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post #491 of 1037 Old 04-24-2013, 11:42 PM
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I'll tell the kiddos, they are really upset that their baby chicks are terrified of them. We usually handle the chicks constantly but it was really upsetting to Midnight if we took any of *her* chicks out, so we stopped handling them and just let her mother them.

They're used to our whole flock following them around like a Pied Piper. It's hilarious, you set foot outside and 20+ chickens come flapping, waddling, running and rolling in their haste to get to you and beg for treats!
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I'll tell the kiddos, they are really upset that their baby chicks are terrified of them. We usually handle the chicks constantly but it was really upsetting to Midnight if we took any of *her* chicks out, so we stopped handling them and just let her mother them.

They're used to our whole flock following them around like a Pied Piper. It's hilarious, you set foot outside and 20+ chickens come flapping, waddling, running and rolling in their haste to get to you and beg for treats!
LOL! Mine do that too! I laugh about getting mugged for "Chicken Candy" which is what I call Scratch. Every day at around 4 p.m., when I go out to start feeding horses, I also toss some scratch for the girls. They hear the front door and screen slam and here they come a-runnin'! My husband dies laughing at them and me, walking around with them saying, "C'mon girls, lets get your Chikkin Kammies...". They follow me to the feed barn and line up outside the door and wait.....tapping their little toes.

I put the red light on in the chicken coop and go in and sit down. Usually the girls will come and sit on my legs and lap, pretty soon one's on my shoulder and another is in my hair. I start that when they're babies and still a little scared. They seem to settle into the routine pretty quick. My husband thinks we're all nuts.
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post #493 of 1037 Old 04-25-2013, 12:15 AM
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We give ours cracked corn (they always have unlimited layer feed in the coop but nobody is ever too full for some corn) and oh do they LOVE it.

We started when the neighbor's dog was coming over and killing them because it was an easy way for me to get every single chicken rounded up in seconds. I just bang the lid on the trash can, throw out some corn and then shut the gate after the stragglers rush on in.

Neighbors sold their dog (we gave them the choice, re-home the dog or we shoot it) but I still go out there a couple times a day and practice the chicken roundup for "just-in-case".
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LOL! Yup, I do the chicken herding thing too. It's just a good thing to practice in case of emergency. And they LOVE getting the Chicken Candy every day. They actually have gotten rather imperious about demanding it. I keep their bowls full of 16% Layer feed, and a bowl full of oyster shell, but 4 p.m. Is for CANDY!

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Great news!

Phyllis is fully recovered and back to being her silly self. I ended up "crop feeding" her a mixture of live culture yogurt, olive oil and water. I sucked it up into a 3cc syringe. I opened her mouth and put it as far down her throat as I could and pumped it in. I was hoping it would be further down than the opening to the trachea. She was so thin and hadn't been eating or drinking, so I said she is dead if I don't, so what is there to lose?

It worked!! She steadily gained strength with the fliuds and the yogurt must have helped boost her guy flora. I'm very happy!




Now, for my other chicken adventures.....

I have bought some new chicks over the last month. I bought;

From Southern States;

2 buff brahmas
2 easter eggers

From a private breeder;
An araucana

From another private breeder
4 purebred blue americaunas
1 French black copper maran (Bev davis line)

Well, I was worried abouta couple of them being roos. Several days ago, the araucana started crowing, which is a sign I will be getting no eggs there

One of the Buff brahmas has been really slow feathering out and still has bare shoulders. I've always heard that can be a roo sign. And, one of the easter eggers has a pretty good sized comb.

The araucana goes back to the breeder for a trade in tomorrow. The other two I will have to find homes for.

I sure hope none of my Blue Americaunas turn into roos.
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post #496 of 1037 Old 05-05-2013, 03:08 PM
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Alright, so we are getting chicks(I'm persuasive lol)! Hopefully by today if that's possible. We are making the coop out of a refrigerator box and wanted opinions on if it could work or not. Advise would be appreciated since this is the first time we're raising chicks.
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It will probably work for a little while. Then it will get too stinky and wet. I raised my last ones in a plastic box with a light over it. Then I had to worry about the cat, so I put the whole contraption in the spare shower. It is not good to have company when you have chickens in the bathroom, or worse still in the kitchen. It gets rumors going.
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That could work... Mmmm some suggestions...

Get rid of the styrofoam. They will peck and eat it.
Cut off the top, they will get too hot. You need room for the heat lamp too. And they need to be able to get away from it.
Get another box and line the bottom of what you got. When it gets soiled and damp, you can just fold it up and pull out.
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post #499 of 1037 Old 05-05-2013, 03:51 PM
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Yea its going to stay in the garage. I'm more worried about them getting to cold. So will cardboard work or not? We are planning on getting 8 chicks. Thanks for the advice!
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post #500 of 1037 Old 05-06-2013, 09:12 AM
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Okay...we have chicks!!! We got 1 buff orpington one frizzle(mine!) two brahmas and three wyandottes. All 4 days old. They are currently in a plastic storage container. Texasgal, this is all you fault! You told me I had to get chicks. So I did. Kill me later for not getting pictures up right now, but I have home work to do. Also, I am up at 5 in the morning doing it!
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