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First loss ever of a Cornish Cross

I have raised these birds for 3 seasons, 20 or so per batch, 3 batches per season. Today, I lost my first bird due to heart attack. A 30% loss happens, 15% is probably typical, 5% is good. I am just over a half percent (0.5%) loss rate now that this one went early. There … Continue reading »

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Chicken Plucker

I hate plucking chickens. I do not mind anything else about them and there is a long list of things I love about them, but plucking them cramps my hands, takes forever, and just generally sucks. So, there must be a better way! Chicken pluckers are nothing new. They sell commercial products with a tub … Continue reading »

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Chickens Final Week

The first batch of chickens is entering their last week. They are about the size of basketballs or soccer balls. The bigger ones are probably over 10 pounds and the smallest is over 8, more than likely. It is obvious from their actions that the bigger males are well into their developmental teens and will … Continue reading »

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Build a better brooder

The brooder is like a nursery for baby chickens. They should remain in the brooder until they are mostly feathered, then they go outside in the coop and run. Thus far, we have used a cheap $15 kiddie pool with a big old PVC framework to suspend a heat lamp from. This works phenomenally well … Continue reading »

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RIP Connie

Connie was part of a pair of Ameraucana chickens we have. They lay blue eggs, but Connie laid tan eggs. Her ‘sister’, Mary lays blue eggs and is still with us. Yes, Mary/Connie were our Ameraucana chickens. Connie was the low chicken in the pecking order, but the rest of the girls out there were … Continue reading »

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Baby chicks Batch 2

20 new baby chicks showed up at the post office today. Usually we get a call Sunday am, but today they called at 6pm on Saturday. All 20 were alive, but one seems to have leg problems out of the gate. This is the first and only ‘bad chick’ I have gotten from McMurray after … Continue reading »

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Chicks go outside

They grow up so fast! I walked into the garage to feed the chicks last morning and 3 were out of the kiddie pool, walking around. I had just enough time to say “What the fu…” and a fourth flew out. I didn’t get the whole sentence out and their liberated numbers were growing. It … Continue reading »

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3 week old chicks

It is requiring far fewer meatie chicks to fill up one side of their feeder than it did 3 weeks ago. You can see how much smaller the darker hens are. Those hens will take 6 months to grow, while the meaties will get there in two months. Some of the boys have full feathers… … Continue reading »

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Avian influenza

Avian Influenza is also called AI or the bird flu. It is not dangerous to humans and their eggs and meat are safe to eat. Among birds, it is very contagious and the most common vector of infection is through fecal matter (poop). Poop germs can be transferred by tires, shoes, clothes, tools, and anything … Continue reading »

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