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  1. Mikee1948

    Wyandotte Egg Color

    Silver Laced Wyandottes, 9 months old now.
  2. Mikee1948

    Wyandotte Egg Color

    How long did it take for them to start laying? I purchased two chicks back in March and neither one is ready to lay.
  3. Mikee1948

    Three sisters behavior

    I have three leghorns, all hatched the same day, raised together. One of them likes to cluck often and loudly at times. Today one hen was quietly feeding, another was in the box laying. This one was walking around the run when she let loose a torrent of squawks scaring the one bird and then she...
  4. Mikee1948

    FERMENTED FEEDS...anyone using them?

    I tried it, the method is more work for me so I quit it.
  5. Mikee1948

    Sloppy chickens!!

    Well I tried the fermented way and while they ate it, filling the feeder everyday is not enjoyable, so I went back to the hanging feeder and let they eat til it's gone. Never had chickens so messy. BTW, I dumped the rest of the FF into a large bowl and put it out for the deer. They thumbed their...
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    Sloppy chickens!!

    I purposely switched over to pellets because of this but it hasn't helped. Yesterday I filled the hanging feeder with pellets (not the first time) and today the entire feeder contents, all 3 lbs. of it, was scattered around the pen. Should I just ignore this behavior and let them forage for the...
  7. Mikee1948

    Post your FIRST EGG pics!

    They look shiny because I cleaned them up, but first eggs from my Leghorns!
  8. Mikee1948

    Approaching 22 weeks...

    22 weeks old next Monday and still no eggs from the leghorns.
  9. Mikee1948

    First Egg Countdown

    I'm at 21 weeks and waiting with 3 Leghorns.
  10. Mikee1948

    Commercial water heater

    Not really,as the run is covered and I'll have it up on blocks. My only concern is that I used to put it inside the coop (it's only 4x4) and was therefore a bit warmer, which saved on electricity. I could envision it running 24/7 some weeks outside.
  11. Mikee1948

    Commercial water heater

    There's no bulb in the one I use, it's a heating element enclosed. In that other one (pet bowl), I'm afraid the birds will walk in it and I'll be constantly refilling it.
  12. Mikee1948

    Commercial water heater

    This is the model I have. If I put it up on cement block it should be OK I think. http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/farm-innovators-heated-base-for-poultry-water-feeder?cm_vc=-10005
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    Commercial water heater

    I have one of those commercial heaters that Tractor Supply sells for heating waterers. I've always put it inside the coop but would like to use it outside instead, It may be exposed to rain or snow at times and -15 wind chills. Possible? Thanks!
  14. Mikee1948

    Rooster?

    Oh no....can't have that...
  15. Mikee1948

    Rooster?

    Something is not quite right here! All four chicks were hatched around the same date June 28-29. I noticed this one though, has developed a comb already, the only one of the four to do so. Supposed to have been all hens, yet beginning to wonder.
  16. Mikee1948

    Raising four young leghorns

    As an update, I put a solar light in the coop. First night I had to urge them in, 2nd night, they got the idea and went in on their own.
  17. Mikee1948

    Raising four young leghorns

    They are about 7 weeks old now. Don't want to lock 'em up a few days because then I have to shift water and food. They go in and out all day, even sit on the inside roost.
  18. Mikee1948

    Raising four young leghorns

    Raising four young birds that I got as chicks. After a week of picking them up and putting them in their coop for the night, they still refuse to go in at night on their own. They will go in the coop throughout the day but at dark, they huddle together on the ground in their run.
  19. Mikee1948

    One thin shelled egg

    The other egg shells are hard, too hard sometimes, IMO. I don't want to make theirs harder with another supplement.
  20. Mikee1948

    One thin shelled egg

    I have 5 hens, one on "sabatical", so 4 eggs almost daily. One hen, the Australorp I believe, lays very thin shelled eggs compared to the others (RIR's). If you hold it wrong, it will crack in your hand. All get the same food, same treats. Any guess as to why?
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