What I use for Cleaning

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I am not a big user of chemicals, for they are not good for you. I use a few very cheap and simple items for cleaning, they are Rubbing Alcohol, Vinegar, Baking Soda and Bleach. I do use a degreaser called Awesome that I get form the dollar store about once a month. The awesome is good at removing blood and grease. I also make my own Laundry soap. I think I probably save around $100 a month of better since I am I make all my own cleaner. For windows I use equal parts of Rubbing Alcohol, Vinegar and water. I keep a 10% bleach solution on hand for spraying down stuff, along with a bottle of Vinegar and water. I am going to work on making something to spray in the air since I am having to keep the house closed up so much due to the heat and humidity.
I had called a good friend and was trying to tell her about my rooster that I am going to be keeping. I decided that I need to take some pictures of him but did one better and made a video of him and all the chickens that where out in the pen at the time. I am keeping the hens, pullet and the roosters that I am keeping locked up in the pen/coop for now. I have to many roosters and there were some trouble with gang raping my hens. That is one of the reason I lost the one hen that I did, she was gang raped and then the heat.
Here is the video

At this time the video link is not working.

If this does not work please leave me a comment, this is the first video that I have every posted.

The Heat Take its Toll

Friday, July 6, 2012
Well the heat finally got to the chickens. Today Thelma got sick and I found her just in time again. The way I found here was that I was going to clean out there pool and put fresh water in it. I start to take water out and noticed that she was not moving out of the water. I Pick her up, which most of the time is impossible, put her in the pool of water to help cool her down. I then put her in the coop under the fan till I could get a place set up in the house for her for the night of time being. Now she is sleep in her box of shaving in her cage in the entryway of the house one a piece of box.
When my husband got home we left to go to dinner. When we got back I went to go check for eggs and give the chickens some scratch. I found that one of my hen was dead. She had been getting pecked and picked on and would never really leave the coop. I knew I was going to lose her if she did not get out of there, I had even put her outside at time or two and she would just go back in.
I really need to get rid of roosters I have way to many. It is just such a long drive to the auction anymore. We have been butchering out a couple each weekend but we are getting sick of doing that. it is just a lot of work, but the meat is good, much better than in the stores. Just with it being over 100 in the day by the time We get to it it is already hot out and who what that stuff laying around for two days. We are working on a pen for the roosters but again the heat and the lack of money is slowing that down too.
I have been giving my chickens "Chicken Gatorade" well that is what I call it. it is vitamin and all that for them. So I am now down to a told of 47 chicken. Some of the first ones I hatched back in Feb should start to lay soon, if they are not already doing that in the woods. I let all my chickens run loose with this heat being so back.

settled in

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Well, we are settled in and doing good. The chickens are taking up a good part of my husbands shop. I would really like to get them out of his shop so that he has room to do work, but that is going to be a while.

There is 4 foot fencing all around the top, so they don't get in the shop, but they still do at times. This pictures were taken in the morning. There run is covered and that is going to good for the winter. I do let them run all over the yard, hence why my yard looks like a chicken exploded in my drive way and every place, there are feather all over. I have only lost 4 since we moved in two of them were chickens \, one rooster and one older hen.
 Here is a picture of Buckbeak and Gimpy

Buckbeak has a very crooked beak and is about the size of a 4 week old where Gimpy is full size. These are the only two that hatched from the green eggs that I got. Gimpy got her name for when she had a bad leg and was in the playpen to recover. She is now doing good and stays with Buckbeck and looks after him. Buckbeak has run of the shop with Gimpy most of the time but they also go out with the rest. I am sure but I think Buckbeak is a rooster for he has long tail feather, but I really don't care as long as he is alive he is going to be here. He will run up to us when we are out but will not let you pick him up.
Right now I have 38 chickens we have put 5 roosters in to freezer camp and they were all from the first 16 I hatched. still have 4 more roosters there, not really sure from the 31 that hatched since I did sell a bunch of the pullets. Out of the 9 left form the mamma hens I think there is like 6 roos too. I can not win for loosing with getting hens. I plan on doing some more incubating after the summer cools down, and I get everything set up for it. No more brooder in the house, it will be in the garage. I have two large boxes form the chairs that we bought that I am going to use this time. The play pen is now used for hay storage and a place for hens to lay eggs if they are in the shop.