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The Henthusiasts' Still-Air Styrofoam Incubation Cheat-Sheet
Incubation Cheat Sheet Links Chicken Column Feed Recipe Twitter Facebook Hatching Dark Eggs EZ Affordable Heated H2O Keeping Flocks Cool Ordinance Info Hatching Eggs Sales Illness Cheat Sheet First Flock Zombie Hens Dealing with Flies ChooksChick's Column Hints for Henthusiasts I write a column on Examiner.com just for the backyard poultry henthusiast. I'll update this page with the articles as I publish them for easy reference....
Hatching dark eggs can be very iffy, and a lot of people experience difficulty with them, particularly when the eggs were shipped. I sand my eggs when they are shipped, especially when they are VERY dark. I only sand until I'm just through the color, and then I mist the eggs with a betadine-water dilution the color of iced tea. This covers the contamination that could occur now that I've removed the bloom. The idea is to promote evaporation to allow the chick to grow smaller than it...
ChooksChick's Henthusiasts' Still-Air Styrofoam Incubation Cheat-Sheet ***The first, most important rule is: get the temp right with an empty incubator, and make sure it's stable for 48 hours- without the plugs, without you touching it- BEFORE you add eggs.*** This is the hardest part, and if you can be good and do it, you have a much better shot at success. Do it before you order eggs, even. That gives you time to get it perfect. You can get a dimmer knob or a replacement stove...
ChooksChick's BeakHouse Breeder Feed This is a variant of the recipe I use for feeding my breeding flocks. I augment it with fig nuggets, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, currants, and various seeds or nuts that are appropriate and affordable. I use cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne (or crushed red pepper), and dehydrated vegetables when affordable. I also add 5# of milk replacer (kid formula is great) to help the fine items bind to the seeds with the molasses. I add a bit of oregano...
Incubation Cheat Sheet Links Chicken Column Feed Recipe Twitter Facebook Hatching Dark Eggs EZ Affordable Heated H2O Keeping Flocks Cool Ordinance Info Hatching Eggs Sales Illness Cheat Sheet First Flock Zombie Hens Dealing with Flies ChooksChick's Column Hints for Henthusiasts I write a column on Examiner.com just for the backyard poultry henthusiast. I'll update this page with the articles as I publish them for easy reference....
Easy Affordable Heated Waterer My favorite way to use the 1 gallon waterers we all have a zillion of, despite freezing temps is to use a heated dog bowl like this Then I fill it to about an inch from the top with sand and plug it in. This is where you work the waterer down into it a bit and the heated sand keeps your waterer thawed!
Entries will be posted here and a poll for voting will be posted after entries are completed. The prize: French Black Copper Eggs from Arielle The Entries, in no particular order: Cynthia12: LadyGaGa debs_flock: Shannen Doherty BrettMO: Phyllis Diller kvmommy: Joaquin Phoenix SuperChemicalGirl: Paul McCartney Craz e Laid e: Prince Poppycock RebelINny: Mel Gibson BrettMO: Colonel Sanders BrettMo: LadyGaGa Thespoiledchicken: Newt TheSpoiledChicken:...
Indeed, I am addicted. I began this foray into the world of chicken-keeping years ago because someone down the way was foolish enough to let her RIR run in the street. This is a very busy artery that is one of 8 major North-South streets in a city of 100K+. It's not a little street. I nearly mashed said hen, then promptly went to the alley behind that block looking to see who might have a chicken and be guilty of this irresponsible pet-ownership...not to mention find out how the devil...
Here are a few hints that I've given in previous group hatches, some for those new to incubating, others just asides: I do increase humidity at the end of my hatch, as per my Incubation Cheat Sheet, the same for Marans as for other eggs. My feeling is that if you have evaporated the proper amount during the first 18 days, you can't drown them with humidity at the end. Humidity merely prevents evaporation, it doesn't make eggs 'take-on' water. I use an emery board or 400+ grain...
Paint Ameraucana Project This is a project I've been working on for a bit. I'm getting Paints, though I haven't a clean male yet, so I still am not breeding true. I also have White and Blue Paints with red breasts leaking through the white...I'm trying to determine if I want to move forward with those colors.
I encourage everyone who has trouble with their laws or ordinances to try to find a way- our local chicken-kissers got together and formed a group- Coalition of Lawrence Urban Chicken Keepers-C.L.U.C.K. After petitioning and much public discussion, April '08 our City Commission passed an ordinance ruling chickens acceptable as pets. As such, they must be cared for accordingly. Meaties are allowed, but no backyard processing. Each homeowner is allowed up to 20 chickens, depending on space,...
I found this information helpful and thought it would be good for others as a diagnostic and treatment aid. I'm going to expand on it someday. Poultry Disease Reference Poultry Podiatry Farm Income Worksheet Poultry Symptoms of Nutritional Deficiency Turn a feed bag into a shopping bag Dilly Dollop's Feed Bag Instruction Blog dlhUnicorn's Dragonflies and Dandelions Chicken Info Chicken Nutrition I'll add other links as I find them and get them together.
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Nowdays I'm so enthralled with the idea of getting others into urban chickening, I'm starting classes for those interested in learning new things as well as those who want to learn the basics before they start. I'm offering CityChooks 101, CityChooks 102, and CityChooks Coop Scoop. Chicken Classes I encourage anyone who is an enthusiast who wants to spread the addiction to gather a few other chickeners and put together classes of your own! It strengthens our cause if we're all doing it!...
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