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
    I so know what you mean Tucker my little Doxy has a HORRIBLE phobia about getting his nail trimmed, the vet has never clipped to short but he is still sooooooooo neurotic about it screaming to the point of drooling, and I do not mean whining, or crying, or barking I mean screaming like you are killing him!!!! I have to leave the vets before she starts, drive off. I tried just going outside but no even outside w/ ear protection you can still clearly and plainly hear it all. Even though I know he is not being hurt it is still way too much for my nerves to handle.
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Wow I am so behind...

    Ashdoes, try puppy pads. They sop up the water the ducks make a mess of. I am using them right now for 6 little calls I just hatched.

    PS: Ducks are a pain to hatch! I did terrible on the first two goes at duck eggs. 2/24 first round, 6/65 second round - if you just go by which ones made it to lockdown: 2/12 and 6/15. :| I am not impressed.
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    It is not poisonous, they just generally don't like it a whole lot.

    Anything we humans can eat - the poultry can eat. If it is dangerous to our health, it is dangerous to their health (ie: Avacado skin and pit is not something you would eat, and the pit contains something that is toxic, so don't give it to any animal, let alone your chickens!)

    I have never picked things out of our scrap bin that could be dangerous for them. It's all fine to give them, it's just "will they eat it?" With my birds, most often the answer is yes. They will eat pretty much anything.
    My old birds would eat citrus. Not like it was the best thing in the world, but they definitely did eat it.

    It took them a good 5 days to eat a pineapple. That was 100+ birds, so definitely not their favourite!
  4. brandislee

    brandislee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2011
    Southern Minnesota
    Woa, where are the animal grains? I didn't see them on there???
  5. NanaLynn

    NanaLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2012
    I am not an OT, but when I have been in the same situation, I have poured sauces and stews into a strainer rinsed with water and given the meat and any veggies that strain out to my dog or cats. I hate to waste anything, especially meat and I worry about loads of tomato sauce and digestion, that's why I strain it. Too much tomato sauce upsets my stomach, so I thought it might upset my animals stomachs. I just recently got chickens, so I have not done this with spaghetti sauce for them yet, but I would, as long as it has not gone bad.

    I have a question for everyone, I am basically just a lurker on here and I have learned a lot. I am finally caught up!!!! Yay!!!! I have to check twice a day to stay caught up though!!!

    I have 10 week old chicks, I have more coming next week. Eventually between both sets I will have 20 to 22 chicks. (Depends on if some of the ones next week are roosters or not, won't keep them.)

    My question is, I have a large area where I let my chicks free range most everyday and almost all day each day, they have access to my raised bed garden area plus some more room around. Each bed is fenced in, I have 12 raised beds and a large compost area. They can get in the compost area. My husband is worried that they will not be able to keep up with the grass and weed growth in the areas surrounding and running in between the beds. Will 20 chickens eat that much grass? I imagine the area is maybe 1/6 of an acre, can they eat that much grass and weeds? We do see them eating grass now, but they are young still.
    (Plus they are doing a great job eating all the bugs around the beds.) I know this is an odd question. I can post pics of my setup if you'd like?

    Thank you everyone too for all the great info, I have learned so much!!!
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Has she tried coconut oil? Works great for me and I'm the same way with dry skin. It's terrible and I'm so itchy in the winter because of it.
  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    How in the heck am I supposed to keep up with you guys?! lol

    200+ posts behind! I am never that behind!!

    I am extremely busy at work, but I took an hour to catch up. I skimmed through some posts, so forgive me if I don't reply to something I should have replied to:

    BDM, love your new photos, very well done!
    LM, I am in love with your blue SFH. She is gorgeous!
    Mumsy, love hearing from you. You've been busy lately so I haven't seen you around as much as I like to :) Hope all is well, and it sounds like it is!
    Delisha, Great advice all around as always. I must see photos of your young Ameraucanas!
    Lala, your avatar confused me ;)

    To all the new people posting, welcome!

    And now...

    I just received two ecoglows in the mail. I will be testing them out tonight. Two more were shipped out yesterday. I'm looking forward to using this instead of heat lamps. Hope it cuts electricity costs!!
  8. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I used to post pictures like crazy on here. I'll be starting that again as the weather warms up. Here are some recent shots. The flock is free ranging so I can take better pictures.

    Rooster Boy - I can't figure out a name for him so I am stealing LM's name for her boy ;)
    If any are not going to be kept - it's him. He is bossy with the others, but not so with us. He is a teenaged boy after all. Thing is, he would have very little meat on him and wouldn't be worth the job alone. If he gets to be too much for everyone, I will process when I process my meat birds this summer.

    Gertrude checking to see if the crows are gone.


    Gertie again

    Nora... about the tiniest chicken ever (at least that I've seen ;) She is smaller than some Japanese bantams and sebrights I've seen in show! She is the cutest little thing. 20 weeks old now!

    Phoenix - 15 weeks. Already calling girls to tidbits he finds [​IMG]

    Tina - 14 weeks - she is really funny to watch. A very good forager.

    Even Stony complemented her good appearance. He must not have known she was 1/2 silkie ;)

    One of the 5 bunny kits at 1 week old. Their cuteness kills me!

    Another one...

    Henry - for those of you who don't follow us on FB, he is getting huge!

    But is sooooo good with the chickens.

    BDM, Please feel free to use the above picture if you ever to a piece on LGDs.

    Nora again.

    You can really see how tiny Nora is here. She is 2 weeks older than Doc Holiday - the silkie on the right. The one in the middle is 6 weeks younger than her.

    Hope - a surprisingly distant forager. She does not mind being alone to her own devices and is always the last one in for the night. I have seen her call her friends to tidbits as well. She is hilarious.. you should see her afro bob when she runs

    Lucy - Barred Naked Neck, and my favourite of the basement babies. She loves standing on my boots, and once I have her in my grasp, she loves to sit on my lap and preen herself. She is also squatting, so I think we should be seeing eggs again relatively quickly! Go Lucy!!
  9. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    SW Virginia
    My Coop
    Aoxa - I have dutifully stolen Henry's picture. Some time (hopefully) I'll be able to do a piece just on LGDs!

    ... and I'm so stealing Henry! LOL. I think your puppy must have hundreds of fans by now.
  10. countrygirl74

    countrygirl74 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2012
    Northern Arizona
    Love, love, love all the new pics aoxa!!! [​IMG]

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