the roosts. Of course, I had to block all entrances to be sure they didn't try to run out and go back to their pen. Then they got scared about being on the roosts because the older hens were being mean to them so they decided to sleep on the floor, even though they were accustomed to roosting in their little pen. So I had to pick them up one at a time and put them back on the roost and then stay with them until it was too dark for them to want to risk jumping off again. Its a lot of work on the first night of transition - that's why I don't look forward to it - but once I have them in and sleeping on the roost the first night, they generally don't need a lot of help to do it themselves the second night. These guys are from 4-7 weeks old so I'm glad to have them transitioned before they got any older. Now I only have a couple of broody hens with younger chicks sleeping in pens at night - everyone else is in the main coop.
My next batch of cheese goes in the mold soon and then I can finally get outside and get some work done in the veggie garden - I haven't been up there for days due to the rain.
I'm thinking about downsizing my flock so if anyone in my area is interested in some good quality, healthy laying hens, send me a PM. I have a variety of breeds and ages and also some barnyard mutts. I'm just getting more eggs than I need or can sell and I decided it is silly to keep buying so much feed to produce more eggs than I need. I'd rather get back to a smaller flock (she says while raising 50 or so new chicks )