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Old 01-22-2009, 12:40 PM   #31
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We've been suffering from the ARTIC BLAST here on the eastern shore of Maryland. The chickens are A-O-K. I wrapped the bottom of their enclosure in plastic to keep them out of the wind, I put some styrofoam inside their roost box, and I added some pine shavings to their run to keep their feet off the frozen ground. I opted not to do any kind of heating to 1) avoid any fire risk and 2) avoid any aclimatization problems if we lost power.

The other morning the temperature in their roost box was 19F! The air temp was 9F. The popped out of their roost box when I opened the door - they were only interested in breakfast and some water (that wasn't ice).

I'm feeding them lots of high calorie treats and they are still laying. I just have to get to the eggs before they freeze solid - like rocks - like so hard you could stand on them.

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Old 01-29-2009, 04:39 PM   #32
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My Ameraucana laid her first green egg! Pictures to follow. Is it wrong that I feel sad that it is UGLY green? But, I'd never tell her that.
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I can't say much now because I am on a cellphone modem and backup generator but my girls are as equally hearty (RiR) and started laying in September, brown eggs were hard enough to get use too but greenies may of been a deal killer.

Being a big softy a few weeks ago we were at zero outside so I brought my girls into the living room that night and had popcorn while watching TV by the glow of a wood stove. Yes in a big box, otherwise they leave me little scrambled eggs everywhere.
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I brought my girls into the living room that night and had popcorn while watching TV by the glow of a wood stove.
Gary Larson would turn that scene into a Far Side cartoon.

I hope you get your power back soon. Kentucky got hit by that ice storm pretty hard.
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Being a big softy a few weeks ago we were at zero outside so I brought my girls into the living room that night and had popcorn while watching TV by the glow of a wood stove. Yes in a big box, otherwise they leave me little scrambled eggs everywhere.
Have you been watching for frost bite? I haven't rubbed any vasoline on any of them yet. I don't think they'd like it.

We've decided the eggs are 'olive drab' with a brown tint. Ugh!
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Neither you nor I (mostly the chickens) don't have to worry about frostbite in our respective areas (combs or wattle), it just does not stay that cold for that long. Vaselining or worst yet dubbing is not necessary unless it stays below zero for a spell.

My girls for no matter what the weather they choose to stay outside, they even root in the snow and cold rain - I do make them macaroni for the cold days (for the carbs).

Most chickens even though a warm climate Asian bird have been breed to acclimate to most temperature, they prefer cool over hot now that humans took over the selective breeding. My Rhodes Island Reds had a harder time with the heat then cold - mouth open gaping is a sign of over heating, feathers are not only resilient to water but like a down sleeping bag hold the heat in.

Make sure that their roost board is wide enough for them to completely sit and cover their feet (2x4), toe loss to the cold ground is more concerning then comb frostbite.
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Gary Larson would turn that scene into a Far Side cartoon.

I hope you get your power back soon. Kentucky got hit by that ice storm pretty hard.
I don't mean this as a dig, but moving from Wisconsin to Kentucky is one giant farside cartoon. Culture shock is all, still haven't got the courage up to eat grits yet.
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[QUOTE=hychesee;221660]I do make them macaroni for the cold days (for the carbs). [QUOTE=hychesee;221660] My ladies got left over bean soup this morning (warmed up with some stale english muffins)

[QUOTE=hychesee;221660]Most chickens even though a warm climate Asian bird have been breed to acclimate to most temperature, they prefer cool over hot now that humans took over the selective breeding. My Rhodes Island Reds had a harder time with the heat then cold - mouth open gaping is a sign of over heating, feathers are not only resilient to water but like a down sleeping bag hold the heat in.[QUOTE=hychesee;221660]
I wondered this, if they are warm enough when it's 19 F does that mean they are HOT for most of the year?

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Make sure that their roost board is wide enough for them to completely sit and cover their feet (2x4), toe loss to the cold ground is more concerning then comb frostbite.
I worried about this, so I put a bunch of wood chips down in their run so they wouldn't have to walk around on the icy ground. They have a roost box that accommodates them all - they roost on a stick 1.5 inch in diameter that I brought back from New Foundland.
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I would not use a stick, even though that would be a natural perch, a flat 2x4 with the wide side up would be best - they can then settle and rest on their feet without the need of balance. Using the blood for muscle control is not efficient in cold weather (shiver me timbers) as it is to keep it in the main body.

On the hot feather issue, they act as both an insulator for heat and cold, better for cold.

Beans are best served cooked, legumes esp. beans are bad for them otherwise. rice and noodles have no content and only are given in the cold for the overnight roost warmth. Corn does both and against common misconceptions is a treat year round.
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I did not want to edit if being read:

My run is a very simple 4 foot wide by 15 foot long but it is nicely covered for rain and snow, that then leads out to a 20' x 20' area only covered in bird netting.

Except for the worst of weather they are out in the open. I do however place what I would call mini-saw horses about for them to perch on during the day when they feel like it which is not often. Mine will dig and root all day long and very close to digging a 2 foot hole under the fence if they only knew it would let out, other then that it is just to dust bathe in.
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My small flock of bantams were free ranging on the rear half acre of my property and doing a great job of keeping grasshoppers away until "progress" brought a new subdivision right next door. Neighbors started complaining because an occasional bird would fly over the fence to explore.
Up to that point their favorite place to roost and sleep at night was up in the branches of a box alder tree on my property.
When I enclosed them in a chicken wire surrounded walk in aviary with plush vinyl sided hutches they chose to sleep on the roof of the hutches!
And they didnt seem at all happy about it.
A couple weeks later I was walking my dog up in the canyon and came across a dead scrub oak about 8feet tall with a broad spread of stout branches. I took it home and planted it in a 5gal. bucket of post mix in the ground for my bantams and they have been sleeping there happily ever since. Anyone need some plush vinyl sided hutches?
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Jer - I LOVE your solution to your bantam's proclivities!
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The funny thing is, as ugly as they are, when I cracked on of them this morning, the inside was the most beautiful light Tiffany Blue.
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Leah, if you raise a pig, you could enjoy green eggs and ham for breakfast.

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Simple reply: I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam I am. I will not eat them in a box. I will not eat them with a fox. I do not like green eggs and ham I do not like them Sam I am.

Also, local ordinance prohibits keeping SWINE in the city limits.

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