The Natural Chicken Keeping thread - OTs welcome!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bulldogma, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

    Sep 1, 2010
    Page 24 has pics of my latest dubia home, it works the best by far, when these pics were taken it wasn't completely finished it is now and has been working awesome for several months.
  2. Shan30

    Shan30 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 17, 2012
    Vancouver island
    Lala, I will be interested to know what you find.(hopefully nothing contagious) I had the same thing happen a few months back and did not find a place to have any tested until later.

    Cywiar - if you are brave enough, give your cats or dogs a bath in the Blue Dawn dish soap. It kills fleas amazingly well. Just make sure you rinse very well. Sprinkle your carpet with DE and leave it for a day or two. Boil a pot of water, place cut up lemons in the water and let it sit over night. Spray thr lemon water on couches etc. And vacuum the entire house with a flea collar in the vacuum bag. I use blue dawn and lemon slices in my mop bucket too and we never get bugs in the house.

    My husband picked up six week old black silkies on Friday and 18 of 25 Amerecaunas (the real thing) hatched this weekend. Only 6 came out blue unfortunately with 2 others that could go either way. It will be interesting to see how they turn out. Sooo many babies :)
  3. rambunctious

    rambunctious Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2012
    Thanks for the feedback friends! They all seem to be happy and healthy here!
  4. ramblinH

    ramblinH Out Of The Brooder

    Really appreciated all the info on herb usage! Plan on throwing some dried lavender in with the chickies this eve :)

    Quick story...

    My 8 yr old son persists that he wants us to name all the chickies. I explained to him that we need to wait as we can't tell the difference between our female BOs & the Doms are straight-run. When my b-i-l visited yesterday, he suggested we give them unisex names. So, our 5 Doms are now Jo, Billy, Sam, Tony & Sue (after Johnny Cash's song "Boy Named Sue ;)...


    LOL - if I knew how, would put one of those lil smiley face people here rolling around in laughter!!!


    Thanks so much for sharing your story! I live reading testimonies :)

    ? about "bio-security". I have a basic understanding of what this means but probably need a more concise definition for my flicks well-being. Already know I must consider my flock "closed" because we didn't have them vaccinated. But does this mean I can't let people visit & handle them as well?
  5. ramblinH

    ramblinH Out Of The Brooder

    Sorry bout some of the typos ~ gotta love auto-correct, ah!
  6. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    SW Virginia
    My Coop
    Bio-security Info:
  7. Leahs Mom

    Leahs Mom True BYC Addict

    Feb 9, 2012
    Northern Indiana
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  8. cywiar merch

    cywiar merch Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2013
  9. jeepgirl13

    jeepgirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2013
    Actually any soap with blue dye 1 in it will get rid of the pests. I don't know why but they let go and rinse right off. They don't die though. I used this on a severely tick infested dog and they all washed off. I didn't find a single one on his body. I found quite a few in his paws though. I'm guessing I didn't get enough soap there. I used a blue suave shampoo.

    Fermented feed question again. I know, we've been over this! I've been looming into it. Do I really just take the feed I have now, put it in a bucket, cover it with water and put a lid on in. Then every couple hours stir it and add water if needed, until I see or bubbling. I can add many of the things mentioned before or top dress. Can I put BOSS in there? Somewhere it said I don't have to add the ACV, but the process will be slower with out it. What do once it starts bubbling?
    Oh, and one thick I read said to leave it open, bit others were saying to keep it covered. Is there a different process for using ACV vs not using it? I want to try this but am afraid of poisoning my girls.
  10. Sally8

    Sally8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2011
    What is wrong with people? DH just tore out of here to another fire. Remember when I asked what would you do if a brush fire was coming? You usually don't get much of a warning. You definitely can't shut the chickens up in the coop in case the coop catches fire. Too many to crate up and not enough time anyway. I believe we would be ok as my yard and one neighbor's yards are large and mowed. but the woods behind us and unmowed dry field on the other side could create flying sparks. As I posted earlier, we have someone setting them on purpose.

    My vote is a big no to Round Up. Can kill your dogs, cats, chickens, etc., let alone children. Never did any study but just from reading the label was enough. After work, I find it very therapeutic to hand pick bugs and mow and trim grass/weeds. If I need anything more, hot, salty water works great. Dawn dish soap and water can make a great spray, also. After working in retail for 10 years, DH learned that I needed 1/2 hour of alone time before I could be social, nicely. I've since quit my job to watch my twin 2 1/2 yr old grand daughters and now when I get home I just need a nap.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013

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