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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by jchny2000, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. hogster160

    hogster160 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are these? I've never seen them before. Are they difficult to put on and do they stay on? Have they helped? [​IMG] [/
    The curtains are a great idea! I am so stealing it. Thank you. Yes wonderful idea, consider this stolen x2!
    Ok, I'm new to chickens, less than a year, so please forgive me for my curiosity. But how many chicks do you hatch each year, and what do you do with them? It just seems like you always have chicks hatching. Do you keep some, sell some? Do you find it hard to sell them? Do you hatch during the winter months? See curious, sorry!
    Very nice setup. I'm sure she is comfy. I know that when I moved my broody, she seemed more content, she didn't have to protect the nest. If I had waited for her to go out to eat etc, I'd still be waiting. She didn't move for 2 days. So I started taking her off the nest 1 a day. Then we had that 90+ weather, I took her off 2-3 a day and made sure she ate and drank each time. I pretty much hand fed her some days. Although she always had food and water in her area, she never touched it.
     
  2. hogster160

    hogster160 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is one cool rooster!
     
  3. julie0477

    julie0477 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awe my lil 22 wk old buff orp went full on broody. I got pecked trying to put her back in the coop. This is no time for babies lil lady!!
     
  4. kabhyper1

    kabhyper1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apparently our girls did not get the memo.
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  5. hogster160

    hogster160 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's been a very busy couple of days. I had to move my turkeys out of my chicken yard. The turkey hen got a hold of one of the smaller sized layers and ended up breaking the chickens beak. So I fenced in a new run for the turkeys. It's 25 x 90 for just the 2 of them. Then I made a secluded run in the chicken yard for mama and her babies. They will have plenty of room until mama decides to re join the flock. Then I finished up the run area for the meat birds (well almost) still just a bit of clean up to do.

    Then I took the meat birds outside for some foraging. I just put them in the 4x4 and I took the injured chicken over with me. She did a great job foraging with them and showing them what to do. Then she found my flower bed and all help was done lol. It was wonderful to just sit there for a few and enjoy them. They were a lot more active than was I was expecting. They we trying out those little wings of theirs, lol. It was a great way to end my day.

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    Mama and chicks in their run

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    Little meaties enjoying their first foraging.

    Hmmm it appears I did not give my turkeys equal time with the camera (ipad) I'll have to fix that little problem tomorrow.
     
  6. Kiniska

    Kiniska Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How cute!!!
     
  7. Thunder Chicken

    Thunder Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They have pegs that go in the nostrils. John made me draw the eyes on. He insisted when I was talking about them before.

    That's exactly what I thought, lol.

    Ebay. They come with the pliers and you can get different colors. Here's a link to the peepers I bought.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-Pinless-...t=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item4ac998a6f4

    My son held her to keep her from flapping. I grabbed her head with my left hand with her beak between thumb and forefinger. Slipped it on with my right hand. It took a couple of times because she would pop her head up just as I was ready to let go. It is definitely helping.
     
  8. strssdmom

    strssdmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The meat birds are so cute. What do you feed them? Keeping them separate, do you feed them differently than if you would have them with the flock?
     
  9. hogster160

    hogster160 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I feed ff using non medicated chick feed. I was just keeping their feeder full for the first 2 weeks. But then someone shared a meat bird feeding/weight page with me. So now I will pull their total amount of feed each day, and feed them that through out the day for the next week, then put them down to just 3 feedings a day with weekly increase plus forage time daily. They are being raised separate from my layers who get ff 2xs a day.

    Since they are only a day older than my hatched chicks, I thought about slipping them under mama. But of course, when I thought about it, the meaties were already much larger than my hatched chicks, who just seem so tiny. I also thought 20 chicks would be a bit much for first time mama. So they are separate. Maybe if I have a broody in the spring, I'll do it then.
     
  10. Kiniska

    Kiniska Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have any of you given calf manna to your chickens?
     

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