Always so much going on around here.
Just for the record, I'm not a true "newbie", but I sure will readily admit that I was not raised around farm animals, and have ohhhhhhhhh so much to learn still.
And, yeah, sometimes I probably ask goofy questions. Example, a few days ago, after all the frustration w/my ending up w/three roosters out of my 4 chicks, I looked up, "How to shut up a rooster". I can hear some of you laughing now........and probably saying, like my 'farm raised' friends, "Dinner!!"HAHA!
However......I just CANNOT eat something I raised. Just can't!! (I sometimes wish I could be that way, but I guess I like my food to be anonymous!) I'm trying to re-home them, as we are in the city limits here in Tucson, and I don't know how much longer my neighbors will let the 5:30 wake-up-call go on. I'm not having much luck, hence looking up how to quiet them. (Kind of 'afraid' to ask here.) ANYWAY..... sounds like there is really nothing to be done. I enjoyed all of my reading and the differing opinions on the topic. Consensus seemed to be that any surgical procedure would be cruel at best, risky, expensive and would probably kill the bird anyway, at worst.
Guess they will continue to wake up the hood for a while yet.
So, even after 4 years of this, I seem to learn something new, every day. You newer, newbs, really do jump in and ask questions.
I think it is how we all learn.
Bootsie -- I went through the broody thing for the very first time a couple months ago. It was so strange to see Pip being all 'pissy' with me. She is usually so mellow. She had also lost a lot of feathers (they are still not back), so my first thought was that she was ill. However, when she wouldn't come out of her nesting box, I remembered talk about broodiness, and, again, started to read the boards. It put my mind at ease and we went through it quickly. I honestly thought she was ill at first. --- Bottom line -- No offense taken. I could see where some of these questions can be pretty funny.
Mikey D. -- I'm so very sorry to hear about your bird. This heat is awful. Do you think that is what it was?
Cielo -- So sad to hear about the dog that got into a coop on the tour. I would imagine that scene would dampen spirits and cause them to reconsider how the tour was structured. I wanted to go on it the first time, so I think you said 2009(?), but they were sold out. I must say, that I visited your photos yesterday and LOVED your set up. I will be forwarding it to my DH today!! I think some expansions and additions are in order around here. Besides, everyone is now scaring me with tales of hawks and coyotes. I thought my gals were pretty safe, but we are not completely sealed up, except where they sleep. That coop is tight!
Udubchick -- So glad to hear that Lucy is doing better!
Tanichca -- Wow! You lost twelve?!?! I'm sorry to hear that. It is so sad. Those coyotes are pretty clever. Sadly, we lost our lovely "Chicken Kitty", Cuddles, (she is the one in the nesting boxes with the hens, in my photo) to, presumably, coyotes, back in January. It broke my heart. She was a great cat.
So, you can get chickens on Craigslist? I have never looked there. See..........again, I have learned something today. What suggestions/tips do you have for doing that? I really would love to get some pullets. I doubt I will ever go back to getting chicks after this last experience. I just can't chance having roos again. --- Again, I'm sorry for the loss of your birds.
Mama hen Chris -- Thanks for sharing your photo. What beautiful eggs! They look huge.
Nova -- That story about the home invasion is crazy! I heard about it on the news this morning. How scary for those poor kids. I'm glad they were okay!
NOW FOR MY SILLY QUESTION
What, exactly, are poultry ticks? I have never heard of them. I had some small mites at one point. Do they look similar to dog or cat ticks? Do they transfer to humans?
Will they make my birds ill? Do they come from other birds that fly into our yard, or are they specific to just poultry?
Will DE work on them? I give the birds DE to dust in, on a semi-regular basis. I have not seen anything like this in the 4+ years that I have had chickens.
Any links for some more reading would be greatly appreciated.
Well.......that was long winded.
Thanks for letting me join in here.
I can't always be here, or catch up with you all, many times I tend to lurk a bit.
I do enjoy reading all your posts (exception being the very sad ones, of course), and appreciate the knowledge and experience.
BTW -- How many people here are in Tucson?
Have a great afternoon!