Articles from AK Michelle

This is our Home Made Bator. We started with the directions from Miss Prissy that we found on BYC. Then we found the turner (many pages later in the same thread) posted by Tori of Sterling Meadows Hatchery. The supplies: Hardware Cloth (wear gloves, it's sharp) Styrofoam Cooler Bottle Lamp Kit Hot Water Heater Thermostat Thermometers with Huimidity Reading Duct Tape Light Bulb Water Reservoir Fan from our Old Computer 8 X 10 Plexiglass Following a wiring diagram I found on a BYC thread...
Keeping water wet, Alaskan style! Winter in Alaska is no joke, and keeping chickens happy takes some ingenuity, fortunately my DH2B (Dear Hubby To Be) is brilliant and loves a challenge. Previously I had triedjust about every commercially available heated waterer or water heater. None of them really did the job. One didn't even heat the water enough to keep it liquid. Another was nearly impossible for me to plug in but only took the girls a few seconds to unplug (naturally) I had finally...
The Wonderful World of Icelandic Chickens WARNING!!! the beauty of Icelandic Chickens has proven to be highly addictive. Proceed at your own risk.... If you want to start at the begining, then start where I did, by reading this thread; [URL]https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=3660335#p3660335[/URL] A great article about the birds can be found here: [URL]http://www.aviculture-europe.nl/nummers/10E06A03.pdf[/URL] The shortest...
My name is Michelle, I live in Palmer, Alaska. My Chickens just won GRAND CHAMPION at the fair!!!! Laughing This is Jukie the most spoiled lap-chicken I know. She follows me all around the yard and jumps into my arms when called. And this is Roz, She loves to fly up and look down at me before landing on my shoulder or on the ground at my feet. She'll ride along on anyone. And the cutest little rooster, Kitty. He has the best little crow and is a total gentleman. They won thier award at...
Our house sits on the only clear spot in our 3.5 acres. Being far too lazy to clear the nasty pokey weeds by hand I got goats to do the job for me. They do a very good job and fertilize as they go. This is what we started with, thich weeds you can barely fight your way through and they're pokey! This is my husband's old bbq. It finally died and the weeds are taking it over. The goats are cute and very diligent about their chore. I don't milk them, the girls are 9 and 10...
Desperate times call for desperate measures. The girls needed nest boxes and I had limited time and resources. I only needed a temporary setup so for now, this works. First you make a simple frame... As the picture shows, I have cats. So we have Kitty Litter. It comes in buckets, leaving us with lots of buckets. Buckets that are about the size of a nest box.... hhmmm and they fit, almost perfect. I made a few modifications... added a toe kick to the front to keep the nest from falling...
I have cats and dogs so I wanted my chicks to be safe but I also wanted the opportunity to expose the cats and dogs to them in a controled way so that as the chicks grew my other animals would know they were mine. Everybody started out in the box, as the chicks grew (and more hatched) we did have to expand to a 2nd box but they were both set up identically. The bulb is just a 40 watt bulb like I used in the styrofoam incubator. As you can see they are too warm, so I switched to a 25 watt...
In the begining... we ordered some chicks from a local hatchery. We didn't know what we wanted so we ordered an assortment. Of course, then we couldn't wait for them to get her so we built an incubator and got some eggs from a friend. We raised the babies in a plastic tote in my bathroom till it was warm enough for the m to go outside. My kids built a playpen so everyone could get some sun. We haven't built our run yet. Their first time on real grass. One of our little Dutch Bantams...
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