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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 7:57 pm 
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Something I read when I started with my chicks was

From http://chickengardener.com/info-on-raising-chicks/

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If the chicks are all huddles under the center of the lamp they are too cold. If they are all pushed out to the sides of the brooder (remember, just a fancy way of saying box) they are too hot. Just adjust the light when you are noticing one extreme or another, every few days or so.

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 8:34 pm 
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Great brooder Burnsy. Think I need to upgrade my cardboard box for something like that. Great to see you going for wyandottes too. Kids must be stoked with the new additions


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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 8:46 pm 
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Gwydion, I have dropped the lamp about 50mm since the photo was taken and have a thermometer in it and they are plenty warm, they all run around and feed/play them go and huddle together again. I am watching it though. I have been playing with different lamp heights and temps today and they don't seem to be changing their behaviour much at all. Could be because they are inside and the fire is going so it is pretty warm, also having the larger space allows them to self adjust by moving in or out from the lamp. I am erring on the side of caution though and have it a bit warm to cater for lower night temps.


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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 9:08 pm 
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A fire going and chicken... What a nice combination. :-D the comment wasn't meant as critic, just something I remembered seeing when I tried it last time. I hope the chickens turn out as great layers.

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 9:14 pm 
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Didn't take it as critisism, don't stress, all info is good in my book. There is another good info leaflet here on chicken raising.

http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets ... ickens.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 9:31 pm 
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Very nice craftsmanship on the brooder, I would expect nothing less. :thunbs:

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 10:00 pm 
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Rocketrod wrote:
Nice work Burnsy wish i had the space like you have


Mmmm space, it's all relative, I am awaiting a big lotto win so I can buy out a few neighbours and knock their houses down :thumb:


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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:59 pm 
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With the neighbours getting ready to build and me deciding I had had enough of fighting the pH issues with the new garden I decided a total revamp of the old space to allow the entire area to be used was in order. Tree gone, orange transplanted (again poor thing) and raised beds removed I ran the Howard Terrier over the whole area and it has come up a treat. The big black dog insists on doing his evening business on the seedlings though so a gate was in order. I found this chain mesh one up the road and have set about making it look a little more interesting. A gamble rescued from the Brookton tip adorns it - because growing vegies is always a gamble :run:
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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:03 pm 
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I think the Gamble looks lost by itself and is begging for an old cow bell to hang from it. A quick ebay search found one for $9, you beauty, 24 hours later and bidding is still hot at over $320, seems these things are collectable :bad: . So out with the angle grinder, oxy, anvil, FBH and a lump of old trailer base is fast becoming a Condomine bell :thumb:
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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:58 am 
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gee, do I need to nail the two condamines down? they are the door bells

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:40 pm 
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Jaymie wrote:
gee, do I need to nail the two condamines down? they are the door bells

I reckon you better, it is at $420 now with three days still to go :scared2: I finished mine today and hung it, pretty happy with it and it makes a very cool dong.
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Chickens are growing and starting to look different from each other, one has curled feathers which is surprising seeing they are suppose to be pure gold lace wyandottes.
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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:28 am 
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Nice work with the gate and bell Burnsy. $420 for a cow bell!? what the. Sounds like a gap in the market there mate


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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:24 pm 
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Five weeks and theWyandottes are growing fast, they are out on the verandah now and weathered the 2 degree nights no trouble with the lamp still on.

Not sure still of who's who in the zoo. There is definitely two different featherings/colourings and then there is the strange scruffy throwback - hope it is a hen as it would be good to keep as a layer just for giggles. There were two different hatchings in this group so it will be interesting to see if the different lacing that is visible is due to parentage or male/female. Anyone have any ideas based on experience with gold laces?
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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:07 pm 
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Dude they are so cool, showed my 12yr old daughter the pics and she fell in love. Question, what is your goal with these birds, will it be mainly meat or other?


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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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Charlie wrote:
Dude they are so cool, showed my 12yr old daughter the pics and she fell in love. Question, what is your goal with these birds, will it be mainly meat or other?


These are destined for the chicken mobile 01 as part of a breeding flock at work (well the hens and the best rooster are). We are aiming to start breeding a few of the heritage breeds as part of our program and eventually want to be able to sell, fertilised eggs, day olds and young pullets. Gold laced seem to be in demand and it is what I could get so it is where we are starting, light sussex and black or blue australorps are future options.


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