Originally Posted by lazy gardener
Yep. I especially can't wrap my head around which way to turn the screwdriver to back out a screw. Wanna mess me up real bad? Give me a nut and bolt to work on!
I love sponges for humidity. Give me a sponge, some aquarium tubing and a syringe, and I'm a happy camper. I even screw a sponge to the wall of my styrobator when it's so full of eggs that there's no room for extra humidity material!
I feel for the writing callous on my right hand.
Calcium shouldn't be an issue. Oomphalitis: swelling abdomen, lethargy.
Generalist: Someone who learns less and less about more and more till they know nothing about everything.
Increase their protein. Switch to multi-flock.
I thought it was supposed to be warmer and wetter??? I'll take your choice.
I weighed both sides of the lighting = get eggs, don't light = don't get eggs dilemma. The first year, with 5 girls, I did not light. I had one girl (EE) who faithfully gave me 3 eggs/week. No one else contributed. I increased flock size to 17 (including one roo) the following winter, and decided I did not want to feed that many free loaders, so gave them light. Got pretty good production all winter. I've decided that if I'm feeding chickens, I want to get eggs. So, I will provide light, and hatch a few (or perhaps more than a few) replacements every year. Our winters are long and gloomy. So, without light, my flock would stop laying in mid Oct. and I'd not see an other egg until mid to late Feb. My birds are not pets, though I get lots of enjoyment out of them. When their production is done, they will go to the freezer. So, for me, it's a no brainer to give light. I understand, and to a point agree with the idea that taking a winter laying break is more natural for the life cycle of the hen. IMO, there is no right or wrong decision in this debate. It depends on your goals. One place that I differ is in my decision to provide all of my light supplementation at the end of the day, rather than in the morning, like "they say" to do. It gets dark here at 4:30 PM, so... to get 14 hours of light, I'd need my light to go on at 2:30 AM. No auto pop door here! I'm not getting out of bed to go let the flock out at 2:30! Nor am I going to go out to feed them at 2:30! Nor, do I want Jack to greet the day at 2:30! They took a few nights to figure out when the light went out! No problems with bed time after the first few nights!
I wash with straight ammonia at first sign of Poison Ivy. After that, I treated with Tea Tree Oil. It didn't work as well as I expected it to. Added natural Aloe to the TTO, and the rash dried up and itch went away within 48 hours.