You know what? Three of those chickens just jump in my hands now when I
open it up to feed and change water. The yellow one practically tries
fly out of there and land on me. WOW. Amazing what chickens are like
you handle them all the time. I'm gonna have several "Cool Chickens!"
those on the list that don't know - Cool Chicken was a Rhode Island Red
chicken that I used to have that would sit on your lap and eat fritos
follow you everywhere. She was WAY cool)
Pam Evans wrote:
ohmigosh woman - THAT was close call. poor little babies must have been
On 9/14/07, Jesse Bell wrote:
> Yep. Amazing.
> Kitty wrote:
> And there were still ten?
> neIN, Zone 5
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jesse Bell"
> Sent: Friday, September 14, 2007 9:30 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re:Cats and Chicks..
> > Really? Yes, I'd be interested in seeing the magazine or online
> > for your chicken brooder. Last night we went and bought a
> > galvanized
> > steel water trough (small and lower to the ground - small sheep or
> > size) and transferred the chicks into that. I have 10 of them now
> > and
> > box was just too small. I let my guard down for 5 minutes while I
> > went
> > outside to dump the old shavings into the compost pile and when I
> > came
> > BACK, RAJA was sitting INSIDE the trough, with the chicks, staring
> > at
> > them. Poor little chicks were all huddled at one end, scared to
> > DEATH.
> > yelled "RAJA!!!! - NOT YOURS!!! AGHHHHHHHH" and went after
> > her...she
> > scampered out of there and I didn't see her for the rest of the
> > night.
> > was so lucky. Can't believe I forgot to close the laundry room door
> > behind me.
> > Daryl
> > My chick brooder has a screen top on one end, and wood with some
> > small
> > plexi
> > windows on the end with the heat lamp. Diesel loved to spend the
> > day
> > watching the chicks and enjoying the extra warmth.
> > I was glad the chicks got big enough for Diesel to leave them
> > alone.
> > was
> > good when I was out there with him, but considering the lust in his
> > and what he did to a wren that got onto the screened porch, I think
> > he
> > would have made lunch out of them given the chance. It was a very
> > well-traveled wren before he dropped it in the dining room and I
> > was
> > to
> > get it out from underneath the furniture. Don't want to do that
> > again!
> > BTW - the plans for my brooder came from Countryside and Small
> > Stock
> > Journal
> > and it can double as a cheese dryer, if you're interested. I can
> > raise
> > half
> > a dozen chicks to 6 weeks w/ no problem.
> > d
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Jesse Bell"
> > To:
> > Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 9:39 AM
> > Subject: [CHAT] Re:Cats and Chicks..
> >> Raja has been sitting by my newly hatched chicks every day that
> >> I've
> >> them in the house. They are safe, in a big plastic storage box
> >> with
> >> a
> >> that has holes cut in it. I have a heat lamp in there - BUT - you
> >> can
> >> sort of see the chicks walking around inside the box because of
> >> the
> >> shining on it, and Raja sits there, with HUGE eyes, and stares at
> >> the
> >> box.
> >> I take the lid off to change the food, water and wood shavings,
> >> and
> >> play with the little cuties..and Raja sneaks her head over the
> >> edge
> >> looks at them, then looks at me like "can I have 'em?" and I say,
> >> "NO
> >> Raja - not yours" and she sits back down, looking very put out.
> >> But
> >> knows when I say "not yours" that she has to leave them alone. But
> >> really, really wants them. I love those silly chicks. Because I've
> >> them since day 1 or 2 and handle them all the time, they just sit
> >> in
> >> hand and fall asleep. We had a new one hatch yesterday and I left
> >> it
> >> under the mother for the first day. They do
> >> better that way. I think I'll have 2-3 more before it's all over.
> >> It
> >> so amazing to watch this whole process. Very cool.