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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Wisher1000, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    My little window A/C unit - set to TRY to keep the living room at or below 78 degrees - was working until after midnight.... It doesn't cool down all that much at night up here in the Foothills.

    My adult cat, Lizbeth, <I>almost</I> started to play with the new kitten this morning. But then she "remembered" she didn't like it and hissed as it ran up to her. Poor baby, it skidded to a stop and tried to go into reverse on the wood laminate floor. Lizbeth stalked away whilst the kitten found the closest spot in which to cower.

    Two seconds later, it saw me and rushed to get some loves.

    I bet Lizbeth will be playing with it by the end of the day. She has finally forgiven me for bringing it home more than a week ago; I can now pet her and scratch under her chin without drawing back a wounded hand. However, that kitten better not be in my lap when SHE wants to sit there.
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  2. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, California
    My Coop
    Cats are so funny!

    Often the older ones begin acting like a kitten again around a new kitten.
  3. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

    Jan 10, 2010
    Vacationland, Maine
    Cats are such funny creatures. I got a new cat probably 6 years ago and they're still not friends. They tolerate each other, sure. In the winter they might even nap next to each other for warmth. Occasionally I catch them grooming each other. And then there's days when they try to kill each other. They had an all-out brawl a couple nights ago that woke us up, we had to separate them.

    Hope yours become fast friends, soon.
  4. chickadoodles

    chickadoodles True BYC Addict

    Feb 28, 2013
    South West Alabama
  5. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 23, 2013
    Portland/Vancouver area
    Talk about looking like an idiot. I ordered an orange big sun hat to keep the sun off my head and back of my neck. I got brave enough to wear it today while I was raking grass clippings. I have to do it when I can and it was hot at 1pm. I didn't wear it around the chickens because I think they would have gone into shock. [​IMG] No I don't have a camera and will not take pictures of me wearing it. I think I lucked out and nobody was around. [​IMG]
  6. Could you put me on that list too please? I live maybe 5 or 6 hours east of Ron, though I've never been there... I'm guessing at the amount of road time between us. The rain we got the other night was just wonderful but it didn't last long at all. Not even enough to register in the rain gauge (probably).

    One of the things I LOVE about living here is the temperature swings we get between day and night. We're in the low hundreds today, tonight will probably be in the mid 60s. We open up the windows after the sun goes down and turn the swamp cooler to just the vent fan and it is so nice. Fans inside the house are almost never turned off but blow directly on us at night. This morning, early, our power went out for about 20 minutes or so before I actually got up... meaning my fan wasn't keeping me cool. It wasn't hot in the house, it's just my time of life I think. Before it came back on, I could feel sweat running! Ugh! Did I say I HATE SUMMER?

    No, you didn't sound like you were bragging. With my hoop coop, I was able to repurpose just the base wood from deck wood I collected last summer. I intend to make a proper roof on my barn - SOON - but I need to get some plywood first. I repurpose where I can. My hoop coop cost me around $500 or so and it is 8' x 21'. It's 21' because I used 5 cattle panels that were 50" tall and that's just what it came out to. I have the inside divided. The back 4x8 section is for little chicks. The rest of it is divided down the middle for boys and girls so their spaces are 4 x 17.

    It's time to cull chicks. I have a bunch more in the house that need to go outside before they start eating each other alive. Cannibals!
  7. Highcotton

    Highcotton Southern Chickens

    Mar 18, 2013

    Google UGA Horticulture and select publications. I bet they have a PDF on Apples.
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  8. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    am I wrong in thinking I'm making my life easier by letting the chickens "tough it out" for the most part? I make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink and lots of shade trees. I kind of feel like, if they are going to survive here, they need to be able to survive here...does that make sense? Kind of like in the winter time, If you put a heat lamp out for your birds, they don't grow the thick down to help insulate them from the cold, so they aren't properly prepared for it.
    It's not like it's ever going to be cooler in the summer on a regular basis here.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2014
  9. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

    Jan 10, 2010
    Vacationland, Maine
    That's how I raise my birds (to survive winter). I don't use a heat lamp for longer than 2 weeks, and often my birds go outside in the dead of winter at 4 to 6 weeks. They get high protein food when hatched and grow their feathers in rapidly.

    I hate to say it but it is raining here. It suddenly feels wonderful. No more swampy body - and with a bonus of not having to water the garden tonight!

    I got a lot done today and still 2 hours before bed! This is the way Sundays should be.
  10. tcmstalcup

    tcmstalcup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    I feel this way completely. I breed some nice chickens. I want them to be good sturdy survivors for our area no matter how rare the breed. I don't raise and sell wimps that won't survive in our Texas weather.

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