Trying to get the flock situated for winter. I just need some time off to get it all done! I will likely be downsizing a little more. Probably be getting rid of the orps and a few more silkies if anyone is interested. I need to get out there tomorrow and treat them all for internal and external parasites before winter hits. I think I saw live on the orps I recently picked up.
For heat in the modern pens, I'm planning on using flex watt heat tape. You can make it any length you need it and it is paper thin. I will be attaching it to the wall and put plexi glass over it (leaving a 1/4" air gap between heat tape and plexiglass to prevent it from over heating. Then I will mount a perch about 6" or so away from the heat tape on one end and angle it away from the tape so they can choose the amount of heat they need. I'll also put a perch several feet away in case they don't want any heat. Hopefully it works. If so, I will have less than $30 for the heat tape and cord to hook up and then the price of plexi glass. This is for an 8' run! I've been using this material for many years with the reptiles.
Lastly Im in the market for a new vehicle if anyone hears of any. Looking for an SUV around 100,000 miles or less. I have a budget of $8000 (I really prefer not to have a car payment!) Must be 4 wheel drive! Let me know if anyone has anything for sale or knows of anyone selling.