Pennsylvania!! Unite!!

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

  1. PA-mamahen

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    Sorry for being un-clear, my chickies will be in close quarters for the winter: I live in the mountains (Poconos) where the snow piles up higher than their heads. Some days it's so bad that they don't get out into the yard. The older roo', Fletcher is good and doesn't bother anyone...except me! He views me as a threat to his "territory" because I like to hold and pet "his" women and I have the scars on my left leg to prove his defense of the girls! I'd like to separate him with some of the girls but my place is too small. Additionally, I am recovering from a bad car accident and just learning how to walk again. I would like to gift the boys and a couple of the girls to provide someone with an opportunity to breed them as they are a heritage breed.
     
  2. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now I get it!

    Sending ++++++vibes for a solid recovery and a good home for the chickadees.
     
  3. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

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    I have some 2 month old birds available if anyone on here is interested.
    There are about 6 buff orpingtons and red sex links. 3 Black Australorps and maybe 1 blue andalusian.
    If anyone wants some mixed roosters you can have them lol. One is a Barred Rock/Iowa Blue mix, he looks like a barred rock with bad barring lol. An EE roo that has no tail. 3 other roosters are buff brahma/ia blue mixes I think. I also have 2 show quality Sicilian Buttercup roos I want to sell, would be good if you have kids that need a 4-h bird. I'll post pics if you want.

    *the roosters are 4 months or a bit older.
     
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Oh I wish there was some way to get them to Ligonier, PA. [​IMG] I just spent over 1 1/2 years studying the Sussex. Just sold my extensive Sussex Library but kept my best Sussex book by Outram. Even had it set up last year to get some Speckled Sussex bantams from Rev. Ashbrook , but the day before I was to pick them up, we hit a deer and the insurance deductable cabooshed that plan.
    I have 2 cozy, heated coops with covered runs available that will take either 3 birds in one or 6 birds in the other. My Marans breeding program kinda collapsed this year after I finally gave up obtaining quality Golden Salmons Marans for a foundation flock after 5 tries in 2 years. I only have 2 birds here now, (Black-Tailed-Buff Marans pullets that are my egg flock). I would love to conserve these Sussex for you and make available any stock or eggs to you in the future free if you would like some genetics back. My only problem is I have no way to get them out here to Ligonier, 15658.
    Best Regards,
    Karen in Ligonier, PA
    [email protected]
     
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  5. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a day trip might be in your future Karen!
     
  6. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know we've talked about this but...need I some reassurance!

    My 12 girls are 4 wks old today, feathering out nicely and starting to jump up onto the edge of the box and sometimes even out of the box. The brooder box is maintaining a temp of between 68-70 with no heat light and they all sleep together in a pile.

    Next mon-tues the temp are supposed to be back up to 67 and sunny down to 51 at night then gradually go down thru the week. I REALLY want to get them moved out. Should I plan to run an extension cord and put a heat light in for them?
     
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  7. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's always hard to know for sure so keep asking. [​IMG]

    Personally, at 4 weeks I'd maintain the night time temps equal to the average day time temps or maybe in this case, at least 70 degrees 24/7 for a while longer and then maybe just to even out the temp on days that have major fluctuations and while slowly lowering temps. I've used an extension cord and light in the spring for the cooler night time temps so it'll work in the fall as well.

    It was easier for me to put them in the coop with a heat source than to keep them in the brooder box. I also gave them temporary 'ladders' to get onto the roost if they wanted...and they always wanted.... heeheee silly little chickadees.
     
  8. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Trish,

    That's what I am thinking, the day temp doesn't concern me, it's only a couple of degrees lower but...the drop in temp at night...I am thinking run the light at night (and cooler days) and gradually lower the temp (raise the light?) until they appear to ready to handle the cold nights.

    definitely a roost ladder, they seem to want to roost on the side of the box already-one of my RIR has GREAT balance!

    How are your sprouts doing? I have more almost ready to feed the big girls and the little girls! Everyone loves them!

    Thanks for your advice!
    Leslie
     
  9. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Great minds think alike Leslie!!! Your chickadees will do fine with that setup.

    I haven't sprouted yet....figured I'd save em for winter since my girls do a fair amount of free ranging again. It's something I'm really looking forward to doing. Now I did soak a wee bit in apple cidar vinager for 4 days and fed them to the girls. .. read that somewhere else! Geesh, the work ****wiping my brow****

    Gave them a couple dozen mealworms tonight too cause I felt guilt about dunking my broody girl, Gabby. Didn't help [​IMG] She didn't complain about the ice water but I figured it was today or never with it starting to get cold now. I still ended up tossing her out of the nest box repeatedly. Guess she's just the mamma type!! To bad I no longer have a papa chickadee! She went broody in July for 3 weeks, got out of the box and molted terribly, now she's feathered in a bit but went broody again last week. grrrrrr
     
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  10. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dunking your chicken? Is that to discourage broodiness?
     

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