First Run of Cornish Cross Meat Birds and Super Excited!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by JessicaThistle, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:We love you Jessica!!!! Check in with details as soon as you can. I know you are busy. We'll carry on. Like usual. ha
     
  2. holm25

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    Congrats Jess I would LOVE to do something like that!!!

    Well I set 3 more of our eggs. If these don't develop we are gonna get a new drake and maybe a few more hens. Sir Pinky will live out his life on the farm as a pet... I didn't name him.
     
  3. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    I thought I read you have 8 drakes?

    Not one of the 8 was up to the heavy lifting a male is required to do?
     
  4. holm25

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    We had 8 we sold some butchered some and kept 1
     
  5. Turkeytruff

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    So true; 'veggie fed' is on many labels of egg suppliers here. I wonder if someone could come up with an idea of 'vegan' worms for chickens as, after all, don't worms eat vegetables? Today my chickens had a wonderful time 'helping me' dismantle and take away many wheelbarrows of wonderful 2 year old leaf mulch. There were some fat squishy green cutworms curled up in there. Every time they found one, it was 'game on!' chicken tag, turkey tag, even Stanley my head goose got quite excited and he is pretty much vegetarian. Perhaps he was trying to be the referee. Hilarious watching them chase up and down the field. Better than football on TV.

    I like your idea of telling people why you sand instead of wash - and the washing in 110 degree water. So many people don't have a clue re: basic egg hygiene. Some kind of simple label could do it.

    My uphill MG chickens had their first opportunity to escape club Colditz today. I have been making up a wire fence every day since the day I moved them up the hill to the new coop. It allowed them to wander around about 100 square yards but when they have been used to wandering hither and yon.... anyway today I shut the alpacas in the lower field and let them out. Big Mac the rooster has a very melodious sort of tooting he does to keep his girls around him. And he did a wonderful job all day wandering the whole field and CAME BACK to the right roost tonight! So happy! I didn't fancy another evening chasing them up and down the field.
     
  6. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    You sound like a very reasonable person, however, there is one question I need to ask...



    WHY would a reasonable sane person have a goose?


    Sorry, that slipped out, my experience with geese only served to allow me to tolerate my guineas...

    I have a new head rooster, a coup occurred after Rick hurt his foot. I am not sure if Ernie or no name is in charge. Yesterday, I went out to check on the birds at around 1pm. I saw no chickens in the yard, I saw one RIR next to the house eating from the bird feeder droppings. The turkeys were missing. I got a sinking feeling and said to myself " why would they all be in the coop on a nice day like this?".

    I opened the coop door and found it empty, one bird sitting in a nest box and that was it. My heart fell, the only other time I saw the birds all missing was after an eagle attack that killed a baby and fatally wounded a hen turkey.

    So, I went on a chicken hunt, I went to check areas I know they hide in, I checked the leanto on the granary, nothing. I looked at the scrap iron trailer, nothing. I checked the pick up toppers Nothing! I was getting scared now.

    I went up to the CX coop, everything was normal there, no extra chickens. I started into the woods, but the chickens had not been in the woods since the first snow in early November. I was one worried chicken rancher. Then I walked around another shed and found them in the woods, sitting in, on and under a widow maker that fell over last summer. MY little ICU baby was about 20 ft up the tree, sitting in the open, her white really showed up. As I looked closer I found all the chickens, I had Partridge EE'ers sitting in the tree like real partridge! The turkeys were there. The roosters were together and they seemed to be just enjoying the above freezing temps. It was actually funny to see them all in one tree, they have never stayed together as a group before.


    I was relieved I do not think a Bird of Prey was involved, they just wanted to go on road trip, they were a good 100 yards from their coop.
     
  7. mountain mom

    mountain mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They just needed a little adventure. Cabin fever is setting in everywhere!

    I too am not a fan of geese. Mostly because of one experience in particular.

    When my daughter was younger, around 2, she loved to hug all animals. Dogs, cats, skunks (yes, a skunk was the target of one of her hugs once. She was then his target. I digress..) and even geese.
    In the Fort Collins area, we have an abundance of Canadian Geese. Some moron at the vet school, years and years ago, felt they needed a safe place to live and created a sanctuary. We are literally overrun with the vermin, I mean, geese.
    One day at the park, my kid and I were enjoying a picnic. Some geese came by, not unusual, but she wanted to hug them. She tried, then they went after her!
    I then jumped in, thinking the dang things would at least be afraid of me. Nope.
    We were chased by them! Of course, we ended backed up to the lake. They were still coming after us. I started throwing rocks. They finally relented.
    For some time, my daughter had a thing she called "scary run". She put her head down, arms back and hissed as she ran.

    This is why I don't like geese.
     
  8. duluthralphie

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    LOL.. Did you feel compelled to call child welfare on yourself after this experience?


    The chickens are really enjoying the day here today, wondering everywhere as if it is summer, of course at 43 degrees it could very well be summer.
     
  9. mountain mom

    mountain mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is summer here too... projected high of 70! We will see.

    I know my husband was sure questioning my mothering skills... especially after the skunk incident. That one I kept a secret for a while. I was sure he would report me.
     
  10. mountain mom

    mountain mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ug. With the warm up, the opposite of what I had hoped would happen, happened.

    The bedding in the coop has not dried out... and is now emitting an AWFUL ammonia smell.

    Sigh. I just shoveled over 2/3 of the bedding out. At the very bottom it was soaking wet... not just damp. I am obviously not doing a thorough enough job "mixing" every day.
    I think while we were out of town over New Years, the neighbor kid spilled the chickens water while he was filling it or something. That is the only reason I can see for it to be so wet.
    I am hopeful what I left in there will dry out today and tomorrow (there is only a couple of inches now) and then I can add new bedding. I just hate to do a total clean out and lose all the hard working microbes and be starting from ground zero.

    Anyone else use deep litter method? Suggestions?
     
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