First Run of Cornish Cross Meat Birds and Super Excited!

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

  1. JessicaThistle

    JessicaThistle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Turkeytruff!

    Poor Bert!! When I thought I'd integrate my silkies into the main coop that happened to one of them too. I found one head first as far as she could get in there under the ramp to the henhouse. I thought she was dead at first but when I picked her up she really snuggled to me and talked about it. It was then that I decided the silkies would have their own coop. Sunny is a good match for them too, as weird as it seems.
     
  2. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    This is a joke, right? 4' of frost is insane. I had 2" on my ramp and worked 2hrs to get half of it melted. Then we decided that I would go down carefully and SIL would help me with the feeding and hot water. Worked like a charm
    Snowing tonight ,3" or so
     
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  3. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    We ordered 2 Royal Palm, 2 Narragansett, 2 Blue Slate and 2 Bourbon Red. Hopefully most will be hens. Any toms will more than likely be butchered.
     
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    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    Easy fix Ralph. Put a cement block pr two under the area of the lower roost. Stepping stones.
     
  5. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    Nope no joke, happens every winter. 4 feet of frost is common here.

    The only thing that keeps the frost away is lots of early snow, then the frost will only go down a ft or two. By lots of snow I mean 3-4 ft covering the ground.

    It is not all bad it keeps the Alligators away.


    I am making Bert his own coop area and giving him a large dog kennel ( 96 ft circumference) until I can get him a pen in the spring. I am going to have the white rock and a couple Dixie rainbows move in with him, then in a month or so try to hatch the eggs.
     
  6. mountain mom

    mountain mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Man, did I miss some good stuff!

    Jessica, your story is absolutely hilarious! I would likely have peed my pants I was laughing so hard if it was in my house!
    Yay for the first pullet egg! Any more?!

    Pearl moved right in seamlessly with the other ladies. She follows their lead, doesn't over eat (but she is a giant!), and can make it to the first roosting bar that is about a foot and a half off the ground.
    Ralph, I wonder, do you have any other white chickens?! I bet if you don't, that is why they are picking on him.
    Dixie is our white Rainbow, but she grew up with all the other chickens, so they didn't know any better. I do think, that is why Pearl fit in so easily. Or else she may be missing hiney feathers too.

    I bet you will love all your turkeys, and all of your new crosses available, Holm!!!

    Lisa- Glad you are still here!
     
  7. JessicaThistle

    JessicaThistle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There was one perfect egg in the new nesting boxes in my pullet pen today! It is a bit bigger than my silkie eggs but just perfect and gives me hope that egg numbers will seriously increase.

    On the home front, we have our parts coming in this Thursday for our first chicken tractor! It took us a bit of time to design a plan and find trailers for this use as well as order parts. Just so you know in advance, my husband and I don't just throw something together. It takes careful planning, designing and preparation to be just right! We often change up plans along the way too.

    Finally, we will start chicken tractor build number 1!!! I am so excited to get this done so that we can bring our first batch of chickens home!
     
  8. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Perfect solution. Don't overfeed him. He will be happy. Put one in first for a few days. Then another. In case, they gang up on him. I was expecting 4" snow. But mostly rain, a little sleet and about 10 min of heavy snow. Now sticking. At least the ice on the ramp is gone. Hopefully this is the swan song of winter. Hope, hope. ha. Woohoo, I spoke too soon. Snow is back and coming down like crazy. Expecting 4" and it's sticking. Yea!!! I would do a snow angel, but I couldn't get up again. Ha. First good snow in over 5-6 yrs. :D
     
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  9. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    This thread is dead!! Where is everyone!!!
     
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    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    L&M Fleet should have some chicks in soon!! Hoping I can get Crazy Miss Daisy some babies!!
     

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