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So, just to get it straight, your landlady moved your chickens? She combined them all together? Why did she mess with your birds?
Changing subjects slightly, how are you doing with the incubating, did any more hatch?
 

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Without rooster these bitches get unruly
I’m just down to the one OG bad ass rooster, but he seems less likely to put the newer hens in their place with a swift backhand pimp slap than he is with his 3 old bottom bitches.
Them bitches are mean and bloodthirsty!
These quarreling chickens are both first time moms and are pretty unhinged about their babies. On the one hand, it’s nice to see, but I had a plan to add a divider between the 2 baby coops so they would be less likely to f each other up... but of course my landlady just went ahead and screwed up my best laid plans.
First batch of spring meat birds come in two weeks!
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your landlady moved your chickens? She combined them all together? Why did she mess with your birds?
They’re technically her birds on her land, but I take care of them (and all the other animals) and we share the eggs.

I have been especially attentive to all the various batches of hatchlings this season and have been steadily juggling them between a few different containment options as they grow and the hawks and coyotes start to lurk ever closer.

I had 10 chicks that were ready to move into the adolescent coop and I was gonna put the 5 babies into the coop with the tiny wire, but I guess she thought it would work if all 15 went in the bigger coop together.

I honestly don’t know what she was thinking, I had told her just hours before that I had a plan for everyone, but like I said, I think was some kind of minor power trip to assert dominance over the chickens and me...?
how are you doing with the incubating, did any more hatch?
Nah, they were all duds. I tended to them for so many days, turning them 4 times a day, adjusting the temp and humidity... ended up just tossing them all out.
 

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Here's a pic of my one week old buff orpington chicks, just a small cage to start, insulated all around and no drafts, it's about 95 degrees under the light, 80 degrees at the far end, they're a bit scared, you'll notice my dog is right up at their cage dreaming of eating them. Notice I use a bottle dripper, plus the little water dish, they kick sawdust into the water and foul it so quickly that I get them drinking out of the drip water system asap to give them fresh water without the mess asap. I use a two liter plastic soda jug with the dripper out in the kennel for when they're full grown.I have a few bigger cages for next month when they start growing fast and needing more space.
 

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They’re technically her birds on her land, but I take care of them (and all the other animals) and we share the eggs.

I have been especially attentive to all the various batches of hatchlings this season and have been steadily juggling them between a few different containment options as they grow and the hawks and coyotes start to lurk ever closer.

I had 10 chicks that were ready to move into the adolescent coop and I was gonna put the 5 babies into the coop with the tiny wire, but I guess she thought it would work if all 15 went in the bigger coop together.

I honestly don’t know what she was thinking, I had told her just hours before that I had a plan for everyone, but like I said, I think was some kind of minor power trip to assert dominance over the chickens and me...?

Nah, they were all duds. I tended to them for so many days, turning them 4 times a day, adjusting the temp and humidity... ended up just tossing them all out.
I tried incubating about ten years ago, it was a fun experiment because i had a rooster breeding with a hen and i wanted to see what happened, i had very limited success, mostly failure, because i didn't invest in the real spendy self turning proper incubator setup, it was just an experiment for kicks, i got tired of the rooster and went with buying the chicks every spring at my local feed store, buff orpington are the best for cold weather like up here in Montana, they're really tame and sociable.
 

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A couple evenings ago, as I start filling up a bath and began disrobing, I hear the chickens suddenly squawking bloody murder. I look out and see the local chad pheasant is pecking at their leftover feed and they’re in a tizzy.

I slip my sandals on to go shoo him away and am halfway to the door when I consider maybe I should turn off the bath. Who knows what could happen out there? I do it and chuckle to myself.

He scatters as soon as I walk out and I go to the fence line to see which way he ran off to. That’s when I see one of my year old chickens squatting very still, huddled at the tree line. What’s this...?

I approach and begin to hear a tiny chorus of cheeps and chirps. She bristles a bit and a dozen fresh chicks pop out! Welcome to the clan!

I dash back inside for my boots (😎) and hat and then go calmly coax them back into the yard. They were all healthy and sturdy enough to diligently follow mom as I herded them to their own personal coop where they’ve been ever since.

That damn hawk (or maybe that big owl that I saw last year), if not a coyote, would probably have picked them off one by one by the time I put my boots on and walked the grounds the next morning, so thanks to chad pheasant for luring me outside and thanks to God for giving me the heads up about leaving the bath running πŸ˜…

Now... is it too much to ask that the whole dozen of β€˜em will be egg laying hens this time...? 🀞🏻😬🀞🏻
 

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be advised there is a higher than usual demand for chix...my supplier is three weeks out to deliver.

Second supplier had 8 birds of my breed.

Chicken suppliers are essential industry and are working to supply everyone!

It seems along with bullits chickens are hot commodity.

Thank you for attention.

We now resume regular forum biddness.

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Are you talking about hookers or poultry?
 

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Yes! Thank you for pulling the trigger and starting a chicken/chick thread.

Speaking of supply and demand, I know I’m not the only potential poultry cultivator considering expanding operations (@Jjames for sure, I think a couple other guys have some knowledge/questions too).
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A couple evenings ago, as I start filling up a bath and began disrobing, I hear the chickens suddenly squawking bloody murder. I look out and see the local chad pheasant is pecking at their leftover feed and they’re in a tizzy.

I slip my sandals on to go shoo him away and am halfway to the door when I consider maybe I should turn off the bath. Who knows what could happen out there? I do it and chuckle to myself.

He scatters as soon as I walk out and I go to the fence line to see which way he ran off to. That’s when I see one of my year old chickens squatting very still, huddled at the tree line. What’s this...?

I approach and begin to hear a tiny chorus of cheeps and chirps. She bristles a bit and a dozen fresh chicks pop out! Welcome to the clan!

I dash back inside for my boots (😎) and hat and then go calmly coax them back into the yard. They were all healthy and sturdy enough to diligently follow mom as I herded them to their own personal coop where they’ve been ever since.

That damn hawk (or maybe that big owl that I saw last year), if not a coyote, would probably have picked them off one by one by the time I put my boots on and walked the grounds the next morning, so thanks to chad pheasant for luring me outside and thanks to God for giving me the heads up about leaving the bath running πŸ˜…

Now... is it too much to ask that the whole dozen of β€˜em will be egg laying hens this time...? 🀞🏻😬🀞🏻
Well, maybe fifty percent will be males, lol!
 

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so thanks to chad pheasant for luring me outside and thanks to God for giving me the heads up about leaving the bath running πŸ˜…
thanks for this affirmation of the Holy Spirit communicating to you!

Being "tuned in" to the natural order of the creator is hella exciting!

Its great that you are living in Gods abundance and Light.

Glory To God!
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cleaning brooder today, chicks come on earthday! we are going to use movable fences this first batch.
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instead of moving the tractors, i'm going to watch the ground and move accordingly, hopefully weekly.

I've test run with two eggs birds and so far no predator attacks. this fence has a 10 mile charger attached to it.

I'm still going to incorporate the tractors in the enclosure so at night they can be under cover.

the idea is to get more ground covered, the birds get more space, less stress, better RNA, ground gets churned and fertilized.

I'm anticipating a few challenges, like making sure they go inside tractors, herding them into a new location, aerial attacks during day.

still feeding commercial feeds, since I didn't win the popo lotto, or any lotto, yet. the frustration is emmense, and taxing.

i'm going to pray on it some and maybe I get an inkling of what to do. ultimately we want to grow our own food with as little input from big pharma as possible, if I could just get my HSA money into the feed bag I think I'd do the switch to all organic feed. convincing HSA/TAX man that food is medicine is an uphill battle!
 

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Here's my dozen two-week old mix of Orpington, Delaware, and Whiting chicks, they're in my spare shower area for another month, keeps the dust contained for easy cleanup after they get moved outside maybe early June. They're using the drip water system already for drinking. I just moved them into this bigger rabbit cage with the mesh floor with sawdust underneath, which is also cleaner than their beginning cage directly on the sawdust.
 

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Here's my dozen two-week old mix of Orpington, Delaware, and Whiting chicks, they're in my spare shower area for another month, keeps the dust contained for easy cleanup after they get moved outside maybe early June. They're using the drip water system already for drinking. I just moved them into this bigger rabbit cage with the mesh floor with sawdust underneath, which is also cleaner than their beginning cage directly on the sawdust.
nice clean set up for indoors.

my brooder is 4'x 4'x 2' high wire mesh top. 1.5 insulated walls and on a wheeled steel base I found on the highway one day. I can roll it around in the barn for light and cleaning.
corners rounded so nobody gets trapped.

first week water in, lil chicken waterers with apple cider vinegar.. about week two I hang a drip/nipple bucket waterer that they need to get used to for outside.

second weekish they get clumps of grass or hay, again to get gut used to eating outside.
these birds eat alot, programmed to eat and shit and grow yuge breast meats. full 24/7 feed 1st week only, then only 12 hours a day feed for about 2-3 more weeks then back on 24/7 feed, watch birds to see if they get ornery without feed its about two weeks until the rough housing starts. with these birds its important they don't eat themselves to yuge for growth of legs so they need to keep pace. also keep feed off the deck after a couple weeks, and then until harvest, these yuge birds will sit at a feeder and eat and not move, so water and feed needs to be raised as the get bigger to keep them mobile.

when its expected cold at night I have a red brooder light and a mattress pad blanket over top . daytime we open barn a little at a time depending on daytime temps. they stay inside until 4 weeks about until feathered, if you temper them a little they grow out feathers a little faster.

its a bit of an art of the chicken.

week 8 they go in freezer
week nine on rotisserie

end of august do it again. order birds early to make sure you get what you want when you want.

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nice clean set up for indoors.

my brooder is 4'x 4'x 2' high wire mesh top. 1.5 insulated walls and on a wheeled steel base I found on the highway one day. I can roll it around in the barn for light and cleaning.
corners rounded so nobody gets trapped.

first week water in, lil chicken waterers with apple cider vinegar.. about week two I hang a drip/nipple bucket waterer that they need to get used to for outside.

second weekish they get clumps of grass or hay, again to get gut used to eating outside.
these birds eat alot, programmed to eat and shit and grow yuge breast meats. full 24/7 feed 1st week only, then only 12 hours a day feed for about 2-3 more weeks then back on 24/7 feed, watch birds to see if they get ornery without feed its about two weeks until the rough housing starts. with these birds its important they don't eat themselves to yuge for growth of legs so they need to keep pace. also keep feed off the deck after a couple weeks, and then until harvest, these yuge birds will sit at a feeder and eat and not move, so water and feed needs to be raised as the get bigger to keep them mobile.

when its expected cold at night I have a red brooder light and a mattress pad blanket over top . daytime we open barn a little at a time depending on daytime temps. they stay inside until 4 weeks about until feathered, if you temper them a little they grow out feathers a little faster.

its a bit of an art of the chicken.

week 8 they go in freezer
week nine on rotisserie

end of august do it again. order birds early to make sure you get what you want when you want.

happy chickening
Woof, what a process. We let the chickens here run around all winter long and they seem to be doing okay. The rooster and hens got a little frostbitten in the comb area but no-one lost any toes. The house chickens that we hatched are nice fat little things, very healthy and glossy, laying well now, and the farm chickens that were given to us by a chicken farmer are looking much better than when we first got them. They actually have feathers on their lil' butts now, and their combs and legs have colour.

The chickens run around all over the place, up and down the lane way, along the fence lines, scratching around in the grass. The white house-chicken actually managed to kill a mole.

Today I picked up the white chicken because it's so fat & hefty and the stupid rooster decided to come at me, he kicked me and actually left a mark on my leg.
 

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Hey Potsticker, howz the newfound chick situation progressing?
I’m heading out to check on β€˜em and clean up the coops. I’ll report back.
 
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Woof, what a process. We let the chickens here run around all winter long and they seem to be doing okay. The rooster and hens got a little frostbitten in the comb area but no-one lost any toes. The house chickens that we hatched are nice fat little things, very healthy and glossy, laying well now, and the farm chickens that were given to us by a chicken farmer are looking much better than when we first got them. They actually have feathers on their lil' butts now, and their combs and legs have colour.

The chickens run around all over the place, up and down the lane way, along the fence lines, scratching around in the grass. The white house-chicken actually managed to kill a mole.

Today I picked up the white chicken because it's so fat & hefty and the stupid rooster decided to come at me, he kicked me and actually left a mark on my leg.
It is a bit of a process...I have a narrow property with dogs on each side of me and coyotes everywhere. No rooster this year
 
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Looks like all twelve of the new chicks are healthy, still have mom in there with them for now.

The 8 middle kids are getting bigger over in the other cage, starting to hop around on their growing feet. Seems like mom has moved on from loitering around them all day and is back out roaming the grounds with the rest of the flock.



The 2 older toddlers are looking sturdy, one more than the other I think. She’s (🀞🏻) also got the coolest coloring out of any bird so far.



That black lump above the toddlers turned out to be a crispy little dead chick from that batch that got tossed in there too soon the other day...?

I know I started with six, accidentally drown one, then picked up four dead ones the morning after they got moved and the last one died alone the next night, so... maybe I miscounted or that was some rogue chick I never knew about. Weird.

Anyway, I cleaned out the shit and scooped up four fresh eggs from the shelves and all is well in BirdBurgh.
 

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Our 10+ year old rooster died a couple nights/early mornings ago.

I didn’t see him that afternoon when everyone was starting to make their way to the coops and I just figured he was over on my side of the plot somewhere, rounding up a rogue female or maybe giving her the business, so I moved on...

But when I didn’t see him yesterday morning, I walked the tree line looking for signs of struggle from a theiving coyote or maybe, I imagined briefly with a smile, I’d find him standing on the shredded corpse of one of those mutts, covered in its blood and slurping up a string of muscle like hot spaghetti...

No such luck. I found him wedged under/between a chain link fence and some plexiglass sheets we have stored behind a shed. His wing was tucked under a strand of barb wire that I didn’t even know runs along the bottom of that section of fence.

Maybe he got chased into there and got caught up in the wires? But a dog would have been able to get at him in that spot and not a single feather was out of place on him.

Maybe he just did that thing so many wive’s tales talk about where an animal goes out to a secluded place when they feel their time has come and he died alone at peace?

I don’t know, it’s weird, but I’m learning that’s just farm life. Now I hope that at least one of these babies is gonna turn out to be a DGAF Chad Uber Rooster.

But until then... looks like we’re both rooster-less this year @anti-barabas-ite, so all the girls might require a bit more attention to keep them on their routine and safe. We do have 2 little dwarf looking rooster dudes that bop around with them, so maybe they’ll step up and become who they are. idk

Hey, I just realized... the very first batch of chicks after I moved here were born on the day George Floyd died and now our rooster died on the day of the Chauvin verdict. I don’t know what that means, but it feels like an sign.
 

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Wow, that is an old rooster, will be interested to hear how your hens respond to this disruption to the pecking order. Quite a vacuum without him around keeping order.
 

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feed update:

chick starter, 20% protein was 12.00 per 50# yesterday its 15.00 per 50#. feedstore clerk says the price will go down in fall. with no reason to say that oter than historical rememberances of price increases in spring and lowerin g at harvest time.

myself because I'm tuned to food fear porn believe this is not like last timey. supply chain disruptions are a lag time event ontop of realtime gouging and nudging. also animals you raise are being demonized and attempting to be phased out for a 2030 no meat solation.

I'm still not thrilled with raising meat birds on soy based products, the phactory pharming of these foods is anathema to my being really..."my struggle"

there were no whole oats in-stock, this never happens.
all feed prices are way up, the clerk says this week prices adjust on random items in the store...to offset the feed price shock to city customers, those of us that buy feed will not be amused.

I'm going to gamble and buy next years feed now , maybe at peak of price gouge? maybe not, its a gamble. not sure if I can raise food next season if it goes much higher.

to all you natural feeding on bugs and grass , I salute you! great job raising a 6 pound meat bird on grass without predation and long-term commitments?.

hay was not outrageous at action last week, fuel prices will dictate the next win ters prices, my hay guy said anyone short hay for feeding last winter is paying higher prices early spring for not buying enough last year.

lost a bird to a flying predator yesterday, bird was inside a neted area for 1.5 months with no attacks. it was a small polish crested hen, it looks like the big rudd ranger was attacked too but that bird weighs ten or more pounds, lotsa feathers but bird is still there.

my plan is meat birds go outside in pen in coming week, I need to up my predation thinking game, I want them roaming larger area than just the tractors , that's what I usually do.

I'm thinking about tying a twine around the fence stakes in a sort of crisscross pattern to deter aerial recon by hawk's and eagles.

something fairly simple since fence is only 4' high and I will need to go inside daily to add water and feed...stay tuned.
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