North Carolina

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by ruachicken1, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. HenThymes

    HenThymes pippin ain't easy

    Feb 27, 2010
    Foothills of NC
    In my experience $10 each is very reasonable for unsexed chicks, or you can wait and buy sexed pullets for $20+ each?? Lavs just a short time ago were $50-$100 each. Just my two cents. [​IMG]
  2. HenThymes

    HenThymes pippin ain't easy

    Feb 27, 2010
    Foothills of NC
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  3. KristanB

    KristanB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2012
    Burnsville NC
    HT: thanks for the info. I think I will take my changes and get 5 for the $50. If I get roos I will let yall know on here cause I cant have them. Or maybe I could talk MissLydia or Vickifiveoh into being their adoptive/foster [​IMG]
  4. Country Chickens

    Country Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Orange County, NC
    We love our sand. [​IMG] I can give your the pros and cons, as I see them: Pros--not as expensive. When you're done with inside sand it can become dustbathing outside sand or be used to improve our NC clay. Helps to keep down disease by drying out their poop. Easier to maintain at a poop-free level. Chickens get all the grit they could want. Cooler in the summer. Less allergy trouble if you're allergic to trees/wood. Chickens love to dust bathe in it. Cons--I've heard that in small coops it can be dusty (not a problem for us in our big barn). If you want to keep the coop clean you'll be doing a lot of scooping (we pay our kids $5/five gallon bucket, and compost it). May be difficult to get inexpensively in small amounts. Doesn't provide a warm place for cold toes in super-freezing weather. But, on that last, I don't think it's much of a concern here in NC. In the end, it's all about what you want and what works for you, but we love our sand and would never go back to messy shavings!

    ETA to add: Let me know how you like the pine needles if you go that route. Heaven knows we've got plenty around here! And anyone else, feel free to chime in about the pros of pine needles given my sand pros and cons, if you like!
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2012
  5. wildriverswolf90

    wildriverswolf90 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2011
    polk county, NC
    GA- :hugs :hugs I'm so sorry.

    Thanks for the idea on pine needles, but I'm not sure if I could find any. I have a dirt floor coop and cleaning the pine shaving off up is a pain in the butt. I was thinking sand cause I could mix it with DE and it seems easier to rake around and shovel.
    Thanks Country Chicken, I like that it will help keep them cool. My coop is 14x10ft so I don't think dust will be to bad plus I have 8ft long by 3ft wide window to help air out. The shavings are just so messy and I don't have the money to replace shaving every month.

    What about straw?
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2012
  6. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    Sorry about your girls green, hope you don't have another attack. Good luck fixing the pen [​IMG]
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

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  8. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2011
    Franklinton, NC
    I use straw in my pens/runs. I shake it out and get it really fluffy. The chickens LOVE it. The scratch and play in it and when it gets compact and covered in poop I scrape it out and put in on the compost pile. Works out GREAT.
  9. linderfunefarm

    linderfunefarm New Egg

    Feb 26, 2012
    Johnston County, NC
    Hey y'all! Johnston County here! I'm sure someone here can help me. I'm searching for Bourbon Red turkey poults. Can anybody point me in the right direction? TSC was a bust and Donnie's Farm & Garden in Smithfield are getting white turkeys and Bronze. Thanks!
  10. Hollowoakfarm

    Hollowoakfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2012
    Parkton, NC
    I use waste hay from the sheep for bedding the chicken house. The sheep pull it out of the hay feeder onto the ground, and I get it up and move it to the chickens. When I quit having sheep, I'll go to straw, I think.

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