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Update On My Chicks
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KellyGa    Posted 02-18-2004 at 08:02:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
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! :)


Taylor Lambert    Posted 02-18-2004 at 14:55:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kelly wait till they get older and can kinda fly when you see them you ll be a chicken perch as they will all try to hop on you at one time. Ive noticed when we raised chickens 2 days after they hatched they would chase crickts when they ould get into the brooder. Also get them an old shllow pan of sawdust for them to scratch in they love that to.


KellyGa    Posted 02-18-2004 at 16:33:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
lol, they tried to eat a shoestring today, guess they are ready for a worm or two, lol.


Cindi    Posted 02-18-2004 at 12:03:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I get old and wrinkly will you take me in?

(grin)

I don't know what's up with the one. Maybe she's just busy growing. I can't suggest anything. Sounds like you've got all the bases covered.


KellyGa    Posted 02-18-2004 at 16:35:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I shore will shugaa pie! (wink)

She got to feeling better during the day today, so all is well with the world again. :)


Coon Catcher Clay    Posted 02-18-2004 at 11:27:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have never heard of such horrible treatment of poor defenseless creatures.I will give you one last chance before I turn you in to the chicken police.As soon as the sun goes down you should take an electric blanket and gently wrap the chicks in it.Turn off all lights except a UL approved 7 watt night light, sit in a rocking chair and softly tell them [why did the chicken cross the road] jokes until they are asleep or until you don't hear a peep out of them.


KellyGa    Posted 02-18-2004 at 16:36:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Awww...now you know I would do just that, except instead of the chicken police, my family would call the paddy wagon for me! LOL Wait til you see my post about the toys I gave them today, lol.


toolman    Posted 02-18-2004 at 09:57:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
sounds like those chickens are better taken care of than some folks i know, has IAN decided to do any cooking yet . smile i was only kidding , tell him i have a recepit for chicken soup lol.


KellyGa    Posted 02-18-2004 at 16:38:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
HEY HEY HEY! No eating the pets, lol. Ian will never cook as long as I am around. He would have to get pretty darn hungry first, lol.


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