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A good morning + Greenhorn Question
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EIEIO    Posted 12-04-2002 at 03:54:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good Morning Everyone and I hope that you have a beautiful day today. It is finally freezing here and we may get a little snow. Brrrrrrrrrrrr!

Okay question, the old toot says not to worry but when I checked on the critters last night the sheep was out in the rain and she was pretty wet. They have a huge pen in the barn with hay, I know the Pyr is comfortable in the weather but I worry about Peep. Our goat at least has sense enough to stay in the barn.

Also I am having a terrible time getting the chickens into the barn, they want to stay outside in a big fenced in area between the two barns, or else the go into the other barn. We moved their food into the new quarters but no luck. I know there is an easier way to do it than the way I am doing it so I am coming to the experts.

Again thanks for your help!

Have a rainbow day!!

One more thing.(Nan)    Posted 12-04-2002 at 11:02:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]

If your “girls” aren’t used to being in close quarters I suggest something to occupy their fertile umm minds. Something like a head of cabbage or apples hanging on a string( fair warning the more roughage in the diet the more you know).
Good Luck Nan

EIEIO    Posted 12-04-2002 at 11:12:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
That sounds like a great idea, I just love this board you always hear wonderful ideas that these so called "experts" who write books never mention. Good old common sense and country knowledge sure works wonders.


Nan(TX)    Posted 12-04-2002 at 07:39:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi all,
This is what works for me .I don’t know how many chickens you have are if this is reasonable for you .First they need to be confined in the area that you want them to call home night and day for at lest a week after that they have imprinted on home and most well roost their no problem. You may have a couple that still prefer the great outdoors and have to round them up at night.
Take care Nan

EIEIO    Posted 12-04-2002 at 10:22:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tomorrow they will be confined if I have to chain them down.

Ana (MO)    Posted 12-04-2002 at 07:15:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know about sheep, goats don't like rain though and will go in. My experience with chickens is that they are creatures of habit and don't like to be moved. I'd tempt them into the barn before dark with food, close them in every night (if I didn't close up my chickens here, I wouldn't have any by morning--preditors). I have had to go get some out of the trees after dark and put them where I want them to nest. They eventually get the idea. I might leave them closed up inside the barn for a few days, if it wasn't too much trouble, just to get them used to the "correct" barn. Good luck.

EIEIO    Posted 12-04-2002 at 10:21:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, the idiot chickens are now in the wrong barn, there is no food, no roost, no hay, nothing but they are huddled in a corner. Tomorrow I am going to fix it so that cannot get in that barn and they will have to go into the other one.

Gimpleg Fagon    Posted 12-04-2002 at 06:42:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just think EI, only 12 years, 3 months and 21 days and you won't be a greenhorn no more!

EIEIO    Posted 12-04-2002 at 10:24:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gee Gimpleg what happens if I don't live that long, my tombstone will read Here Lies A Greenhorn only had one more day to go!!!

What a fate!!

I am trying though seems the older I get the faster the days go so maybe it will only be in 6 years, 2.5 months and 10.5 days - you think??!!

Patria / PR    Posted 12-04-2002 at 06:09:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good Morning EI and every body.
Like I said before, the weather at night is nice and a bit more than fresh so I didn't put on the fans last night and I even had to wear socks for bed.

I would also be worried for the sheep:-), out in a freezing cold and rainy night!

EIEIO    Posted 12-04-2002 at 10:27:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
All the sheep has to do is walk through a door and she is in the warm pen with hay but she is either stubborn or dumb.

Since your weather is so great and you are a travel agent maybe we could make arrangements and I could ship the chicken and ducks which includes my crooked duck to you for the winter. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Get it organized...    Posted 12-04-2002 at 12:48:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
...I have the space for them.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 12-04-2002 at 05:46:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not an expert on them grass maggots,(this is cow country), but I think they will be ok in thier wool overcoats. Do you have a light in the chicken house? If so, turn in on just befor dark and the chickens should just come in by there selves. Go out after dark and shut them up so other critters won't be having chicken for supper.

Fawteen    Posted 12-04-2002 at 04:28:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
The ol' toot is right, don't worry about it. That wool coat sheds water better than most raincoats. That's the reason fishermen wear wool sweaters. Even if they get wet, they keep ya warm.

The chickens are the same way. They oil their feathers (it looks like they are grooming themselves) and stay right out in it. If they get cold, they'll go inside and huddle up.

Animals have been keeping themselves warm since before Man discovered fire, they'll manage. Your job is to make sure they have someplace to go when they decide to, and you've more than covered that.

EIEIO    Posted 12-04-2002 at 10:30:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
They do have a place to go and I apologized to the old toot and told him I was wrong. I guess I am just a mother hen!

Why do I feel I could do better than what has been done for years and years and years? Guess it is that little stubborn streak in me!

What will probably happen I will get sicker than anything going out to the barn checking on the critters. They will be fine and I'll be miserable. Guess my greenhorn is showing!!

Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-04-2002 at 05:16:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Morning Fawteen and EI, have a good day.
Later Bob

Rachel    Posted 12-04-2002 at 05:21:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mornin EI, Fawteen and Bob, it's snowing here in
SE Missouri like the dickens! Got 2 inches on the ground and 3 to 4 more due today. Mark got up at 4am and drove the van to the top of the hill and walked back so he could get out at 6am. So, I expect I'll have at least tonite alone!! He won't get back in. LOL Have a warm day!!!

Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-04-2002 at 05:28:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well Rachel we don't have that up here in the banana belt. Sounds like a good day to stay inside and visit on the computer. Hope Mark gets to and from where he's going okay,just can't get in a hurry on slippery days.Oh yes Good Morning too.
Later Bob

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