Blooie's Blankie Fort

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Blooie, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Don't count (name) your chickens before they hatch!
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    Yess!!! lol

    I'm with him.......

    Though, I do plan to name my first showgirl (if I ever manage to find some) Lola and hang a sign on my silkie coop that says "Coopacabana". And my Roo will be "Tony" of course.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2016
  3. potato chip

    potato chip lunch-sharer

    That's a brilliant name, but I don't think I could stand being "Manilowed" every time I went to grab the eggs. [​IMG]
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    But I love Barry!!!! lol
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I call them all Chicken, so when I walk in the shed and say "Hi Chickens", they all think I'm talking to them. I once was a Dairy Farmer, we had to name all the cows and heifers calves, I ran out of names long ago.
  6. mcad

    mcad Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2016
    Kinderhook, IL
    I just set eggs for the first time ever today. (quail) I enjoy watching your posts. (I lurk a lot) I am originally from Casper, so I like seeing a fellow Wyomingite.
  7. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

    Aug 21, 2009
    Southern California
    Good luck with your quail hatch! Go quail GO!!!!
  8. Feather duster

    Feather duster Out Of The Brooder

    Hi Blooie:

    I was looking at your thread on the Mama heating pad cave. I'm seriously thinking about trying that out this year if I have a successful hatch. I'm looking at my outside thermometer rite now and its reading 50 degrees here on the coast of Maine. So the middle of April should not be a problem at all, especially where you said it worked for you down around zero. It would be good to get the little buggers outside and not have to deal with the dust.
    I also noticed you were using vertical water nipples in your brooder. Can you introduce new chicks to them right from day one ? What do you do just touch their beak to the nipple instead of dipping their beak into a regular water container when you first put them in the brooder ? I like to use horizontal nipples when ever I can. How long before you can transition to those. Sorry for all the questions, I'll have you chomping right down on the Oreo's getting crumbs all through your blankie fort if i'm not careful. lol
  9. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    I've been on today, but I haven't. Out and about so I look in with my phone but hate to post with it! Anyway, lemme catch up. (Mama Heating Pad thread is going to take a couple of hours and a lot of coffee!)

    Well, come on in and set yourself down. (You didn't try sneaking in any Legos, did you?)

    I always start new chicks on vertical nipple waterers. I don't think they have to push quite as hard to get the mechanism to trip as they do with the horizontal, and as soon as I know they are doing well on the vertical (usually 4-5 days or so) then they go the horizontal bucket. There doesn't seem to be but a moment's confusion before they are handling that just as well. I put the waterer in and watch them for a few minutes. Usually one will finally wander over and trip it, find the water, and repeat. The others watch, come over to investigate and PRESTO - training camp over. I always hate the idea of grabbing a chick (and I don't care how gentle you are, to them it's still grabbing!) and forcing him to try the vertical nipples. Seems to me that with his little head extended upward to drink it would be pretty easy for a drop to run down the beak and into the nostrils. Don't want that. But I will trip that mechanism with my fingernail to get their attention a few times to get them interested. It usually works pretty fast. They'll get it.
  10. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 1, 2015
    My Coop

    Are you going to start frisking us to make sure nobody has hidden legos? :lau

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