Hatching is mostly over. I think there are 14, but 4 are still in icu. One hatched the rest I "birthed" All the chicks this time have dark fluff, that is a first for me. Only a couple of fm
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I think one of my cockerels is actually a velociraptor in disguise. He became too aggressive with the other bachelors and had become VERY aggressive with me, so I pulled him out to be culled, keeping him in an X-large dog kennel. After he managed to flood the thing with his water container, which he someone managed to unscrew (???), I decided to move him to the 3'x8' isolation pen for a while. This morning I went out to the cabin to find that he'd somehow managed to escape the pen and was walking around the cabin, visiting the other pens, eating feed directly from the feed buckets, and crowing at the front door. When I put him back in the isolation pen, he proceeded to climb up the front wall and pull on the cord attached to the door latch, thereby opening the door and escaping. The little stinker did it three times right in front of me!
I just keep thinking about the "Jurassic Park" movie....and how the velociraptors tested the fences for weak spots....
You just haven't seen enough of them when they aren't in an enclosed space. They are very fast moving birds when they want to be (like when you're trying to weigh and examine them), and if they get frightened badly enough, they will freak out just as bad as a chicken. I took a tire into my turkey hen coop the other morning to see if they would lay in it (they refuse to lay in the nest box), and you'd thought I was killing the things. Thought they were going to hurt themselves flying into the walls of the coop to get away when they saw that darn tire. And when they are having fun and excited, they're like miniature jets flying around willy nilly. They don't scare quite as easily as chickens, I think this is because of their size, so they don't seem to dart about like chickens do on a constant basis. But because they are so large, they just walk or run wherever they want and that is how they do things like smash eggs - because they just walk over them. They've tried to walk down a 4 ft poultry net when the electricity wasn't on. They remind me of our donkeys - they will keep walking until there is something that they just can't get through after repeated attempts. They are very curious and want to be in the middle of everything that you are doing. I've wound up bleeding from having them peck at a freckle on my leg when I was bent over working. They like to be involved in things whether you want them there or not. They are very personable with little interaction, unlike chickens where you have to spend a good deal of time to get them to be so personable. But it is a curse sometimes when you need to do things without the help of a turkey.
Ah, I see, they were just lulling me into a false sense of security. You just saved me from being out smarted by turkeys (seriously).
If you are worried about the bones, I believe uncooked bones are fine for dogs. I have not given mine any from the freezer but I have given then whole chickens that died from predator attacks, feathers, guts and all. They tend to bury them and come back for them later after they have had a chance to "ripen". Gross, I know, but they lick their own butts so who am i to judge a dogs taste...lol.
- Sonic screwdrivers are cool!
The ones in icu are still alive, a couple I really doubt are going to make it to morning. Here are some pics of those that made it to the brooder, a couple aren't pictured since their pics turned out blurry. Taking pics of hours old chicks isn't really easy! lol
These two came out feathered, my two roos aren't double gened and a several of my hen aren't double gened so this is always a possibility, at least one looks bearded though.
The one in the back I've been calling Gypsy girl (b/c of her face)
all the rest of these are the same girl I'm calling Beautimous
I don't have backyard chickens, but I am planning on quail, and yes, I feed my dog and 6 cats raw chicken. I buy a 10lb bag of leg quarters and feed them to the cats and dog raw, bones and all. It's actually really good for them. I have one cat that all his life (he's 5 months old) had varrying stages of runny poo but as soon as I put them on the chicken and he figured out how to eat it (the leg quarter was as big as him when I first started) he hasn't had the runs anymore except for a few times I ran out of chicken and had to give them cat food just to get something in their bellys and then I had to go mop the floors again...