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  1. toofarout

    Chantecler Thread!

    Buffs #1 and #2 look very male to me. Buff #3 is female. I am jealous! Sandhill sent me only *1* buff when I asked for up to 10, and that single is tiny tiny tiny and female. So I am still without a buff male.
  2. toofarout

    post your chicken coop pictures here!

    No need to heat if you are in Homer AK perhaps, but Alaska is a big state. Here in the Interior, particularly where I live, if I didn't provide an not only an insulated barn AND heat, I would have dead or frozen chickens. So, it just depends where you live and the microclimate of your specific...
  3. toofarout

    Coop Project: Maken the Plunge & Getting Chickens

    I currently have 4 cuckoo marans chicks in my brooder. They are 2 weeks old and are straight run. If any turn out to be females I will keep those and let you know from time to time how they do.
  4. toofarout

    Coop Project: Maken the Plunge & Getting Chickens

    Great! Thanks aart, you just gave me an idea on how to get my next outhouse hole excavated! LOL!
  5. toofarout

    North to Alaska!

    Mine head in on their own. However, their first summer they did not and I had to spend way too much time herding them inside. Then by the second summer they settled down. I rarely have to do chicken wrangling any longer.
  6. toofarout

    BROODER thread! Post pics of your brooders!

    Many thanks! And really nice brooder! Sue
  7. toofarout

    BROODER thread! Post pics of your brooders!

    AART, when did you post the photos of this brooder? I can't view it any larger unless I go to the original post. Thanks, Sue
  8. toofarout

    Chantecler Thread!

    I have 9 buff chanteclers. It seems that at any given time one of them is broody. They must take turns at it. So yes, it isn't unusual for them to go broody. from Sue
  9. toofarout

    post your chicken coop pictures here!

    Contiguous, NOT Continental. Everybody forgets that Alaska is part of the Continental United States.
  10. toofarout

    North to Alaska!

    Hey AngelSweets, Welcome, and nice to meet you too! I'm in the Goldstream Valley. Sue
  11. toofarout

    Chantecler Thread!

    insanity, Is it just the lighting, or does she really have a single comb? from Sue
  12. toofarout

    post your chicken coop pictures here!

    I found this thread, just for some more ideas. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/404947/people-door-into-run-ideas-and-pics-please from Sue
  13. toofarout

    post your chicken coop pictures here!

    As long as you accept that it will no longer have the strength of the original door it could work, as a screen door. Leave a cross brace for strength. Also, cover the door with hardware cloth, that will provide more strength reinforcement *and* protection. Instead of staples, use those flat...
  14. toofarout

    Chantecler Thread!

    I provide some heat in my little barn. One heatlamp for the chickens and one heatlamp for goats. Still, most of winter even with switching out the water every 12 hours (starting with very warm nearly hot water) the water is partially or totally frozen. But I'm not only in Interior Alaska, but...
  15. toofarout

    Chantecler Thread!

    Thank you, Does this mean that I should (if possible) use a buff male who has no smut in the tail? I have no buff male but if I were to find one .... Most of the hens have only a little smut or none at all. They are however, quite fluffy, but we just officially reached the end of winter so that...
  16. toofarout

    Chantecler Thread!

    How bad is it having some amount of smut in a buff chantecler's tail? Can it be bred out? Is *any* amount a bad thing? What if there is smut in tail of pullet, but it molts out? How can it be gotten rid of? I had thought that the smut was *all* gone once the girls molted that first time, but...
  17. toofarout

    Chantecler Thread!

    Wheaten, not wheaton.
  18. toofarout

    Chantecler Thread!

    Help me out here , please. I don't want to mislabel my photos ... What would you suggest I mention in a comment for each photo of a Red Chantecler? "Wheaton color pattern" sold as a Red Chantecler, but really is Wheaton Or????? I don't want to get really wordy, but since they were sold as...
  19. toofarout

    Chantecler Thread!

    Well, regardless of what people think or want the Reds to look like, those I identified as Red Chantecler are what *Ideal Poultry* sells as Red Chanteclers. I posted the link to show what *I* received from them. When I specially order Buff Chantecler males, Ideal sent Red Chantecler males. I...
  20. toofarout

    Chantecler Thread!

    I have some photos of Buff and Red Chanteclers pullets that came from Ideal Poultry in a Flickr set. Right now I'm unable to post any of them on here, but here is the link is https://www.flickr.com/photos/toofarout/sets/72157632716717142/ The combs of the Buff's and Red's are pretty much...
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