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  1. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    hannakat, where you at? I'm in Ligonier. Actualy Waterford.
     
  2. sharron

    sharron Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have eggs coming to incubate yet

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    Hi Sharron,
    Same here.My dozen Euskal Oiloa(Basque hen) eggs will be arriving later this month. I run electrical cord out to the coop at winter to make light/heat. This is very late for me. That's ok. I am determined to start the flock this year. Will brood in a heated room over the garage. Then harden them off. Should be ready to go outisde (9 week feathers) about 1st week of feb. Yeah, I know, that's cold. here in western PA. If it is too cold, I may keep them inside until March/April. Sprouted oats should keep them in good shape.
    Best,

    yes, this is late for me too but like you, a new breed for me and i think i got a great deal on the eggs, these are the lemon cuckoo orpington eggs so needless to say, grabbed them up.
    if worse comes to worse, i will keep them in my bird room(i raise hookbills too) since i hatched the babies myself i know they will be clean and not have anything that will hurt my hookbills. i just need to get rid of some bantam cochins and i'm set with the outside pen. my cochin hens hatched out a bunch of babies this year, daddy is a lemon blue, mommas are mf cochins lol, i didn't want the chicks but by the time i found out they had the eggs hidden, was too late. i hate to admit, beautiful babies, but can't keep all of them.[​IMG]
     
  3. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You just feed your chicks sprouted oats as they are growing and it won't make any difference it's winter instead of summer.
    Best, Karen

    ok so...where would one find/get sprouted oats? [​IMG]
     
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    You just feed your chicks sprouted oats as they are growing and it won't make any difference it's winter instead of summer.
    Best, Karen

    ok so...where would one find/get sprouted oats? [​IMG]

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    Hi Golddogsmom,
    Here's the thread with illustrated posts. I discuss it a lot as 3riverschick and so did a lot of others. to get all the info, you'll want to browse thru pages 23-33. It's really easy, just a lot of small posts, smile. All the proportions are there. Oats have long been proven to be the very best seed to sprout for your birds. You want forage oats, not seed oats. Forage oats are the oats farmers and hunters plant for pasture food for animalss. Plotspike Forage Oats from Tractor Supply is the best I have found. Not genetically modified(GMO), they were instead especially linebred at Louisana State University for hunters to plant as feed plots for deer. one 50 lb. bag of seed (20-24.00) makes 330 lbs. of spouted oats , so lasts forever. I store mine in the kitchen between seasons.
    On the other hand, seed oats are what they feed horses at the stables. This seed has a chemical on it which keeps it from molding. So if you try to spout seed oats, it will mold instead of sprouting.
    Best,
    Karen in Ligonier
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=425134&p=29
    (P.S. I am also a GoldDogsMom, only in my case it's 4 sable and white smooth collies, smile. Love those gold dogs!).
     
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  5. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Karen! I am going to make a run to my tractor supply and get sprouting!!! Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it. Wait til my husband finds me growing sprouts for the girls! [​IMG] When I get a chance I will add some pics of my Gold Dogs for you to see!

    Leslie in Indiana, PA
     
  6. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm at the far western side, near the OH boarder....northwest of Pittsburgh. It's probably the exact opposite of Ligonier, which I believe is southeast of the city??

    Edited to add.....Did you watch the game yesterday? [​IMG]
     
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  7. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The oat thing sound very interesting.... thanks so much for the info. Is there any place to get a smaller amount though? I only have 4 chickadees and already raise mealworms for the winter for them. Don't think hubby will appreciate a 50 lb bag of seed to find room for [​IMG]

    Wish you were a bit closer Karen.....I'd talk you into sell some to me! [​IMG]
     
  8. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hannakat, wish you were closer to Indiana...I would gladly share I just picked up a bag in town, one more thing to find a storage spot for!
     
  9. 3riverschick

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    Hi Hannakat,
    You have 4 chickens. Each gets fed 1 cubic inch of sprouted oats a day. If you want Golddogsmom to send you a flat rate box, that's cheap and will last you a LONG time! you could paypal her the funds for postage.
    Karen
    ( I culled my roosters so I only have 2 Black-Tailed Buff Marans pullets.)
     
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  10. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Would you consider mailing a small flat rate box? I'd pay for the oats and the postage. Please send a PM if that's a posibility. [​IMG]
     

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