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    01-24-2013, 02:37 PM
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
The first year I had chickens, OMG, I fussed and fussed and worried about them.
This is me right now. I am trying to chill out
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    01-24-2013, 02:46 PM
Originally Posted by egrogan    
This is me right now. I am trying to chill out
I probably made every mistake a new chicken person could make, and they survived in spite of me. Now, we just go along and get along and I think we're all much happier and more relaxed.
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    01-24-2013, 07:08 PM
They had eaten a lot of food, I just cleaned the poop out of it (there was a lot) and filled it back up.
This is a big challenge in chicken keeping . We suspend the feeder and the water from the ceiling of the coop, getting them 4 - 6" of the ground really helps keep things cleaner.

We're experimenting with a watering system that uses nipples - yes, chicken nipples, that's really a thing. You hang a 5 gallon bucket, heated if need be, and there are nipples drilled in to the bottom of the bucket, and the girls learn to drink from them, sort of like a rabbit or hamster's water bottle. That keeps the water much cleaner.
    01-28-2013, 02:46 PM
Brief respite from the cold and wind over the weekend, so the ladies got some quality time outside. As you can see in the last picture, they still needed to take some warming breaks, but they were really happy for the fresh air.
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    01-28-2013, 04:59 PM
They look like some happy lil chick-dees!
    01-28-2013, 05:23 PM
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
They look like some happy lil chick-dees!
Thanks, I'm pretty smitten! And my husband is loving the steady two eggs a day.
    01-29-2013, 08:17 AM

In the spring, you need to get more.

They're happier in a larger group. You could add some more Barred Rocks, or get Buff Orpingtons (sweet, docile and fluffy butts - they look like they're wedding petticoats) or some Amarucanas (great layers, and green or blue eggs.)
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    01-29-2013, 09:49 AM
Fluffy butt Buff Orp:

Fluffy butt Silver Laced Wyandotte (whiney dots, they talk a lot):

Looks like I have a Buff Orp, 2 Whiney Dots, an EE roo and 2 Sebrights in this pic. Sebrights are not great layers, a little flighty but sweet birds, and of course, PRETTY. They have big combs though, so frost bite when it's reallllly cold out.
    01-29-2013, 10:43 AM
Wearing petticoats, not wedding petticoats. The auto correct on my iPad hates me.

You will be surprised at the demand for cage free or free range eggs from your friends and neighbors. Our flock can't keep up with the demand and we've increased several times.

Yes, I'm trying to justify you getting more chickens. How am I doing?

PS - Another breed I just love is the Sicilian Buttercup - about halfway in size between a bantam and a regular sized chicken, double combs and beautiful plumage, and they lay small to medium white eggs.
    01-29-2013, 11:03 AM
Originally Posted by maura    
Yes, I'm trying to justify you getting more chickens. How am I doing?
You're doing well Just need to make it to spring so we can improve the setup. But, I definitely think we'll add a few more when we have more appropriate housing and outdoor area set up.

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