Search found 168 matches

by dirtmurphy
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: What did you do to prepare today?
Replies: 532
Views: 27346

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

That's a little less yucky, but still, ewww! Yesterday I got a couple of bags of Daddy Pete's lawn and garden soil. I'm going to transplant more medicinal herbs as soon as I get time. I also picked up a new latch for the barn door. I'm going to fix that today. And I got another tent and picked up so...
by dirtmurphy
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 26
Views: 699

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

Princess tried to kill the new chick twice yesterday so I kept it under the hover brooder. I moved Princess and the other three chicks out to the barn later yesterday evening, then took the newborn chick out there late last night to try to get her to accept it one last time. Getting a hen to accept ...
by dirtmurphy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 26
Views: 699

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

Well, the last chick hatched and is staying warm under the hover brooder. Princess doesn't want anything to do with it but we'll try to graft it tonight. It'll work or it won't. The chick is strong and I would be willing to brood it by itself if need be although it would be better for the chick if P...
by dirtmurphy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 26
Views: 699

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

So here's a load of craziness. The hatch isn't over yet even though Princess already left the nest. I was going to clean the brood box while she had the chicks out and heard peeping. The last egg is trying to hatch so I'm keeping it warm and giving the chick the opportunity to get out. So one hatche...
by dirtmurphy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 26
Views: 699

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

It takes a while to learn chickenspeak. They're actually complex little creatures. If you have the opportunity, I suggest that you check out Patricia Foreman's work. She has authored and co-authored several books. She's also one of Joel Salatin's friends. I take her classes and workshops whenever I ...
by dirtmurphy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 26
Views: 699

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

You aren't messing anything up by checking on them. The brooder is too cold both day and night. You should run the heater all the time and maybe put that electric blanket you were talking about under their newspapers. Keep an eye on the brooder thermometer. In the mornings they come peeping and runn...
by dirtmurphy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 26
Views: 699

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

Have you checked for drafts coming in at brooder height? Also, do you have a thermometer that you could put in the brooder to see just how high the heat needs to be? Are the chicks really loud? Do they cluster a lot?
by dirtmurphy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Grow Grow Grow
Topic: How does your garden grow?
Replies: 23
Views: 1222

Re: How does your garden grow?

I like to sprinkle straw thinly on top of the carrot bed as soon as I sow the seeds. The seedlings will grow up through the thin layer easily. I mostly grow carrots in containers although today I direct-seeded a carrot, arugula, lettuce mixture in my stropharia bed. I have to say that I'm really imp...
by dirtmurphy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 26
Views: 699

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

This is what I use https://www.premier1supplies.com/p/heating-plates-and-covers?criteria=hover+brooder Do you have a brooder blanket? It's just a blanket covering 3/4 of the brooder top that traps most heat but also allows some to escape. They make a big difference. I suppose you could use an electr...
by dirtmurphy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 26
Views: 699

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

If you're going to incubate chicks again next year, you should look into hover brooders. They're better than lights for a couple of reasons. For one thing, they mimic the mother. The chicks crawl under them to get warm and also have plenty of freedom to get away from them when they want. It gives a ...