Heritage Large Fowl - Phase II

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by juststruttin, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    I get snow in my coop on occasion and the bedding absorbs it just fine. I wouldn't worry. Just throw down some dry bedding after the storm and it should be fine.

    Maybe a storm flap on that gap in the future for just such occasions as this?
  2. hellbender

    hellbender Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 2, 2013
    Grinder's Switch
    Is there any way you can tack up pieces of tarp with furring strips on a temp. basis. Then put down new bedding over the wet...until you can get the whole thing changed out...just a thought.

    Edit: Bee beat me to it...lol She's a very experienced hand at such matters.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2014
  3. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Hm I may be able to see what I can do tomorrow. I'm going to be cleaning it out anyways because of the mite thing. Want to put more Sevin in just in case there are some left behind that will reek havoc on everyone. I think it's just coming in from the front of the coop because back part is where the wind usually hits and the sides are usually an all clear. The winds are changing direction every five seconds so who really knows.
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    Here's what I do in snowy, blowy western PA to roof my poultry yard. It will also work for a coop.
    Go to Dollar General and get a silver/blue tarp which will come 1/3 the way down on all sides of the coop.
    Buy a bag of 8 of those band bungies with the red ball on the end. You will need 8 quan. 3 inch wood screws.
    Drape the tarp over the roof so it comes down even lengths on all sides.
    Drive the screws in 1/2 way on each side of the 4 corners of the coop, 3/4 of the way down the side of the coop.
    Drape the tarp over the coop and run the bungie thru the holes in the grommets. Slip the red ball end over the 8 screws.
    This gives you a storm flap which should have enough give in it not to rip in the wind. I use this method to roof
    my poultry yard. The neat thing here is the red ball bungies which give with the wind and keep the tarp from ripping.
  5. armorfirelady

    armorfirelady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2012
    Hamburg, NY
    My Coop
    Do you know someone who hunts or may have a game camera? You could set it for a few days to see who is laying on the floor.
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  6. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2011
    Midlands, South Carolina
    If that is how you prefer to do it, it is clearly your right to do so.

    That is not good advice though. That is not breeding. That is just letting things happen by chance. You could never make progress like that. That is just going with the flow. Downhill.

    It would make more sense to purchase replacers from a hatchery every couple of years. You will have the same quality of birds, would be much more economical, and be even more productive.
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  7. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2011
    Midlands, South Carolina
    I do not think anyone would have to do a force molt to witness the molt. It will come.

    Monitoring spacing should be qualified with observing through the seasons and compared to their flock mates. Spacing changes over time. A bird for an odd reason coming out of lay temporarily can lose laying condition. Otherwise that same bird could be the most prolific layer. My point is that there is a little more to it than that.

    The size of the hen is not genetically linked to their lay rate or anything else. Those genes are not linked. In a commercial setting light weight hens rule because they eat less, and devote more of what the eat into producing eggs. Your lighter weight hens could tend to lay earlier, but also smaller eggs. Compared to the rest of the flock.
    Size is easy to lose. Advising people to blindly breed from their lightest hens is not good advice.

    Lastly, we do breed to the Standard here. We get off track, but that is what this thread is about. Preserving or restoring the quality of the breeds we chose to keep.
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  8. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    I thought that forcing a molt was incredibly unhealthy for them?
  9. BGMatt

    BGMatt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2013
    Battle Ground, WA
    Exactly, especially that last point. Whatever methods you use to pick your best producing layers, or best meat fowl, make sure you're selecting from the birds that meet the standard first. Cull through the entire year's hatch according to the standard, then pick the ones out of there that meet your production criteria the best (I still prefer Hogan method) and use those as your breeders.
  10. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada

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