NY chicken lover!!!!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by peggym, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. vmdanielsen

    vmdanielsen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    West Lebanon, NY
    I made lemon chia seed pound cake using the 10 egg pound cake recipe......made a lemon syrup and saturated it, wrapped it in plastic wrap.....it'll be delicious tomorrow!!!!
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I had commented earlier on how I think chickens miss their regular caregiver when they are away. Any kind of change seem to upset them.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I'm watching bid on some Blue Wyandotte eggs. Total around $35.

    This hawk attack has got me down. I've no run for the newbies and BM's so how can I keep them inside during the day? I did let them out for an hour this evening but they can't stay inside forever.

    I moved the Lav roo and blue EE hen into the coop with the newbie hens. My EE eggs are not fertile and I think it has to do with the CR roo taking the top spot in the coop. I have two good laying EE hens but they roost up high so I can't get them down to move them into the coop with the new EE's yet.

    Well take care,

  4. ChickPrincess

    ChickPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2012
    Canandaigua NY
    I know when I bred gecko eggs, people say not to help them. There is a reason they don't make it. I didn't have to make that decision, but I probably would've helped them.
    I'll be looking into electric fence shortly, I think. On the way home from school today we saw a fox pouncing on something. About a quarter mile down the road, midafternoon. [​IMG]
    My egg production is still high (knocking on wood). Had a record 31 eggs the other day from 35 hens.
  5. Cass

    Cass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2011
    Albany, NY
    I went down to close up the coops tonight and one of the doors was already closed. The only chicken out of place was the large Ameruacana roo. I think the Sumantra roo shut the door on him, so he could have all the ladies to himself for the entire day tomorrow. I foiled his plan by picking up the misplaced roo and putting him back in the correct side of the coop.

    I let all my birds out to free range at the same time. Only rarely do they get mixed up and go to roost in the wrong side of the coop. Today, when I opened the door to the large side, a Lav hen can flying out and ran for the other door. Apparently she didn't enjoy her visit on the larger side with a larger number of birds vying for food. And water.

    Has anyone had birds disappear and other birds show up in their place? Seems I lost 2 of my black Sumantra hens and now have OTHER black hens that I don't recognize. AND when I count them all up I have one extra chicken. Hmmm....it gets curiouser and curiouser.
  6. stonykill

    stonykill Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 16, 2010
    Canaan Ny
    if your Sumatra hens are free ranging all day they may just be broody somewhere. If they are still alive.

    I have never had strange birds just appear in my coop but I did have a friend FB message me and ask if I was missing a roo a month ago. I wasn't. BUT 1/2 mile from my house was a full grown Sumatra roo that got hit by a car. I'm guessing he moved away some time ago. Makes me wonder if a few of the hens that went missing last summer moved away with him. And if there is a wild flock somewhere nearby now?
  7. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    Ginny--what time are you serving the pound cake? I have to make travel plans!

    Good luck on the bidding Rancher, I understand about the whole run thing for the newbies. I feel bad when I can only get mine out for an hour or so. I dont have any right now but I expect to in april.

    Nice evening this evening. I hope its warm tomorrow. Night all.
  8. Cass

    Cass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2011
    Albany, NY

    I don't know when they dissappeared....I don't count my flock daily. I probably should, but I don't. It's not like I can go find them after dark, so I sleep better not knowing if one is missing or not.

    They free range each afternoon and are the first to return to the coop each evening. They are also the two that will go off by themselves, crossing the lawn in full view of all local hawks, so maybe a hawk got them....but I don't remember any unusually loud protesting in the recent past. Very possibly they are off having a good time....but the better question is where did the extra hen come from? Did someone swap me 3 hens for my 2 Sumantra hens? I mean, I am not here all day and I don't lock the coop...I probably should, but I don't own bolt cutters and I am known for losing keys, so I don't lock the padlocks.

    I bet there is a wild flock of chickens in your area, Stony. Won't the locals love the free eggs? Of course they won't realize that they are chicken eggs, because they are smaller than what people think of when they think "egg". But hey, a wild flock is a wonderful thing. That was what I was hoping would happen at my house, but no go...they like the coop too much.

    I have egg yolk dripping down out of my under eves ventalation strip. It looks gross hanging in yellow icicles. I put something in the way so they can't get in there and lay/eat eggs anymore...I thought my egg counts would go up, but they haven't. Must be all the scratch grains I have been feeding them.
  9. Gramma Chick

    Gramma Chick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2012
    Jordan New York
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2013
  10. Tough Old Bird

    Tough Old Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2013
    Sorry about your youngster being lost to a hawk, Rancher. Did you see it happen? How awful.

    When the husband repeatedly asks why our run has to be covered, I keep reminding him of the many hawks that visit our backyard already to pick off birds at the feeders. They're already here. To add chickens to their menu is not in my future plans. I know a covered run is not feasible for everyone, especially large flock owners. Having only a small coop and flock planned, this will work for me. Just have to keep reminding hubby it's necessary!


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