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  1. Louise Waffles

    I hate this polar vortex!

    I bought plastic to put around the coops. It helped a lot. I spent less than $10, so worth it. Also insulated the coop with feed bags. 5° wind chill in GEORGIA?! I am reeling. It's almost over though, right? I'm sure all your birds will make it just fine :)
  2. Louise Waffles

    I hate this polar vortex!

    My garage is a disaster, you guys. Nobody went outside today, it was too cold and too windy. Everyone is miserable. I'm really looking forward to Sunday, it's supposed to be in the 40s. It'll feel like a spring day to me. But Saturday is the day everyone can go back outside for good. I'm sure...
  3. Louise Waffles

    Anyone else ready?!

    I have a stack of seed catalogs. I am making lists, and charts. I'm reading Ruth Stout books. My garden was a failure, I broke a bunch of bones in my leg and just couldn't take care of it. I spent so much time on pain killers that made me loopy and stupid that I couldn't even THINK about the...
  4. Louise Waffles

    I hate this polar vortex!

    He should have a couple of ladies to keep him company. Ducks are super social. I made a treat basket with one of those planters that come lined with coconut coir. I lined it with kale, and then layered peas and berries and greens. Something for them to pick at. You could also let him run around...
  5. Louise Waffles

    Buckeye with raggedy feathers & spurs!

    I have a buckeye hen named Julie Ruin who is just over a year and a half old. I barely saw her through the end of summer and most of fall as I was recovering from injuries and not able to care for my birds myself. Julie Ruin is not preening her feathers. They look all scraggly. And she has...
  6. Louise Waffles

    I hate this polar vortex!

    No way you could be the only one this crazy. Normally, everyone is fine, you know? This cold is just hard on everyone. Silkies are inside in a crate because they were getting their feathers wet when drinking, and had icicles hanging off their faces. Black Australorp inside because he got...
  7. Louise Waffles

    I hate this polar vortex!

    I had a really nice shop vac, but I lent it out and maybe you know how that story goes. I'm kicking it old school, which builds character and badassery and gives me all kinds of "ain't nothing I can't do" points. It involves a scraper, a bucket, a broom for scrubbing, vinegar ( because some...
  8. Louise Waffles

    Hen can't stand and wobbles around

    You can put her in a sling to keep her upright, and weight off of her leg. In the past, I've used a tote with a towel attached using big binder clips, with hole cut for legs and bottom. You can use binder clips to attach food and water to the tote too. Good luck!
  9. Louise Waffles

    I hate this polar vortex!

    So, my 11 ducks, all Muscovies, Pekins, and a blue Swedish were in their small run, which is wrapped in heavy plastic. I have no straw, someone keeps buying it up (70+ bales at a time!), there's just none to be found anywhere, so I have a ton of shavings in all the coops. Anyway, all the ducks...
  10. Louise Waffles

    I hate this polar vortex!

    Yea, I've bought my last birds from a store. I think I'll just make my own chickens. I have some really great roosters.
  11. Louise Waffles

    I hate this polar vortex!

    I am so sorry. It's really hard to lose them. I went through a bad patch, I lost a lot of chickens to various things. Because sometimes it is just like that. I spent more time than was reasonable worrying for a long time. :( I brought my frostbitten rooster in to the garage, and I'm using...
  12. Louise Waffles

    I hate this polar vortex!

    I have a single Muscovy inside. The rest I locked in their house, water in a heavy crock surrounded by brick, some.food, and....you guys? I put a heat lamp. I have never used one before, except with chicks and ducklings. This time is because they are shivering and coated with ice. While people...
  13. Louise Waffles

    I hate this polar vortex!

    My chickens are fine, with the exception of a frostbitten comb on a rooster, and a couple of nearly naked molters. They are in the garage. I throw scraps out to them, get them moving, put up some more stuff for them to perch on.....Anyways, I had been using Vaseline but after the frostbite I...
  14. Louise Waffles

    I hate this polar vortex!

    I am going out of my mind with worry, my ducks are all shivering, and look miserable. We have a -20F windchill. These ducks are not staying in a heated shelter, they are getting wet in their water, it's freezing on their feathers. Then they are sitting in the wind, shivering, covered in ice...
  15. Louise Waffles

    The Duck Thread

    I know there is a thread for people with house chickens, so there may be one about house ducks. They are going to get much bigger and need water to splash and play and bathe in. I sometimes bring my white muscovies I side to get extra clean, and sanitizing the bathtub and shower curtain after...
  16. Louise Waffles

    The Duck Thread

    Congratulations on your ducklings! So cute, right? I have never seen foaming at the bill. Make sure your duckling has water all the time, deep enough to clean its nares out. There is a duckling care page on here somewhere that will have all kinds of I do for you. Good luck!
  17. Louise Waffles

    Dumbest Things People Have Said About Your Chickens/Eggs/Meat - Part 2 : Chicken Boogaloo.

    I really don't get people having weird ideas that can be debunked with a google search in about 2 seconds. And to have no idea of the difference between a robin egg and a chicken egg??!
  18. Louise Waffles

    Dumbest Things People Have Said About Your Chickens/Eggs/Meat - Part 2 : Chicken Boogaloo.

    My daughter,when in 5th grade, had a B in math on her first quarter report card. She didn't understand any of it, and I wasn't seeing any math tests. How'd she get that B??? Extra credit, aimed at her comprehension level. Had I not been paying attention, she would have continued floundering in...
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