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Date:7/30/2014 8:14:54 AM
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First Chicks
So I got my very first batch of Rhode Island Red pullets (12) from a local feed store back in the middle of April 2013. I kept them under a heat lamp in a big blue tub that we had gotten at Wal-Mart to store Christmas decor in. Well, through all this time and the ups & downs in weather, I had only managed to lose 1 (because a cat got a hold of one & broke its neck). I had taken the birds out a few times to let them roam in the yard and peck some bugs, but for the most part they stayed down in my mud room. Well, 11 birds in a large storage tub gets to a bit of a HASSLE to say the least. I was changing their shavings every day, feeding them twice per day, and cleaning out or changing their water 3 or 4 times a day. And the "aroma" they were producing was starting to filter into the house. SO, Yesterday 28APR2013, I decided it was time to finish getting their coop ready and put them outside. I got the coop finished with the help of my wife & we carried the tub outside & and laid it on its side so they could wander out of the tub & into the coop, and eventually out into their run. At about 6 pm I went out & round up my girls & closed them into their coop. Needless to say I had a few concerns about them making it through the night. They are only about 7 weeks old, but I was told they would be good. Besides, I got about 6 more Bantams coming in a couple weeks. So I got up at 6 am like I usually do, got me some coffee, smoked a few smokes, and when the wife got up @ 7 am, we talked about when to let the birds out. I said that I would wait til about 8:30, and the temp should be @ 65°. Sure enough, it was 65° at 8:45 am. So I went to go check on them & let them out. Lo & behold all 11 were still kicking. Talk about HAPPY. I was happy, happy, happy, Jack. I checked their water & it was still half full (I think my jug is a 1 gal jug). They had about 1/2 a small feeder tray of food, so I went ahead & topped it off. Then I went around back & tossed a few handfuls of crumbles on the ground for them.
So at the risk of breaking my arm, I patted myself on the back for a job well done thus far.

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