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

  1. Mother2Hens

    Mother2Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2012
    Evansville, IN
    pipd~Haha I can just picture that scene! That sounds like my (neutered) cat, Diablo. If he's outside having a stand-off with the neighbor's cat, he wails like he is dying, but when I go outside to his aid, he suddenly becomes fierce.
    Here he is wearing a chicken hat. He would really be humiliated if the neighbor's cat saw him dressed like a chicken.

    Oh, and if you post some recent pictures of your Orpington ladies I can give you my best guess at how close to laying they are. I'm betting it'll be a while, though, because as I understand, English Orpingtons (and especially Jubilee Orpingtons) are slow to mature.
    Thanks for the offer! I realized that it's been over a month since I took photos of them (page 1370). I will take some tomorrow since it's supposed to be nice and sunny.
    kabhyper~ You must be in heaven with all those darling, fuzzy chicks to play with! [​IMG]
    ellymayRans~ Please post a pic of your sizzle. I fell in love with some I recently saw on CL and was so tempted to get them.
    Last night, I opened a July/Aug copy of Hobby Farms "Chickens" magazine that I bought at RK over the summer. The first thing I saw was an ad for the Lebanon chicken show! Weird coincidence. Then I read that if a hen carries a copy of the frizzle gene, it's possible that she can look normal and then, after a molt, the new feathers are frizzled. That would be a surprise!
  2. toodlesmom

    toodlesmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2013
    Sounds like everyone had a good time at the show, despite the weather. I'm surprised that more poultry didn't get adopted! How did you do with your sales, those of you who were selling?

    Kab - Sweet chickies! You will have to do a group shot when the hatching is completed.


    Anyone here use poop boards? Do you find them worthwhile? Do they make cleaning easier or more difficult?

    If you do use them, what do you do with the floor? Sand? Deep litter? Both? Neither? I was planning on stapling down a sheet of linoleum to the floor to keep the wood floor from rotting, and putting sand or deep litter over that. Any cons to that?

    The person I am buying my orps from recommends that roosts be no higher than 2' because the birds are so heavy. Wouldn't that put the poop boards at 1'?

    Don't the chickens walk through the poop boards to get to the higher roosts?

    How high should roosts be for other really large heritage chickens?

    Several people using poop boards recommend using Sweet PDZ on the boards to make cleaning easier and odor less noticeable. Anyone here tried that?
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2013
  3. Old Salt 1945

    Old Salt 1945 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2013
    Lebanon, IN
    Love the picture.[​IMG]

    Inside the show buildings, it was almost comfortable. Outside at the pavilion, the wind and chill had me looking for my mukluks.

    I don't blame anyone (including me) for not staying at the table for more than a few minutes. Boooooooorrrrrrrriiiiiiiiinnnnnnngggggg.

  4. Too Fast

    Too Fast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2013
    Indianapolis IN
    We use poop boards, and it is helpful. We did just that putting some linoleum to the floor. However, my girls have been roosting outdoors in the (very secure) run area, and we've only had to clean it 5 times or so. It is easy to do with the linoleum. Our board comes out thru about a 2'' opening under the coop roost area, theydo walk thru it a bit but not any more than the rest of the coop, and it is lined with litter over the top like the rest of the coop. Our poop board is just above the floor, with the roosts about 2 feet over that.

    Other things we do:

    ^^^On October 5th, we went camping and really got rained out with the Cub Scouts. I am the Cubmaster of our Pack 494.
    Before the rain fell for 18 hours, lol.


    ^^^October 12th, at the Rennisiance Festival in OH. My 8 y. o. son Kyle is in that picture, with is new skull walking staff/sword.


    ^^^Yesterday, I was leading the pack of cars for our annual Fall Mystery Cruise, too bad about the wet weather yesterday. There would've been 10 more cars, at least.


    ^^^last night, some of the girls were discussing how to get to the new fruit hanging in their run. They do enjoy jumping for it!

    Going to make a delicous omelette right now, and oh yeah, GO COLTS tonight!
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2013
  5. zippy722

    zippy722 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2012
    I use poop trays as well. Oh my mercy!!!! It makes clean up so much easier. After I put on my rubber gloves, I lift out each of the trays and take them to the compost pile. I then fill them back with shavings and voila! My roost is about 2 feet off the group, and the poop trays are about 4-6" below the roost bar. There is another support bar that is a bit lower that some of them use as a step up, others just hop directly to the ledge of the poop tray or the roost itself. One thing I learned though. The roost bar isn't centered over the tray, thinking that the chickens would face forward and poop would be more towards the wall. Not so much. So once in a while, there is poop that goes to the floor, bypassing the poop tray. The picture below is when the coop was being built, but you can see that the bar isn't centered. I also sprinkle some DE on the new shavings. And depending on the weather, I am cleaning the trays about every 3-4 weeks. Hope this helps.
  6. browncow15

    browncow15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2013
    Update: my babies had bloody poo for the third morning in a row yesterday and were acting a little off so I decided to go ahead and treat with the Corid. No bloody poo today and they're enjoying the sunshine outside.

    Sounds like everyone had fun at the show yesterday. We spent the day putzing around the house, then went to a bonfire in the evening. Hope everyone is enjoying the sunny day today!
  7. Delawaremommy

    Delawaremommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2013
    I ended up going by myself and had fun. Glad to put a face with Happyhappyhappy and his son who was very into finding new birds from what I understood. I believe one of everything was what I heard! I have to agree however! I did find out that two of the breeds I have been eyeing come in banty. Both the Faverolle and Sicilian Buttercup. Also saw a Coronation Sussex and am in total love. Picture a large white bird with a pastel grey head and hackles!!! Gorgeous. So Now I am on a mission. I want to locate chicks from the buttercups and faverolles as well as Delaware Banties. Someone out there has them I am sure. Or I could get adventurous and try breeding them from scratch. Barred Rock roo banties and New Hampshire hen banties make the sport rooster and then breed back to New Hampshire hens. Both will take a while I'm sure but I got names for the Faverolles and buttercups as well as seeing the 4-hers Delawares that were better than the ones shown in the open show IMO. Left a message that I would be interested in chicks or hatching eggs and to have him call me. (Thanks to 3H's idea.)
    I did not come home with any birds (even though there were many pretty ones for sale) although if the person selling the trio of Banty barred rocks had been around and been willing to let just the hens go I would have.

    hope your babies continue on their way back to health!
  8. Leahs Mom

    Leahs Mom Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 9, 2012
    Northern Indiana
    This has to be a record. No posts for almost 4 hours [​IMG]
  9. kabhyper1

    kabhyper1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would but, I'm still waiting on chicks lol. 10 have hatched, one died after hatch, waiting on the other 4, which are the ones she stole, so today is day 21. I have 7 in the house. Two under momma and 4 due to hatch. I' just waiting to see what morning brings. You can tell me what color the little guys are if you want, lol, I have a partidge and blues and blacks and whites, but there are 3 that are a mystery. I posted a video yesterday of them.
  10. bradselig

    bradselig Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 29, 2012
    Warren, IN
    The very faint "partridge" patterned chicks may be porcelains.

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