building paradise for the birds

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by birdman55, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. birdman55

    birdman55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks tony for the input
     
  2. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    Nice!! so cool the whole family is involved!!!!!!
     
  3. birdmansaunt

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    Yes we have a small pond for them. The pond has a heater to keep some of the water thawed for them. I have only had the pair for a week so hopefully they will survive.

    Birdmansaunt
     
  4. birdmansaunt

    birdmansaunt New Egg

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    Hello,

    Hope everything is fairing well. By the way I call Kenny's kids Babe all the time. Just FYI to anyone out there. Keep up the good work. Love Aunt Cindy
     
  5. auntie mary

    auntie mary Out Of The Brooder

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    Checking in to see your progess Kris. Hows the eggs coming along they should be hatching soon Im excited for you post some pics of them. I cleaned out the nests of the chickes this am and i left the door open they stood at the door and clucked whats this white stuff,it was funny. Glad to hear you got your well running again. So proud of your work.Good afternoon everyone love you Kris
     
  6. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    Such a dedicated family!!
     
  7. birdman55

    birdman55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ahhh....thanks fam....love you too....

    so I figured I would post this...it is very interesting and very helpful for the people out there wondering how to work with your birds and give meds ...orally...well first this is a two person job and should only be done with two people...one person has the net and gets the bird into handling position and places the birds body against the handlers body then the other person comes in with the medication...make sure you have it already dosed out...I am using valbazen which from what I have read you need to dose.....

    one bird (over lets say five months pheasant / large adult chicken)= 1/2ml which is the same as 1/2cc

    then the person with the syringe takes the top part of the beak and the handler takes the bottom part of the beak....and opens the mouth...then slowly turn the birds head to a position at an angle and slowly push the medication out down the throat away from the trachea (the air way to the lung)...if you get some down the birds air way it could kill the bird...from what I read if you do get some down there the bird will be coughing...so be careful...I just handled about 50 pheasants and it took an hour and a half...take your time and have a consistent amount coming out till the syringe is done....and boom your done...I have found out during this process that you must band on the leg the birds as you do them and it will make a lot easier to know which birds you have done...hope this is helping some peoples questioning about giving meds orally....

    here are some pics during the process
    I figured that the birds would just eat these lovely treats that I got them infused with 1/2cc in each chunk and I could just hand feed them...well that didn't work out so well....especially when dealing with 40 hungry chickens and which ones got the meds and which ones didn't...so tomorrow I will be handling all the chickens in the same manner as well...
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    I got the male to eat it and one of the females but the other one wouldn't so I had to do it orally
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    this is what the birds mouth is going to look like after you medicate the bird
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    I handle my birds a lot..and I noticed that some heart rate were very high while others were not...now when I handle the birds....I found that pheasants love it and it calms there heart rate down very fast when they know you are not trying to hurt them ....so I scratched ones neck and it almost put it to sleep so I did this with all the birds I handled before the med person stepped into the pen....I figured I would get them as calm as possible before another person came into the pen...as you can see the bird is very relaxed....
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    this is a close up on how I relax my pheasants...I have not handled the peafowl that much yet so im not familiar as to what can calm them down...I will post pics of that later when I handle them...
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    this is to show you how relaxed the birds are when I do this to them...I am literally holding the bird in my hand and it doesn't want to move...that's how comfortable the birds are with me...(and no the bird is not dead) lol
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    another pic to show you how relaxed the bird is...just to give you a time frame on how long the bird was like this before it got up and jumped down....the medicater had to get the camera out and take the pics so about 45 seconds....
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    here is another view on a different bird when using this method...there eyes will close and they love it....the calmer the bird you have the easier the bird is to handle and the less chance the bird will get hurt in the process with handling the birds....
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    and no this one wasn't dead either...just very relaxed....typing kindof tells you how to do things but when you see pics it makes things so much more credible....keep in mind I have only been doing this since around june 2014...so im not that experienced....

    thanks for watching...hope this has been informative...
    kris
     
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  8. birdman55

    birdman55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well I figured I would share what happened this morning....it was something else.....so the dogs start going crazy and I cant figure out what they are freaking out about...so I start checking things out and see on the camera something was running down the driveway...so I look out front and here it is two horses...one mini and one regular sized...im like no way...I remember passing a house on my way to a different city and I was like I think those horses belong to them....
    so theres the horses that magically came into the yard today
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    I went out to say hi..and they were friendly
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    I first started to walk them back to their home...but that didn't work so I got two dog leashes and was able with some help escort them home...and the owners were like thank you so much....I did my good deed for the day...good karma...
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    mae says that taking the horse home was easier then walking our dogs...lol...she took the little one I took the big one
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    the big one...you can do anything with a bag of carrots...hahaha
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    now let me tell you I have no experience with horses either....I guess Im just an animal person....
    IM THE HORSE WHISPERER
     
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  9. Acornewell

    Acornewell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    omg thats super funny!
     
  10. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

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    Lol I did the same thing the other day
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