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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Nifty-Chicken, Jan 13, 2007.
My last 3 chicken eggs went into lockdown. I'm kinda sad. I have a friend whom I have the chicken fever too- I may hatch for her at some point. Lol.
BUT I do have gosling eggs in the bator so all is not lost! Once these hatch (or not) then I am goin through my chicken flock and getting rid of a few birds. Then getting some welsummer eggs. Hehe
I need to hatch some more duck eggs though - see if my appleyards eggs are making it into the coop. I suspect they are laying them on the pond. Darn ducks!
Mice...ergh! I can almost picture what that smells like. Hope the eradication program took care of the problem! When I was little my grandpa went out to the barn in overalls and a mouse ran up his leg, up under his shirt and all the way to his shoulder where it was caught and squished. I think of that story whenever I see one scurrying around and it makes me want to stand on a chair...
I would like to see a pic of your paint showgirls...it does remind me of performance art though. Re the SPRs we'll see what you have going on in June. Don't worry about it. I am just happy to know that I know where to get some.
So glad you hen made it. That is just incredible. I have the same problem with mice in my truck. They dont get in my husbands and mine is newer. A couple of years ago I was driving with the airconditioner on and I heard the fan make a loud clunck but it kept running. A couple days later it started to stink. I had to take things apart to get into the vent system and with a gloved hand found a dead mouse. In two parts!
I have to bathe my Delawares this weekend. They are totally disreputable
I have the radio playing next to the bator...a little Ke$ha to encourage pipping. Nothing so far. Ron I did put the SN into a glass bowl like you recommended. Things fit better now and it is easier to keep it wet via the vent hole when there is a bowl to catch errant water.
Are your last 3 supposed to hatch on Sat? I have 3 developing eggs under my broody hen and Sat is day 21 for them. This is the first time that I have had a broody actually hatch eggs. We gave this same hen day old chicks that she did a wonderful job of raising them. Another broody incubated 4 eggs to day 18 and then she was killed so they hatched in the incubator. So this is very exciting and nerve wracking at the same time!
I have a young quad of Welsummer chicks and I love them! They are so friendly! I have my fingers crossed that the boy doesn't crow early. I really want to keep them here in town for as long as I can!
I have about 16 hens. I have 2 roosters. I have 4 hens with varying states of baldness. Just those girls. One is the worst. She is my meanest orp hen- her back and the back of her head has been stripped clean. I feel so bad for her. One of my EEs also has a stripped back (but not the other EE). I don't have too many roosters so I don't get all the bare backs. My top roo is a teeny bantam. My Marans too only gets to nail a couple hens when the Banty roo isn't looking.
Will their feathers grow back? I feel so bad for them. They look so pathetic, my poor favorited hens. I have some hens - like Betty who is absolutely pristine. Perfect shape lol- no poopy butt and no bare patches. I suspect she is top hen because the only one that mate her that I have seen is my Marans roo. The sizzle Roos tried a couple months ago and she flogged the crud out of them for trying. They ran away squawking. Lol Man I love that hen.
But anyway back to my bare backed hens...they should be molting soon right? Many of them are about a year old now give or take a few weeks....I don't want their chicken skin to get burnt.
Is there an inexpensive place to buy those little apron things? I just want to protect their bare skin at this point- from the roosters and the sun.
Originally Posted by threadgeek
The hen who was attacked by the bobcat is totally healed! I can't believe how quickly she recovered. She is now regrowing her feathers where they were torn out, the poor thing has been looking kind of silly with a bald back, choppy neck and 3 tail feathers.
This is great news! Good Job, and the apron is darling.
I don't have an answers but I love your description of Betty.
There were some posts on the Heritage thread about the baldness being caused by feather quality issues. I have seen the saddles for sale somewhere but if you are handy with a sewing machine they should be fairly easy to make your self.
Sorry about the featherless hens!