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Well I have since put these little guys into the biddie pen. They grew so fast in just over a week I had to put them in the larger coop and they are loving it.. I took the removable nest boxes out so that they would not be using them to do their business in and will keep them here for a few more days and hopefully be able to let them into the run. I still have some revamping to do.. Just finished putting the top on the cabinet run cause Boo Boo was showing them how to get up top and fly out and had to keep chasing biddies down and putting them back..

Here is a better shot as well as a criss cross roost and 3 areas for nest boxes I used some plastic storage containers that had air holes in them easy to take out and clean.

Here is a better shot as well as a criss cross roost and 3 areas for nest boxes I used some plastic storage containers that had air holes in them easy to take out and clean.

This is their new abode I used a crib side for the little roost just cut out every other dowl.

This is their new abode I used a crib side for the little roost just cut out every other dowl.

Hatter or Hattie not sure yet but we do know it is a buff laced polish our surprise chick when we got the bunch

Hatter or Hattie not sure yet but we do know it is a buff laced polish our surprise chick when we got the bunch

Buff Orpington having a drink

Buff Orpington having a drink

This is the biddie pen when it was finished up top the game birds are underneath of it .. the 5 biddies/pullets are in the right hand side now and Lucy and Charlie Brown on the left with the run.

This is the biddie pen when it was finished up top the game birds are underneath of it .. the 5 biddies/pullets are in the right hand side now and Lucy and Charlie Brown on the left with the run.

the sliding door dividing the sleep area from the play area and I even put a swing in.

the sliding door dividing the sleep area from the play area and I even put a swing in.

They have grown even more since I took this picture.

They have grown even more since I took this picture.

Boo Boo went broody and hatched out 5 game bird biddies I had to put fertile eggs underneath of her so the neighbor gave me some.

Boo Boo went broody and hatched out 5 game bird biddies I had to put fertile eggs underneath of her so the neighbor gave me some.

This is her broody pen that I built and it served them well for the first couple weeks and I moved them to the outside cabinet coop.

This is her broody pen that I built and it served them well for the first couple weeks and I moved them to the outside cabinet coop.

I use what ever I have handy and sometimes use my creativity to make things out of nothing.. I also built a nest box for the cabinet coop cause I also put Betsy back in there.. We have been having a lot of trouble with predators so I have been keeping them inside the runs for safety.. I lost the 2 hens I had been nursing because of that just recently and one of the main Queen hens about a month or so ago. The one thing I have learned is some other techniques of keeping them away. I do not have a infrared cam so I keep the radio on at night.. the other thing I am doing for the hot weather is keeping a fan on in the shed where the Buffs are to keep the air flowing.. I also still have the goats in there at night but their corral is done except the door and still have to put some kind of s shelter up for them before I can take them out of the shed.

Natural chicken coop fly spray

Now that I have a bunch of animals I am always looking for ideas to keep the flies down and ran across this recipe ..
http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2014/05/all-natural-basil-mint-herbal-fly-spray.html
I don’t like to use things that will harm the animals so I figured I would give this a whirl but first have to plant some more basil and mint.. 😀

As well I have started a Pinterest Board for my chickens and my goats

Follow Barbie’s board Chickens on Pinterest.

Follow Barbie’s board Back Yard farming and goat husbandry on Pinterest.

 

After all the Hard Work

I am pleased to say that my hens have begun to lay eggs in the past few weeks.

IMGA0990From raising them up from babies toIMGA0253 Adults. Some of you may think oh well what about them? Well for one thing they are laying a more nutritious egg then a store bought one.. So After Hubby built the chicken tractor I knew it was time to get them nesting boxes and just in time too cause one hen was already laying inside the small coop we had when we first brought them out.. so we made our lawn tractor shed into a chicken coop and the results are in the pictures below.IMGA0256

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IMGA0307So they are now very Happy in their new home and it is much bigger for them I just bought some of those storage boxes with holes around the outside for ventilation took some old cupboard doors cut a hole big enough to insert into it and placed the plastic storage container inside and used a brace for the door that was extending out with a used 2×4 perfect fit!

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Natures Jewels!

Absolutely!! I cannot resist the wonder of these little birds as they squabble over territory,, they send their scouts out to look for food and when they find it they bring the rest of the clan with them.. I purposely grew the type of vine that they love for nectar so that they would have natures best, As the cooler weather comes upon us even in the south there are still some blooms but not many and these little guys will be flying back to a warmer climate, stopping along the way to gather nectar from those last blooms along the way. Thank you Cindy your photography is awesome!

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These are my favorite jewels! (Click to enlarge).

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Whenever I go on a trip, I worry about the hummingbirds.

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I am always relieved to find them hale, hearty, and bickersome!

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How long can I force myself to go without posting about The Holler Hummingbirds?

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Just about as long as my trip!

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I can’t resist them!

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Can you?

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Cheers to you from all The Holler Hummers (and their dutiful human!)

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My Kind of Tweets: Canadians All!

Spruce Grouse are cool … I love birds … Used to see a lot of them in Clinton B.C.

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Clark’s Nutcracker

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Spruce Grouse

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Magpie!

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Get in Line, Picture Time!

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Taking off, Canadian Geese.

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And lastly, the lowly crow! Like all Corvids, including the magpies, they are intelligent, have excellent memories for faces and people who do mean things to them, and frequently bring you gifts. IF… they like you!! Check out my gift from the Magpie below!
And yes, I loved it!!

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Cheers to you from all my Canadian peeps!!

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Buster and His girls

In this day it is more economical to raise your own brood if you have a piece of land to do it.  We got a bunch of babies and lost 1/2 to a predator. We were able to save 13 birds and quite a few were roosters. We have a flock now of 6 hens and 1 rooster. So much more quieter now with out the other roosters chasing each other for dominance and pestering the hens. They are now 4 mths old and we are now ready to transfer them real soon to the new area for the winter. Putting the nesting boxes inside the tractor shed. This will give them so much more room and I will be happier when we get this built.

We built a chicken tractor out of some scrap 2×4’s that the neighbor gave us. Purely for their protection. I want to free range them but with all the predators I felt this was the safest and I would know where they were at all times. I put a piece of 2×4 under one end to keep it level and this also stops them from getting out. Here are some other examples I will put up the pictures in related content.

English: An A-frame chicken coop in a Portland...

English: An A-frame chicken coop in a Portland, Oregon backyard. Dimensions are 4 feet tall, 8 feet long, and 6 feet across. The metal device in the front is their 3-gallon waterer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chickens in the chicken tractor at an organic ...

Chickens in the chicken tractor at an organic farm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A lightweight chicken tractor I built, with ou...

A lightweight chicken tractor I built, with our three chickens (5 weeks old) exploring the outside for the first time. (also see Image:Close-up, three chicks in a coop.jpg) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicken tractor at Alderleaf Wilderness College

Chicken tractor at Alderleaf Wilderness College (Photo credit: Alderleaf Wilderness College)

I used to raise meat birds and leghorns years ago. Right now I have Barred Rocks(but I think they are also mixed because I got these chicks from someone who hatches for a hobby) He only charged me 2.00 per chick. Most of the sites to order chicks are now

A day-old chick

A day-old chick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

done for the winter. The earliest that you can get any more would be January and you can order them to be sent to your post office. You will have to go and pick them up as soon as they call you. They will be hungry so your also will want to have your brooding lamp going water and food in place for when you release them.

We used a box, took the sides down and then put them back together with duct tape and placed a old shower curtain on the floor for the bottom. The temperature for the babies needs to be about 85 degrees. you can keep track of this with a thermometer. The other indication is how the chicks act.. if they are separated and walking around all over when they are awake then the temperature is right. If they are all huddled in a corner under the lamp then they could be a little on the cool side. Naturally they will all huddle together when they go to sleep. To keep the warmth in I also put a towel over part of my boxed area away from the lamp of course just to keep some heat inside.

After a week you can raise the lamp. You can decrease the temperature 5 degrees each week. I had to put mine out into the pen when they got to about 3-4 weeks old cause they were trying to fly up and perch on the edge of the box 😀 If you have ordered any kind of meat bird they will be ready to butcher at 6 weeks. You can leave them longer as I did one time to 10 weeks and they were the size of small turkey’s. Keep your meat birds in a confined area so that they are not flying and mucking about too much and they will get big and fat. If you keep them eating,

I was told that mine would be meat birds but when butchering the roosters I found they were mostly feathers. They will be good in the stew pot since there is only the 2 of us. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.