Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Wynette, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. gaitngirl

    gaitngirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sitting here listening to the tornado sirens . . . they started out pretty far south (Gaines) and are moving closer. The wind keeps picking up and then it will die down. The foster pups are wondering what the heck all that noise is about. I debated on whether or not to bring the 1 and 2 month old chicks in from their chicken tractor but it should be heavy enough to withstand any higher winds that we get. They won't go up the ramp to the upper level where it's warm and dry - they stay on the lower level and seem quite happy. I put a board up under there so that they will stay dry no matter which way the wind is blowing. The chickens in the big coop will be fine. The ducks are having a blast out in the puddles and seem oblivious to the sirens and weather. Hopefully it will all blow over quickly enough with little or no damage anywhere.

    I got 6 chicken eggs and 1 duck egg from my flock today. Nobody appears to be molting or should be molting yet. Except for the broody hens I just can't figure out why they aren't laying like they should . . .
     
  2. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gaitngirl-- Still not getting eggs? Did you try the FF? I sent my crew to shelter but no sign of anything outdoors when I checked, no leaves, all the dead trees out back are still standing, ducks are totally fine. Sirens still going tho. Hope everybody else is fine.
     
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  3. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    hope everyone fairs the weather ok.
     
  4. Farmerboy16

    Farmerboy16 Rebuilding my Farm

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    Thanks everyone. My neighbor's other doe had kids last week too. A doeling and a buckling. I will take pictures of them tomorrow. THEY ARE SO CUTE!!!



    My dad is getting everyone to sleep in the basement tonight. Bad storm blowing through here, and possible tornadoes. Stay safe everyone.
     
  5. Nigellas

    Nigellas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My son has a project about the life cycle of an animal - he decided to do chickens - we got permission from his teacher to bring in some birds, so we will have an egg, a chick and a hen. And since we didn't have any babies, that gave me an excuse to run to Maybee to pick up a few. ;)


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    In an unrelated note - Sign up for chicken stock! (see my signature!)
     
  6. gaitngirl

    gaitngirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey Holly. I've done soaked feed but I haven't fermented it yet. The chickens and ducks aren't crazy about it. I gave them free choice between that and dry pellets and they keep choosing the pellets. I mixed the pellets in with the soaked and they will eat it then but leave quite a bit, too.
    The chicks, on the other hand, love it. Of course they will eat anything that doesn't eat them first, lol. They run me over every feeding time. Literally. I've been working on getting them more used to people since none of them were handled much where they came from. One of the Blue Copper Marans will fly up on my shoulder now when he/she thinks I have mealie treats.
    The sirens are still going here and they've extended the weather alerts until 11:30 now. Everyone take care out there and be safe.
     
  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    [​IMG] Woke this morning and checked for a pulse. Yep, I've got one so it is going to be another good day. I just poured the water in the coffee maker so it will be ready in just a few minutes. Come on in, grab a cup, and let's sit and figure out how to solve the world's problems or at least decide what things needing our attention can be ignored.

    Some days it good to plan on just doing nothing. Doing nothing is much more difficult than most people realize. It takes careful planning and a concerted effort. If you aren't real careful you accidentally do something and then you have to start all over.

    Rain is once again on the forecast and hopefully there won't be any of the severe weather that we had yesterday. Some areas received as much as 4 inches of rain and if today's round bring very much I sure flooding will be an issue for some folks. The severity of yesterday's storms made me glad that I hadn't just planted. Seeds could have been washed out and the tender tomato plants beaten flat.
     
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  8. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was worried about that Opa,
    But I was reading that an old trick was/is to plant just before a heavy rain, the idea is that the rain will drill your seed into the ground. Of course, if you've planted on a hill slope or delicate young plants, then I guess that's a different ball game. My winter sown Cukes and Dill are well at this time, hope my flower seeds germinate quickly now. Well I hope all of y'all and your flocks are safe and well ... And you've got power!!!! And your barns still stand today! Gaitngirl-- if you are already soaking your feed, you're halfway there! Just add some Bragg's next time and let it sit for 3 days or so before you feed it. You'll see the bloom (=the mother) form on the top.
     
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  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    One of the most critical needs for seed germination is a soil temperature of at least 60 degrees. With the weather the fore casters are calling for I don't think that is going to be a problem. Several years ago one of my sons gave me a pair of muck boots. I think that as soon as I get back from taking Granny to a doctors appointment I will pull those boots on and try to get everything planted. With the warm temperatures the seeds should germinate rapidly and the garden will start to look like a garden and not just a piece of ground.
     
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  10. ladyrsanti

    ladyrsanti Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My barn is still standing and believe me, I was worried too. That wind was something else last night with the strobe-lightning (not usually a good sign). My husband and I were downstairs listening to the weather radio around midnight when it started to get awfully loud. But no damage from what I can see from the house this morning. The roosters are all dry in their tractor even. The buff brahma says "wakey-wakey" by the way. He's just learning how to crow, silly boy. I love those funny crows.

    I tossed some pasture mix into the sacrifice pen yesterday in anticipation of seed-drilling rain. If it sits on the surface, the chickens will eat it and it will never sprout. But my garden is all planted and the seeds already sprouted. They're now crusted with soil is all. It makes cleaning the lettuce all the more "fun".

    Hopefully all those near Flint are in one piece.
     

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