Originally Posted by meganhundley
That's what I thought too. I'm hoping it's just that she got chilled. There still isn't much improvement though. The temp lastnight was mid 50's according to the AccuWeather on my phone. Yes, I put her out earlier in the day, it was fairly warm that dayn probably mid 60's but it dipped down in the forties at night the 1st night, lastnight was fairly decent. They have a heat lamp but the only place I could clip it was to the roof and it's about a foot and a half above the floor, it's a 100 watt bulb.
Gotta keep those babies warm. Either a heat lamp, or a MHP, either way, you need LOTS of bedding as a lot of heat is lost through the floor. I'd recommend, that with either method, you put a thermometer in with them, measure the heat at level of chick's back. If there are a lot of chicks, it's not quite so critical, but cool chicks = dead chicks.
Originally Posted by RavynFallen
I can tell you now, Ohio is a no-go... they shut down their borders to any incoming poultry a couple months ago...
You might have better luck getting a hold of the USDA, idk... it's an issue of different groups not talking to each other... Dept of Ag, APHIS, USDA and USPS... and this is why I don't ship, lol...
Given all of the politics regarding the AI threat (which IMO is highly over rated and blown way out of proportion) we can expect more government interference in the way we enlarge our flocks. My recommendation is to encourage folks through your individual state threads to diversify their flocks. If every state had active members, and each member had a breeding trio of some of the old heritage breeds, we'd be well set up to bypass the foolish gov. regs. Being set up to take care of your own flock renewal needs independent of hatcheries is a huge step in self reliance. When shipping, I think I'll go the route of double boxing, packing well, no labeling regarding contents.
Originally Posted by FridayYet
DH and I basically quit our jobs, sold our houses and moved to NM a year ago so we could take a break. We've worked hard for it, and next year we'll have to start back working more for a few more years until we can tap into our retirement funds. We're calling it our gap year.
So we're enjoying it while we can :)
Plus, we love the Keys and it's a great place to rent a house right on the water with the kids and grandkids.
You have done well with your financial management. Kudos to you in these times with a buy now, pay later mentality!
Originally Posted by FridayYet
Now that's funny! SC's only fear is getting the silent treatment.
No hero. We just always spent way less than we made, paid all charges off every month, paid extra toward mortgages and car loans every month until they were paid off and stayed basically debt-free.
It's kinda falling into place here - I picked up a part-time job from home with a company that used to work for my old hospital, we rented out the apartment that's over part of our house and DH has picked up landscaping jobs here and there. I've already been offered as much work as I want to do and we can buy decent health insurance through the marketplace. Way less stress.
Best move we ever made
Given that you're doing ok with work from home and hubby's landscaping, do you see the need to go back to the usual work force grind?