Surviving Minnesota!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Bogtown Chick, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. Rhetts

    Rhetts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck Klop! I know nothing of coon behavior so I can't say anything on that. I thought Bobcat prints look like cat prints only bigger not like dog. Your print looked more canine like to me but that is only a picture. How do raccoons behave as far as predator like? I thought fox take the food away but I really don't know. All the birds I have lost except one were either eaten on site entirely or taken off property. One time we had a hawk get one of the roosters. DD happened upon the hawk eating it in the yard. Yeah, devastating for her.
    For the record I really don't know anything. :) Just tossing out my 2 cents. Good luck! Hope you get your pest in the trap!
     
  2. Cluckies

    Cluckies Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Oh I hear you about being frustrated, and I wouldn't blame you a bit for a camp day. I don't know that I would ever put up with another feather picker if I get one, it is terrible, and like you said, it can spread if you don't take care of that first plucker pretty quick. it is worse in winter when they are confined and cannot free range. [​IMG]
    you could try all the stuff like:
    More protein
    More room
    stuff so they don't get bored (flock blocks, bathing areas, stuff to scratch through
    toys
    suet cages with greens/veggies (I find these you have to put out in the middle of the day, or they freeze before the girls can get to them)
    pinless peepers
    Pick no more lotion or hot pick spray
    hen saddles on the most picked on girls
    you can google it or do a search on here as well.

    Good luck!

    Good luck on catching whatever took your girl. seems like they were laying in wait [​IMG] I doubt it was a cat, could be a raccoon. a dude I know at work had a coon kill one of his, he used the carcass to bait his trap, caught the raccoon, had a game cam on it, caught it at 10pm at midnight it turned sideways, pushed against both sides of the cage, popped the pins off of the cage door and walked out. so he walked out to a broken cage in the morning and went and reviewed the photos. terrible. glad you got all the girls locked up!
     
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  3. Rhetts

    Rhetts Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Cluckies

    Cluckies Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    See? it is practically mandatory!


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  5. Cluckies

    Cluckies Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  6. Rhetts

    Rhetts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not one to get into expensive birds either. Purely a hobby for food and pleasure for us. No serious investments (HA HA HA yeah right! coops, chicks, feed, bedding, treats, first aid box with all the trimmings etc etc etc it never ends does it)

    They do look pretty cool though.
     
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  7. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    I am impressed all your friends look so normal....[​IMG]
     
  8. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    That is a nice looking bird.

    I have one I will take a picture of tomorrow If I can get close enough. I found a hen that isn't in my Creamettes today. I was shocked to see it. I knew it looked a little different and thought about moving it out because I did not want her eggs to hatch.

    He must be the last batch hatched, and I think Ole had his way with the one hen, She got out one day last summer for about 2 hours and I thought I got to her before Ole did, Guess not. It has a half comb with a crest behind it but it is too dark for my CLB's ( I got mine from Heidi also).

    Matter of fact I was thinking of seeing if Coffee wanted to come and look at it, she might like it better than the large red one, or better yet take them both!

    It does not have a real tail on it, but is getting a few longer feathers but it has a few pointed saddle feathers.
     
  9. KlopKlop

    KlopKlop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Traps are set and I'm full up with spicy chicken wings. Now we wait. We took the dogs down to the state park for a hike today which was fun. We hiked a mile and a half but the dogs probably covered 4-5 miles running here and there. We are all ready to snuggle in on the couch for a movie.

    Did you look up the turkey movie ralphie? Free birds it is called
     
  10. lvie

    lvie Chillin' With My Peeps

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