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Velvet Sparrow
May 15, 2006

'Hope' is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune, without the words, and never stops--at all.



Luna posted:

These guys are 3 weeks old now. I'm going to have to move them to a bigger enclosure soon.





So cute! Especially that little buff poofy-headed rooboy.

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perepelki
Dec 11, 2020

know before Whom you stand

chickam! chickam! chickam!

Luna posted:

These guys are 3 weeks old now. I'm going to have to move them to a bigger enclosure soon.




omg their fluffy slippers

e: the white-headed ones remind me of tiny bald eagles

perepelki fucked around with this message at 00:15 on Mar 29, 2021

Alterian
Jan 28, 2003



Mine will be 3 weeks on Wednesday. We constructed a bigger chick pen for them over the weekend. I'll post pics tomorrow. I'm paranoid one of them is a rooster, but they're a sexlink type of chicken.

Luna
May 31, 2001

A hand full of seeds and a mouthful of dirt




We're pretty sure the big blonde one is a rooster. We're 50/50 on the Frizzle and pretty sure the other two are hens.

Joburg
May 19, 2013



Fun Shoe

My chickies are 2 weeks old now. Weíre supposed to have nice weather starting a Thursday so Iíll be moving them out to the empty coop. I sectioned off half of it so hopefully the hens will be curious and meet them through the wire.

The gross black comb fell off today. He looks a little silly and the ladies werenít quite as interested in him. Maybe we need to figure out some sort of rooster toupee...

perepelki
Dec 11, 2020

know before Whom you stand

joburg i think that is the most expressive rooster i've ever seen. he just looks totally devastated in every photo. he knows

Joburg
May 19, 2013



Fun Shoe

perepelki posted:

joburg i think that is the most expressive rooster i've ever seen. he just looks totally devastated in every photo. he knows

Clarence kicked him off a hen today. Poor dude. His mojo may never recover.

perepelki
Dec 11, 2020

know before Whom you stand

Joburg posted:

Clarence kicked him off a hen today. Poor dude. His mojo may never recover.
on the other hand, i'm glad clarence is having his time to shine

perepelki
Dec 11, 2020

know before Whom you stand

the kookaburra is my poultry now. it just comes down and sits on my water tank in broad daylight, fearing nothing, watching the (caged) quail for hours

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"




perepelki posted:

the kookaburra is my poultry now. it just comes down and sits on my water tank in broad daylight, fearing nothing, watching the (caged) quail for hours

If a prey bird looked at my flock, I would be chasing it away while firing flails and screaming Bible verses. To set a precedent. Called, "Don't Even Think About loving With My Birds."

perepelki
Dec 11, 2020

know before Whom you stand

Captain Log posted:

If a prey bird looked at my flock, I would be chasing it away while firing flails and screaming Bible verses. To set a precedent. Called, "Don't Even Think About loving With My Birds."
i live on the kookaburra's land

Alterian
Jan 28, 2003



New chick pen. The top isn't secured yet but I think I can just get some hooks to close the chicken where at the top there's enough up there that I could fold it in so they can't get out from the top. I might put some sides on it too to keep them from kicking things out. It would just be easier though to use puppy pads until they're big enough to go outside it's so much faster to clean even if it is a little bit more expensive.



Obligatory chick shot. Comet is the one that is the focus of the image. I'm paranoid she's going to be a rooster. She doesn't have any of the colorings sapphire gems should have if they are rooster, but she has big feet and she's sort of is a little more upright than the other one? It's possible she's just going to be a big girl.

Joburg
May 19, 2013



Fun Shoe

Alterian posted:

Comet is the one that is the focus of the image. I'm paranoid she's going to be a rooster. She doesn't have any of the colorings sapphire gems should have if they are rooster, but she has big feet and she's sort of is a little more upright than the other one? It's possible she's just going to be a big girl.

Iíve found that the Plymouth Rocks are more assertive hens, so maybe itís just that. If she is a boy you can bring him to Wyoming and trade him for a hen.

This coming weekend Iím getting a new shed delivered. I will need to put in some windows and add on some skids so it can be a moveable coop. Right now we have 33 grown chickens and 24 chicks (straight run) so I shouldnít have any grasshopper damage to my garden this summer

Chicken damage is another issue...

Alterian
Jan 28, 2003



Well keep her/him, but we might have to give peace offerings to the neighbors. Someone down the road has a rooster and I can hear another one somewhere nearby in the mornings.

MrUnderbridge
Jun 25, 2011



Joburg posted:

My chickies are 2 weeks old now. We’re supposed to have nice weather starting a Thursday so I’ll be moving them out to the empty coop. I sectioned off half of it so hopefully the hens will be curious and meet them through the wire.

The gross black comb fell off today. He looks a little silly and the ladies weren’t quite as interested in him. Maybe we need to figure out some sort of rooster toupee...



Maybe carve something out of erasers and glue it to him?

Red rubber glove like Feathers McGraw?

RoboRodent
Sep 19, 2012



A prosthetic comb.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"




perepelki posted:

i live on the kookaburra's land

Trust me, this is how to start negotiations with anyone.

1. Light Flare
2. Kick Open Door
3. Many Swears

That method has never failed me when it comes time to buy a new car.

LuckyCat
Jul 26, 2007



Grimey Drawer

Joburg posted:

@LuckyCat, any news from the necropsy?

Just heard from them. Marekís. Not the answer we wanted but we finally have an answer at least.

Our frizzle rooster Oscar is starting to show symptoms as well.

Our plan is going to be this: this weekend weíll arrange for some new hens. May need some guidance on this as weíll be integrating our remaining silkie rooster Salem in with them. Theyíll need to be adult hens (at least 7 months) to give them the best chance of having immunity to Marekís. Salem is small and I donít want him to be at a great disadvantage.

Weíll section off our back-up coop away from Oscar and Salemís coop and quarantine the newbies there for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks is up, weíll have Oscar euthanized and integrate Salem at that time. Meanwhile, weíll be cleaning the coop daily to cut down on dander exposure.

Is this a bad plan? What do yíall think? Here are my goals:

1. I donít want Salem to be lonely
2. I donít want Salem to get his rear end handed to him by new hens since heíll be outnumbered.
3. Oscar needs to be put down but I donít want to do that until Salem has replacement companionship.

Enfys
Feb 17, 2013

i am a dragon


Are you going to be getting hens who were vaccinated as chicks? I wouldn't risk bringing unvaccinated chickens into an environment with active Marek's regardless of the age since older chickens can still catch it.

Sorry you've lost so much of your flock

perepelki
Dec 11, 2020

know before Whom you stand

oh gently caress, marek's that's the one thing i've heard about from this thread that i've never had to deal with, or know anybody irl who has. i am so sorry you're having to go through this bullshit!

Joburg
May 19, 2013



Fun Shoe

LuckyCat posted:

Just heard from them. Marekís. Not the answer we wanted but we finally have an answer at least.

Our frizzle rooster Oscar is starting to show symptoms as well.

Our plan is going to be this: this weekend weíll arrange for some new hens. May need some guidance on this as weíll be integrating our remaining silkie rooster Salem in with them. Theyíll need to be adult hens (at least 7 months) to give them the best chance of having immunity to Marekís. Salem is small and I donít want him to be at a great disadvantage.

Weíll section off our back-up coop away from Oscar and Salemís coop and quarantine the newbies there for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks is up, weíll have Oscar euthanized and integrate Salem at that time. Meanwhile, weíll be cleaning the coop daily to cut down on dander exposure.

Is this a bad plan? What do yíall think? Here are my goals:

1. I donít want Salem to be lonely
2. I donít want Salem to get his rear end handed to him by new hens since heíll be outnumbered.
3. Oscar needs to be put down but I donít want to do that until Salem has replacement companionship.

Thatís awful Iím so sorry! As Enfys said, you could definitely add some hens that were vaccinated as chicks. A lot of the hatcheries sell started pullets that were vaccinated. They are younger than you were thinking but that might help with integration. Also in my experience hens see roosters as separate from the pecking order and I havenít had any trouble integrating a lone rooster in with hens. It helps to set treats out where he can find them first and show them to the ladies, then he can prove heís a great provider.

I canít remember if I posted about it but I did vaccinate my older chickens for mareks myself with a vaccine from Jeffers. I donít think it would hurt to vaccinate Salem, even though heís already been exposed. Iím no chicken doctor though.

Again, Iím really sorry that you are dealing with this

Imagined
Feb 2, 2007


Our girls finally got their first (ever) sun, grass, and fresh air today since the missing box for the run finally came in. Very happy with the quality of the frame, though I suspect we'll have to replace the wire sooner than later -- it was thin enough to cut with kitchen scissors. Also you can tell by the black hinge on the gate that it was missing a piece and I had to run to Home Depot in the middle of it and get whatever they had to replace it.

Imagined fucked around with this message at 01:50 on Mar 30, 2021

ApathyGirl
Aug 24, 2013


Luna posted:

These guys are 3 weeks old now. I'm going to have to move them to a bigger enclosure soon.





They look like fluffy balls of cinnamon crumb coffee cake!

perepelki
Dec 11, 2020

know before Whom you stand



majestic tigerlily

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"




perepelki posted:



majestic tigerlily

If you look close enough at bird feathers, it's basically the same as doing acid.

Alterian
Jan 28, 2003



Chick zoomies (ignore the poop)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot2nXZJbR_w

This is the webcam view I entertain my students with.

Edit: Eclipse is the troublemaker.

Alterian fucked around with this message at 18:42 on Mar 30, 2021

hope and vaseline
Feb 13, 2001



oh my god those baby frizzles

perepelki
Dec 11, 2020

know before Whom you stand

bless all these chicks

Imagined
Feb 2, 2007




Witness the power of this fully-armed and operational chicken run.

Still have some work to do. Last night I hung a solar powered webcam up in there, and I've ordered a solar powered LED strip to put inside the coup too. Going to rig up some kind of cheap auto-feeder too eventually (probably doesn't need to be electronic) in case we're ever gone for a couple of days.

I'm also planning on putting some tomato cage wire around the perimeter (except in front of the door) to discourage our nosy dachshunds and also to grow some sugar snap peas for the ladies to peck at through the wire. If the dogs show any desire to dig under then I'll have to bury some bricks or something. Also plan on building a stand to elevate the coup and give them that much more space in there. Also will go back and trim up all those zip ties (and add more). I'm sure at some point I'll have to upgrade the wire all over. The stuff it came with was technically metal, but still thin enough to cut with kitchen scissors. Not confident about the longevity of that tarp in Oklahoma wind, either. The run itself is staked down with trampoline stakes.

It was great to see the girls go from literally too scared to come out of the coup to happily hunting bugs in the weeds within an hour or so. Part of me feels bad that they're confined to the run, but the other part knows how much better this is than the life most domestic chickens get.

Fluffy Bunnies
Jan 9, 2009

FUCK





a hawk could shred that in a breath

Imagined
Feb 2, 2007


Fluffy Bunnies posted:

a hawk could shred that in a breath

I suspected as much. I'll get to work upgrading it sooner rather than later then.

Fluffy Bunnies
Jan 9, 2009

FUCK





Imagined posted:

I suspected as much. I'll get to work upgrading it sooner rather than later then.

chicken wire is nice for projects like landscaping, but it's woefully named. You want hardware cloth. Use fence loops instead of zipties. It takes a bit longer, but it holds up to almost anything.

Being totally honest, I don't have a roof over my entire chicken coop. but I have a very angry llama that protects it, a lot of guardian dogs near it, and a roo with 2-3" spurs that has absolutely ruined small raptor days in the past (though they got away). I figure if they get through that, well, okay then.

Luna
May 31, 2001

A hand full of seeds and a mouthful of dirt




Hi guys, heard you guys got chickens in this thread.

Imagined
Feb 2, 2007


Fluffy Bunnies posted:

chicken wire is nice for projects like landscaping, but it's woefully named. You want hardware cloth. Use fence loops instead of zipties. It takes a bit longer, but it holds up to almost anything.

Being totally honest, I don't have a roof over my entire chicken coop. but I have a very angry llama that protects it, a lot of guardian dogs near it, and a roo with 2-3" spurs that has absolutely ruined small raptor days in the past (though they got away). I figure if they get through that, well, okay then.

Thanks, yeah, hardware cloth is what I was planning on using for version 2.0. Good point on fence loops, too.

Alterian
Jan 28, 2003



Our plan to fix up our chicken area is to build a Ft. Clux that is as predator proof as we can get and then a semi-less secure fenced in area mostly to contain them and keep hawks out. If we need to go out of town, Ft. Clux will be where they stay. I'm using this to help design Ft. Clux. https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/permanent-hoop-coop-guide.47818/

perepelki
Dec 11, 2020

know before Whom you stand



pluff

spookygonk
Apr 3, 2005
Does not give a damn



Regal.

perepelki
Dec 11, 2020

know before Whom you stand

how are your new hens going? i think about them frequently

spookygonk
Apr 3, 2005
Does not give a damn


perepelki posted:

how are your new hens going? i think about them frequently

Will post an update shortly. We still have all five which is as it should be.

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Velvet Sparrow
May 15, 2006

'Hope' is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune, without the words, and never stops--at all.



DAMNED BANTY EGGS!!!
We have our first pip! #8, a tiny bantam egg, has a pip. Horribly early, as usual--the eggs don't even go into lockdown (humidity raised, turns halted--signals chicks it's hatch time) until 11PM tonight.
Hopefully it won't start to unzip today, if it does we'll have to recruit a broody hen to finish that egg's hatch. We'll watch the lttle sucker. I'll start the GBS thread once the actual hatch starts, and I'll post a link to it in here.


We've also have Mareks in our flock, and now vax for it every year--never a problem in southern California, but here in northern Nevada it's *everywhere*. It's the occular version, makes the birds go blind if it doesn't kill them outright.

Gonna second nixing chicken wire for a poultry pen--it's made to keep chickens out of your garden, and is worse than useless as a chicken enclosure, since it gives you a false sense of security. Not only hawks can get through it, but nighttime predators who can take their time and dig under the wire, or just rip it open.

Here's how we built our run back in 2012--hardware cloth all the way, buried at least a foot underground and lined with stones on both sides to stop any digging. We get hellacious winds here, so we had to do concrete footings for the buried supports, too: https://jackshenhouse.blogspot.com/2012/02/how-to-spend-two-weeks.html


EDIT-- And yes, I know what day it is--this is no joke, the little bastard has pipped.

Velvet Sparrow fucked around with this message at 15:36 on Apr 1, 2021

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