Inclement weather edition.Post and talk about chickens in this thread.Since I helped him work on his truck the other day, my flaky faggot uncle WAS going to come over yesterday and show me how to make a nice A-frame roof from the greenhouse material before it started to rain (it won't stop for the next week), but for some reason he decided to sleep until 4 PM and I had to quickly throw some shavings on the ground so my birds aren't walking in mud. To add insult to injury, even if he shows up on time now we can't work on a nice roof until everything dries out again since the caulking can't harden on a wet surface.
>>3045397>Inclement weather editionHad to push my now 7 week olds going out all day back a week since it was raining so much and I couldn't finish rain proofing. They had yesterday outside all day but I didn't want their first night outside to be during a thunderstorm so tonight should be their first overnight outside.
>>3045397>caulking can't harden on a wet surface.Regular silicone won't even stick at all. There are some marine caulks which stick and set in water, but that shit is expensive. Enjoy waiting for dry times.I just got through a week of rain, but after a downpour last night it's going to be nice for the next five days. I'm fucking stoked. Going to clea the coop for the first time since like February.
>>3045693Acrylic caulking sorta sticks to wet surfaces. And it is cheap and not as messy as silicone. But it is less elastic.
>>3045712I don't even consider normal acrylic for outdoor use since it weathers so poorly.
>>3045739>>3045693What should I use to close up unused screw holes? The material I'm using is completely waterproof except for them, so it would be a shame to not use it.
You will shit in my chicken coop and eat their food no more, disgusting rodents. This is only the beginning.
>>3045789Caulk works well. You can also use flashing tape with a foil face and a butylene rubber backing. It sticks like a bastard, holds things together, and lasts a long time.
I've been breeding gamefowl for a few years, last season I got some silver duckwings and they're just so beautiful when crossed to black breasted reds. Too bad hens can't brood for shit, I want to get some barred rocks hopefully they get along well.
>>3045670Here they are enjoying some shade cloth.>>3045841He cute.
Black Sumatra y/n?
>>3045890I dunno man if you have the space and resources there's little downside to just getting whatever bird you think is cool.
Does her comb color look alright to you, /chk/? I thought it was a little dark near the back. She laid an egg today and isn't acting abnormally, and the temperature's been very mild. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I know their comb's appearance can be a good indicator if something's wrong.
>>3045966Maybe a bit darker at the top but that could just be the cold. I mean I know it's hot out there but that's how they get, maybe it's getting a bit chilly at night around your parts.
Bump before I go to bed. I love this picture.
>>3045824I feed the mice I trap to my chickens. The only thing that gets into the coop are other birds. Mostly sparrows. Which are essentially mice with wings in this case. They eat the food all day long. Then guys like these come along, saunter into the coop, and wreck havoc trying to catch the sparrows. If you've ever heard a dozen chickens screaming bloody murder at the site of a hawk in their coop you will know the sound of true horror.
>>3046533>I feed the mice I trap to my chickensDo you ever worry about your neighbors using poison though?
just got these guys
Winifred with her gang.
Why are roosters so handsome?
>>3047467Ur gay lol. Real men think roosters are pompous and hens are cute.
>>3047477You've just never gone through the trouble of being nice to and getting to know your rooster. Mine is very sweet, even likes to be held and pet while my hens get restless if I hold them too long.
I'm the anon from last thread who's dealing with a rodent issue. My hen who accidentally ate a piece of shit is still doing fine. I'm putting out traps every night. I've been keeping their food inside for months and will continue to do so, so the rodents won't contaminate it. I also never keep for or water in the coop itself. Is there anything else I should be doing? Since there's no food or water in the coop there's nothing to be attracting rodents anymore, I'll just keep putting out traps until I kill them all I guess?
My rooster keeps running Matilda off, I wonder if he thinks she's a male because she's so tall. Maybe he's just racist against black chickens. He's not chasing her down and attacking her but he's definitely territorial with just her.
>>304753910/10 would eat for din din.
>>3048145Hang yourself with razor wire.
>>3047784Is she your only black hen? What colour is your rooster?
>>3048389You can see the other two hens and the rooster here >>3045889After further observation the behavior was closer to a rooster trying to fuck a stubborn hen but 8 weeks seems young for that, though the rooster also (sorta) crows so maybe he's just an early maturer. The rooster wasn't actively seeking her out but I felt bad about her being alone since the other two hens would default to staying with the rooster (though all 3 hens stick together just fine if I remove the rooster.) I put her in the brooder with my barred rocks and silkies which are going out in about half a week and she's getting along fine with them. They'll have a good amount of space so I'm hoping she'll just stick with the rocks and the rooster leaves her alone.
>>3048150I fucking love final destination.
>>3047449that's a lot.
>>3045889Wow, she is tall for a hen. Neat.
You anons are really missing out if you don't have a rooster fren, literally all you have to do to get them comfortable with you is spend time with them and be persistent. Picking a particularly friendly breed helps too, of course. Don't believe Boomers' lies.
>>3048951Yeah she's pretty cool
I love chickens, please post more of your cute chickens, I am a city slicker with no access to chickens
>>3049192My largest silkie joined the barred rock gang
This is bad isnt it? Just ordered some powder Corrid off Amazon hoping thats the solution. I hope at least, first timer with chickens.
I just know that changing feather got my boy bald
>>3049511>>3049513Is that balding normal anon?Maybe you should take you chiken-like bird to a vet
>>3049411How old are they? It does look like coccidiosis.
>>3049519I think so
>>3049411That's bad. Good call and good luck.
>>3049538I have doubts. Check forums at least.
I really want some of these dinosaurs but they cost as much as a mated pair of swans.
>>3049739Those are neat. How much are individual eggs?
>>3049824I haven't found any breeders selling just eggs but if a juvenile costs around $1500 a hatching egg should cost around $150-200 since I assume they're the same as other guineafowl and don't lay many eggs.
Found these weird chickens
>>3049890Not weird, cute!
>>3048957Chunk for the chewing.
Quick question. My hens have only been able to hatch two chicks. They are about to weeks old. I was wondering if I buy a few more chicks, should I raise them separately or can I introduce them into the the coop. I only have three hens and no rooster with the other two hens treating the chicks well so far.
>>3049954You can try sneaking them under the hen and see how it goes. If they're roughly the same size as the other chicks it should be fine.
>>3049956I'll give it a shot. Hopefully she takes to them.
>>3049950What about now?
>>304996310/10 would dig tunnels with.
>>3047539That's a big bird.
Chickens have mites that are stopping their feathers from coming in- what are your go to proven treatments?My mom is recommending garlic, but I thought that’s poisonous to them
>>3050256(food grade) Demetrius earthYou can put a shallow layer in a cardboard box and dust their back with it or put some down and see if they'll give themselves a dust bath.
Anyone got geese? In a few years I'd like to get a couple as pets but chooks sound nice too. Don't want to have too many birds though.
>>3050256Diatomaceous earth is a meme. It works but the effectiveness is low and the dust from it will cause respiratory issues.Administer ivermectin like you would for internal parasites, it works for mites too. Change bedding, and treat the coop with a pyrethrin based insecticide (I mix my own, but ortho home defense works) while they're out. Once dry, it's very safe, but don't let them back in until then. Once they're in for the night, treat their yard with it as well.
Orps or Wyandottes? Both gorgeous but which do you find to be the better layer? Which is the quietest?
>>3050334I'm thinking about getting into geese and ducks next year. I was going to get 2 geese to put with my chickens but the feed store didn't have any left when I managed to find time to get there.
>poult freaking about something >go check >on it's back struggling >think it broke it's neck or something somehow>turn it over>it's totally fine and just somehow managed to turtle itself I'm going to chalk it up to their head being too big for it's body
>>3050605My Orpington has more brooding issues than my Wyandotte therefore lays better. Also she goes off with alarm calls at nothing more than the others. BUT my Wyandotte is wilder and less friendly than my Orpington
>>3050365Never used ivermectin on poultry before. How do you do it/ what’s dosage. They are picky about flavors
>>3045397Might as well ask hereA few years ago I had 3 silkies, I was forced to go on vacation with my family and we left the care of the chickens to my brother, during a week-end he forgot to close their pen at night, when he came back the next morning, one of the chicken was empty, the older one was cut in half, and the last one just outright gone.What the fuck killed them all in a single night? We had issues with cats attacking our chickens but they never were an issue, and whatever killed them also scared our cat from going out for almost a year.
hello is anybody here
Do you guys put apple cider vinegar in your chicken's water? Since I started doing it their water stays clean for much longer and they seem to drink more of it.>>3050756Hello.
>>3050934That is fucking interesting. How much fucking vinegar do you put in how much fucking water?
>>3050943Humans should drink vinegar in water as well. It's crisp and refreshing and healthy too.
>>3050934I'm thinking I might start adding a little to my bucket waterer. For the smaller waterers I just toss in some oregano or some of that electrolyte + vitamin powder about once a week or if it gets hot.
>>30509431 tbsp for every gallon of water. Make sure to get unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the "mother" still in it. Works best as a probiotic this way.
Flarry eyed greys are 8wks today. The rooster doesn't chase the other chickens around much anymore and has been keeping to himself but his two sisters pretty much only stay with him now rather than mingling with the other hens.
>>3050754Go buy some poultry ivermectin at your feed store and follow the directions. It's like a few drops every day for a few days. You can put it on bread to make them eat it.
Does this look fertilized?
Thank you for posting your chickens, they are lovely
>>3050755>my brotherAnon this is an anonymous image board, you don't have to lie. Everyone fucks up at least once.
Orpingtons are 2cute
>>3051406To clarify, I do mean just FERTILIZED, not a developing embryo. Still the case, not fertilized?
>>3051044Very attractive birds. Have they got names?
>This commandment have I given you, that you love one another and all the creatures of the earth. Love is the fulfilling of the Law. Love is of the Lord, and the Lord is love. Whoso loves not, knows not the Lord. ...you are my disciples if you show mercy and love to all creatures, especially those that are weak and oppressed and suffer wrong. For the whole earth is filled with dark places of cruelty, with pain and sorrow, by the selfishness and ignorance of man.
>>3051546The rooster is Feddy, the lighter breasted hen on the right usually gets called speed racer or tokyo drift due to being basically impossible to catch if she's not laying down or roosting and a tendency to suddenly burst into a curved sprint. None of my other birds really have names other than Matilda and the barred rocks sharing the moniker "Boss Rock" with whichever one of them is leading the other ones around or being bossy.
>>3051497It's too difficult to tell until a few days into development. Try incubating for a week then candling.
>>3051044are they game anon?
>>3051314Fertile yes, fertilized wouldnt know.
is this cocci?
>>3051810They're a strain of toppy american game. Really great foragers and human docile. They're pretty good fliers for a chicken too. Almost like a sleek mini turkey.
>>3051674That's a beautiful picture, anon.
>>3051705Is Matilda the same age as your barred rocks and silkies? She's a wonderful shape. What is her breeding?I should like to be called Tokyo Drift if I were a hen.
How do you feel about bantams? Is their only purpose to just be a pet?
>>3052486They don't even make as good of pets as full sized chickens do. I've met more bantams with irritable temperaments than full sized.
>>3052416She's a liege fighter. The rocks are about 2 weeks younger than her and hit their 6~ week growth spurt this week. I'm glad she's fitting in with the rocks and silkies. My silkies actually go out and forage with them.
Please don't die /chk/
>>3054433Thumb in the frame ruins it unfortunately.
Rate my CUTE and nice rooster Raspberry
Do chicken like headpats?
>>3055131Adorable/10, fitting name too. That's an interesting looking comb. What is he? I wish I had named my rooster when I got him years ago, since he's very deserving at one. To name him now would just feel weird.>>3055137Not pats, but if they're already relaxed some like it when you run your finger down the length of their head along their comb, or lightly scratch the back of their head. I've found mine especially like it when you rub their chest right under their crop, rooster and hens.>>3051813I know this is a late reply, but it's hard to tell with that picture. Do you have any other pictures with better focus, or better yet take another picture of a more recent poop. If there weren't any red ones after the one in your image, it could have been just shed intestinal lining.
>>3055131WHat the fuck is wrong with all your chickens faces, especially rasberry’s. Holy shit.
>>3055139I don’t know what he is. I wish I knew because I want to look at pics of different Raspberry’s. We got him with two barely-splashed sizzles as a group (he also has one black feather in his tail and his mullet). When we named him his berry was much smaller and neater...I think it’s a some kind of rose type mutant.
>>3055158Nothing's wrong with them. What's wrong with you? Piece of shit.
>>3055158My barred rocks became bald rocks. Idk why only them.
>>3055158Why would you write something this mean in an otherwise very nice thread?
>>3055131I rate: Accurate name / 10
Can you guys talk me out of this or support me a bit?I raise gamefowl, I get a broodcock and 2 broodhens for $1500. I don't sell then but around these parts they realistically can go for $50 if they're young, and maybe $100 after first molt.Anyway I live in the side of a hill and it's difficult to fence them in. I used to lose a lot that would find a way of flying over the fence. A couple years ago I installed 6ft high wire fence on top of my ~7ft high cinderblock fence and the problem stopped.Until this week when my favorite hen found her way to a roof and then went on the street. I've spent hours looking for her, and have asked every neighbor and a lot of passer-bys. Problem is a lot of my neighbors are assholes and if my animals end up in their yards they don't give them back (I know about a couple that have done this). They know they can get some money for the animals (I paid $350 for this hen, they'll probably sell it for $50 or $100).So I just feel like calling it quits until I get some better land and neighbors, maybe 3 or 5 years from now. Do you think I'm being too drastic?Sorry for the blogpost. And it's not so much about the money but I get attached to my animals.
>>3055516Having shit neighbors is the worst if you want any kind of agency in your yard. In that situation I'd probably move into birds that aren't fence fliers until I could move to a better spot.
>>3055516>I raise gamefowlNot for cockfighting or selling to Mexicans who do, right?
Mid blink, neat. I wish I had nictitating membranes.
>>3055242Honestly, pic looks like something ussr, not US
>>3055740I wish I had more pictures of my hen, but she never likes to let me hold her. Roosters are beautiful and it's stupid to immediately write them all off as aggressive, fuck anyone that says otherwise. People need to be nicer to their roosters.
>>3055242imagine the smell
>>3055753I love pictures of chickens from straight on. I’d name that cute lad Red (W)Rinkles or Saggy.
>>3055761Still better if someone had a cat.
>>3055761You must really hate the smell of pine shavings then, because if you take proper care of them that's all it smells like
Was just about to bump. Wanna see more cute chicken pictures. Here’s Barb, Sizzle with the Good Hair.
>>3057763>>3057831Silkie Frizzle. But she doesn’t have frizzle feathers so idk. It’s just what we’ve always called her. She has the comb, skin, and blue ears of a silkie.
>>3057080Don't silkies' massive "hair" impede their coordination? If I had silkies, I would keep their head feathers up with hair ties, like little fluorescent 80's headbands.
>>3058238Yeah, it does. I trim Barb’s hair now since her feathers are too stiff for the cute headbands. That pic is old, but even then, she can see downward when her hair is longest. Nowadays it’s cut so she can see everywhere. She is 1.5 years old I think.
Any ideas for making a chicken more friendly if they don't take much to treats? My other chickens will take treats and have no issues swarming me if they think I have some or if I'm just sitting or standing still. But my silkies don't really let me get close. It's not a big deal if I can't get them to be more friendly since they're generally calm otherwise but I'd like to be able to more easily pick them up if I need to.
>>3059148Pick them up at night and gently handle them a bit. Eventually give them treats if they'll take them.
>>3055139I love the love you have for your rooster.
>>3059280It really is a pure relationship he has. I admire his strong dedication to such a short lived animal, like many here have.
>>3059291>such a short lived animalAs long as they're not hybrids bred to maximize meat/egg production, chickens can actually live a decently long time. Even 10+ years if well cared for.
>>3059291>short lived animalHe will be with me for a long time yet.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3xBLGrRSqk
>>3051813>>3055139don't worry, thanks for trying to help. I haven't found any more so I'm pretty sure it's just shedding as you said.
This is what my hen does most of the day now when she's not eating. She still lays an egg about every other day, laid one today in fact. Just getting older. She's only five, too. And sweet. Probably won't live more than a few more years despite being well cared for, I am never getting ISA browns/any hybrids again because of their lifespans. What are /chk/'s favorite heritage breeds?
>>3060024I think Plymouth Rocks are pretty close to perfect but Buckeyes give them a run for their money.
>>3060055+1 to Plymouth Rocks. They're pretty, hardy, and have comfy personalities.
>>3060059The only stat they don't really max out on is they're just OK foragers in my experience. I've heard people say they're great at it but maybe I just have high standards for that specific trait. I'm hoping to cross mine with gamefowl to put a little bit of "wild" back in them. Though the easier route would just be getting Buckeyes (which are basically just rocks crossed with american game then the half rocks getting crossed again) it's a fun hobby project and I like having a mixed flock.
Wouldn't the stags/cocks be too aggressive towards each other if you breed gamefowl into them?
>>3060181If they're socialized normally a lot of gamefowl aren't especially aggressive. I'm not an expert on all gamefowl but American and Belgian strains tend to be easier going than a bantam rooster. If they have enough space to free range or make a decent paddock system and you set up multiple feeding and watering stations it'll seem like a normal pecking order a lot of the time.
My raspberry bush has ripe berries earlier than usual this year.
>>3060320Handsome boy, I want to touch his waddles
>>3060384Saggy swingers, anon
What could have caused this weird looking egg? I give my chickens all purpose crumble and oyster shell to provide calcium. The oyster shell is gone through really slowly, so it would be odd if excess calcium is the cause of this.
There are hens and a large rooster next door to my home. Every day i poke the roosters fence and he pokes back, sometimes i feed him seeds. We have now grown a bond of me feeding him snacks and him pecking the hell outta the fence
>>3061296Such things are semi-normal. You don't see eggs like this in the supermarket because they're graded out for commercial use.
>>3061296I have a hen I just can't get her to fix this. I've tried everything. It's been going on for a couple years. Most of her eggs never hatch but they taste just fine.
Not my image (because new phone).But if you want chickens or have chickens.You HAVE to get Easter eggers.It's awesome when I go to my grandmother's house and she has row upon row of eggs in the fridge that she wants me to take home that look like this.She has other chickens that lay massive brown eggs- some won't even fit in a carton.But come on, these are just too cool..
>>3061460And apparently cochins (sp?) Are awesome layers.Friend has one that steals eggs and rolls them over to her nest to sit on them.It's a badass looking bird- like the "mafia kingpin" look. But they do poorly in high heat/humidity areas
>>3061460Easter egger personalities are horrible though. T. Easter egger owner
>>3061495They're just slow to warm up to people and a bit skittish even when they know you. I've had easter egger frens, it simply takes a while.
I just want a chicken to give me a hug. Just wanna hold one and fall asleep with my far chicken buddy in my armscochins or brahmas or orpingtons, oh my
>>3061530I want a plymouth rock the size of an emu so I can hug without worrying about hurting them.
i would really like to take the chicken pill but i need a better fence. this places chicken acquisition several years out
What is a good way to heat and light a chicken coop in the winter without it becoming a fire hazard? Last winter was pretty miserable, my light source is a skylight that quickly got covered up with snow.
>>3062068They do sell those ceramic radiant heaters (basically a vertical version of those plate brooders) but I can't speak for how effective they are.
>>3062068Multiple 75W heat lamps. If a 75W lamp falls, it's very unlikely to start a fire. I have mine on a thermostat controller so they only turn on below 25 degrees.
I usually don’t brag but my cock is huge an I enjoy stroking it https://youtu.be/Ows7qBS03nI
>>3062215Saved. Is that you? You have a cute rooster.
>>3062303That’s me just playing with my cock he was a gentle giant we ate all his brothers and kept the biggest one, he lived his life fucking every hen we had and had a loud ugly crow sound every morning
>>3062707>crowing>uglyYou have shit taste. Also:>was a gentle giant>wasWhat, did you eat him too?
>>3062711Died of natural cause and was recycled into our compost pile and planted in our garden, the circle of life came back as a tomato
>>3062711His crow was like ERrrrrrrrrrrrrr Errrrrrrr errr my neighbor complained
Having bad neighbors is the worst. I can't wait to move to my farm and get rid of that problem. Hopefully 3-5 years from now.
>>3062720Your neighbor was/is a piece of shit. I hate HOA's a nosy neighbors who think they have power over you. I especially hate HOA's that have policies against roosters but not against dogs.
>>3062716>Died of natural causeJust curious, what ended up killing him? I'll never let my chickens free range unsupervised. I don't understand people who get a rooster so they can have a "protector" for their hens. It helps sure, but they are YOUR animals and it's YOUR responsibility to keep them safe, the rooster included.
>>3047461Are those the chicks that kept getting massacred by your scary tweaker neighbors shitbeast cats? Only three left, how many did you start with? Sad. Feral cats are a plague.
>>3061460Olive eggers > easter eggers
>>3062755Just found him laying dead inside the hen house one day, we counted one day and he was fucking three hens a minute and we think he had a big heart with his big frame and it couldn’t keep up with his lust for hen ass, it was a sad day when we lost him
>>3062763>he was fucking three hens a minute>lust for hen assBased. What a Chad.
>>3062303I dont know if I have ever seen a man wearing a headscarf like that before.Your rooster is thinking to himself "this bastard doesn't know the difference between cock and pussy".
>>3062972The scarf is holding back Jesus hair I don’t wanna get cock vomit on my hair now
>>3062972rooster was thinking "this mofo has held a lot of cocks but I'm the first one with feathers"
>>3063013Rooster : Yet this cunt's still singing to me of kitties and warm fur?
>>3062757 Three out of eight babies made it to almost-adulthood. It's only been this week that Winifred has stopped mummying them. Those bloody cats seem to take out the hens - five of eight were little hens, only one survives. No name as yet.I'm more than willing to guard and care for my hens' broods in hutches and runs, and I do that for at least their first week - after that I let my hens out and it's their choice of where they wish to bring up their young. They can hang out in their Eglu, or run about down by the creek, they can sleep in the hutch, or in my kitchen under the dresser or they can go up the trees with the rest of the chooks. Some hens prefer to be fed and watched and kept close only to have the bastard cats get the babies when she takes them up the tree for the first time. Winifred (good flyer and forager, yet placidly friendly) keeps her babies out all day and for the first couple of weeks would go back to her hutch late afternoon to be safely locked up. Perhaps something spooked her, as one day when they still seemed really little to me she had them sleeping 3m up a plum tree on fairly delicate branches.
>>3063178I'm not usually one to advocate shooting something that might be a pet but if a cat jumped the fence and went after my chickens it'd be dead.
I shoot cats with a 4.5 pellet rifle. I've hit them lots of ways and I've never killed one, but they'll go away and seldom come back.
>>3063690That's fucked up
>>3063728>>3063690Yeah, fucked up. Better to use a .22lr or bigger and kill them instantly.
>>3063767Sure, I mean I'd personally use a no kill trap and drop it off at a shelter and make the owner come pick it up (and pay the fine) but if you're going to hurt it at least make it a clean kill.
>>3063494I've tried basting the cat-beasts with a vinegary super-soaker, but they are shy and quick, by the time I've cracked a window wide or gotten outside they've grabbed and run. They fight amongst themselves at night and piss on my woodpile.>>3063807I've got a couple of no-kill traps but I only seem to catch hedgehogs and hens. Perhaps if I put them up really high? What's a good cat bait? I have mates with 22s who would do the deed for me happily if ever I managed to catch the fuckers.Pic related is my rescue hen Inby Park. Her one and only baby Heidi was taken by a cat at dawn at two months old. Awful.
Looks like my rooster has what looks like an ingrown feather on his foot. It’s like a bump on his foot with something yellowish-white (he is a white rooster. He’s Raspberry upthread actually) just underneath some thin skin. Should I nick the skin and pull it out?