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post #911 of 1018 Old 11-22-2013, 01:32 PM
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I'm in southern Virginia, so our winters don't get all that cold and don't last as long as all y'all's up north. I don't plan to use a heat lamp on the flock unless they really need it. I do have a solar powered light that I use during these early nights, but it's turned off during the day.

Those pictures were taken the weekend of November 8-9th. Unfortunately, that yellow maple is now completely devoid of leaves and we're looking at a Sunday high this weekend of only 36. That's COLD for southern VA this time of year.

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post #912 of 1018 Old 11-22-2013, 01:50 PM
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While I don't use a heat lamp, I do have lights on a timer to add three hours to the length of the day. It helps with egg production. Right now my birds are just getting through their molt, which was HEAVY this year. Like others, it looked like my chickens should have been stark naked with all the feathers in the run.

I had a major disappointment when my beloved blue cochin, that I raised from a tiny chick, started to CROW!! He now lives at a friends house to play with all of her australorp hens. I miss him.......
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I had a major disappointment when my beloved blue cochin, that I raised from a tiny chick, started to CROW!! He now lives at a friends house to play with all of her australorp hens. I miss him.......
That's how I got my young Orp roo, Allison.

A friend bought a straight run of Buff Orps and their absolute favorite was Buffy. Buffy turned out to be a Buford, and since they live in the suburbs and can't have a rooster, he came to me.

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post #914 of 1018 Old 11-23-2013, 05:25 PM
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Speed, those pics are beautiful!

Someone should bundle up their chickens in little sweaters and scarves, and take a picture just for me <3
If you knit us some sweaters/scarves, my children will be more than happy to bundle up our chickens, guineas and ducks and take pictures.

Please send 19 chicken, 3 guinea and 2 duck sets.
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post #915 of 1018 Old 11-24-2013, 09:13 PM
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My birds are all molting. I am getting an average of 2 eggs a day from 15 hens. Very bad production for sure. Oh well.

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If you knit us some sweaters/scarves, my children will be more than happy to bundle up our chickens, guineas and ducks and take pictures.

Please send 19 chicken, 3 guinea and 2 duck sets.
Can you please add 8 pairs of toeless chicken "mittens," as it was 9*F here this morning and my girls' feet were very cold when they headed out the door...

For those of you in very cold places, do you have dirt floors on your coop? If so, do you cover the dirt with something else in the winter?

Right now, I have a very thick layer of dirt and peat moss* on the floor, but the poop is frozen when I clean it out on these very cold mornings. I did straw bedding in the coop last winter, but it was a real mess to keep clean, so I'd prefer not to use that again. I could give them a really thick layer of pine shavings over the dirt- do you think that would make a noticeable difference in terms of temp in the coop? Even this morning, which is our coldest so far, I was relieved to see no signs of frostbite, so I'm thinking I've got a better draft/ventilation balance than I did last year, when frostbite was a real problem.

*PS-I know most people don't like peat moss as flooring because of the dust, but I've had such great luck with it (in terms of ease of cleaning) that I've continued using it and had no respiratory problems with any of my girls...
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Can you please add 8 pairs of toeless chicken "mittens," as it was 9*F here this morning and my girls' feet were very cold when they headed out the door...

For those of you in very cold places, do you have dirt floors on your coop? If so, do you cover the dirt with something else in the winter?

Right now, I have a very thick layer of dirt and peat moss* on the floor, but the poop is frozen when I clean it out on these very cold mornings. I did straw bedding in the coop last winter, but it was a real mess to keep clean, so I'd prefer not to use that again. I could give them a really thick layer of pine shavings over the dirt- do you think that would make a noticeable difference in terms of temp in the coop? Even this morning, which is our coldest so far, I was relieved to see no signs of frostbite, so I'm thinking I've got a better draft/ventilation balance than I did last year, when frostbite was a real problem.

*PS-I know most people don't like peat moss as flooring because of the dust, but I've had such great luck with it (in terms of ease of cleaning) that I've continued using it and had no respiratory problems with any of my girls...
Read up on Deep Litter method. You put down about 8-12 inches of shavings. You stir the poop in and as it decomposes, it generates heat. The shavings will also insulate the ground. Come spring you strip everything out. I put a bale of straw down because that was all I had a few weeks ago and I'm ready to clean it out. So messy.
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Delfina--I totally will! XD Just you wait :>
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Alright my chicken friends, behold...one of the funniest pieces of advertising I've ever seen:

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THAT IS PRICELESS!!!!! I'm rolling!

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