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post #1491 of 1580 Old 11-15-2017, 05:06 PM
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Canned pumpkin it is then!
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Chickens are not stupid. Some are brighter than others and the one I've got in quarantine right now, is down right smart. She gets an oral antibiotic 2X/day for her "cold". It tastes NASTY. She is not only not fighting me about it, when she's swallowed the antibiotic, she opens her beak WIDE because she has learned that I follow the nasty with applesauce which she LOVES. When she first got sick she went off her feed & water so I gave her some applesauce in an oral syringe, to just keep her blood sugar up and give her some energy. Now that the antibiotics are working on the cold, she's much brighter and is demanding her applesauce treat. FUNNY BIRD! I'll try to take some pics tonight when we do her evening meds.
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Chickens are not stupid. Some are brighter than others and the one I've got in quarantine right now, is down right smart. She gets an oral antibiotic 2X/day for her "cold". It tastes NASTY. She is not only not fighting me about it, when she's swallowed the antibiotic, she opens her beak WIDE because she has learned that I follow the nasty with applesauce which she LOVES. When she first got sick she went off her feed & water so I gave her some applesauce in an oral syringe, to just keep her blood sugar up and give her some energy. Now that the antibiotics are working on the cold, she's much brighter and is demanding her applesauce treat. FUNNY BIRD! I'll try to take some pics tonight when we do her evening meds.
I can't wait for pics! A video would be great too!
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I'll try again in the morning. I swear she knew what I was doing and the pic came out HORRIBLE.
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Yesterday I finally got a tiny egg from another new layer. Of my 8 babies, so far only Rufus has laid at all (and s/he is very reliable, giving us nice sized greyish blue eggs about 4-5 days a week). Not sure who this brown egg is from, as there are several who have nice red faces and yellow legs.


They made me laugh this morning- as someone said above, anyone who thinks chickens are dumb just hasn't spent time watching them. They learn so fast from each other.

The babies are obsessed with figuring out how to get up into shrubs and trees. This little gal found an attractive new branch this morning and chattered away noisly while she was up there.


After she got down, the ones who had been watching her also took a turn. Really cute to watch them exploring.


Since we put the Christmas decorations out, it was time for the pumpkins to go. The girls were happy to be composters!
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I was holding off on posting because of all the problems with disappearing posts, but figured I'd just go for it.

We're now up to three layers.

Besides Rufus, I haven't been able to figure out who the other two are. But, whoever has the darker brown eggs has started the trend of laying in the shavings in one corner of the coop instead of in the next boxes. Even on days when there have been eggs in the proper boxes, I am finding a tiny brown egg in the corner. Not sure what to do about that but am hoping that she will figure it out.

Babies also experienced their first snowfall. They were so curious about all the white stuff.





The first snow was just a couple of inches, but the next was 9" so they are frustrated that they can't move around as well. I do shovel out a little patch of grass for them so they get some relief from the run, but on days like today when it was -1*F when I let them out of the coop, they are pretty content to just play in the straw in the run and not go out at all. The run is large, so they have plenty of room, and scratching through straw seems endlessly entertaining for them. I just hate seeing them shiver in the cold.

Amazingly, they seem to be able to keep the coop almost 20*F warmer than outside temps when it's closed up overnight, with no extra heat source. All that body heat they give off! I do have it bedded deeply in shavings, lined with a layer of insulating wrap, and rake up a lot of straw around the outside- but still, this morning it was -1* and it was 21*F inside the coop before I opened the door- it quickly dropped to about 12*F when I was mucking it out.
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Old timers recommend NOT mucking out during winter. They call it the deep bedding method, you put lots of shavings down (I actually use the pelleted bedding as my bottom layer, barely dampened to break it up, then shavings and then deeply bed with straw inside the coop). You don't clean until spring but you can put 'chicken candy', Chicken Scratch, on top of the bedding and they will scratch everything up and mix it all up while looking for the scratch. That helps to stir things up and keep them fairly fresh and the breaking down of the poo and bedding generates a little heat. The deep straw gives them bedding to make a nest in and holds warm air in the coop.

As for the egg in the corner, are you leaving 'fake eggs' in the nest boxes? You can use golf balls or you can buy ceramic eggs (I mark mine with a black dot on the end of the egg so if it gets picked up you know it's not real) and put them in the boxes. That way the hens always have an 'egg' in the box and it seems to encourage them all to lay in the boxes where the eggs are.
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[QUOTE=Dreamcatcher Arabians;1970466121]Old timers recommend NOT mucking out during winter. They call it the deep bedding ....

Interesting, Iíve heard about deep bedding before in relation to horse stalls - same principle I guess. For me, if thereís a nice warm day in winter Iíll do a clean out while the chickens are out in the run. It is just too hard on me if the muck builds up under the roosts too much - individually chickens have little poos but put them together for awhile and they weigh a ton.

As for the egg in the corner, are you leaving 'fake eggs' in the nest boxes? You can use golf balls or you can buy ceramic eggs ...

Iíve gotten wooden eggs from a craft store for that purpose, as well. I find that when the hens start picking their own spots they tend to be going Ďcluckyí or theyíre getting run off by another hen or theyíre just determined individuals. I put out a topper/cover of some description for them to get under to give them peace and keep the egg from being exposed too much or it can fall victim to hen snacks (Iíve used husband made ones from scrap wood and, currently, the top off an old covered litter box).
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Old timers recommend NOT mucking out during winter. They call it the deep bedding ....

Interesting, Iíve heard about deep bedding before in relation to horse stalls - same principle I guess. For me, if thereís a nice warm day in winter Iíll do a clean out while the chickens are out in the run. It is just too hard on me if the muck builds up under the roosts too much - individually chickens have little poos but put them together for awhile and they weigh a ton.
I think that's probably a difference in the duration of winter. Our 'winter' is probably only about 2 maaaaaaybe 3 months long, not long enough for me to worry about that amount of accumulation. And I'm defining winter as # of days less than 32 F. I don't know what you consider a 'warm' winter day, but for us that could be in the 60-70 F range.
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I think that's probably a difference in the duration of winter. Our 'winter' is probably only about 2 maaaaaaybe 3 months long, not long enough for me to worry about that amount of accumulation. And I'm defining winter as # of days less than 32 F. I don't know what you consider a 'warm' winter day, but for us that could be in the 60-70 F range.
A warm day in winter for me is sunny, no wind and around the 0 mark to -5 Mark (we do Celsius temp here but I think 0 Celsius is the same as 32 farenheit??? itís not uncommon to have -40 temps in the hard part of the winter winter (I think -40 is the same cold in both farenheit and Celsius)). The other thing for me is that in addition to a well insulated coop, I use a heat lamp when required so the chickens wonít suffer if I have the big doors open when I clean and itís gotten too cold for them as a result. I suspect the old timers did not have the advantage of high rated r value insulation and electric heat lamps either in their coops or their homes😄
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