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Old 12-03-2012, 05:57 AM   #12
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Love the pic!!!!!

Yea, I know. I keep telling Ray. The only meanie is Elly May. I'm still witteling away at him to get rid of her. Ugh. I want this stupid devil bird GONE! I'm so nervious thta when the lo's are introduced she will be a bully. She wasn't too bad when the other littles were introduced. She really doesn't bother anyone. She likes her space and solitude. She normally out forraging rather than with the others. She's a great free-ranger. Even the australorps have mellowed with age. I just know adding to the flock will cause changes to the order. I won't tollerate her being a bitc$ to any littles. I have the peepers and I'm not affraid to use them. I actually planned to put them on the buckeyes when we do the introduction to take her down a cpl pegs. I for sure will not make the mistake of using her eggs again! All her chicks we have will be for meat. Sure don't want anymore attitude. I'll keep working at Ray in the meantime. They are his chickens, the only ones he chose? Maybe I could get him some silkies and he'd be persuaded. He really has a fancy for them. Guess he never even drempt a chicken could look so cool. Or tophats? Something docile and interesting. I really do need a rabbit hutch. I'll put up an ad!

The chickies outside are great this am. Getting along perfectly!
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:35 AM   #13
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Sarah, I hope that you find a good, loving home for Patience! Sorry about the picking roos, though.

Fodie, mice!!! Eeewww we had such a HUGE problem at out last house! They drove me nuts! It seriously got to the point that I wouldn't even both chasing them around when I saw them in the house, because I knew I would never catch 'em anyway. We never did find a solution. We just lucked out because the house we just bought is pretty new (8 years old!) and really tight. We haven't had a single mouse! I'm just not used to that. lol Wish I had some advice for you!

Liz - You've got some great cats, there! Our cats are indoor/outdoor, and they always brought us live mice as "gifts". Ick!

LOVE the peeps!!! <3


DH finally assembled the coop yesterday! I'm beyond excited! It's small, and a temporary setup until we build a BIG coop someday. It's perfect for our 6 babies to move into when they're ready to go outside. It comes with an attached run, but it's kinda small. To me, anyway. In the spring, we plan on building a really big run all around our side yard where we will keep the coop. Plus, the coop was SO easy to build, DH said he doesn't mind if I buy another one. Make room for some EE's and Frizzles. Gotta build that run, though!

Now we're thinking about heat... the coop is pretty tiny (36" long, 22" wide and 26" tall). I wonder if the natural heat from 6 chickens will keep them warm enough in there?

FIL is installing an outdoor outlet on that side of the house this week so we can run an extension cord for whatever we need. In the spring, DH will dig a ditch and run underground electric out to the coops.

I need your advice on heat! Since it is a small coop, and the chickens will already give off their own heat, what would you recommend as a supplement? They'll still be kinda young when they move out, and it will be January in NY (temps are usually below freezing). I don't want to put in TOO much heat, though, and roast them!

Any recommendations for something that provides a little heat, but not too much?

Also - water heaters! I am hoping to be able to keep the food and water out in the run because of the coop space. Any suggestions for a way to keep the water from freezing while it's outside?
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As far as heat, that's a hard one. I'd need to see how well ventilated it was and look at the size and layout. They will produce 10 watts each when fully grown. Being small, not much at all. They will deff need something with the time of year and age. Can you post a pic of the inside, outside, and vent? I know, a pain. Ever coop is diff. My big coop has 2 250's, my little has 1 250. Well ventilated and the heat rises so we need more heat. I also angle the light where it disperses for the layout.



Found it! Boilt this for super cheap. I put electrical tape around the unit for good measure.
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As far as heat, that's a hard one. I'd need to see how well ventilated it was and look at the size and layout. They will produce 10 watts each when fully grown. Being small, not much at all. They will deff need something with the time of year and age. Can you post a pic of the inside, outside, and vent? I know, a pain. Ever coop is diff. My big coop has 2 250's, my little has 1 250. Well ventilated and the heat rises so we need more heat. I also angle the light where it disperses for the layout.



Found it! Boilt this for super cheap. I put electrical tape around the unit for good measure.
Oooohhh, Sarah! That's a really smart idea!

Here's the listing for the coop with lots of pictures: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS.../chrisficti-20

The ventilation is those two holes cut on the one side. Not sure if that counts as lots or a little. lol The website *says* it has good ventilation!

I have another question! It's supposed to be kinda warm today - a little over 50 degrees. I'm wondering if today would be a good day to bring the chicks out to play in the run for a bit? They are a month old now, and doing fine in the cold basement with no heat. I would imagine that it gets as low as 50 some nights.

I was thinking about letting them play in the run for a while. Any reason why that would not be a good idea?
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We've got even more baby chicks now! A new clutch hatched the other day in 17 degree cold!
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Gosh, wish I had a moment to catch up on everyone. Read just a little and sorry to hear some of the sad news.

I spent some time this morning taking snaps of the flock. We are 5 weeks on Wednesday. We let them free from the coop when we are outside with them.

A hawk came in our yard yesterday when dd was outside, she said it's wingspan was as wide as she is tall. YIKES! She was in the coop letting some chicks eat out of her hand, others were just in front of the coop free ranging. The hawk swooped down right to where the flock was, as soon as she stood up, it went away. She said it had it's tallons outstretched like it was after one of our beloveds!

We have:

1 white Cochin pullet

Straight run:
2 black polish (think one roo)
1 buff polish (think hen)
2 mille fleur no combing at all on these, maybe pullet
2 black frizzle 1 has some really red raised combing & wattles, 1 not as much
2 buff Seabrights 1 acting very roo and has red raised comb, 1 acting hen grooming everyone
1 red frizzle
1 supposed to be red frizzle, but didn't frizz and even looks standard size, much bigger than red frizzle
1 buff silkie
1 red silkie

pix of chicks!

If anyone needs a distraction, I have literally 111 pics to check out. If you think you see Roos, let me know, feel free to leave comments. And sorry for the duplicates, I did not have time to edit at all. And I have little to no experience photographing chicks for sexing, so if it makes more sense to catch them and take close ups, we can do that, lol!

I am thinking for sure one of the seabrights is roo, he picks on EVERYONE. And can be seen in pics picking on buff polish! The other seabright we feel is hen, she grooms everyone, is so sweet, can be seen in pics grooming the black polish we think is a roo.

The buff polish is really sweet natured and stays to herself a lot because the seabright is pestering her and isolating her from the flock. We don't like him. He is also really vocal. The silkies are next to impossible to photograph as well as the white Cochin, my favorite. They are all really quiet along with the mille fleurs.

We have a black polish that thinks he's the leader and corrals everyone around. Doesn't seem mean like the seabright, but just watchful and attentive. The other black polish seems lower to the ground and more rounded. Neither have much in the way of wattles yet.

Little Precious passed on Saturday, I am relieved she is no longer hurting.

to all. Been a busy couple of days, celebrated my birthday yesterday and the fun continues today with DH who is on vacations & dd who is home from school today. Heading to the feed store back soon, hope to catch up on everything!

ETA: we cannot have Roos in the city and need to thin the flock ASAP, so any insight appreciated! We have experience with Cochins, but only hens, so most of these breeds are new to us. Oh and excited about the chicken of the month! I am head over heals in love with our Mama Cochin!
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oh michelle I'm so sorry about the sick baby. Love the rest of your flock, keep a close eye on them, a hawk almost got one of mine not long ago. Got a good nip on her comb that she's just healed up from. She's so lucky that's all she got.

poop, today is not my day. Was cleaning the coop, turned around with the pitchfork in my hand and knocked my basket of eggs over. Broke 6/10. Stupid Norah trying to rip my fingers off to get to the broken ones all the while. What a bummer. I had some really nice BIG eggs in there too.

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Michelle, I commented on your photos. Beautiful babies you have there! Saw a few roo's though....
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I missed so much today i am just gonna quote everyone, haha!


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Oooohhh, Sarah! That's a really smart idea!
Not my idea. Wish I could claim it though. I'm trying to think of a larger 4 sided box to use? I love to upcycle, so working on that idea! Works like a charm! I have a HUGE waterer and it hasn't froze once!
Here's the listing for the coop with lots of pictures: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS.../chrisficti-20

The ventilation is those two holes cut on the one side. Not sure if that counts as lots or a little. lol The website *says* it has good ventilation!
YOU ARE KILLIN ME!!! I'd have 4-5 of them if I could! That is so nice! Wow! No pics of the inner layout. The ventilation is so so. Not really ventilated, not under ventilated, kwim. Is the only cracks the 2 slits? No open door all night? That would determine the wattage you would need. I can't fully close mine with the ramp hole open, and the vents at the rafters, and a opening at the front. I have to have 2 high watt lights, ugh. You may, depending on the layout and vent, one lower watt light? 150?
I have another question! It's supposed to be kinda warm today - a little over 50 degrees. I'm wondering if today would be a good day to bring the chicks out to play in the run for a bit? They are a month old now, and doing fine in the cold basement with no heat. I would imagine that it gets as low as 50 some nights.
I put mine out in their own coop and run at that age. They have that really warm coop to get in. Will you have a light temp for if they ge a wind chill? Wind is a big problem here. It was like 65 and sunny today but so windy we had to have windbreakers on. As long as they have a place to warm up and are well feathered, they should be fine. A nice bit of sun will really bring them to life, lol.
I was thinking about letting them play in the run for a while. Any reason why that would not be a good idea?
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Wow!!!! Congrats sweetie! Share some pics girl!!!
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Gosh, wish I had a moment to catch up on everyone. Read just a little and sorry to hear some of the sad news.

I spent some time this morning taking snaps of the flock. We are 5 weeks on Wednesday. We let them free from the coop when we are outside with them.

A hawk came in our yard yesterday when dd was outside, she said it's wingspan was as wide as she is tall. YIKES! She was in the coop letting some chicks eat out of her hand, others were just in front of the coop free ranging. The hawk swooped down right to where the flock was, as soon as she stood up, it went away. She said it had it's tallons outstretched like it was after one of our beloveds!
Keep a close eye on that hawk! Moma had one get her dog. We have one that stalks the girls. She hasn't taken a swipe yet.
We have:

1 white Cochin pullet

Straight run:
2 black polish (think one roo)
1 buff polish (think hen)
2 mille fleur no combing at all on these, maybe pullet
2 black frizzle 1 has some really red raised combing & wattles, 1 not as much
2 buff Seabrights 1 acting very roo and has red raised comb, 1 acting hen grooming everyone
1 red frizzle
1 supposed to be red frizzle, but didn't frizz and even looks standard size, much bigger than red frizzle
1 buff silkie
1 red silkie

pix of chicks!
LOVE those babies!!! I know nothing of those breeds except I read some of them are near imposible to tell the diff. Sorry no help with roo spotter. Ray wants some wacky looking chickens like those. I'm gonna try to con him into getting rid of the evil Elly May and get him a silkie of tophat!!
If anyone needs a distraction, I have literally 111 pics to check out. If you think you see Roos, let me know, feel free to leave comments. And sorry for the duplicates, I did not have time to edit at all. And I have little to no experience photographing chicks for sexing, so if it makes more sense to catch them and take close ups, we can do that, lol!
Close ups of tails, heads, and legs would prob help.
I am thinking for sure one of the seabrights is roo, he picks on EVERYONE. And can be seen in pics picking on buff polish! The other seabright we feel is hen, she grooms everyone, is so sweet, can be seen in pics grooming the black polish we think is a roo.
You gonna rehome him soon?
The buff polish is really sweet natured and stays to herself a lot because the seabright is pestering her and isolating her from the flock. We don't like him. He is also really vocal. The silkies are next to impossible to photograph as well as the white Cochin, my favorite. They are all really quiet along with the mille fleurs.

We have a black polish that thinks he's the leader and corrals everyone around. Doesn't seem mean like the seabright, but just watchful and attentive. The other black polish seems lower to the ground and more rounded. Neither have much in the way of wattles yet.

Little Precious passed on Saturday, I am relieved she is no longer hurting.
I'm soooo sorry sweetie! I know you really loved her. At least she passed loved, warm, and with a full crop!
to all. Been a busy couple of days, celebrated my birthday yesterday and the fun continues today with DH who is on vacations & dd who is home from school today. Heading to the feed store back soon, hope to catch up on everything!
It was Fodie's too! Big birthday hugs!!!!
ETA: we cannot have Roos in the city and need to thin the flock ASAP, so any insight appreciated! We have experience with Cochins, but only hens, so most of these breeds are new to us. Oh and excited about the chicken of the month! I am head over heals in love with our Mama Cochin!
Don't ya just love the big ladies!!!!
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oh michelle I'm so sorry about the sick baby. Love the rest of your flock, keep a close eye on them, a hawk almost got one of mine not long ago. Got a good nip on her comb that she's just healed up from. She's so lucky that's all she got.

poop, today is not my day. Was cleaning the coop, turned around with the pitchfork in my hand and knocked my basket of eggs over. Broke 6/10. Stupid Norah trying to rip my fingers off to get to the broken ones all the while. What a bummer. I had some really nice BIG eggs in there too.
Oh crud Liz! So sorry! Glad you didn't poke an eye! I did that about a month ago too. I was so mad at myself! Just glad you are ok. My girls mobbed the broken ones too. Didn't go for the unbroken, thank goodness!
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Michelle, I commented on your photos. Beautiful babies you have there! Saw a few roo's though....
Just had to quote you too Fodie! Couldn't leave ya out!



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