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    is this chick a little roo?

    This is a silly question, but I'm new to chickens. My chicks are 5 weeks old. Tonight one of them (buff orp) stood on top of the feeder and kept opening her mouth wide, like she was yawning. Not a sound came out though. This happened several times. All the chicks are *supposed* to be hens...
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    Anyone setup something like this..........

    I just posted that I was going to do something similar in a different section... I should have read this first. We had a lot of gravel where our garden is now. We built a big raised bed for the garden with 2x4 welded wire fencing around it. Then we went back with 24" strips of fencing, bent...
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    chicks scratching and DE

    Thanks for your posts. Speckledhen, I wondered if it might be just natural scratching. I got all the chicks at the same time from Orscheln's, but some were obviously a few days older than the others. And they are the ones doing the scratching. They don't scratch all the time, but when they...
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    Oiled coop floor

    Great ideas! Pat, I had thought about putting black plastic down to help thaw that section of ground so we can get started sooner. I thought the solar gain would be better. I am curious why you said clear plastic instead? And Jdypat, the plastic sheeting on the coop floor is a great idea. I...
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    chicks scratching and DE

    Some of my chicks are scratching like crazy at times, like they have fleas, mites or something! I can't see any crawlies, and have been changing the pine shavings daily since I first brought them home. They are about 1 and 1-1/2 weeks old. Can I put DE in the shavings? I have some, but it's...
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    Easy to clean brooder!

    Luan (sp?) is fairly thin plywood-type wood, maybe 1/8" or so, that comes in 4'x8' sheets. Besides what is listed on Kaneke's post, it's also called 'door skin' in our neck of the woods. Hubby put a 1x2 support lengthwise under the larger luan floor to help support it. We currently have the...
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    Easy to clean brooder!

    My husband and grandson are currently building a larger brooder for our 8 new girls. It's 2' x 2' x 5' long. It's standard 1x2 and luan construction with hardware cloth and a 2 section hinged top. My 12 yr. old grandson came up with the idea of building the floor area up and putting a large...
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    Oiled coop floor

    OSB will start to degrade when moisture is involved. How long it would last here, I don't know. It's pretty humid here in the summer. I'm not a big fan of it, but it does have it's use and right now it's pretty cheap. I guess I'll go back to the vinyl thought. I have a small roll here, 6 x...
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    Oiled coop floor

    I'm new to the forum, but have been lurking for some time now. Has anyone tried using linseed oil, used peanut oil (from the deep fat turkey frier - eeek), or similar cooking oils painted on the coop floor? I knew a guy years ago that 'painted' his used motor oil on his coop floors and ramps to...
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