I have thoughts of getting a chocolate English roo for future mauve chicks.We are up to 5 Orps so far. Two buffs, and three chocolates running around the brooder box.
So happy for you!So.. I have awesome news. I will expand on this thought later but I am walking in to work.
We're getting a new (to us) trailer house. It's a 3/2 with a really nice kitchen and all the appliances work. Which will be awesome we haven't had a stove in almost two years. We've done a lot of bbqing. And toaster ovening. And patching holes in our current house with newspaper and spray foam.
We just have to pay the hauler to move it the five miles from their house to ours. I'm so excited I could cry. This is going to be a huge relief for John and I. Financially we were probably going to be stuck in the ugly green house for another year or so while we paid down some bills. This is HUGE. I'll give more details later.
Thanks! They look even better when their not covered in dirt. lolBeautiful little chicks.....
Sometimes it helps to sound problems out. Makes us feel better and gives us the opportunity to look at our problems a little differently.Grrr. The hawk that was picking off my hens back in February finally moved on and I've had my hens back out in the pens for ranging fly control for the past 3 weeks. They've been so happy. Then, yesterday, foxes took off with 6 of them! I have lost more this year than in the 5 years I've had chickens. Its ridiculous! I'm going to set the traps tonight, but I'm not holding my breath. I usually just catch coons or my dog. Hens are going to be back to confined to the barn and the front pen.
So, now that the main coop is down to 20 hens and the 27 chicks are almost old enough to merge in (they're 14 weeks), I'm thinking of ordering some more chicks, just to have in abeyance in case I get another wipe out. Messes my plans up. I had moved my old rooster to the small coop since his son had wiped the floor with him and had him hiding in corners. Mr. Feathers is doing great with the young pullets and I know he'll be fine with the chicks when they have to come out of the brooder. My issue is that I had planned on moving the last of the originals (5 hens) in there with him, since they aren't laying much anymore, but only 1, possibly 2, is trustworthy around chicks. GAH! I need to think this through. There is a solution somewhere.
Thanks - just needed to vent a little.
I used a baby gate on my box brooder, along with a thin window curtain. It works really well on keeping the little buggers in their box.I usually just lay a baby gate over the top. You know the cheap ones with the wood frame and the plastic mesh stuff. You can adjust the size to the type of box and when not in use, you can use it for children or dogs! Then again, we also have a pack and play that several puppies, kittens, chickens, a goat, and children have been raised in. Didn't take long to figure out how to make a new bottom mattress for it using foam, cotton duck and plastic cut into rectangles.
@Starfire669 ~ Yikes!! I hope everything ends up ok at your place.
We just had another storm come through. Not as much rain as was expected, which was a relief. A tornado formed just East of us, near Marshall. Hopefully no damage or injuries occurred.
I left my babies out last night. They were 5 weeks old yesterday, and I didn't put them back in the brooder. They enjoy being out in the big coop. Now I need to start working on their permanent coop so that I will have room for some Legbars or Marans. Haven't decided which is next.