Hello, new member

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Aviary junkie, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Aviary junkie

    Aviary junkie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I am a new member. In May I got 6 bantam pullets, various breeds. After quarantine, I just added three more pullets, they are establishing the new pecking order and so far, so good. I have a few questions:

    My chickens just started molting, one in particular has lost a lot of feathers. Since I live in Wisconsin and it gets cold here, should I worry about her getting too cold outside? Should I assume that she will come in on her own if she is too cold?

    I have a base heater for the waterer. I am nervous to plug it in, is this thing a fire hazard?

    My chickens are not really laying much at all right now, should I assume this is because of the combination of new chickens, molting and shorter days?
     
  2. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
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    first [​IMG].
    My chickens just started molting, one in particular has lost a lot of feathers. Since I live in Wisconsin and it gets cold here, should I worry about her getting too cold outside? Should I assume that she will come in on her own if she is too cold?

    I think you should make sure that she doesn't get cold.
    is this thing a fire hazard?

    Personaly I haven't used it. But it might be.​
     
  3. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington

    The answer to all three of your questions is probably Yes. Be careful if the heater is in contact with anything combustible, like bedding etc.

    Imp
     
  5. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    [​IMG] to the best chicken website outhere!
    i wouldnt worry too much about it being too cold because it has the other 6 for warmth. Mine all huddle together. I would definitly keep a close eye on it just to be safe. Also i have also never had a heated waterer base but i would imagine it would be dangerous as woodshaving are dry and easily flammable. Be careful [​IMG]|when chickens molt they dont lay, with shorter days they dont lay as much so you are absolutly correct!
    Mark In Taunton Ma
     
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  6. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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  7. 1/2DozenWings

    1/2DozenWings Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I'm new, too

    Why do chickens (birds in general) moult? What evolutionary advantage does this convey?

    I've got two EE hens.......planning my order from mypetchicken.com for next spring tho.
     
  8. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    [​IMG] from England! Glad to have you here! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Quote:Birds moult because over time their feathers become dirty, worn and overall just horrible looking. Every year they have to shed their feathers for the year ahead so they have good looking feathers. Not to mention the roosters have to look good for the girls [​IMG]
     
  10. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us!
     

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