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  1. Sheltiepawz

    Anyone’s Fall chicks this year start laying yet

    Yay! How exciting for you:wee:wee:wee I love our gold laced wynadotte. Her wattles remind me of big earrings. She hates to be picked up, but always flies up to our laps to get petted if we sit in a chair.
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    What should a newbie start with?

    I started with 7 from Meyers This fall. We have a 6 x6 coop. Unfortunately, the Easter Egger turned into a cockerel and was my littlest daughters chicken which she adored, so he had to be replaced. He got replaced by four more chicks from the feed store, barred rocks. I have 4 kids, they...
  3. Sheltiepawz

    Anyone’s Fall chicks this year start laying yet

    Anxiously waiting for our first eggs!!!Our fall chicks were 20 weeks yesterday. 2 barred rocks, 2 buff Orpingtons, a gold laced Wyandotte and one silver laced Wyandotte. Wondering if anyone has any ladies that have blessed them yet. We love our ladies so much!
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    For those of you who DO use sand

    What type of scoop did you find And where did you find it? Right now I’m using a cat litter scoop. Our run is sand. We had to elevate run because we live in south louisiana. No other way around it in our climate. We use shavings for coop. I’ve not had any problems so far, but my oldest...
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    These eggs aren't blue!! :(

    Your eggs are beautiful!
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    Meyer Hatchery shipping method

    My post office doesn’t answer the phone either. I had to drive down there to let them know they were arriving. They were super nice to me, they just don’t answer phone. I do have to say out of the 7 chicks the slw was the one worse for the wear after the shipping. She was lethargic for quite...
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    Meyer Hatchery shipping method

    All 7 of mine made it this past September in New Orleans! It was super hot too. I was so worried. They shipped overnight and made it to the New Orleans distribution center, but then missed the truck to the northshore by about 3 hours. They arrived the next day at 5 a.m. at my local post...
  8. Sheltiepawz

    How close to first egg??

    thanks so much for video, very helpful! I did the check, only one Buff and one barred rock 2 fingers apart. Looks like we will be waiting awhile:idunno
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    How close to first egg??

    Very helpful! One of barred rocks is the only one with 2 finger tips and her comb and wattles have really grown in the past week. The first egg is going to be so exciting!
  10. Sheltiepawz

    How close to first egg??

    How exciting!!! I can’t wait!!! Mine is very red and has grown a lot in wattles and comb lately. She is very petite though. I did the finger check and she is not 2 fingers apart yet. So far no squatting or Checking of boxes yet.
  11. Sheltiepawz

    How close to first egg??

    Are we getting close??? What am I supposed to look for? So excited to get the first egg! My first time with chickens. My GLW is the reddest at 18 weeks. Most are still flesh, pink colored. Pictures of the reddest ones.
  12. Sheltiepawz

    Your very last chicken... what would it be?

    Love, love, love my buff Orpingtons and barred rocks. Victoria my gold laced Wyandotte has also won a special place in my heart. Love her wattles , talkative personality and she is a lap sitter and loves to be stroked.
  13. Sheltiepawz

    Integrating 7 week old chicks

    UPDATE All is well in the coop. The babies are fully integrated and sleeping with the bigs in the big coop for a couple weeks now. I was able to take the barrier/escape room down last week. They have even mixed groups and dust bathed with each other a couple of times! They do stick with...
  14. Sheltiepawz

    Pullet sounds

    A one of mine started honking at 9 weeks in my first batch a buff Orpington. 16 weeks old now and she is talkative. My second batch just turned 9 weeks and one just started honking. All the time!!!! Very loud. My son had named her Duane “the barred rock” Johnson. We were having trouble telling...
  15. Sheltiepawz

    Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, All Herding breeds, Tell Me About Yours

    :confused::lau:confused::idunno:idunno That’s very true! Herding dogs do not like dogs coming at them head on and getting in their faces. Mine hate that! The other herding breeds seem to be respectful of that and never approach them like that. Eye contact is a big thing also. It’s...
  16. Sheltiepawz

    Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, All Herding breeds, Tell Me About Yours

    On grooming day it is a process, but no I don’t brush them every day or even every week. They need lined brush about every 2-3 weeks and I use a forced air dryer on bath day which gets rid of the loose undercoat. Their ears need trimmed and their paws and nails about every two weeks. Mine...
  17. Sheltiepawz

    Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, All Herding breeds, Tell Me About Yours

    Shelties do bark, especially if bored. I find they bark more than border collies, but less than aussies. My high drive one barks more than my laid back one. They can be taught to be quiet also. When I had just one Sheltie he only barked when playing chase with kids. Multiple ones do tend to...
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    Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, All Herding breeds, Tell Me About Yours

    Honestly I’ve meet lots of dogs that are neurotic, all types of breeds:(. It’s important to find a good breeder one that knows pup temperaments and what you want. It’s also important to be very honest with yourself and decide what traits you want and what doesn’t work for you. For example one...
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