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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by foxhollow, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Minnie when we ask for hens of course there is less demand for the baby Roos. Your honesty and the way you told us about male chicks puts it in a different light. I understand not bringing them up with feed costs as they are and dealing with a volume of chickens that you have.

    I think also that working with those Asian folks is a great thing,

    The lawn looks greener these last couple days but cold and snow for Monday and Friday?! Nooooooo!!!!!

    I was looking at my Roos feet and I think he may have broken a middle toe. Looks a little swollen and bent. My buckeye hen also had a nail and small portion of her toe shrivel blacken and fall off. Any body else deal with winter toe breaks and loss of toes. Or do I have to lower those roosts even more?!
     
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  2. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    You don't want it that hot, 100.5 is good, maybe 101.
    I use 2 or 3 different little thermometers and a digital sometimes if I use one of those ones. I also don't use the water pan in the bottom, I use a tupperware type dish with sponges in it, and I line the wire with paper towel to keep the clean-up easier. Still air takes longer to dry, and I have experienced a higher number of them being too wet and drowning in the egg with those, but they do work okay if you follow all the 'rules' of using them. Make sure once you get a couple hatching that you open a vent plug to release the excess moisture.
    A probe thermometer should work well though.

    Good luck with those gems!!

    Bert may just be coming to his end, the legs or the heart is what gets them. I am certainly surprised he has made it this long. I would be hard pressed to think you got some fertile eggs just because it would be incredible if he were to have done the deed. Even some pure Cornish who aren't that big cannot breed naturally. He sure has given us all loads of laughs as one of your main characters of your daily stories. I hope he has a longer time with you though.
     
  3. Rhetts

    Rhetts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone paint the interior of their coop? or whitewash? or poly it or deck stain it? Like the walls and ceilings I mean. I am going to do a big spring clean of the coop this weekend and fix a few things that needed fixing in the coop so I was wondering since I will have it emptied should I be putting something on the interior walls? Would it help in anyway? Should I paint it a pretty color so they can make it through the weary winters? Ha Ha Right now it is just plywood. What about nest boxes? Those were made out of wood and I did not 'paint' them with anything either.
     
  4. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    I have seen cockerels try to crow as young as 2-weeks, which is INSANELY young, but it does happen, and I did say TRY!
    Rosecombs won't usually fatten up for a while, but the males tend to get redder about that age. Wyandottes could be a real pain for me. I do an early feather sexing, then they get me stumped pretty quick and for about 3 weeks before I start being able to pick them out one sex from the other.

    If that was a foamie type bator, have him change the wafer thermostat when this batch is done. That is a typical problem with those, the thermostat starts going and will spike. It is not pretty when it is in the middle of a hatch, and less pretty when you have about $300 worth of eggs in it when it does. I keep a wafer on hand for when I run mine, but you have to readjust it before using it again after replacing so changing in the middle of a batch is likely going to kill the batch if they are growing. Remember, waterfowl eggs need more humidity too.
    Good luck, I hope it's just a thermometer error.
     
  5. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    This was before the chicken wire was put on everything and the blue on the upper parts of the doors was done.
    YES paint everything! It isn't just for looks, it does help to seal the wood from mites and other creep crawlies that like to hide in little spaces. It doesn't mean you won't ever get them, but painting helps.
    Also, for roosts, use cedar, it is naturally pest and rot resistent. The only pen I have had an issue with leg mites or feather mites is one where I have one 2x4 that is fir and not painted. It isn't even intended to be a roost, but until I get a shelf set on it, the birds are using it as one. I have to treat the birds and sprinkle Sevin on the wood there.
    Don't be fooled, it isn't that clean in my coop after 4 years. I need to pressure wash and repaint this year if I can find the time. It looks cool, but I failed to include one very important thing... an easy way to clean it all out! I have to start in the center and go pen to pen with a muck tub to get it all hauled out.
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  6. Rhetts

    Rhetts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah YES! Finally, thanks to Ralphie's tutorial : "How to post a pic on BYC 101" I was able to upload my picture that I tried to do a few days ago. This is the fella/lady that is spending lots of quality time here at our property. So far, it has just been cleaning up the pasture and has left my birds alone. I hope it stays that way! We have been able to walk within about 10 feet of it. Pretty cool!
     
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  7. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    That is a beautiful pic!!! What would we do without Ralph!! Everyday he posts something that makes my day!
     
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  8. Rhetts

    Rhetts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW! That looks pretty neat!! I will heed your advice and find something to paint the interior with. The roosts were made from pine so I should paint them too right? Obviously, I need to find the least toxic paint there is. Do you have a recommendation on the type to use?
     
  9. nordicacres

    nordicacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gorgeous owl!

    I actually spent my day today painting the interior of the coop! My DH picked out some sort of indoor/outdoor sealant paint at Menards. If it doesn't rain tomorrow I'll be painting the wood on the run.

    Fingers crossed that the electrician actually shows tomorrow AM like he said he would! Then we can move them all out to the Coop :weee
     
  10. Rhetts

    Rhetts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I can't believe how close this owl lets us get. And yes, I can't start my day without my dose of the Minnesota thread with a cup of coffee.
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