Keeping Chickens When You Have Arthritis.

microchick

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Awesome! Simply awesome! But don’t you just want to cuss out yourself for what work life took out of ya! Just ticks me off what all I gave to making other folks well has made me almost a cripple at 43!some days. But Lord willing only some days. God love my chickens and what a blessing they are to me though!
Just about every day but that is all water under the bridge. For me it's like, it took me 10 years to get back on my feet and when I got done being caregiver for my mom and dad what did I do? Go back to nursing. It's like....am in insane?

Now there are so many more career choices open for young women. IF I had it to do over again would I go into nursing. No, probably not. I may have gone into physical therapy or gotten completely away from it and gone into something non medical. Woulda coulda shoulda. As much as I enjoyed nursing, if I had known it would do to me what it did I would have ran screaming into the forest never to be seen near a nursing school again. :lau
 

cmom

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Sure does boop it is 4 or 10 till been out to the coop like 5 times .. guys think I am nuts have a sweathshirt on but not that warm today actually nice day just cooler in my book .. Graves my auto immune does not let my body auto regulate temps
I also have Graves' disease and Hashimoto's disease, Pancreatitis and Diabetes. I have been hospitalized in the past for my Pancreatitis. Of course I have to watch what I eat. I have been good for a few years. I can normally recognize the systems and make adjustments accordingly. A few months ago my Graves flared up and my eyesight went crazy. This time it lasted a few months instead of a few weeks but finally settled down. It's hell getting old. I love my birds...
 

Marie2020

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This thread is really helpful :)

Would anyone here know if there's a way to both heat and cool my chicken coop. There's no electricity so think maybe a battery or solar way?

Any thoughts will be gratefully received
 

cmom

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I neither supply heat or cool. I have plenty of ventilation in the coops. It's actually cooler in the coops in the summer and warmer in the winter months but I live in Florida. We do get some freezes in the winter and it's hot in the summer but the birds can handle it. All of my coops have shade trees in the pens and during the day the birds are usually outside in their pens. My brother lives in Northern Michigan. He doesn't heat or cool his coop either.
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The coop on the extreme right in the picture has a vent on this side of the coop and it totally open on the other side.
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microchick

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I was going to say that it depends on where you live.

I don't heat my coop and it gets below 0 here in the winter with long sub freezing temps and occasional deep snows.

I do have wiring to the coop so for cooling I use a fan that is ceiling mounted. It's just a little regular rectangular window type fan but it moves the air around for them.

The rule is that if you heat in the winter you will weaken your birds resistance to cold should power go off and they have to 'deal'. I have boys with huge combs and while I do see a small amount of frost bite, nobody loses any 'tips'. Of course my coop is as leaky as an old shed...which is what it is but the birds seem to love it anyway.
 

penny1960

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Need to replace the main coop my dome seems to take a back yard to allot projects but .. I say allot nights if I have to push so hard to latch the door darn thing will colapse one day ..
 

thepick4uchicks

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Just about every day but that is all water under the bridge. For me it's like, it took me 10 years to get back on my feet and when I got done being caregiver for my mom and dad what did I do? Go back to nursing. It's like....am in insane?

Now there are so many more career choices open for young women. IF I had it to do over again would I go into nursing. No, probably not. I may have gone into physical therapy or gotten completely away from it and gone into something non medical. Woulda coulda shoulda. As much as I enjoyed nursing, if I had known it would do to me what it did I would have ran screaming into the forest never to be seen near a nursing school again. :lau
I hear ya! Amen Sista! I ended up overseeing my parents care. Couldn’t do it. My Mama has dementia and required lock down security unit in nursing care facility her last 24 months. It killed me to have to do it. My Dad I got to move on my property in an extra house not fifty yards out my back door. I plugged a baby monitor in and he could yell help if he needed me. He was in his right mind and healthy until the last two months of his life. He was pushing 92 when he died. I had them both on heart hospice also because they had had open heart surgery when they were 79. Like a decade and a half before this for my dad but this was so they could share a care team and we could all talk mostly together about my Mom. This was for my Dad’s benefit mostly because he couldn’t handle traveling to see her much. He couldn’t hear or see well. It wore him smooth out emotionally to see her so in such bad shape and for her to cry and carry on with him to not leave her was hard on him. Anyhow. I was blessed to be able to take care of my parents in my own way and be able to oversee their care was the main thing. I was there with them all the time and spent the time with them as much as possible. I have a special needs son who is 21 and he requires 24:7 supervision so it is hard to do sometimes but we worked it out. My husband’s oldest sister helped me take care of my Daddy and they became very close. I am so thankful for her. I will always be thankful for my healthcare career. It took a lot from me but it gave me a lot too. I learned a lot that prepared me for all the hurdles of their care when the time came. However, I would not wish going through that on anyone with dementia or Alzheimer’s. It’s not for the faint of heart. Cancer is easier. I can say that easily. I have seen family and patients go through both and Alzheimer’s and dementia is worse. It takes no prisoners and leaves no enemies. It eliminates all good or bad in its path.
I also am in agreement with you about career paths. There are much more of a variety(ies) of careers to choose from now from even when I graduated high school thirty plus years ago. Medicine. Education, computer science, technology, and business education, and engineering were some of the more major career choices that have stayed hot but I would like to see kids get into bio engineering and chemical engineering to bring the U. S. And the world up to speed on fighting some of these viruses, pandemic causes, and challenges that we faced with the COVID-19 crisis from any range of areas from food production, to coming up with better ways to clean our work and homes, our bodies, sanitize our vehicles,etc, and air quality, speed up transit times for UPS, The Postal Service, shipping services in general around the world in crisis times - FedEx, lower food costs around the world, clean water for all, reduce water waste, I could go on and on. There are plenty of jobs that need to be done worth doing for sure.
 

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