I have been gone for the last couple of days with all the doings of the dance team invitational our school hosted. I didn't realize that when my DD joined dance team that I was expected to work with the booster club. Well, it is all good, and I did my part. I built a cedar arbor with a seat so they could use it for pictures during the event.
The theme was "country wedding" since our girls Varsity team's song was a mix of 13 songs you hear at every wedding reception. It was really fun watching the girls perform yesterday. If anyone doubts that dance team in schools is a sport, just go watch them! I was amazed.
It was funny to hear the other woman, "She built that herself...." I am sure you other women on here can chuckle with me after all the construction of coops and such you all have done. Just another reason to enjoy chatting with other chicken folks. LOL The arbor will look nice in the garden next year, the one I am planning for that will be closer to the house and easier for me to do daily maintenance with.
All this talk about MEALWORMS Folks, start growing your own!!!!! It is SUPER easy. I have homegrown ones without even trying!!! LOL Seriously, if you want a source you can trust for them, they are super easy to grown. You have to feed them a little and some will reach adulthood, and need to if you want to keep them going, but once you get them going, you can keep fresh, live worms for your birds for as long as you maintain them. I want to do it in my brooder house, which, by the way, is where I find them all the time when I am cleaning up the dust and shavings that scatter in there. I am going to check in with a friend who does it and see if she will drop in and tell us how to start them, but there is probably already a thread on here on how to do it. It is a whole lot cheaper than going and buy jars or tubs of them.
You want worms for fishing and chickens? Build a worm composted for your kitchen scraps. My husband keeps talking about doing this and I think I may step in in the Spring and do it myself. I have waited long enough. We compost, literally, tons with my rabbits, chickens and our huge gardens and yard. For just small batches of kitchen scraps and some newspaper and such, we can get some red worms going and keep them going indefinitely. It makes fantastic compost for gardens and the propagating worms can help feed the birds their protein additive.
Originally Posted by scandiafowl
Pullet or rooster?
My concoction of the day: whey, rolled oats and butternut squash with a few cooked spaghetti noodles
Pullet. I did look ahead at the other pictures. For her age, she would have much larger wattles and comb if it were a cockerel. The tail is another sign. At that age, the boys haven't grown in their main tail feathers quite so much. The curvy feathers coming into the tail are also rounded, not pointed like a male. She isn't fully grown though and probably a month from laying age? About 4-4 1/2 months old right now?
Originally Posted by MinnesotaNice
Does anybody else think this is the funniest thing to walk up to in the morning?
That is a really COOL way to get up and going each morning in my book!
Originally Posted by KlopKlop
Alas, my leghorn didn't make it
I put her in the corner of the coop this morning so she would be out of the way but be able to get some room to move when everyone went outside. She kind of huddled down and watched the flock. When I got home tonight it looks like she never even moved. Just tucked her head over passed away
maybe she just needed to see the flock one last time. Breaks my heart but at least she isn't hurting any more.
Sorry you lost her. Sounds like the same way my Sweety mutt just passed.
Originally Posted by scandiafowl
This is a Rosie in her natural habitat. We had her DNA tested, Shiba Inu, Staffordshire and Doberman. Who know what else snuck in there.
Definitely see the Doby in the legs! Pretty dog. I would never guess Inu in her either. It is so cool that you can find out the genetic makeup of mutts now. We had a Chow Doby cross as our first dog, and he has been gone for over 10 years now and I still miss the little bugger. Best dog ever.
Originally Posted by Cluckies
I would also try mashed up canned sweet-potato, my sick girls loved that stuff. Almost as much as live meal worms!
You said it in another post but CANNED PUMPKIN (or pureed, frozen pumpkin that is organic from you own garden) has an amazing effect on critters that are down and out. I use it frequently on rabbits if they act 'off' either because they just kindled (had babies) or if they are not eating like they should be or not drinking as they should be. It is my go-to treat. Since I open a can, I give everyone a little of it and they can't eat it fast enough. It is like rabbit crack. I like giving pumpkins to the chickens in fall too and they love them. They are packed with vitamins, so what better treat. I look forward to if we ever get our root cellar dug so I can grow more pumpkins and keep them around for my birds year around (or as long as they will keep and those pie types with thick flesh keep long)
Originally Posted by KlopKlop
We were looking for a non-hybrid meat bird to raise for our breeding project and found the rainbows to be best. I am glad we went with them because they are fantastic! I based my decision on reading stuff online (not a whole lot of info out there on rainbows), talking with a guy at the hatchery, and then just the fact that they were available easily as well.
we ordered straight run and butchered all but 5 hens and 1 roo. They were great birds to raise, easy to care for, ate much less than our CXs, and were good foragers. The 6 we have kept back have been so fun! they are very friendly and like to be around you when you are out and about. good with other birds in the flock. Conrad, the rooster, is huge. Unfortunately this has resulted in some treading on the hens he likes but he is a good and gentle roo, never attacks the hens or us. We are excited to see what happens this year when we breed with them. He will be bred to the rainbow hens, our CX hen, and some dark cornish hens.
Time to start sewing some hen saddles, Kyle. Even good and gentle roosters will tear out some of those back feathers. I think it isn't just that they are rough or they have favorites, I believe it is also a result of some hens feathers are looser than others. I know when I am getting 100% fertility from a pen that the rooster in there is breeding everyone, yet some have bare backs by Spring and others look perfectly fine. When I use saddles, I don't have the problems with so many bare backs. Which reminds me, I need to make about 60 or 70 of them soon.
Originally Posted by Coffee 1st
Wow,,, I don't even know what to say,, I really cant believe some people.. I'm outside with my dogs yesterday because of the hawk situation. And the guy in the house behind me walks over to my fence and says ' did you know a hawk got one of your chickens?.. yea i know.. THEN the guy says he was out side and seen the hawk fly down and grab it and it was so cool he got out his camera on his phone and started taking pictures of it. It was so cool it was only about 5 feet away from me. and then it dropped the chicken and the chicken tried running and the hawk jumped on it and started pulling the feathers and finally the chicken gave up and then it just sat right there and was eating it, then after a little while the hawk took off with the rest of the body I HAVE THE PICS IF YOU WANT TO SEE THEM......... OMFG I CANT believe people.... why would you not try and chase the hawk away after it dropped the chicken????? instead of taking pictures.... I understand the kids interest but REALLY the parent.... i could have hit him.... this is the same family that called the inspector on my coop, the same family that would watch me everyday out there by myself trying to build the coop and never offered to even hold a board, the same family that was the 1st to ask if i have any eggs left over if they can have them... the same family that spread it around the neighbor hood that I'm the house that needs to be watched because they think i might have a drug house because i have people over here all the time. WOW that was fun to learn about..i have people over because i have always had allot of friends and they like to check up on me.. this is the same guy who actually had the nerve to ask me if i have one of those OPEN RELATIONSHIPS??? just straight out and asked me one day... I told him if i did it would be none of his business BUT NO I'm not the 2 guys he was referring to were my 2 brothers that were here almost everyday helping my cut down trees and do other things. how dare anyone be so rude...
Edited by Minniechickmama - 12/13/15 at 10:17am
I think you need new neighbors. Zumbrota is a nice town and I know there are properties available, AND the city just passed for 10 hens! Come on down!!! I even know a chicken supplier near town ;)
Seriously, what f)#*$^% a))!#$%(&s to just watch and let the bird kill your chicken, but then to TELL you about in that way!!!!! I would be thinking of ways to seeking revenge for their ignorant a)@)*#% to get some karma whooping up on them. That father should have been caponized YEARS before he could procreate!!!