Minnesota!

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

  1. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    That'll make a great coop!!! Very nice[​IMG]
     
  2. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm drooling over that building Scandia! Holy buckets you guys with your awesome buildings for chickens! I'm telling you Minnesota Peeps know how to rock chicken coops!

    No sign of Fern this morning. I'm a bit more skeptical of her return and will take a walk around for feather piles. We've had some ducks nesting in the nearby pot hole and that is nothing in itself...but what happens is the hawks move in and harrass and I'm afraid Miss Fern is the perfect size for a "pick up" . I also am a firm believer in a dog in the yard. Bears, hawks, critters of most sorts do not care for a dog meandering around a yard. 4 1/2 more weeks for the pup to get here. I hope I'm not chickenless by that point.


    And not to sound too horrid, I hope. Why couldn't it have been one of the henopausals? Dang it!

    Scott how's it going with the hurt beak on your SLW? Poor thing.

    I've got a Bumble Toe on my BLRW I need to take care of this week. Her little toe is swelling a bit now trying to fight it off. Might need a little maintenance/intervention from me.

    I've fought off mites and lice. I did drops of ivermectin pour on. And it licked the problem. Held eggs two weeks...which wasn't a problem since it was winter. But it's no fun cleaning out bedding and hauling vaccuums and such out to the coop. I also got neem oil to spray the roosts.
     
  3. scandiafowl

    scandiafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the idea! I was going to separate for feed and supplies,
     
  4. Cyrus83

    Cyrus83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I got home from the headwaters of the cloquet river yesterday. Apparently while I was gone someone's geese took up residence in my backyard. I almost forgot how dumb these things are!
     
  5. scandiafowl

    scandiafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wild or domestic geese?
     
  6. Cyrus83

    Cyrus83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Domestic, look like African geese, and God had to have laughed when he made them because they sound so dumb
     
  7. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    The hormones also add to the toughness. I have tried canning those older, tougher birds and it is great! You can do it with the meat on the bone still. You don't need anything but a pinch of salt and the cut up bird. It comes out super tender and flavorful! It is great for salads and casseroles and soups. I find they are just to tough for a roaster. There is the option of fryers, but they are still a bit tough and stringy. You can also try a recipe for coq au vin with them.
    I have tried caponizing. First, it is a pain in the *** to do, and difficult to get the testicles out without causing them to bleed out by nicking the artery that they are next too. I did a few one year that were culls anyway, and after 6 months, I didn't notice much difference in size other than they were more laid back and didn't show as much rooster qualities as the intact birds.
     
  8. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    When I was having all my problems with hatching for that streak this Spring, I had quite a few with the yolk not completely absorbed or their guts hanging out. It is from a humidity problem from what I had been reading. Sorry to hear of your bad luck. Sorry you are stuck in FLA. I was stuck there at one time too, 4 1/2 years in Jax and another 6 months in Umatilla (30 miles north of Orlando), and let's not forget boot camp from March to May in Orlando. Blah! The humidity! Kind of like what we are going to have tomorrow and the next day after this rain. Yuck!

    I am surprised you haven't gotten any eggs from the Cochins? I expected they might not lay for a few days, but they should have given you something by now. Then again, half my hens are suddenly not laying much.
    Playing with crossing Cochins with other breeds is fun, they most certainly will have some feathering on their legs.
     
  9. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    The first thing I recommend, PAINT IT! By painting the inside, you will seal off many of the places that creepy crawlies can hid. OSB gives them LOTS of places to do that. It cal also brighten up the inside of the coop for them and you. If you have chickens at some point you will have lice. I also recommend using cedar for roosts, in case you hadn't read that earlier, but don't paint those. Paint and poly coat doesn't stay on cedar well.
     
  10. scandiafowl

    scandiafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been playing around with different interior designs. Where to put the roosts and such. We won't have external nests since walking in is easy, although I may eventually install a chute on the side to sweep out debris. There is a critter under the building, as evidenced by my dog barking at a hole in on the side.

    Any ideas and suggestions would be appreciated, especially when it comes to heating.
     

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