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post #671 of 1018 Old 07-26-2013, 10:14 AM
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It made me really angry. I lost their mother to a fox about a month ago, and now to lose one of her two chicks upset me badly. They were supposed to be her legacy.

It just sucks that chickens are on everything's top 5 food list.

Guess I'll be adding more wire to the outside of the coop, but honestly, trying to keep out snakes is like trying to keep out the wind.
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post #672 of 1018 Old 07-26-2013, 10:40 AM
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Too bad about the babies, Speed. I hate to hear that.

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post #673 of 1018 Old 07-26-2013, 10:46 AM
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Thanks, Celeste.

They were purebred Cochins, too. I still have one of them and hope it's a hen, otherwise that means I'll have 3 roosters instead of 2!

I have another larger Cochin hen pullet and 3 Buff Orpington hen pullets, so it's not like I don't have some youngsters. Thank goodness they've reached the stage of growth they're too big for a snake to eat. Generally the only thing in danger from a black snake are eggs, as long as you don't have any peepers.

My plan is to raise several broods for meat, which is why I have the roos. I know that some mortality is to be expected, but I lost 3 adult hens to a fox in one day, so to lose this peeper now is beyond upsetting.

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post #674 of 1018 Old 07-26-2013, 09:27 PM
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Our coop is pretty well snake proofed. I am terrified of stepping on or grabbing a snake when I go down to gather eggs, so every square inch that isn't solid wood is tiny wire. The snake that gets through that couldn't be much more than night crawler sized, lol. Mine are still not laying. *sigh* Well, that's not entirely true. My egg-layers are not laying. My one Cornish hen, that was supposed to be dinner according to hubby, is giving me very pretty brown eggs about every other day. I like to rub it in his face that he can't kill the only hen giving us eggs. Still, I want eggs already!
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post #675 of 1018 Old 07-27-2013, 06:34 PM
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Here are my five girls. The rooster, Triple Threat, hides every time the camera comes out but he is a better guard dog (erm bird) then my dogs. So here are my girls from left to right: Freckles, Anna, Chickey, Thatcher and Dixie. I get over a dozen from them so whatever extra I have goes to the local soup kitchen.there home is a modified stall in the barn that has a doggy door mounted on the outside wall so they can go into an enclosed run. The run has concrete as a base for the fencing so nothing can dig under and a wire mesh roof so nothing can fly in. I'll try to get a picture of T.
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post #676 of 1018 Old 07-27-2013, 07:03 PM
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Hi, finally posting in this thread. Here is a pic of a few of mine. I have 13 hens and two young roosters. Two ISA brown and the blue splash Maran lay and the silkies will also lay. All others not yet.
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post #677 of 1018 Old 07-27-2013, 07:05 PM
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Here is my boy T, I had to ambush to get this:
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What species of chicken do ya'll think T is?
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post #679 of 1018 Old 07-30-2013, 10:14 PM
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Well, today was an interesting day. I decided to get my flock (18 birds) NPIP certified. Why? It is a way to show that your birds are certified free of some of the bad chronic diseases.

The only downsize is that you can never bring a bird into your flock unless it is from another NPIP certified flock. I decided that it was worth limiting my future access.

The woman came and we grabbed each bird. She did a throat swab, drew blood and put a leg band on each bird. She did a blood test right then and there to test for a couple of diseases. The throat swab will be 1-2 weeks to get back. All of my birds tested fine with the blood. We'll wait and see on the swabs.

The best part? The whole testing only cost me 5.00!! A good use of my tax dollars, for once.

Don't know what NPIP is? Here ya go;

http://www.ehow.com/how_8367706_npip-certified.html
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post #680 of 1018 Old 07-31-2013, 10:19 AM
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Allison, what about hatching? Are you allowed to do that or will it affect the flock status? And do you have to have each chick certified as well once they hatch? Or are they automatically included?

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