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Well that was a long week!  I'm in the New England and with the snowstorm we had just over a week ago we lost power...for 5 days.  I have to say these are very hardy little chicks!  We didn't have a generator (or any heat) at all the first two days so I kept them as warm as possible with bottles of hot water in the brooder and covering the top partially with a blanket.  Then when we did have a generator we turned it off every night so the chicks didn't have a heat lamp from 10pm to 6am every night.  We actually lost a weak one a couple days before the storm hit sad but they all survived the extended power outage just fine (even when temps in the brooder were sometimes in the high 40s!)  I was so afraid we'd lose a bunch.  As a plus, they seemed to get their feathers in pretty fast.  They're about 3 weeks now I guess and lots of feathers.

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here are some of my flowers all grown up. I am having eggs hatch on sat. so will post pics of chicks soon. Out of 12 eggs i set 12 eggs made it to lockdown.

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post #353 of 10103
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Originally Posted by daisyjack 

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here are some of my flowers all grown up. I am having eggs hatch on sat. so will post pics of chicks soon. Out of 12 eggs i set 12 eggs made it to lockdown.


Beautiful birds!! Looking forward to seeing the new babies.
How old were your girls when they started laying?


Edited by anniesmom - 11/9/11 at 8:15am

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post #354 of 10103
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Originally Posted by anniesmom 
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Originally Posted by daisyjack 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/46635_dscn3810.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/46635_dscn3808.jpg

here are some of my flowers all grown up. I am having eggs hatch on sat. so will post pics of chicks soon. Out of 12 eggs i set 12 eggs made it to lockdown.


Beautiful birds!! Looking forward to seeing the new babies.
How old were your girls when they started laying?


They started laying at about 5 1/5 months

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post #355 of 10103
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Originally Posted by crunchynut 

I'm in the New England and with the snowstorm we had just over a week ago we lost power...for 5 days.  I have to say these are very hardy little chicks!  We didn't have a generator (or any heat) at all the first two days so I kept them as warm as possible with bottles of hot water in the brooder and covering the top partially with a blanket.  Then when we did have a generator we turned it off every night so the chicks didn't have a heat lamp from 10pm to 6am every night.  We actually lost a weak one a couple days before the storm hit sad but they all survived the extended power outage just fine (even when temps in the brooder were sometimes in the high 40s!)


Wow, what an ordeal.  For the chicks and you!  They really must be hardy little chicks.

post #356 of 10103

I'm going to have to move my chicks to the garage.  My DH keeps stoking the fire and the heat rises to the loft.  My little chicks think it's summer in Florida!! 

I need to get them acclimated to the cold or else they won't move out until spring. tongue

Who's planning on vaccinating and deworming their SFH's?  I mention this because in an earlier thread Svarthona recommended against it as
the birds in the original flocks aren't, therefore making them more disease resistent.  I don't plan on doing mine, just wondering if anyone was thinking along the
same lines?

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Originally Posted by Knock Kneed Hen 

I'm going to have to move my chicks to the garage.  My DH keeps stoking the fire and the heat rises to the loft.  My little chicks think it's summer in Florida!! 

I need to get them acclimated to the cold or else they won't move out until spring. tongue

Who's planning on vaccinating and deworming their SFH's?  I mention this because in an earlier thread Svarthona recommended against it as
the birds in the original flocks aren't, therefore making them more disease resistent.  I don't plan on doing mine, just wondering if anyone was thinking along the
same lines?


I wormed all my chickens a couple weeks ago. A lady who bought an Ameraucana cockerel told me she saw a poo that was full of worms. I'm not so sure that's what she really saw but I think it's a good idea to do it at least once a year. Fall is a good time here as they have really slacked off on laying. I never found any sign of worms before or after - and I looked really good!

Our temperature got down to 28 degrees last week when the SFHs were 11 weeks. I was worried but they didn't even notice. My DH pointed out that their parents were hatched in Sweden! 28 degrees is probably still balmy to them. Fortunately in the Seattle area we rarely get below 20 degrees.

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post #358 of 10103
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Originally Posted by stoneunhenged 

After more than 500 years of living in their native country, Swedish flower hens were recently imported into the United States for the first time, giving America's poultry hobbyists a new and beautiful breed of chicken.


do you still have this boy? how is he? can you post pics of him fully mature?

Thanks
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post #359 of 10103

Anybody ordered from Greenfire and waiting?  If so, any news on the next hatch date?

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post #360 of 10103

Icatty, I am not sure the the wait with Greenfire now, but I waited a little over a month.  My chicks (now 7 weeks) are outside in a coop and they seem to be not phased by the temp. dropping at night.  I do still have a light on, but I am not sure they are even sleeping under the light.  I am still not sure about the genders on a few of them.  I will have to get more photos posted soon. They seem to be growing a little slower than my spring chickens. Does this  happen often with fall hatches/chickens?  I haven't wormed or vaccinated my chicks but plan on worming all my chickens soon.  I can kinda see not vaccinating but worms are more environment.  Right? Also are the diseases that they would be immune to in Sweden the same diseases we have in the US. I do use DE in their coop and food.

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