• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Chickens...What was I ever thinking...

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Chickens...What was I ever thinking...

    Chickens can be challenging at times to manage...sometimes in a fun way and sometimes not so fun. I had an "adventure" yesterday to rival any I've had in the 2+ years we've raised chickens for our market business.

    I had little broiler chicks come in yesterday morning unexpectedly a day early. So I dropped everything, ran to the Post Office, brought them home and set them up in the brooder as fast as I could. All seemed well so I took off to do my trim work. I had a full schedule yesterday with 3 different barns. I did not get home until 4 pm.

    So I walk back to the brooder to check on the chicks. The hens coop is right beside that...shares a wall. I converted a shed row barn to be a poultry house... a brooder, a hen coop and a turkey house. I hear "peep peep peep!!!" everywhere...chicks are literally running all over the place darting like little mice (they are quick.) The hens and roosters are ignoring them completely and they are like a bunch of kids at recess...just everywhere quickly.

    I run to the brooder and look in and one of the hens flew over the wall and must have frightened the chicks. They probably piled up at the door and there was a crack under the door that they must have squeezed out of. I've learned that new chicks can fit through some VERY SMALL holes. Dang...in my hurry in the morning to get to my appts I had not noticed it...so I patched up the hole and spent the next hour rounding up the little buggers. So after a long day of bending over under horses, I'm now bending over snatching up baby chickens and I had a lot of misses. My back still hurts.

    I think I got them all but there are 150 so counting them is impossible unless I caught them all and that isn't going to happen! Not sure what to do about the hen who got in with them but she might have been contemplating motherhood. She saw me and flew back over the wall too fast for me to catch her and clip her wing feathers. She's on my hit list for sure.

    Just another day down on the farm. I wonder sometimes if I'm crazy and I should just stick to horses and farrier work. UGH...

  • #2
    nah, life would be too boring.
    save lives...spay/neuter/geld

    Comment


    • #3
      ______________________________
      The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET

      Comment


      • #4


        As my daddy one taught me about animals: If the head fits, the rest of the body fits.

        It's true! You'd be amazed at the skinny doorway my 2,000 lb Percheron fit thru!
        <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

        Comment


        • #5
          It is shocking how fast little these little buggers can go. I rescued a couple of redwing blackbird chicks who were in the path of my hay mower, and those little dudes had some crazy fast leg action!

          I see ibuprofen in your immediate future.
          What's Horsie in the Twin Tiers? Find out here:
          http://thetwintiershorse.blogspot.com/

          Former user name: GilbertsCreeksideAcres

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post
            As my daddy one taught me about animals: If the head fits, the rest of the body fits.
            That rule no longer applies for my fat kitty. She keeps getting stuck halfway between the rungs of our headboard which is in front of a widow
            ::I do not understand your specific kind of crazy, but I do admire your total commitment to it::

            Comment


            • #7
              Oh, you poor thing!!!
              It's a small world -- unless you gotta walk home.

              Comment


              • #8
                There will always be one you can NEVER catch you know. Advil works for me!
                Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
                Incredible Invisible

                Comment


                • #9
                  Bless your heart and I am sure your aching legs!
                  Free bar.ka and tidy rabbit.

                  Comment

                  • Original Poster

                    #10
                    I thought you all would get a chuckle out of that story. My back is a little better today but I could hardly walk on Friday. Almost as bad was the great "turkey walkabout" last year. I had about 30 heritage Turkeys get loose at once. Being the seriously dumb birds they are, they wandered around and got lost and found a shady spot and sat. My neighbor calls me during the day to ask what to do about 30 of my turkeys roosting on her back porch. OMG...

                    I had to leave the market early to go home and round up the birds. I had two people help me and we got them to leave the porch and herded them back across the road to my farm. They were not terribly far away which goes to show how dumb they are. I've never had a chicken get lost nor a duck.

                    At least turkeys are herd able as are ducks. Forget trying to herd chickens. They just turn back and run straight at you.

                    Anyway, once we got them in sight of my barn, they took off at a run back to their coop where their food and water is. They were hungry not surprisingly. We had to clip their wings as they are seriously good fliers when adolescents.

                    The chicks are doing fine now...no one has succumbed to stress from the escape or anything. I still have no idea how many I found but I don't think I lost more than one or two if that.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Been there! I thought rounding up 19 was bad; I cannot imagine that kind of volume!!!!

                      Comment

                      Working...
                      X