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I just brought her inside and he’s got a messed up leg. Broken? Splayed? Tendon slipped? Obviously happened when it went venturing away from mom too soon. Her little knee is all swollen and red. The leg is kinda sticking out at a weird angle and her foot can’t flex open too far.

I’ve got it in a box under a lamp with food and water with a little ACV. What’s next? The internet says bandaid or popsicle splint or even amputate...? 😳
We got two turkeys chicks for some reason, and the one has a messed up leg, it looks like it's dislocated from the hip and the whole leg twists backwards. It's the left leg, and the leg twists counter clockwise from the joint. It stands and walks around, but if it doesn't get fixed (how, splints?) then it's gonna be culled. Turkeys get too big to have a bum leg.

Gah, it's gross-looking :(((((((((((

We had a little duckling from a family friend, apparently their dog stepped on it and mangled the leg. We made a little foot board (trace the good foot, then flip the tracing to make it symmetrical and proper to the other foot) and taped it on with micro pore tape, then made splints from some sort of thin-but-stiff wire, wrapped them up in micropore tape so there wouldn't be bare metal against its little leg, and tape in on his leg. After all that the duck is okay. Not good, but okay. His leg is stiff and he has a limp but he gets around. Maybe try a splint for your chickie.
 

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Heat stress in poultry production: Mitigation strategies to overcome the future challenges facing the global poultry industry


Journal of Thermal Biology
Volume 78, December 2018, Pages 131-139





Poultry typically demonstrate the following symptoms when heat stressed:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Lethargic behavior
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures or convulsions


I'm tilting their new grass enclosure to get earlier daytime sun and longer daytime shade. if we get winds we get a bonus.
 

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The little gimpy turkey has been euthanised. Its leg was not improving, and turkeys get real big, so they need both of their legs to be reliable. So, saved it some suffering in the future. 😒

The rest of the chickies are coming along nicely, we let them run around in the big coop while the grown chickens are outside. There's a really friendly little red one that jumped on my knee whilst I was sitting on my heels, then it jumped up on my shoulder. Very cute.

Later, after I took it off it jumped back on my knee and laid down, or w/e chickens do. Very cute, much mood boosting.
 

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The pack of old chickens have been going farther and farther away from base every morning to pick at fresh ground, which only mildly stresses me out because they tend to work their way back by mid-day.

The problem is the oldest batch of young chickens are getting more comfortable roaming and have also been testing the limits of how far they can stray. I’v had to hop into my Mexican neighbor’s property a few times to shoo them out, except they’re not exactly trained well enough to respond correctly to my tongue clicks and flicks of my wide-brimmed straw hat.

I then realized that the middle batch of younglings are looking pretty crowded in their coop and need to be let out to join the pack as well and if I was already feeling like I was losing my grip trying to keep everyone corralled... chicken chaos was inevitable.

So, I spent the last few days patching fences and fully enclosing the back half of the property by putting up 150 feet of new chain link (well, not “new”, I had to scavenge through the pile of old, used, twisted up wire from some bygone era and get really creative when it came to posts).

As of right now, everyone’s out doing their thing and the new borders are being respected. Most of the hens don’t have their wings clipped, so I’m sure they might try to flap up and over the lower portions of the fence, but like I said, they usually stay out trouble when they wander off.

2 dwarf roosters, 7 hens and 20 plucky tweens running around on this blessed patch of God’s green earth... what a gift.

The other 8 babies are coming along just fine, been picking and throwing wads of fresh crawler weeds into their coop for them to play with and practice foraging/hunting.

They’re sturdy, chipper little guys, but I’ve noticed that they get dried poop plugs stuck to their bums more often than previous batches. ACV in the water helps with that, right? I haven’t added any to their bottle in a week or so since I figured that really only benefited them when they were freshly hatched or something...? Idk.
 
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The pack of old chickens have been going farther and farther away from base every morning to pick at fresh ground, which only mildly stresses me out because they tend to work there way back by mid-day.

The problem is the oldest batch of young chickens are getting more comfortable roaming and have also been testing the limits of how far they can stray. I’v had to hop into my Mexican neighbor’s property a few times to shoo them out, except they’re not exactly trained well enough to respond correctly to my tongue clicks and flicks of my wide-brimmed straw hat.

I then realized that the middle batch of younglings are looking pretty crowded in their coop and need to be let out to join the pack as well and if I was already feeling like I was losing my grip trying to keep everyone corralled... chicken chaos was inevitable.

So, I spent the last few days patching fences and fully enclosing the back half of the property by putting up 120 feet of new chain link (well, not “new”, I had to scavenge through the pile of old, used, twisted up wire from some bygone era and get really creative when it came to posts).

As of right now, everyone’s out doing their thing and the new borders are being respected. Most of the hens don’t have their wings clipped, so I’m sure they might try to flap up and over the lower portions of the fence, but like I said, they usually stay out trouble when they wander off.

2 dwarf roosters, 7 hens and 20 plucky tweens running around on this blessed patch of God’s green earth... what a gift.

The other 8 babies are coming along just fine, been picking and throwing wads of fresh crawler weeds into their coop for them to play with and practice foraging/hunting.

They’re sturdy, chipper little guys, but I’ve noticed that they get dried poop plugs stuck to their bums more often than previous batches. ACV in the water helps with that, right? I haven’t added any to their bottle in a week or so since I figured that really only benefited them when they were freshly hatched or something...? Idk.
I do acv for about a week when new.

Used to worry about pasty butt, but quit washing asses of chickens when I asked myself, "who washes wild chicken asees"?

Right nobody.

I think it a stress thing and maybe water, i ferget.

Try adding some acv and watch, a couple days prolly goes away.

I'm three days from harvest and Second batch goes out of brooder to wide wide world....in my drought!
 

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There are three young turkeys now, the biggest is about seagull sized, she chases whoever around the house in a most endearing way. There is another smaller white turkey with black-touched feathers, and a chocolate turkey, really more of a beige colour. They are very tame and cute, they love to sit with us and follow us around. If you want a companion bird some young turkeys might be just the thing 🤠

The three Rhode Island reds are also very cute and friendly.

The darker chicks, not sure what they are, tend to be more adventurous and spunky, and they hate being held.

We went on an adventure today to get two more chickens, a buff orp and another Oreo variety, and then two of these white thangs that lay blue eggs, for the family friend. On the way home, one of the white ones laid an egg and it was indeed a pale blue colour. Very interesting.
 

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My wackiest hen has been broody for a week, hogging the girl’s fave laying spot all day making a few unfertilized eggs nice and warm for no good reason.

Had to keep pulling her outta there at least twice a day, so yesterday I put her up in the empty tween coop with no bedding and plenty of food and water.

She had a much less wild look in her eye today and I’m hoping she’ll get back to a normal laying/leaving schedule when I let her out in a couple days.

Any pointers if she keeps it up? I read somewhere that putting a frozen water bottle in the nest might make her not want to loiter in there all day, but I’m not sure if that’ll just mess up everyone’s routine...?

Also, the oldest of the 20 twerps is becoming a long-legged MacDaddy rooster with great, ever evolving plumage.



Pretty impressive, he’s almost taller than the old ladies, but still timid around them.

 

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The young rooster has started to crow at dawn. The first time I heard him, he kinda botched and garbled the attempt, but he’s been getting better at it. His nuts still have to drop a couple more octaves and then he’ll be an expert.

And now the bad news... the gate between the goat and dog pens got opened somehow, my guess is the thunder and lightning last night drove the neurotic dog to claw at the latch till it flipped up, idk.

By the time I got there this morning, the goats had knocked down half of the dog’s shade lean-to, everyone was just wandering around each others pens and the same jumpy dog was in the process of cornering my most beautiful young bird that likes to sneak under the fence into the goat’s area all the time.

The two runt chickens are both black, but with an increasing amount of gorgeous grey lace and flair showing up around their heads and necks. I was able to scoop her up and over the fence and get everyone else back to their spots and fix up the lean-to...

...but then I notice that dog kinda skulking under a different shade zone, sniffing and nosing the dirt. Turns out he had already caught, crushed and buried the second most beautiful young bird.

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Potsticker, That’s brutal news man but excellent writing. One of our roosters was somehow killed a couple of nights ago who I had to bury and it was a sad thing he had such a big beautiful multifarious feathers. Thankfully we had just been gifted a younger black rooster and I hope he will take the flock over from his deceased stepdad. What you said about him trying to crow is so familiar to me, I love it when a young rooster first becomes the cock of the walk and tries out his lungs and vocal cords. The first few attempts we all laugh at him including the old hens, But later we are all forced to eat our words when he lets out those lusty cock-a-doodle-doo sounds. Maybe that is where eating crow came from as a figure of speech
 

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Thankfully we had just been gifted a younger black rooster
Isn’t it funny how things like that work out? God really does open a window every time he closes a door!
Maybe that is where eating crow came from as a figure of speech
Speaking of which... when researching what to do with my extra roosters, I read that if I choose to cull them for meat, it’s best to wait until they start crowing. Has something to do with their hormones I guess, but they say that’s when rooster meat is the optimal tenderness.

I’m gonna let this guy stick around (might create a separate little colony for him with some hens outside his gene pool), but I think the other 6 or 7 are gonna end up being my first lesson in bird butchering. I’ll have to check back here for any advice, probably gonna happen soon though.
 

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Isn’t it funny how things like that work out? God really does open a window every time he closes a door!

Speaking of which... when researching what to do with my extra roosters, I read that if I choose to cull them for meat, it’s best to wait until they start crowing. Has something to do with their hormones I guess, but they say that’s when rooster meat is the optimal tenderness.

I’m gonna let this guy stick around (might create a separate little colony for him with some hens outside his gene pool), but I think the other 6 or 7 are gonna end up being my first lesson in bird butchering. I’ll have to check back here for any advice, probably gonna happen soon though.
As a gamer trying to survive this ongoing apocalypse, I can say that our family made efforts several years ago to learn just a few basic practical steps toward feeding ourselves. At that point one of the things I did was learn how to butcher a chicken and it is surprisingly easy, all things considered. That being said I need to refresh my memory with everything that’s happening. I would definitely appreciate reading updates with how it’s going for you I know that it’s been said several times in this thread but for anyone who might be reading it for the first time I cannot recommend to you highly enough the simplicity and satisfaction of raising hens. They literally just about take care of them selves if you have a coop and you feed them. Ours literally put them selves away at night and all they do all day is eat and lay eggs. It’s a really good and convenient food source and a great way to start up toward a form of self-sufficiency away from supply chain madness.
 

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My wackiest hen has been broody for a week, hogging the girl’s fave laying spot all day making a few unfertilized eggs nice and warm for no good reason.

Had to keep pulling her outta there at least twice a day, so yesterday I put her up in the empty tween coop with no bedding and plenty of food and water.

She had a much less wild look in her eye today and I’m hoping she’ll get back to a normal laying/leaving schedule when I let her out in a couple days.

Any pointers if she keeps it up? I read somewhere that putting a frozen water bottle in the nest might make her not want to loiter in there all day, but I’m not sure if that’ll just mess up everyone’s routine...?

Also, the oldest of the 20 twerps is becoming a long-legged MacDaddy rooster with great, ever evolving plumage.



Pretty impressive, he’s almost taller than the old ladies, but still timid around them.

I'd like to have some broodiness. Our Buff Orpingtons do not go broody ever. We have an incubator, but for resilience I want birds that can incubate themselves.

After losing a lot of dumb and sickly chickens we now have a nice flock with some in the third generation, but I'm thinking about crossing the hens with a breed known for broodiness and more meat. Does anyone have suggestions?
 

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gonna end up being my first lesson in bird butchering. I’ll have to check back here for any advice, probably gonna happen soon though.
we just did a relatives batch last weekend.

the more help the better if you are doing any quantity, I think this batch was 35.

we have a kill station with restraining cones. scalder(big steel pot, turkey fryer burner),plucker.
scald water about 150degrees
The water temperature needs to be between 130 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. For best results, use a thermometer to monitor the water temperature. Chickens will need to be scalded between 30 seconds to two minutes.

I pull wing feathers after I count to about 10, swirling bird in pot, if they pull easy its ready, scalding is a nack, too long and you cook meat and the plucker brutalizes skin too little and you are plucking alot.

then plucker, run water , run plucker until bird is mostly clean. no plucker you do it by hand, if your really good you just skin it like a goose.

onto evisceration. cut feet off at joint pry lightly at feet up, you will see where to separate, cut neck sort of same way, cut out top parts of diestive system with neck, turn over ass facing you I cut tail off, then from butthole pierce and cut up towards center of breast , don't ram knife too deep, then cut at a side ange out towards legs about 2-3 inches making a kinda peace sign type opening above the buthole, cut this big enough to get hand in, reach inside all the way, cup fingers and pull out the entrails, pulling it out enough to lay on table behind bird, then you cut around the butthole towards where the tail used to be this frees all the entrails from bird, tricky part is don't puncture the intestines or anything really. poop on the meat is harder to wash off, if you do open up something wash it off right away. reach in with lung scraper if you have one or use fingers and scrap anything else you can out of ribcage etc.
rinse bird, dump it in a cold water tank, move onto next.

this is basically how I do it, your results may vary.

after birds are done we reclean, vacuum seal in bags and I set my birds in refrigerator a day or two before freezing.

our team of three(smallest) can do 25-30 birds in less than 4 hours.

hens look like the cartoon rubber chickens when plucked. unless you get dual purpose birds you don't get same meat piles.(rudd rangers)

we do cornish cross for meat. 8 weeks, egg to harvest. average 6.5 pounds, last birds we did were 11 weeks I think and they were probably closer to 8-10 pounds, too big for me.

we have 30 new ones in brooder, 7 weeks from now we do it for last time this year and we have a bird a week and a few for barterin dr. bills.
 

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Miami Herald: A deadly salmonella outbreak spanning 47 states gets linked to backyard chickens and ducks.


Do not kiss your chickens on the lips.


I think feltching afghani refugees is still a_ok according to Oxfam and catholic charities.
 
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My nice RI Red passed on July 4, 8pm. :(
Her belly had been very swollen and was breathing heavy but was stil moving around, she became agitated when I went out there for some reason, then closed her eyes.
Was still laying eggs. RIP Mocha
 

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My nice RI Red passed on July 4, 8pm. :(
Her belly had been very swollen and was breathing heavy but was stil moving around, she became agitated when I went out there for some reason, then closed her eyes.
Was still laying eggs. RIP Mocha

it's probably the Syngamose (syngamus trachea) a worm fixed on the breathing system of the hen who looks like she's searching for air. I've lost my preferred hen three months ago from that.
 
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