Pennsylvania!! Unite!!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by LeBlackbird, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Hi,
    We are in Ligonier. How many others on the list are west of the Alleghenies, Or Chestnut Ridge or Laurel Ridge?
    Welcome!
    Karen
    Waterford English Light Sussex
     
  2. missydcpc

    missydcpc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wing, I have to be in Lititz on December 8 for a Christmas party....could drop them off on the way if you'd like.
     
  3. MButerbaugh

    MButerbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is everyone doing about the mud in their chicken runs? I have tried to tarp mine up so that it doesn't get so wet, yet it is still swamp like... I tried putting hay down, but that just turned into a soggy, muddy mushy mess! We're getting run off from the hill... What works for you? Thanks!
     
  4. missydcpc

    missydcpc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I throw some PDZ down to soak up some of the moisture...but sometimes just have to let it be, not that it matters overly..my chickens think their run is simply a runway to get out into the rest of the yard!
     
  5. mama2my4

    mama2my4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am waiting on my Bantam BL to start hatching. Should be any day now!!
     
  6. mama2my4

    mama2my4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post a link to that thread?
     
  7. maizy'smom

    maizy'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    Good news! 5 black BCM x Comets and 1 Yellow chirping and getting more energy! resting alot yet! CHAD look at those two in the back!!!! already fluffin up!

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    Do you see the black guy front left (ENLARGE THE PIC BELOW)
    he popped out but was sorta weird stuck sideways and his head somehow was back in the shell!

    IF you notice how LARGE he is..... his back hardly has feathers, I will assume from reading the notes in the
    hatching 101 article that he is a result of HIGH HUMIDITY, which makes sence from being in lockdown with all those others for so many extra days...

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    so after giving that guy a big of help righting himself, I took out the remaining unpipped egg, dont ask my why, my gut told me to is all I can tell you, no other reason...... I candled and his air cell was the size of a DIME, yes DIME!!!

    I assumed he was either dead or going to die because there was NO NO NO Way he could possibly move in that space that big!
    So I marked the candle lines on the shell and started zipping real small along that line, then I saw for sure he was HUGE!!! filling the entire egg!!! you can kinda see in the picture. So I new I had to try to find his beak, which I have learned that TYPICALLY the beak will be found at the lower dip of the air cell, so I wet with just a drop of warm water so I could see through the membrane and there it was!! I cleaned the membrane off his beak with a tweezers and he started breathing, I dont expect the poor thing to live, but I at least had to give him a chance. I went down to check on them again and wet some more because he moved and I wanted to make sure his beak stayed clear

    I dont want to freak and hang down there and then get upset, its best to let them do their thing and give them time, lotsa time when u help.... he did give me a drop of blood : ( so I stopped after I chipped the top of the shell off a tad more so that he can get out when he is ready, I sure wish I wasnt lazy, I should have ran upstairs for the camera during the candle!

    But I honestly thought it was a gonner......

    BOY DOES THAT SOUND LIKE I SHOULD HAVE LEARNED MY LESSON OR WHAT?????????

    NOTE: these eggs were tossed around and run apon by all those 20+ chicks so they were really dirty!


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    So MAYBE we will see yet ANOTHER MIRACLE Chick!!
    And so many people say dont help, I wouldnt have half that I hatched if I didnt help!
    But Thank goodness I only had 1 and a half lol to help with allllll these eggs!!!
    so yes.... there are 25+ new peeps chirpin down there!

    REMEMBER these are Chads, from the chickens that a neighbors dog killed!
    If he wants them he can have them in a few days after I make sure they will make it!

    I would love to keep a hen, can you tell male from female of these breeds when chicks?????
     
  9. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    I ended up using fine driveway stone (NOT 2A lol) It wasnt terrible priced either and provides more grit too! and u dont need a whole lot!
     
  10. patrickschick

    patrickschick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    stone dust/ grit works well and costs roughly $20/ton. I get wood chips from the tree trimmers when they are in the area and use that in the runs. I leave it on a pile and turn it once, add grass clippings and leaves. It starts to break down and the chickens go nutz over it! As the stuff starts to break down it's still course and develops squirmy treats for the chickens. [​IMG]
     

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