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July 2, 2005

Chickens from Hattisburg, Mississippi

The other day Brian had to drive up to Hattisburg, MS and on his way what catches his eye but a sign that says Fresh Eggs $1.50 a dozen. So he stops in on his way back home and found that the eggs are fertile and that they would lay aside 3 dozen for him to return the following Saturday. And thats just what we did. Right now those 3 dozen (only 6 being infertile) are forming in the "hatchery" [ I detest calling it an incubator - such an unnatural expression ]. We got a chance to look and see the birds that laid the eggs and what a nice variety they are. We even have some green eggs (and no ham ~ hmph!).
We have the two hens penned up with a rooster, Silver. They are now laying on a very regular basis.
We have been dropping a tablet or two of Calcium that you buy over the counter, into thier water, and the shells of the eggs are turning out quite hardy.


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July 3, 2005

Farm Kittens

Three of the five new kittens enjoying a snooze on a warm afternoon. Milo being the orange kitten, and the black kitten is either the boy kitten or his sister Nataka, which is native Indian for "bear growling as people pass by". We choose that name since she was the first to growl when she was eating. One time Kaian had left a block of cheese on the floor and Nataka found it and was growling away. We were trying to figure out why we were hearing her growl and when we saw we had a nice laugh. There were no other cats in sight, she was just letting it be heard that was her block of cheese. It was too cute.


Then the other little girl, which Dainen decided to name Whiskers, loves to chase her shadow. Her in action:


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July 17, 2005

Hatching Day

Yesterday was official hatch for the 3 dozen eggs we purchased 21 days prior. There were green, brown and white eggs in the batch. Six of the 3 dozen were infertile, while nine have hatched so far. Two yesterday, and the seven through the night and today. We have had to help a few since the shells and membrane were very thick and tough. I hope we have more that will hatch! I'll post some photos soon.....


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Hatching Day

Yesterday was official hatch for the 3 dozen eggs we purchased 21 days prior. There were green, brown and white eggs in the batch. Six of the 3 dozen were infertile, while nine have hatched so far. Two yesterday, and the seven through the night and today. We have had to help a few since the shells and membrane were very thick and tough. I hope we have more that will hatch! I'll post some photos soon.....


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July 27, 2005

Dewormer for Chickens

Seems like everyone we have spoken to has never heard of chickens getting worms. I guess when their chickens just are not behaving normal, and their tails are down, they just figure they are under the weather or something. Well its no wonder some people "always lose a few" as it was once told to us. Well for those who don't know, chickens DO get worms/parasites. When your chicken seems to lack energy, its tail is down, roosters stop crowing, they begin to get thin, and/or open thier mouth and see strange ring-like blisters in the back of thier throat, most likely your chicken has worms. We learned that keeping the coop clean on a regular basis helps the chances of your chicken getting worms, but they also say if your chickens roam the same ground year after year you increase your chances of the chickens getting worms.
Now let?s say your chicken does have worms, what can one do? Well first off if you are at a feed store you can pick up a bottle of Pig Swig, which is a pig & poultry dewormer. But if you are like us and found our 3 roosters near dead from a bad infestation of worms, we needed some dewormer ASAP, but it was late Saturday and no feed stores were open and no prospects to be open until Monday. So I jumped on my computer to find a solution. What was it that pig swig contained to kill the worms? Well its called Piperazine salts. And I had come to find that almost all over the counter dewormers for animals are Piperazine salts. I happened to have a bottle of cat dewormer and the ingredient? Piperazine salts, so we threw some of the cat dewormer into the water for the sick chickens. Thankfully they are recovering nicely. We have already lost of a few chickens with the first outbreak some time ago since we had no idea what was wrong with them.
So next time you notice your rooster quits crowing, or his tail is down, or he almost coo's at you as if for a cry for help, or he seems to be very tired and maybe even falls over when he is "running" from you, or seems awfully skinny, you might want to throw some dewormer in his water and feed him something high in protein such as dog or cat food.

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