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  1. taprock

    Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

    Hi to all you old timers and new folks who I don’t know. I have been MIA for almost two years although I’ve popped in to read occasionally. I still have all my birds (chickens, guinea, geese, pigeons, quail and parrots) I’ve just expanded and now am a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. So now...
  2. taprock

    Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

    Hi ijon I have a mealworm farm. Super simple. I started with about 3500 worms. My chickens get none, although they would love it. They would wipe it out. The hedgehog gets a few and the rest are for rehabbing wild birds. Each drawer is a different stage of development, although several for...
  3. taprock

    Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

    What do you use as wormer now? Dr. Fulton told me last fall that Wazine was now on the no-no list if you are eating eggs or chicken EVER. No longer has a withdrawal time. What he recommended I couldn’t find anywhere, now I don’t remember what the name was.
  4. taprock

    Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

    We are in the middle of a low coyote cycle right now. I’m not sure if it has to do with a wolf moving into the area but I really like seeing rabbits again. Since some of the snow has melted we found a new den adjacent to the back field. It looks active so we plan to put the camera out and...
  5. taprock

    Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

    I so wish our snow was gone! The eagles are in for lunch today. There is also a crow just watching. The front has bare ground where it was plowed all winter. And my geese will be here next week! The tiny green triangle in front of the tractor is the tip of the grow out coop they were...
  6. taprock

    Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

    These past few sunny days have been wonderful but we’re still buried in snow up here. Our piles in the yard are as tall as the house. The birds are doing ok but every thing else is breaking and falling apart now. One pop door was iced up and I gave it a kick only to snap it in half. I’m...
  7. taprock

    Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

    Our temp has been steady at 0 the past day, the windchill however... The birds have been locked up the past three days and everyone is fine. The plastic waterers have not faired as well. I did lose a Polish rooster last week after the -24* night. I’m not sure if he fell in the water or what...
  8. taprock

    Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

    No weasel pictures! Since Monday I have been moving all the chickens, guinea and the one turkey to other coops at night 40 some birds Everyone is unhappy with me and there have been few to no eggs as a result. It’s about an hour of catching and carrying angry birds. The annoying thing is all...
  9. taprock

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    I didn’t catch the weasel two nights ago. He checked out the coop and couldn’t get in. Last night he returned to a new coop (my largest 10x16’) that I thought was secure. It is now war on weasels. I’m moving 30+ birds to other coops tonight. Putting two sacrificial roosters in a “hopefully “...
  10. taprock

    Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

    Today began with the mystery of the headless rooster. (Hopefully not too gross a picture) He was in a locked coop with no blood or injury besides the missing head. On investigation I found a 1”x2” hole where the wire had come loose under the eave. The only real option is Ermine/weasel. I’ve...
  11. taprock

    Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

    I tend to be busy, librarian, township clerk, and working on becoming a rehabber so I really don’t need another job BUT...some things happened and I was asked to step in as the superintendent of poultry and waterfowl for our county fair which starts the 19th. Its the first time someone has...
  12. taprock

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    I haven't been around for a while. Way to busy this summer but I only have 30 hours to go before I can apply for my wildlife rehabilitators license. The chickens have been good. Call Duck is sitting on eggs. Geese are huge and down to one turkey. We've had multiple skunks we have had to deal...
  13. taprock

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    Ya up by Mackinaw. He's in a dog crate. I'll be calling Dr. Fulton in the am for advice.
  14. taprock

    Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

    We won’t be down for CS thanks to work, however you wouldn’t want me there since I have a sick bird which is what I need some opinions on... I have a pair of turkeys, they have interacted with wild turkeys in the past month. My Tom is great and has been super healthy but today out of the blue...
  15. taprock

    Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

    I'm loving the heat, the bugs not so much! Hubby added a secure room to one of my large coops. It is a 16'x20' building. The back third was made secure and the rest was storage. Now I have an additional room secured. My Polish will be going in the back because it has a separate pop door and...
  16. taprock

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    I finally sold my big Narragansett Tom this weekend. No more having to carry a stick. I still have a pair of penciled palms. Last night I hear excessive turkey noises and go out to find four wild toms fighting with my Tom. Scared them off. Later I find one back leading off my hen. I had to...
  17. taprock

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    wcbpolish - we got the goslings! Everyone is settling in nicely. Husband and son left home at 9:00 Monday night, drove to southern Indiana. I think they slept a couple hours picked up a new truck and headed north about 1. It took them until I believe about 7 to get to you. I asked what took...
  18. taprock

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    The last of our snow finally disappeared on Saturday. Ive been able to be out evenings but I’ve missed all the really nice days. Last week I had a conference, yesterday I had an election to oversee. By the time I get to be outside all day it will be blackfly swarm time! I’m looking for...
  19. taprock

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    Spring has arrived the roosters are intent on trying to kill each other after all winter together peacefully. Two were so mud covered from rolling around I wasn’t sure who they were. I separated them but will have to see what today brings. My son’s 4-h piglets arrived. They are in the...
  20. taprock

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    Opa, think of you often. Prayers for Granny and the hard work that comes with recovery. On the home front...I hate snow, I hate shoveling, I hate the wind and I hate the cold. End rant until tomorrow when I have to deal with tonight’s added mess. At least today it was normal snow not that...
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