Articles from Dawn419

Deep Litter Method is basically a method in which you allow your coop litter to build up over a period of time.
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The Teacup Pterodactyl Townhouse Click on images for bigger pictures. We bought the Chick-N-Barn & Yard when we realized that our main coop and run wouldn't be finished before we needed to move our 21 Banty chicks outdoors. It was easy to assemble and came with all fasteners needed to put it together. I was really impressed that we were able to put this coop together in just one day. All that was left to finish at the end of the day was adding 1/2" hardware cloth to the frame. Skip moves...
The Playhouse Coop ***Click on thumbnails for bigger pictures*** Upon deciding to get back into raising chickens, after close to 20 years, we decided to get into Bantams since they are smaller and we were doing this for fun/farming. Since it's only Skip and I, we don't need a ton of eggs and Banty eggs are wonderful to use in baking. The day after we decided to order some day-old chicks, Skip called from work letting me know that he had found the perfect Banty coop through a Homier sales...
Our 5 EE's arrived on May 14, 2007 from MMH. We love their coloration and distinctive personalities. The 40-something year-old kids in us are looking forward to our first "Easter Eggs". They live in our main coop with our 5 Mottled Cochins, 3 Silver Sebrights, 2 Black Tailed Buff Japs and our Silver Spangled Hamburg. 1 week old: 2 - 3 weeks old: Here they are at 25 and a half weeks old. Click on thumbnails for enlargements. The Girls (from left to right):...
Introducing Coop #3...the Post-Brooder Coop...with clickable thumbnails Pepper Anne, our Aussie, in predator proofing mode at the new coop. Since I got into incubating this winter, I desperately needed another small coop, so I'd have outdoor room for the chicks once they reached 6 - 8 weeks old. We have very limited level land here so I discussed the project with Skip and we decided to add on to the playhouse coop but keep it separate, at the same time. We'd bought the chickens a table saw...
I'd like to introduce you to Romeo, our Silver Spangled Hamburg cockeral. When I ordered our day-olds, I had "opted out" on the Free Rare Chick offer...they sent him anyways. I wasn't thrilled at all...at first. It was my first time with day-olds and at first, I thought he was one of our Silver Sebrights. Then it dawned on me that his wing pattern was different from the Sebrights. Within a few weeks, he was also noticably bigger than the rest of the chicks. Click on thumbnails for bigger...
Say Hello to our Bantam Mottled Cochins. They arrived on May 14, 2007 from MMH. They live with our 5 Easter Eggers, 3 Silver Sebrights, 2 Black Tailed Buff Jap's and our SSH. We ordered them for their beautiful coloration as well as the fact that they are known for being good broodies and I want to hatch my own chicks this coming spring. They are laid back, for the most part. We do have one cockeral who loves to keep the drama going. Our other cockeral is smart and enjoys hanging out with...
Here are our Black Tailed Buff Japanese. I wasn't going to do a page for them but figured that it may be able to help someone out eventually. They arrived May 14, 2007 along with our 5 EE's, 5 Mottled Cochins, 5 Blue/Black/Splash Silkies, 3 Silver Sebrights ans one Silver Spangled Hamburg. We ordered 5, only 2 survived. 1 week old... 3 week old... 6 weeks old ( thought this could be a pair since the one on the lefts comb was bigger and it also had bigger wattles)... 9 week old cockeral......
Now it's time to meet Skip's flock favorite...the Silkies. We have a total of 5 Blue/Black/Splash. Three are pullets, 2 are cockerals. Out of the 5, one is a Splash pullet, we have one Black cockeral and three Blues: one cockeral and 2 pullets. After we finished working on the main coop/run, the Silkies got the Teacup Pterodactyl Townhouse to themselves. Click on thumbnails for bigger pictures. Just a few days old... 3 week old Silky... StaPuff, 9 week old Splash pullet... StaPuff at 24...
Here are our Silver Sebrights from MMH. We received them as day-olds on May 14, 2007 along with 5 Easter Eggers, 5 Mottled Cochins, 5 Blue/Black/Splash Silkies, 2 Black Tailed Buff Japanese and our free rare breed Silver Spangled Hamburg. We ordered them mainly for the unique black lacing on their wings and everyone who sees them make a fuss over their coloration and sleek, "road-runner"-like build. I find them to be very personable and curious and occassionally flighty ( I think it's...
Field Greens for your Chickens Just wanted to share some of the greens that we harvest from our yard, to feed as treats, for our chickens (many of these are good for human consumption, also!). We rent our home and the trailer is basically set up in the middle of a hillside hayfield so there's no real lawn, to speak of, but plenty of free growing greens (some people may consider them nothing more than weeds, though). ***Clickable Thumbnails*** Chickweed... NUTRITION: Chickweed is an excellent...
Skip and I met back in the fall of 1994, and have been together, ever since! He introduced me to his love of Orchids and Aquariums over the years. This year, he was introduced to my love for chickens. We'd had several pet birds, indoors, over the years. Our last was a gorgeous female Sun Conure who didn't like me at all and who Skip didn't have time for due to long, crazy hours at work. We found a wonderful home for her and our Chicken Journey began. Last November, Skip found a kid's prefab...
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