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New Arrivals!

Uploaded by: ChrisAnthemum

Tuesday March 19, 2013

Westfield, NC (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: And then the fun began!

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15. ChrisAnthemum
4:53 AM GMT on March 21, 2013
Thank you, Sharon! As far as varmint-proofing, that's part of the reason it took us so long to get around to getting these chicks, trying to have everything ready and not take any chances. I can't baby-sit chickens all day to guard against hawks and coyotes, so they will have to stay in a covered pen.
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14. camera7
4:35 AM GMT on March 21, 2013
What a pretty group! Glad you are varmint-proofing. We know so many people who can't figure out why their birds are disappearing! LOL We had a bobcat come into our yard right by the back porch and get our big rooster last year in broad daylight. We don't let them free-roam unless we are outside now. Can't wait for more pics!
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13. ChrisAnthemum
1:50 PM GMT on March 20, 2013
So far so good, Larry! Thanks for your comment!
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12. JourneysEnd
1:24 PM GMT on March 20, 2013
Looks like a good bunch of chicks! LOL!
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11. ChrisAnthemum
3:57 AM GMT on March 20, 2013
Charlotte, thanks for your tips. I raised chickens before and so I am aware of all that you have pointed out. The pen, when it's finished, will be covered on top to keep out flying predators as well as four-legged ones. I'm doing all I can to make the place snake-tight, but am aware that blacksnakes also like eggs and chicks as well as mice; I found a blacksnake swallowing one of the eggs once and choked him until he gave it up. That was MY egg, LOL! And I have a variety of chicks in this lot including both egg layers and meat types.
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10. llpj04
3:38 AM GMT on March 20, 2013
Chicken hawks will fly right in so keep a watch out when they get big enough to let roam out in their yard.
Then after 6 months when they lay eggs ALWAYS make sure you look into the nest before reaching in. Snakes sometimes find their way in attracted to the mice that eat the left over chicken food. Boy have I learned lots over 15 years we have had chickens.
We tried the broilers that were ready by about 8 weeks one time. That is the kind that is in the stores and we learned,they can't be used for laying hens.
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9. ChrisAnthemum
1:12 AM GMT on March 20, 2013
Thanks, Jen and Shirley! I covered all the windows with heavy wire mesh to keep raccoons and other predators out. My sister found a bobcat in her coop!
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8. WeatherWise
1:01 AM GMT on March 20, 2013
Love your little brood of chicks - yes,
definitely get it predator proof so no
disappointmetns happen.
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7. jjulian
12:04 AM GMT on March 20, 2013
Oh, so very sweet! I remember the little chicks on my Grandma's farm growing up, the most magical time with them!
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6. ChrisAnthemum
11:51 PM GMT on March 19, 2013
Exactly, Wilma, and there's one more often overlooked benefit; the manure makes the veggies grow like nothing I've ever seen before! Our tired soil could use a boost!
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5. Kennebunker
11:49 PM GMT on March 19, 2013
What fun! Keeping chickens is such a great way to "be green". They eat the kitchen scraps and give you eggs in return. Can't beat that!
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4. ChrisAnthemum
11:46 PM GMT on March 19, 2013
Thanks, Elaine! I brought home 14 of these little critters today and have some different kinds on order to arrive in a few weeks.
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3. Biskitten
11:43 PM GMT on March 19, 2013
Oh, so sweet!
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2. ChrisAnthemum
11:18 PM GMT on March 19, 2013
LOL Donna! I don't name what I'm going to eat! About half of these chicks will go to the freezer, the others will become laying hens.

We got our coop built for us last summer, but didn't have time to finish preparing for the chicks we wanted. That's what I've been doing recently, getting the coop electrified, predator-proofed, and ready for occupancy.

Thanks for your comment!
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1. catilac
11:15 PM GMT on March 19, 2013
Awww! So cute, are you going to name them?
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Wife, mother, grandmother, gardener, naturalist, writer, artist, crafter, homeschooler, owner and occasional breeder of registered Shetland Sheepdogs, and a child of the King. Rank amateur at most of these. Live in Westfield, NC, near the western mountains.Some of my photos are now available for sale from Fine Art America. Please check the website: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kathryn-meyer.h tml only join the html -- for some reason this site won't let me do it. Clicking on my website below leads to FAA's main page, but you can access my gallery there by putting my name Kathryn Meyer in the search box.

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