Posted 02-18-2004 at 08:02:46
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I have been asked for an update for all you step parents on the 6 buff orpingtons I bought about 3 weeks ago now. I thank you for asking. :)
I never imagined any creature growing right in fromt of my eyes. Every morning, I go in the spare room I keep them in, take off the red light (for night time sleeping), lay down fresh newspaper in the spare brooder, put down some fresh timothy hay over the newspaper, pick up each chick out of the old and put them into the new. Funny thing, they love the fresh hay, they scratch through it looking for little hay seeds, seems they really like that. Then I put the screen lid on, put their daylight plant light on, go get the feeder and the waterer cleaned and filled. Books and such say they aren't supposed to go outside until they are at least 8 weeks old. I don't know about that, these girls are alreayd trying and almost succeeding in popping right out of the brooder when I have the lid off! They are tall!
Anyway, they seem to all be thriving, one seems a bit under the weather, so I doubled up on the antibiotic in the water. she still eats and drinks, just doesn't hold her tail feathers up, and kinda bunches herself up, like she is cold, but I assure you, they are warm. She has been like this for three days, but no worse. Nobody is picking on her or anything, hope she gets okay, anybody know why she is acting like this?
We are going to have some really great weather for the next few days, going to get that house up, I will take pictures so I can show y'all my version of a chicken house. Looked online at a bunch, ended up with my own design.
Y'all have a great day! :)