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New chicks,...... and a frustrated cat

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15 minutes ago, Purple Power said:

Lucky Pecker

 

I fear she'll be hurt with that on her neck, perhaps caught, worse. 

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12 hours ago, EDDIEKIRK said:

 

I fear she'll be hurt with that on her neck, perhaps caught, worse. 

 

 

She's in the composting area now either eating or trying to get it off. She can move freely. The cone is still a bit scary to the other hens. This is a last measure before I take her to the vet. I see the pin feathers trying to grow, but when they can be grabbed, they are pulled out. I hope they grow in and Lucky Pecker relies I did this for her own good. I'd like to avoid having hens in the house this winter.  I need recovery ($$) time from Moose's visit plus get healthy.


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4 hours ago, Purple Power said:

I'd like to avoid having hens in the house this winter.

 

I sure hope they are able to be dependent on the coop this winter, 

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Update

 

Last week, Fluffy Cheeks decided to fly over a fence line that kept her out of the backyard while Chloe was out there. Chloe did chase her with lots of play bows and left her once I told her to 'leave it'. I got Fluffy cheeks back in the hen area and checked her for hole. She's lucky, no bites. I then watched my camera footage to learn how she got out. I saw another hen tried to fly over with her, Ritz. She along with a few other hens had there wings and tail feathers cut. On 12/14, Fluffy Cheeks laid her first egg. Her breed can lay blue, green, or pink eggs. To my delight her eggs are blue.

 

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Golden Nugget is in a hard molt. During the night for head count, she had all of her feathers. The morning after, it looked there was a pillow fight where a pillow ripped open with white turning to orange feathers every where and a mostly bald hen.

 

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These new feathers are known as pin or blood feather. This is the painful part of growing new feathers since the pin feathers are full of new nerves and blood. At the tips, you can see her new feathers are starting to come out. At night, she's been cuddling up (I'm using this term loosely here) to hens below her in the flock since they are less likely to peck her.

 

 

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With so many hens, my coop was just too small. So my son and I saved for months to build these working hens a great home. A small note even when this coop is done, I'll probably be making modifications for a while after. My son took a little over a week off from job corps. I cleared the job site before he got home.

 

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The days were over 100 while working. At first we did split shift, work in the morning and evenings.

 

 

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My son broke my oldest tape measure. I've never seen one break like this before. All I know was my son went to go measure something for the coop. When he came back he said, "Mom, I will replace it. I'm sorry. I don't know how this happened." That reminds me before he goes back, I'll take him to lowes to buy me a new tape measure.

 

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Back to work

 

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Just a hen checking out her new home. This happens often.

 

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On the last day, the best thunder storm of the year moved in fast (this was the storm that started all those fires that choked this area with thick smoke) as the roof was being put up. I'm not normally the type to cuss out a storm and give it the bird, but my son was leaving in a few hours. We were forced to stop with lightening flashing over us as we tried to get the roof up. My son put up what he called 'a ugly patch job' between storms. The pictures below is the coop after my son left. I had to stop a few times due to a hen or more coming in to check out their new coop. They'd look at something, move their head around then look at me talking away. I'm still not sure if they were asking what's this or hurry up, I want to move in now. At this point, I was moving a few hens from this coop to their old coop every night.

 

 

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After exploring, Cookies ran to tell the others

 

 

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and a few of her buddies came to check out the coop

 

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The insulation was added before the blocking

 

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Starting to set up the nest box area

 

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A few hours later, Sweet & Sour came in the new coop for the first time. They tested everything and talked to each other. The picture below is what I think they said after their intense walk threw of their new home.

 

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A few days later after they moved in before I was ready.

 

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A few months later, the nights are getting colder. I was researching ways to naturally heat the coop. I found one called the deep litter method. This is basically composting. Use pine shaving not cedar. Hens don't react well to the oil in cedar. the pine shaving is the carbon. Hens poo (N) a lot more at night while rousting. When the coop starts smelling bad, add fresh pine shaving and mix it with the old stuff. By spring, you should have some great compost for your garden

 

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When it's time to add more hay/straw, I found the safest way is put it in front of the hen. She'll be so happy building her nest the way she wants it, she won't bug you

 

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During Thanksgiving break, my son finished the roof. During winter break, we put in the flooring (I got it for free), and added a few more rousting bars

 

Here's the flooring

 

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The coop

 

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What a marvelous home, I would live there,  But It's not your Son's fault that tape measure split like that. That happens with those old ones from temp. changes. Not misuse. :D I love the skylight, or is that a 'coopla'? I also like that you insulated it and found a way to naturally heat the house. How many years do the hens need to lay in order to 'recoup' the costs of the building?

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2 of the new chicks are here

 

I got Nut Nibbler from her nap. She took a look at the chicks then she spent a few minutes whacking the kittens, mostly Moon. The chicks were chirping loudly discovering where everything is.  Midnight was way more chill about looking at the chicks. Moon was trying to take Nibbler's spot and looking at the chicks looking like this

 

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Nibbler has tried and failed many times since her kitten-hood to get the chicks. She knows no point and they bite hard for something so tiny. The sleepy mighty Nut Nibbler went back to her nap.

 

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Here's the new chicks, a Cuckoo Marans (black) and Leghorn. The 3rd chick I want hasn't hatched yet, she should on the 25th. I can pick her up the next day.  After these two found where their food, water, dry oatmeal with herbs, and baby grit was, they needed to see who's top chick. This is very important to chickens not matter their age. Being babies that aren't too coordinated yet (no pee-wee football), they are a lot tamer at this.  They stood next to each other trying to stand as tall as possible. After a few minutes, they were both fighting a nap and both started to go down very slowly. Until they where laying down with their beaks touch the pine shavings.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, EDDIEKIRK said:

That look on Moon's face says everything. LOL

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Yep, Nut Nibbler had the same look as a kitten. Now she looks at the chicks and goes, k put me down so I can get back to my nap


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2 hours ago, Purple Power said:

Moon is now trying the loving kitty ( purring, being a sweetheart) to get what she wants lol

she is thinking, "Well she has 2 chicks, I should get one" 

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I noticed my chicks needed their butts cleaned since poo has covered their pooper and made a plug. This is known as Pasty Butt also known as pasted vent and pasting up is a condition that occurs in baby chicks when droppings stick to the down surrounding their vent. Poop builds up to form a blockage that can be fatal to the chicken unless removed.

 

I put my cat and kittens in a room and shut the door, the kittens were not happy once they relied they were tricked. I got some warm water and a few paper towels. As a note you must be very gentle, no pulling or you can rip the skin. I kept the heat lamp on. I'd dip the paper towel in the warm water, grab a chick and soak the poo for a bit, let her go and repeat but grab the other chick. Repeat this until their butts are clean. It's not uncommon, when the clump of poo is removed the chick will take a big poop. They just started their dry oatmeal yesterday, and its to prevent this. Their butts were a little poopy yesterday. This is something, I always watch for.

 

 

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Brown Leghorn

 

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The Cuckoo marans

 

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Dry as much as possible. I slowly get them used to a blow dryer. Check temp in multiple spots in their tub. They will watch and chase the red dot. It should at 90F

 

After putting the lid on, I released the kittens who ran over Nibbler. Nibbler was gaurding the door like Moose did whe she was a kitten. She went running after both of them,  giving a talking to with growls and hisses while whacking them

 


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Here's an article that'll explain how pecking order works. It's not as simple as most people would think

 

https://vjppoultry.com/2018/04/29/pecking-order-and-who-rules-the-roost/?fbclid=IwAR2EXTl7ZxaO6AsJi6tX-xlnxBEzLLr1ty3JhERNTz7samIhtkQwpqKCN60


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When I woke up, I looked outside. No snow on the ground. Later that morning, I was driving (1 hour drive one way) to pick up my new chick. A black Copper maran. She's the most expensive chick I've ever bought at $15, but there is a guarantee if she turns out to be a boy, I can either get my money back or change this one for a hen the same age. That's a great deal.  Anyways, I'm starting to go back home with a loud chirping chick when it starts to snow lightly.  I had my heater going with vents pointed at the chick's box. When I got home, heavy snow, but not sticking yet.

 

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I got the new chick to meet her new box buddies and take a look at some unhappy hens by the door

 

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Some hens gave sad faces, others pecked the glass. I unloaded the car and took the dogs out while the little one was were meeting each other. When I get back in, I dried off my pup. This is her 2nd time seeing snow. These pics are before we went out.

 

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Look mom, snow. I want out

 

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I notice that the snow is on some pouting hens standing in the snow

 

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This is my kittens Midnight & Moon 2nd snow too and giving the look of what is this white stuff

 

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Here's the new chick with her new box buddies

 

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A good nap

 

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It's been snowing for 3-4 hours now and piling up on the ground


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Why don't those hens go back in the coop where they are out of the weather?  Im glad you got your new baby before you get snowed in. Its freezing here. 

 

Chloe sure looks cute. Now she can be in the cold. :D 

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50 minutes ago, EDDIEKIRK said:

Why don't those hens go back in the coop where they are out of the weather?  Im glad you got your new baby before you get snowed in. Its freezing here. 

 

I'm not sure why some stayed out. The ones by the back door a year old hens, so could  be an age thing. I'm sure they were happy as they went out in the yard foraging until that white stuff started falling.  Most of the hens are under  the coops.  I  made them some oatmeal

 

50 minutes ago, EDDIEKIRK said:

Chloe sure looks cute. Now she can be in the cold. :D 

 

No nose dive this time, but lots of playful bounces. The kittens have relies the bird feeders are full, so frustrating window hunting. My cat Nut Nibbler is still in bed

 

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My hens were not impressed at all with the snow

 

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Ever wonder why I built their coop so high off of the ground?

 

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My dog and pup on the other hand

 

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Where did it go?

 

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Where did that ball go?

 

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Ok mom, we're ready to come in

 

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Just some beautiful eggs

 

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and some growing chicks

 

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Brown Leghorn

 

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Cuckoo Marans

 

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Black Copper Marans

 

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