Maine

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by chickenboy, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. gracejr

    gracejr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like we're already changing over here :( Supposed to be nasty later and pretty windy, so I'm keeping them shut in the coop today. We still don't have a pop door installed, so all the weather likes to blow inside the coop when the big door is open. Since they rarely venture out in crappy weather, may as well just leave it closed. I've done cracked corn, sunflower seed, and table scraps, there are only a handful of the flock that will venture into the snow for it. This is all the first winter for them, so maybe they'll get used to it as time goes on?
     
  2. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    I had a fisher around the coop this morning, thankfully he couldn't get in. and I kept the kids home from school today, no sense in having some crazy person thinking the world is ending and taking more kids with them. and the roads would be slippery. good enough reason to keep them home.
     
  3. ashandvine

    ashandvine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LF Silkies??
    Oooh, how did you know? Tracks? Wow. They are amazing animals, second only to Wolverines in my admiration. Glad they didn't take your birds though.
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Hoppy, I'm a newbie.... just doing homework until I can get started with chicks in the spring... Tell me about the swaps: location, attendance, how much poultry will likely be available for sale (or eggs). Currently planning to order chicks, but would be delighted to buy locally if i could get chicks or eggs of specific breeds. (Ameraucana, Australorpe, Dominique)
     
  5. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    we have swaps all over the state.current locations (and they are added each yr) are:
    at tractor supply stores
    augusta
    waterville
    lewiston
    sanford
    wilton
    occasionally skowhegan, brunswick and scarbourgh

    heard they will start in bangor in the spring.
    also swaps are at farmington aubucon hardware
    maine potato growers in houlton
    (someone chime in if you think of places I'm missing)
    and the local poultry shows -different rules apply since that's more private.
    basically we set up in the parking lot, drop the tail gate and start selling. people need to clean up their space when they leave and the seller is responable to make sure what they are selling is legal to be sold.(some game birds require permits, chicks under 6 weeks have to be sold in lots of 6).
    some locations have better turn outs then others and some weekends are better then others depending on outside factors (weather, holidays, other events etc). there usually is alot for sale the early swaps and as it gets closer to fall, less. Chicks are usually available, hatching eggs occasionally. there are usually threads on here for each swap location and people will post what they are bringing or what they are looking for. ( it gives the seller/buyer time to plan in advance so they can get those eggs/items to the swap presold).
    swaps generally start april but can start earlier if it's warm enough to be standing outside for hours and time wise- 8:30-9:00 to 1-2 in the afternoon.
    items people bring: all kinds of poultry, equipment, eggs, crafts, piglets, goats, honey, milk products (soaps, cheeses), seedlings. basically anything from the farm.
    so if you are planning to attend a certain swap and want a certain kind of bird, post that you are looking for that and maybe someone can point you in the right direction or meet up with you.

     
  6. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    I'm sure at some of the swaps you will be able to find those over sized silkies but I don't have them.
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    thank you for the info re swaps. will be looking for one in my area.
     
  8. CoopChick719

    CoopChick719 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the advice SCG! Mine love people food as well.My family already thinks I'm nuts so when I've stopped them from scraping the dinner plates into the garbage disposal to scraping them into a bowl by the sink for the chickens, they just rolled their eyes!! [​IMG] They said I need to post a list of what goes where--chicken bucket, redworm bin, or definitely the compost pile.

    I have a covered run under some big pines but I swear the snow & rain are blowing in sideways. I have a low spot right near the door that is now a mini-pool--had to dig it down to level the pen. Funny, I don't remember that area being wet until we put the pen there!![​IMG] Told the DH that we are tarping the North side of the pen now I'm thinking maybe the West side (where door is) as well. Are you throwing fresh shavings into the run or used stuff from the coop?
    Oh no, Hoppy, a fisher?! Glad your flock was safe!![​IMG] The only tracks I've seen around my pen have been deer & my dogs. I hope that's all I see this winter but we live near the power lines which is like I-95 for the wildlife. I'm pretty sure I've heard a few coyotes in the fields across the road. That makes me nervous for all my animals.
     
  9. ashandvine

    ashandvine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would be interested to know what your Dominque hatchery birds look like. Don't buy Ams from hatchery. They won't be true. They will be AmerIcauna. Not the same.
     
  10. ashandvine

    ashandvine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was your nose in the air when you said that? LOL I could hear it! I know, I keep asking and you keep denying. Come on. If I can say that a used Kleenex that lays eggs is cute then you can admit that large Silkies are useful and cool. (nudge nudge)
     

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