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  1. OwensMom

    Colorado

    Sorry to hear of your loss. We have foxes living on our farm and have taken precautions to keep the girls safe. Although neighbors have lost many chickens to the foxes we have been lucky. Fences help; dogs loose in the yard do a lot of good and locking them up at night has helped most of all...
  2. OwensMom

    Colorado

    Yeah, domestic water is alkaline here. I knew one person able to keep her blueberries alive with only rainwater but that was for a few years. Eventually the plants died out. Planting in peat moss is helpful since that is so acidic. Blueberries are a real challenge and adventure out here. Good...
  3. OwensMom

    Colorado

    Denverchickee, do not use high nitrogen(first number) fert. The second number(phosphate) should be higher. Use a "bloom builder" type fert. Also the weather is not cooperating. I have a load of green tomatoes and they are not growing!! Get that wilted tomato plant out of there and throw it away...
  4. OwensMom

    Colorado

    Mnt Margie, Blueberries will not grow here in CO. Soil is too alkaline. There is no effective way to acidify soil for the long term. Even if you plant in pots, our water is so alkaline that you will eventually change the Ph back to alkaline!! Don't know why the nurseries sell them except to make...
  5. OwensMom

    Colorado

    Sorry that I didn't see the pasty butt discussion sooner!!!! Many times I am 2-3(like 10) pages behind. Hard to keep up with you guys!!!!
  6. OwensMom

    Colorado

    Whenever I feed yogurt to my chicks I have never had pasty butt. I simply mix the crumbles with the yogurt add a little water if necessary and feed on a plastic lid. I remove all other food(crumbles) and they get used to eating yogurt very quickly. As a matter of fact, the first food my day olds...
  7. OwensMom

    Grain soaked in water and acv or kombucha?

    No Kilsharon I think that you are on the mark!! I feed kelp(among other things) to the girls as well. You have to be careful because to much kelp could adversely flavor the eggs. Dairy is great for the chooks and manytimes I will make my own yogurt for them. Goats milk would be fabulous!!!
  8. OwensMom

    Grain soaked in water and acv or kombucha?

    I have just recently started fermenting their pellets with kombucha, The hens love it! I also add nonfat dry milk to the mix with no adverse problems.
  9. OwensMom

    egg oranges

    Sorry,my mistake!!
  10. OwensMom

    egg oranges

    Tony, do not feed your chickens garlic salt. Chickens are sensitive to salt and can overodse quickly on salt. garlic powder is fine(no salt in it) and I use it all the time. Interesting color of eggs!!
  11. OwensMom

    Colorado

    I'm looking for a few (6) marans to add to my flock. Anyone know if I can get them here in CO. I live near Grand Junction so easy to west no problem!! Thanks.
  12. OwensMom

    Colorado

    Hi Pichuris, Give all your chicks a little yogurt. It will help as a probiotic, has nutritional value and as they grow is a great treat. I mix yogurt with their crumbles for the first few days to get them started.
  13. OwensMom

    Colorado

    HI Kmat87 I clip flight feathers regularly on the young chickens. The girls don't like it but it does them no harm. I find that if they never know that they can fly, they are more manageable
  14. OwensMom

    Colorado

    Hi Everyone, Haven't been on here for awhile. Crazy spring and summer. Is there someone in Co who raises Jersey Giants? Have a few hens and would like somemore. Thanks Lynn
  15. OwensMom

    Colorado

    4CrazyEggs it looks as if there is a door frame but no door on the coop. Is that right? If you lock them up at night in a secure structure, your birds should be fine. I live in a rural area where we have foxes living on our farm. Everyone gets locked up at night for their own good. The foxes...
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