Hello from Phelan, California

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by olinr, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. olinr

    olinr Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All,

    I have enjoyed reading all of the "mail" this Winter.

    I ordered and received 25 chicks from McMurray Hatchery. As usual (per this group) they did not ship my order correctly. They only shipped 26 chicks with one DOA. I was to get the rare chick, but didn't. Also, I ordered RIR chicks and I have 13 dark brown chicks and 12 yellow chicks. Not RIR to me. I called to complain and they are crediting my account for the chicks. I did not want another shipment. In looking at pictures, I might have been shipped Red Stars. They are now two weeks old and the feathers are variegated; not white, so they are not Leghorns. Any comments will be appreciated. The yellows are more inquisitive than the browns, so it will be fun to see them grow.

    BTW, I am one old codger, who spent several years, while in high school, working at my Grandfather's chicken ranch. I managed about 3,000 Leghorns in pens on the ground. We would get flats of chicks from White Hatchery in Petaluma, CA. My chicks bring back a lot of memories. Fun, fun, fun!

    I have a perfect tractor barn I built in the High Desert of Southern California. I built a coop just like the barn, including insulation all around. We can get down to 14 degrees in the Winter and 114 degrees in the Summer. Being at 3,700 feet, we can get a variety of weather. Like, in December, we had an 18 inch snow fall with several snow flurries in this past month. Since it is desert we have very low humidity (10-20%).

    I'll post pictures on my Web site when I can get them loaded. One picture I found here, was very helpful. It showed a cheap wading pool being used for a brooder. I had a pool for my dogs, so I used it inside my coop for eight days. I finally removed it when my chicks were trying to fly. It was time to convert the coop into a full brooder.

    I found it hard to get chick grit, so I used some of our canary grit until I got a bag of chicken grit. I filtered out all of the oyster; built a grit bin to hang on the wall and all is working.

    How is this for an introduction? I hope I gave a few hints and described my project. Oh yes, why did I get chicks? Well, California passed Proposition 2 in the last election. It requires all poultry farms to give enough room for each chicken to exercise. So, that will drive out all of the egg producers in CA. Therefore, I will have my own eggs and have some fun too. Oh, I spent more on my coop and chicks then I would pay for eggs in my remaining life! But, hey, they are chickens....

    My best,

    Dick
    Phelan, CA
     
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Hello Dick, nice to "see" a new face! [​IMG] from South Carolina!

    I am looking forward to the pictures! You sound like me, making do with what you have. It's a great way to get things done.
     
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Welcome neighbor! We, too, are in the high desert! We live in Hesperia, but I grew up in Phelan!
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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  6. olinr

    olinr Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Yes, there are a few (ha!) of us in the High Desert. I found the Hesperia Feed Bin to be the best store in the area. Do you have another one that is better to suggest? I am use to the old feed stores in the Upland and Ontario area from my youth in the citrus ranches. They are almost all gone and those remaining are into dog and cat supplies. I'm trying to be a pioneer and farmer again. Too little, too late. Oh, well... Sizzler is gone, too.

    We have been feeding our wild cotton-tail rabbits, quail, doves and other creatures each day. One Road Runner stops by for water. I use to feed the Kangaroo Rats while we just had our motor home here. They have to forage on their own now.

    We are not new to San Bernardino County as my wife and I were born in Upland. Her sister was a teacher in Barstow for 35 years. Now, we are the desert rats living out our lives in Phelan. Oh yes, we have been married for 53 years. so that makes us "real old"!

    Thanks for the comments,

    Dick.
    Phelan, CA
     
  7. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    I found the Hesperia Feed Bin to be the best store in the area. Do you have another one that is better to suggest? I am use to the old feed stores in the Upland and Ontario area from my youth in the citrus ranches. They are almost all gone and those remaining are into dog and cat supplies. I'm trying to be a pioneer and farmer again.

    We personally like Kendall Feed in San Bernardino near Cal-State, SB. I've also heard things about the feed store on Bear Valley and Navajo (not sure the name, but it is near the intersection). Hesperia Feed Bin is fine, but Kendall Feed nearly focuses on chickens only and the huy who runs it is VERY knowledgable! We too are pursuing the "simple life" but way of self-sufficiency and farming. We garden and have chickens, but far from being farmers! Oh, and should you ever need a vet who will see a chicken, Dr. Julie McClaine at Desert Care Animal Hospital on the NW corner of Main St and Ninth (in Hesperia) will see them (and goats, pigs, dogs, cats, iguanas...). She is an AMAZING vet! She is a high desert native and quite familiar with the more rural lifestyle. She is the only vet who sees all of our pets.​
     
  8. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]

    Do you have any pictures of your coop to share? I'd love to see them! [​IMG]
     
  9. andehens

    andehens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

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