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Post  llama momma on 7/18/2017, 11:09 pm

13 weeks old and Finally the girls are outside for the very first time in their lives.  Slowly one at a time each girl carefully stepped out into the sunshine and great outdoors to have a look around. They froze a lot to look at the wild birds overhead.  Mostly moved around together as a unit, sticking very close to one another. They took a group dust bath and by day two they were running around. All the pics are sideways, sorry!



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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/19/2017, 12:01 pm

Oh look at them! They've grown up to be such beauties!!!
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Post  sanderson on 7/20/2017, 2:33 am

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Post  llama momma on 7/21/2017, 6:50 pm

Thanks Sanderson and CC they are so sweet and funny.
To my horror, this morning three of the little girls stood outside in 30mph wind, rain, and lightening instead of joining the other three inside the coop. Coop and run is located about 150 ft out my windows. I thought they were frozen in fear and perhaps too young and dopey to run for safety. Upon some research and wiping a few of my tears, it turns out they won't die and some of them enjoy the wind and rain and stomping around puddles and looking for worms. To some chickens bad weather is time to run and others just think it's fun. Made this new owner a little crazy this morning...
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Post  trolleydriver on 8/4/2017, 11:06 am

We recently stayed at a B&B at Mont Tremblant in the Province of Quebec. The owners have three chickens that they keep in a five star rated chicken coup. It's insulated and heated for the cold Quebec winters.

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Post  kauairosina on 8/4/2017, 12:16 pm

OK.  They've out done us!!
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Post  sanderson on 8/4/2017, 12:43 pm

A B&B for chickens. I wonder if they ever let them out to play. ??

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/5/2017, 6:55 am

llama momma wrote:Thanks Sanderson and CC they are so sweet and funny.
To my horror, this morning three of the little girls stood outside in 30mph wind, rain, and lightening instead of joining the other three inside the coop. Coop and run is located about 150 ft out my windows. I thought they were frozen in fear and perhaps too young and dopey to run for safety. Upon some research and wiping a few of my tears, it turns out they won't die and some of them enjoy the wind and rain and stomping around puddles and looking for worms. To some chickens bad weather is time to run and others just think it's fun. Made this new owner a little crazy this morning...

Sounds like typical kids, lol!
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Post  bigdogrock on 8/5/2017, 1:50 pm

That sounds like me when I was kid!
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Post  llama momma on 8/5/2017, 11:18 pm

Me too!
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/15/2017, 9:14 am

Just got my newsletter from Fresh Eggs Daily and read that basil is good for chickens and they like it, too. That is great news for me because I have more basil than I know what to do with. I will start harvesting and sharing, today.Cool
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Post  llama momma on 8/15/2017, 9:57 am

Mine love basil.  I pick a variety of herbs and use scissors to cut up everything and mix it up before giving it to them.  They go especially crazy for missed/over matured green bean seeds too.  They will steal it from each others beaks.  And run off with it.
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/15/2017, 10:07 am

llama momma wrote:Mine love basil.  I pick a variety of herbs and use scissors to cut up everything and mix it up before giving it to them.  They go especially crazy for missed/over matured green bean seeds too.  They will steal it from each others beaks.  And run off with it.
LOL! That's what our rabbit does with kale leaves. Rolling Eyes I need to pay more attention to my garden waste. Most of our chickens are free range, so I put everything in the compost pile for them and they do an awesome job of mixing it up. We also have some rescued banties that can't come out because of the hawks that patrol our skies. They will start getting basil, today. They may not be impressed however, since Hubby built them their own "garden" with corn, millet, sunflowers, and other sprouted greens that look better than my "tended" crops.  Mad
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Post  kauairosina on 8/15/2017, 4:28 pm

What a good idea!! I have been struggling with what to do with all the extra basil.  Somehow it did not occur to me to give it to the chickens.  I wonder if the eggs will taste different?  Just Kidding.
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/15/2017, 4:30 pm

kauairosina wrote:What a good idea!! I have been struggling with what to do with all the extra basil.  Somehow it did not occur to me to give it to the chickens.  I wonder if the eggs will taste different?  Just Kidding.
She says it makes the eggs a deeper orange. Cool
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/16/2017, 11:10 am

So, now ya wanna good laugh? I bought seeds, prepped a bed, planted, and nurtured sorghum as a special treat for the chickens. Today I discovered it's growing wild in the chicken yard where Hubby waters the scattered chicken feed and it sprouts on its own. The worst part of this story is the darn chickens are so spoiled they don't pay any attention to it. (They're ignoring the basil, too.) Evil or Very Mad
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Post  sanderson on 8/16/2017, 3:53 pm

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/17/2017, 5:00 pm

We got our first chicken ... I mean rooster.  Actually it's a birdhouse for Mrs TDs flower gardens.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/17/2017, 7:59 pm

There's a Ro0sTer in the hizzay! cheers

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Post  llama momma on 8/18/2017, 1:40 pm

Thanks to SFG, my young hens are enjoying a pan of 19 varieties of veggies, herbs, and flowers - smelled wonderful too -

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Post  sanderson on 9/2/2017, 9:32 pm

Country Naturals, Scorching hot weather without a way to cool off can be brutal on poultry. I don't know why I didn't post this earlier this summer. In commercial poultry buildings, they install overhead misters and have fans that either pull or push air through.

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Post  countrynaturals on 9/2/2017, 11:07 pm

sanderson wrote:Country Naturals,  Scorching hot weather without a way to cool off can be brutal on poultry.  I don't know why I didn't post this earlier this summer.  In commercial poultry buildings, they install overhead misters and have fans that either pull or push air through.
And bad air is bad for them, too. When the fires come, people with exotic birds are warned about their delicate respiratory systems.

Hubby hoses down the chicken coop every night when it's this hot. The poor little guys pant and hold their wings out when it's like this, but when he waters the ground inside, they jump down from their roosts and start pecking again. They can't resist cool, damp ground -- lots of juicy bugs to munch on. rofl
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Post  llama momma on 9/3/2017, 12:01 am

19 and 1/2 week old hens are beginning to lay.  Cute small egg with orange double yolk. In comparison a large store bought egg with much less color. 

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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/3/2017, 6:56 am

Excellent and interesting comparison, LM! Thanks for showing this. I wonder if your hens yolk had not been double, would it have been the same size as the store-bought yoke...?
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Post  llama momma on 9/3/2017, 11:45 am

Not the same weight, Cape C. because the egg weighed in at 1 and 5/8 oz. Store bought egg on the right was Large.   Found this online from Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily:

small eggs = 1.5 oz.
med.  1.75
large  2.0
extra large 2.25
jumbo 2.50

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you can't tell a chicken to lay those exact weights listed above so commercially sold cartons go by total weight of the carton.
small carton = 18 oz
med.  21oz
large  24oz
xlarge 27oz
jumbo 30oz


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