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post #841 of 1037 Old 09-11-2013, 02:13 PM
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I have more that I will dig up later, but I took this the other morning and thought it was pretty funny.
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post #842 of 1037 Old 09-11-2013, 02:16 PM
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Evansk, just out of curiosity because I'm constantly trying to find the best surface for my pen- how did you decide on putting straw down? How often do you have to change it so it doesn't get wet/smelly? Does it cover the whole pen or just a particular part of it?
We changed it about twice a week. If it rains, we clean it as soon as possible so it doesn't smell. We put it the front half of the pen, then they mess it up and spread it around, they love scratching and pecking it looking for bugs and stuff. They also have a nice grassy area and a sand patch for their dust baths :)

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Evansk--I like the tubby white one :>
That's Lola hehe we have another white hen and her name is Brownie.. (my youngest niece named her )
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Can I has that tree? :)
Lovely birds everyone!

I beat my roosters again this morning. Thank heavens I don't have neighbors, I'd for sure be turned in for fowl abuse... LOL!
(Hey, they started it.)
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post #844 of 1037 Old 09-11-2013, 07:20 PM
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Very handsome flock, Evansk. Yep, that roo of yours is pretty obviously a combination, but he's quite stunning.

My Buff Orp roo's name is Buford. The young lady who got him as a chick thought he was a hen and named him Buffy, so I figured I'd just adjust the name and call him Buford.

I have no idea why my Cochin roo is named Moon. I got him from a friend earlier this year, and since he's going on 3 y/o I don't want to change it now.
Thank you SR :)
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post #845 of 1037 Old 09-13-2013, 01:51 PM
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Strange behavior

My babies are acting odd today- I opened the run to let everyone out to free range, but they are basically just velcroed to the roost in the coop and won't come out (big girls are out and acting normal).

We did have a pretty drastic weather change, and some neighbors have some loud equipment running outside their house, but this is strange behavior for them. I NEVER see anyone in the coop during the day, and they certainly never turn down free ranging.

Only other thing I can think of is a big hawk or something did a close fly-over earlier in the day and spooked them (the pen has a wire "roof" so they would have been protected)? Just seems strange. Ever see a group do something like this? I think the last time I remember seeing this was when a hawk got one of my original chickens and the rest didn't come out of the coop for a full day.
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post #846 of 1037 Old 09-13-2013, 01:58 PM
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If mine know a predator is about, they won't set foot out of the coop. Hawk, stray dog, fox, if they smell or hear it, they are staying indoors. Wonder if you had something snooping about last night that left scent?

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post #847 of 1037 Old 09-13-2013, 02:39 PM
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If mine know a predator is about, they won't set foot out of the coop. Hawk, stray dog, fox, if they smell or hear it, they are staying indoors. Wonder if you had something snooping about last night that left scent?
Yeah, that definitely could be. The two adults were out and about like normal, but maybe the babies picked up on something they haven't encountered before. Who knows!

Everyone is safely penned back up at this point and hopefully they'll be back to normal tomorrow.
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...(the pen has a wire "roof" so they would have been protected)?

Egrogan, I remember, many years ago now, someone telling me that a hawk, upon seeing their young chickens tooling about in their wire topped run, dive bombed them hoping for lunch. The unfortunate hawk ended up deceased via a broken neck and the wire was stretched almost to the ground where he hit but the chickens were safe.
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post #849 of 1037 Old 09-13-2013, 05:11 PM
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...(the pen has a wire "roof" so they would have been protected)?

Egrogan, I remember, many years ago now, someone telling me that a hawk, upon seeing their young chickens tooling about in their wire topped run, dive bombed them hoping for lunch. The unfortunate hawk ended up deceased via a broken neck and the wire was stretched almost to the ground where he hit but the chickens were safe.
What a crazy story! No evidence of anything that exciting taking place. I don't know how well our structure would hold up to something like that, but I hope I never have to find out!

Before I had chickens, I always thought hawks were beautiful... Now seeing their shadow go by instantly puts me on alert.
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post #850 of 1037 Old 09-13-2013, 05:37 PM
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We have been lucky to deter the hawks so far. We have a mated pair that have lived around us for years. But our chicken coop and attached lot are in a heavily wooded area, and they can't get the momentum they need for a killing dive. The most the can do is cry and circle and send mine running for cover. The chickens that hang out near the house are safe because they are always close to the cats and dogs.

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