Greetings from Whitewater,Colorado

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NimrodsMom, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. NimrodsMom

    NimrodsMom Hatching

    Nov 12, 2014
    Hello All

    I'm a relative newbie to chicken-raising and found your great, informative site while looking for answers to questions I had about my 'gals'.

    When we moved to Whitewater last October, the previous owners left behind eleven elderly, dilapidated girls, many of whom I feared would not last the winter. The first time I tried to feed them the food the owners had left behind, the chickens ran away! Off to the feed store I went to purchase more, which the gobbled up eagerly.

    The coop was too small... drafty and filthy as were the nest boxes. So we set about a) cleaning and b) putting up a new, larger and warmer coop.

    Alas, the girls did preferred their old coop....most still do!

    So we tightened everything up as best as possible... amazingly all eleven came through the winter and actually began to thrive. Come Spring, one of our ladies was murdered by the burro the same previous owners had also left behind when they moved. Needless to say, the burro has been re-homed. Over the summer two more of the girls passed away, peacefully, leaving us with seven girls, most pretty much past the laying

    It was time to find a few new gals to add to the flock. We found them at the home of a lady who had rescued several hundred chicks from a breeder who'd had three shipments cancelled by a local feed store. They were just old enough to be turned out, but were too small yet to go out and free-range with the older gals.... good thing we had that second coop [​IMG] These little beauties are Rhode Islands three white, and three red.

    The 'babies' grew and thrived and were soon free-ranging with the big girls. Then, another of the older chickens passed... so

    Off to the rescue lady we went. I really like the RI's... they are sweet and friendly and began laying the cutest little tiny eggs at about 22 weeks of age.

    But the lady was out of RI's.... and the young birds she had left were free ranging and as wild as March hares. I picked out the cutest that we could catch of what she had left. Two Americunas (I think, as one lays a blue egg, the other lays a green one), one Wellsomer (so pretty) and one I have no clue, (but she lays a beautiful brown egg)

    The newest gals were about the same age as the 'gang of six' so I turned them out.... BIG mistake! They could fly quite well and they were also small enough to fit through the pig wire in the pasture! We had chickens EVERYWHERE... two hours of chicken chase later we had them sequestered in their new home...with newly clipped wings! We kept them in the chicken yard until they were big enough to NOT fit through the fence... lesson learned.

    Now I have the molt going on.... why oh why do they molt at winter time??? I've been feeding them Feather Fixer and they have a few pin feathers growing in but it's all of a sudden very cold here on the Western Slope of Colorado... and I worry.

    Well, anyway... Hello. Great site.
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  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sorry for all your losses. But it sounds like you have a lovely flock! Your birds will do fine as long as you have adequate ventilation in your eaves or ceiling, (1 square foot per bird, vents on both sides, one higher than the other). Keep your roosts lower to the floor so there is a good amount of space between them and the vents, keep the coop clean so there is no extra moisture from all the poop, seal up all cracks around the roost bar. They will do fine. You can tack an old towel to the roost bar to keep the feet warm. Chickens lose heat through their feet. So warm feet mean warmer birds.

    Good luck with your flock! If you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask. And we do welcome you to our flock!
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  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.
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  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    It sounds like you have a beautiful flock! Good luck with them.
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  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Good luck with your flock!
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  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry for your losses![​IMG]

    I also live in colorado!
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  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sounds like your chickens have really tested your mettle and you passed with flying colors. Maybe they will give you a break now. Welcome to the BYC flock, very glad you joined us.
  9. NimrodsMom

    NimrodsMom Hatching

    Nov 12, 2014
    Thanks for all your welcomes and advice.

    @ TwoCrows, I didn't know the girls lose heat through their feet, but it makes sense! I keep about 6 or so inches of good wood shavings in the floor of both coops. That makes it soft, warm and great smelling... and it's easy to clean up daily, I just use the dog's pooper scooper rake. The leavings from the full coop cleanings make great mulch for the garden too.

    I'll do the old towel thing on the roosts ... great idea that I never thought of, and it's getting colder by the day... winter has certainly arrived.

    Thanks again
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  10. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Crowing

    Apr 5, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
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