Originally Posted by KlopKlop
I had an interesting night at church. We rent our house in town to fellow church members. We told them a few weeks back that we plan to sell it when the lease is up in march. They did some pre-emptive research in renting another house and realized what a deal we were giving them (basically they pay the mortgage payment) and told us that they are possibly interested in buying the house from us! can you imagine how much work that will save me if we dont have to sell on the open market! plus we should be able to cut them a deal if we don't have to factor in realtor costs and sell it private party! We have a little leg work to do to figure out how much we would sell it for but exciting no less!
For pricing, have 2 or 3 realters come out and do a market analysis, it is free. Or do a search on https://www.themlsonline.com/minnesota-real-estate for comparable houses and what they are asking.
Originally Posted by MinnesotaNice
Originally Posted by bantiesrule
Did you put the chicks under her during the night? I've had more luck going that route. I've tried to do it during the day so I could watch them but it usually doesn't work for me. I think it bothered the hen even more when I kept checking on her.
I did the first time. You're going to think I'm nutty, but I sat in the coop with a dim light and waited a bit. Not much happened for 10 mins or so. I swear my broody had that look like "heck yeah! I hatched something!". Then, she got super agitated after a few minutes and gave a few pecks. I still waited it out, but then she kept pecking and the chick started freaking out. Then the other girls got curious which agitated the broody hen even more. I tried again yesterday when all the girls were out free ranging. I put a chick in the there, shut the door and did some stuff in the run. The broody started squawking and the chick was making more noise than I was okay with. For a last ditch effort, I let the chick hang out in the grass with the broody hen. Bad idea. So, back to the brooder with the chick and jail for the broody. Lol
When I do chicks next time i'm going with our friend/visiter Blooie's idea Mama Heating Pad Maybe it would work for you as well. safer than heat lamps.
Originally Posted by NathanZee
I have a automatic watering system with cups, but I turned it off last week so it wouldn't burst with freezing temps coming up. I have heard of people doing this but I'm not sure if its cruel or normal, is it okay to let your chickens eat snow over the winter? I know I will still need water for my ducks and geese.
They need access to fresh water at least once a day to fill up on, 2 would be better if they don't have it all day.
Originally Posted by duluthralphie
Originally Posted by ejb3810
Ralphie is not qualified to hold poultry addiction classes, as he is definitely an addict of the nth degree. I believe that Judy has attempted to get him to enroll in poultry addiction therapy many times, and as you can see it has not worked.
I believe in "Do as I say. not as I do" therefore I am qualified. I do have sane moments though where I think to myself, "what am I going to do with all these birds".
But I find those moments pass if I get another bird.
Originally Posted by Minniechickmama
And speaking of my chicken guardian cats, I didn't see little Mila all day yesterday and she was acting not like herself the two days before that. I hope she was just off sleeping off a stomach bug or something, if she doesn't come back (I would put money on she did not run off-fixed and born and raised here), I dread telling my daughter who adores her. In fact, she has kind of stolen the hearts of all of us, as kittens can do. The other two adults were out there eating and following me around and talking to me. Jerome has become an attention hog, which is a bit annoying while trying to do chores at times.
I think it is time to clean my coffee maker. It is taking way too long.
Hope Mila finds her way back home!
Originally Posted by scandiafowl
I've allowed my new babies ( ten weeks) to have supervised time with the flock. The older gals are not exactly welcoming them with open wings.
While it is clear that the pecking order has to be established how much bullying is too much? They are getting pecked but not injured.
This is what scares me the most a about adding in any new chicks, I know I will have to go through it, but i'm curious too, how much bullying is too much?
Edited by Cluckies - 11/5/15 at 4:14pm