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It has been quite some time since I updated… so this is what I been up to lately… I’ve been building pens and raising up chicks.. as well as a young pair of goats and they all have been keeping me very busy as I venture to different chicken sites to get some information on some things like what to do with an ornery rooster lol. I think he has some game in him cause he just does not like me at all yet when my husband is with me he stays to himself.

We lost one hen from the original flock that I started with and have been nursing a few cause these new puppies that we got decided that they were play toys. So now that I know that it was them and not just an attack from another animal I have had to resort to putting them on a line, which I never wanted to do. So here are my new Brood and they are a little over a week old now…

The day I got them

The day I got them

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In the brooder

In the brooder

All huddled together

All huddled together

looks like a hat on the head

looks like a hat on the head

looks like a hat

looks like a hat

Looking at me

Looking at me

So far I have only lost 1 chick, but ordered 22 females, 3 males and they gave me a extra straight run(which could be male or female) and threw in an exotic and I have no idea which one it is so this little wonder is a surprise and I will have to figure out what breed it he/she is when it is a little older and has full plumage.. 

A couple weeks or so before they came my Game Hen hatched out 9 biddies and here are the pictures of them…

Very good mama

Very good mama

Chick pecking on mama's beak

Chick pecking on mama’s beak

She finally let me see them

She finally let me see them

2 days old

Here is the Daddy!

Here is the Daddy!

So now I have also had built the run for the older ones and started  building the Biddie pen on top of the game bird pen cause the posts were already there to get it going. 

a small over view of the outside before the top was put on it

a small over view of the outside before the top was put on it

Showing the slats I put on top which will be covered with wire on the run part

Showing the slats I put on top which will be covered with wire on the run part

All this wood was given to me free so I used it.

All this wood was given to me free so I used it.

Okay that is what I had when the trees started leafing out then we ended up with cool temps and a lot of rain so it sat and just recently was able to get back to it.. We had to make a divider for the area that will be their roost and feeding area as well as cover for rainy weather… So pictures to follow in my next post… and update on them.

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.