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Hatched Chicks
« on: May 15, 2020, 01:52:13 pm »
My sisters hatched new chicks for the first time in a couple of years.  They are crosses of our Golden-laced Wyandotte roosters, and our 5 different breeds of hens, so we are very excited to see what they'll look like when grown up.
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2020, 03:09:08 pm »
 :grin: "2 thumbs up" on the chicks. I like chickens. Rabbits - not so much.  :grin: :cheesy:

We've got 60 chicks that hatched about 8 weeks ago. Growing like weeds!  :grin: Tell your sister Congrats!
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2020, 05:47:59 pm »
We've got 60 chicks that hatched about 8 weeks ago. Growing like weeds!  :grin: Tell your sister Congrats!
They say thanks.  :happy:

:grin: "2 thumbs up" on the chicks. I like chickens. Rabbits - not so much.  :grin: :cheesy:
 
WHAT?!  How can you not like cute little bunnies, Alan?!  :shocked:  :cheesy:       
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2020, 06:57:11 pm »
We've got 60 chicks that hatched about 8 weeks ago. Growing like weeds!  :grin: Tell your sister Congrats!
They say thanks.  :happy:

:grin: "2 thumbs up" on the chicks. I like chickens. Rabbits - not so much.  :grin: :cheesy:
 
WHAT?!  How can you not like cute little bunnies, Alan?!  :shocked:  :cheesy:       

Grrrrr!  :cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy: :cool:

I 'twas born and raised in a vegan-vegetarian home. Fought rabbits for our food (large gardens) for all my young yrs. .... I still HATE them!  :cool:

My family was anti-hunting/anti-gun. ... I learned to "make a dent" in the rabbit population at a very early age. First with ...

Blow guns & deadfalls, then with snares and box traps, then with steel traps & a rifle. ... my family didn't know.

One night at dinner, at the end of a very productive harvest/canning/freezing season (late fall), my mother offered a prayer over dinner. She thanked the Good Lord for His Blessings, our Harvest, our Food, and lastly for His answering our prayers about the rabbit problem  ... as I sat there (still quite young), with my head bowed, I quietly repeated "Lord, don't strike me dead, Lord don't strike me dead!" ... over and over.  :grin: ... I had "cleared" them rabbits clean out of the county - 100's of them.  :cool:

... I still hate rabbits ... but chickens are cool!  :cheesy:
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2020, 08:14:16 pm »
Grrrrr!  :cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy: :cool:

I 'twas born and raised in a vegan-vegetarian home. Fought rabbits for our food (large gardens) for all my young yrs. .... I still HATE them!  :cool:

My family was anti-hunting/anti-gun. ... I learned to "make a dent" in the rabbit population at a very early age. First with ...

Blow guns & deadfalls, then with snares and box traps, then with steel traps & a rifle. ... my family didn't know.

One night at dinner, at the end of a very productive harvest/canning/freezing season (late fall), my mother offered a prayer over dinner. She thanked the Good Lord for His Blessings, our Harvest, our Food, and lastly for His answering our prayers about the rabbit problem  ... as I sat there (still quite young), with my head bowed, I quietly repeated "Lord, don't strike me dead, Lord don't strike me dead!" ... over and over.  :grin: ... I had "cleared" them rabbits clean out of the county - 100's of them.  :cool:

... I still hate rabbits ... but chickens are cool!  :cheesy:
Hahahahaha!  Oh my gosh, that is hilarious!!  :cheesy: :cheesy:  From your other posts, you've turned out to be quite a hunter for growing up in a vegan family.   
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2020, 09:42:17 pm »
Don't blame the rabbits. Blame your parents for not being smart enough to put the rabbits on the dinner table. Then you would LOVE rabbits. :tongue: :cheesy:
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2020, 09:55:24 pm »
Rabbits + Beagle Hounds + an iron skillet  = YUM
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2020, 01:02:57 am »
 "my family didn't know."

Probably a good thing they did not know. You might have got that tail tore up! lol. If you had only snuck a frying pan and done one up, out on a good fire away form the house; as iddee says, you might love them today! I suppose getting rid of the evidence was hard enough without taking further chances! lol
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2020, 01:05:42 am »
Congratulations Member. I use to raise chickens when I was young.  Laying, frying, and Game chickens.
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2020, 11:53:30 am »
Congratulations Member. I use to raise chickens when I was young.  Laying, frying, and Game chickens.
Thanks, Phillip.  :happy:
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2020, 12:56:13 am »
Member how is the chicken raising coming along?
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2020, 12:12:35 pm »
They are doing great!  The only issue we've had is we did lose one to a rat snake.  We have them in a little pen in our garage right now.  They are about ready to go out to the chick barn. 
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2020, 11:45:40 am »
They are not as cute as the bunnies though. :grin:

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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2020, 03:16:02 pm »
They are not as cute as the bunnies though. :grin:
See Alan, everyone knows that bunnies are better than chickens!  :wink: :cheesy:
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2020, 11:38:26 pm »
They are not as cute as the bunnies though. :grin:
See Alan, everyone knows that bunnies are better than chickens!  :wink: :cheesy:


Hahahaha! ... Rat snakes are cuter than bunnies!  :grin:
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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2020, 01:28:10 am »
Hahahaha! ... Rat snakes are cuter than bunnies!  :grin:
Haha!  :cheesy:  I actually do like snakes.  I always thought it'd be cool to have one as a pet.   
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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2020, 08:49:07 am »
I always thought it'd be cool to have one as a pet.

lol - now would this pet snake be kept in a controlled environment, or would it love you so much it would slither along beside you as you go about checking your hives?  I like snakes too Member.

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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2020, 08:54:16 am »
I always thought it'd be cool to have one as a pet.

lol - now would this pet snake be kept in a controlled environment, or would it love you so much it would slither along beside you as you go about checking your hives?  I like snakes too Member.

You girls can have the snakes 🐍 !    I want no part of them. 😂 lol
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« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2020, 01:54:26 pm »
I always thought it'd be cool to have one as a pet.

lol - now would this pet snake be kept in a controlled environment, or would it love you so much it would slither along beside you as you go about checking your hives?  I like snakes too Member.
Oh that would be awesome!  He'd just follow me everywhere like a little puppy!  I could tie a little string around his neck and walk (slither?) him around in town.  :cheesy:  Seriously though, I've heard that some snakes can really like to snuggle, and I've always envisioned one curled up with me while I watch TV.  :grin:
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« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2020, 01:43:37 pm »
lol - or under the covers, getting the bed warm before you get in. Hmm wonder if they could warm the bed since they are cold-blooded?

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« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2020, 02:15:59 pm »
lol - or under the covers, getting the bed warm before you get in. Hmm wonder if they could warm the bed since they are cold-blooded?
Yeah, that probably wouldn't work.  It'd be the other way around, I'd be warming him up.  :cheesy:   
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« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2020, 07:23:11 pm »
How they looking now? I?m covered up in eggs at moment. Not that it?s a bad thing.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]

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« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2020, 02:11:48 pm »
How they looking now? I?m covered up in eggs at moment. Not that it?s a bad thing. 
They are looking great!  Here's some pictures of them.  We have our adult rooster Ronald in with them right now, so that he gets used to the younger hens before they are integrated into the main flock.  I love your egg carton by the way, that's a riot!  :cheesy:
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« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2020, 09:57:05 am »
you sure have a beautiful flock!

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« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2020, 01:14:21 pm »
you sure have a beautiful flock!
Thanks!  My little sisters do such a good job of managing the chickens. 
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« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2020, 06:36:45 pm »
Member what is the latest happenings with your farm? Rabbits and chickens? Any other species?
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« Reply #26 on: November 18, 2020, 11:31:02 am »
Member what is the latest happenings with your farm? Rabbits and chickens? Any other species?
The chickens have all been integrated into one flock and have just finished their winter molt.  Our older rooster Ronald and one of the young ones get along well, so we now have one big flock with 2 roosters.  We have a batch of bunnies growing out in the tractor, which we are hoping to butcher before Christmas.  One of our female breeder rabbits died suddenly after a bout of the snuffles, and we hand-reared her litter the rest of the way and kept one of those babies as our new breeder female, who is almost ready to breed the first time.  Since she was a bottle baby, she is really tame.  We call her Big Ears, because she has extremely large ears.  Our puppies just turned 2 years old and they are SOOO BIG!  We think our male is around 120 lbs, and our female about 95.  Also, my sister bred her goats for the first time this fall, and both does are pregnant, so we'll be having baby goats in the spring!     
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« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2020, 06:10:44 pm »
I love it! Send pictures!
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« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2020, 07:40:09 pm »
I love it! Send pictures!
All right, here you go!

This is Mason.  That's my dad in the background for scale.
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This is Nova.  She likes to lay flat on her back like a weirdo for some reason.  :cheesy:
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Here is Prim. 
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And here is Bella.  She's extremely outgoing and curious about the camera, and is therefore harder to photograph.
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I'll get you some pictures of Big Ears and the chicken flock tomorrow if I have the time.   :happy: 
 
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« Reply #29 on: November 19, 2020, 03:13:19 pm »
Here is Big Ears.  She came right up to the door to have her picture taken.  Unlike our other female, Purple, who smashes herself in the corner if you try to pet her.   
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And here is some of the chicken flock.  Not everyone thought me worth investigating, so this is about half of them.  Our senior rooster Ronald is the one at the bottom giving me the eye.  He's probably wondering if I brought some drone brood with me, since that's usually the only reason I go into their run.  The other rooster the kids call "The Blessing", since he's such a nice guy and was a beautiful chick.   
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Also I incorrectly said yesterday that we have 2 roosters in the flock, we actually have 3.  I forgot about Mario, who is a Salmon Faverolle, since he is so lame at being a rooster that he is basically a hen.  He's an absolute riot.   
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« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2020, 05:08:58 pm »
Thanks for posting the pictures! Mason and Nova are big dogs. Yall are doing a good job with your animals and flock. Do you get plenty of eggs to feed your family? I suppose being covered up in eggs says it all! lol Keep up the good work and thanks for the update.
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« Reply #31 on: November 19, 2020, 05:14:22 pm »
Adding, I enjoyed the trip through the barnyard.   :happy:
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« Reply #32 on: November 19, 2020, 08:00:49 pm »
Adding, I enjoyed the trip through the barnyard.   :happy:
Glad you liked looking at everyone!  :happy:

Do you get plenty of eggs to feed your family?
At the moment we are just barely, since all the hens slowed down their egg laying during the molt, and many of the youngest hens aren't laying at full capacity yet, but we'll get back to a surplus soon enough.  :smile:     
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« Reply #33 on: November 20, 2020, 04:16:41 am »
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Do you have a light on in your henhouse?
If not, get an led bulb and one of those metal reflector lights that will hold onto a 2x4. They often sell them as heat lamps for chicks. Get a Christmas light timer that has a dawn plus 4 hours setting and plug the light into it. Get one that has an actual manual switch setting. The electronic ones are a pain in the neck because every time the power goes out, they reset to off.
By adding 4 hours of light, your hens will start laying at full capacity. It usually takes 3 weeks of extra light for the hens to start laying again. I just added lights to our 2 hen houses this week. I turn them off in the summer.
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« Reply #34 on: November 20, 2020, 10:32:35 am »
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Do you have a light on in your henhouse?
If not, get an led bulb and one of those metal reflector lights that will hold onto a 2x4. They often sell them as heat lamps for chicks. Get a Christmas light timer that has a dawn plus 4 hours setting and plug the light into it. Get one that has an actual manual switch setting. The electronic ones are a pain in the neck because every time the power goes out, they reset to off.
By adding 4 hours of light, your hens will start laying at full capacity. It usually takes 3 weeks of extra light for the hens to start laying again. I just added lights to our 2 hen houses this week. I turn them off in the summer.
Jim Altmiller
Thanks for the tip, but our hens actually don't have trouble laying through the winter normally.  We've debated on doing a light in the chicken shed, but we've never really found it to be necessary.  The new hens just aren't at full laying capacity yet because they are young and they only started laying a month or two ago.   
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