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

  1. Leahs Mom

    Leahs Mom Chicken Obsessed

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    Since it's holding onto the feathers, if you determine that it isn't a food source like some of the others noted I'd guess nits of lice. From what I understand the nits are usually found around the head unfortunately.

    Another food source that can cause that is yogurt and/or milk. They take a bite/drink, then shake their heads to clean off the beak. It will go all over them, the walls, ground, floor, etc. But it usually will come right off.

    If it does turn out to be parasites, the information in this article may be of use.

    I think the bugs themselves like to hang out around the vent. If it is nits, they can be up there.
     
  2. SallyinIndiana

    SallyinIndiana Overrun With Chickens

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    I understand his view. I have a thing about liability and risks involved. I'm overly cautious. I tend to stress over things including selling meat. I had to give egg selling a lot of thought before starting to sell eggs. Even now I only sell eggs to people I know.
    Out of the woods is such a broad term. Worrying about the chicks changes as they grow. Right now at this early chick age I tend to watch for signs of weakness or sickness and eating / drinking. Then I start to think ok they are over a week old how active are they, how much noise are they making, is it a why won't you take better care of me noise or a I'm playing with my buds noise. Most of my chicks that I have raised are single comb. Around 4-6 weeks I start counting combs that are too tall and hope for short or barely visible combs, About this time they are outside if not sooner. Once outside I tend to think is it warm enough / cool enough, will an animal come and try to get them, will they huddle and suffocate each other. With only 4 you should not give the suffocation thing much thought. Next comes the 8-10 weeks when I start decreasing their food and making sure they forage properly. Then there is a lull in the thinking, worrying, stressing for a few weeks until I wonder are the nesting boxes ready and clean. Are they big enough to totally free range, will a hawk get them, did they go in at night, is that an owl trying to break into the chicken area. To me if I try hard enough there is something out there after my chickens at all times. Eventually one copes and the stress worry goes away.
    You will be a fine chicken owner.
     
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  3. SallyinIndiana

    SallyinIndiana Overrun With Chickens

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    Brad, did you see trey's listing. it is a short one and ends in about 6 hrs. so far no bidders.

    Old Salt do you have incubator eggs yet? if not today might be a good day to get them.

    I'm not going to post a link here though as a lurker might up the bid.
     
  4. bradselig

    bradselig Overrun With Chickens

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    Shhh....don't tell anyone! ;). Jk. I'm watching and waiting. I'm one of those jerks who wait last minute to bid.
     
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  5. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Overrun With Chickens

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    Here is my phone call with a worker from rural king W=worker M=me

    W-hi, how many I help you today?

    M=Hi, I was just wondering if you had any chicks still.

    W=yes we do

    M= do you happen to know what breed they are?

    W=(asks someone) layers, pullets, strait run, and i'm not sure about the other 3 kinds.

    M=ok, thanks that is all i needed.

    I get of the fun,WOW. they obviously know nothing. they gave me a catergory and sex. That anwsered my question. Looks like I just might have to go over there today out of curiosity.

    They should hire someone that knows what they are talking about.
     
  6. SallyinIndiana

    SallyinIndiana Overrun With Chickens

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    Ha, how long of a drive would that be for you?
     
  7. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Overrun With Chickens

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    20-30 mins depending on wether speeding or not lol. I might go over today. And I just realized i had a typo, got of the phone, not fun lol. The closest one to me is in decatur
     
  8. MrTattoohead

    MrTattoohead Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's our Barred Rock, Bang Bang. Just hanging out with us...

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    She's looking pretty good so far...
     
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  9. Too Fast

    Too Fast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Egg count still normal for us. We get 35 eggs/week, and have 7 hens. I am not convinced everybody is laying tho, but we have had 30-35 eggs/week since mid-July.

    We have a solar motion light from Harbor Freight, got it for about half the price in your link. But it is a bit smaller then the one you showed with your link. Been very happy with it, we've had it since last June. Stays on dim until the motion, then BAM it's bright for 30 seconds.

    I'm looking for other areas to get more of them. Or maybe just to have a dim light on, and not let the motion part work.
     
  10. SallyinIndiana

    SallyinIndiana Overrun With Chickens

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