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Chickens on the homestead

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by sumi, May 26, 2017.

  1. Jul 17, 2017
    Beekissed

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    Don't remember if I shared the chicken sling idea on here or not, as my forgettery is old and worn out, but thought I'd share it for those who haven't seen it. Such a simple thing to make, can be made out of feed sack, cloth grocery bags, a small piece of any kind of material, etc.

    I made mine out of the carrying bag from a camp chair...we have a dozen of those things hanging around. I'm always reluctant to throw them away because they are made of such good material and have that nice webbing on them.

    Anyhoo...the chicken sling is a incredible help and I wish I had thought of this many a long year ago. My chickening life would be been LOADS easier. I'm always working chickens alone...a few rare times I've had some help but mostly, just alone.

    The sling makes that so easy that checking chickens is a quick process, the chickens are incredibly calmed by the sling, so no stress on the flock, and I get things done better because I'm using both hands for the job instead of one hand for holding, one for working.

    Since these pics I've opened up the front of the sling completely so they can poke out their heads but it didn't change how the sling works....still a nice, calm time with the birds. No fighting, no flapping, no kicking....just peaceful hands on working the livestock.

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    Tried putting them in upside down, but not as successful of an outcome..bird was still calm but I couldn't see the vent well at all...when in the sling right side up, they just naturally put their tails up for me! Loved that.

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    Fits big birds and small birds, they all become instantly becalmed in this hammock and you can do anything you want to them. It's kinda cool.

    Someone on TEG made one and couldn't get over the ease of working the flock...done in a fraction of the time, no struggles, birds less upset over the handling, etc.
     
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    The workshop was a great day and I had a wonderful time there...many people living the life there. Most are trying to raise endangered species of livestock on their farms and I would love to tour their places.
     
  3. Jul 22, 2017 at 2:36 PM
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    Curious about what happened to your chick?
     
  4. Jul 22, 2017 at 2:42 PM
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    The patient passed away at 1:15 am on Sat July 15th.
    Mama hen still has one baby. I'm not sure what happened to the other baby though. Here's current pic of Mama and Munchkin: IMG_20170715_104745.jpg
    Munchkin is a cross between a BO hen and RIR rooster.
     
  5. Jul 22, 2017 at 3:13 PM
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    What kind of injury did it seemed to have? A puncture wound of some kind?
     
  6. Jul 22, 2017 at 3:40 PM
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    Yes, in the "armpit" of the wing. Where the wing extends away from the body. Every time it's little heart would beat blood would come out.
     
  7. Jul 22, 2017 at 3:41 PM
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    Awwww...no saving it then. Wonder what got a hold of it?
     
  8. Jul 22, 2017 at 3:50 PM
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    I don't know but there was also a great deal of creepy belly crawlies ( fly larva- maggots) in it. I tried to get them all out but just too many.
    The baby was trying it's best to fight though so that's why I attempted to save it plus if all three would have made it these were the first babies we've had naturally but still got one.
    I did see I think on your sister site, Backyard Chickens, that if a baby chick is on its Mama's back it's usually a male. Is that true?
     
  9. Jul 22, 2017 at 3:55 PM
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    Very sorry about the lil chick.

    I haven't ever heard of that one about a chick on it's mamas back is a roo?
     
  10. Jul 22, 2017 at 4:34 PM
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    This is my first flock.
    I have
    Australorp (Black)
    Barnevelder
    Brahma (Buff)
    Orpington (Buff)
    Sussex (Speckled)
    Wyandotte (Golden Laced)
    Wyandotte (Silver Laced)


    There are 29. They are for eggs and meat. I ordered straight run and the extra roos will be butchered starting at the end of August. I haven't decided how I want to manage the flock from here on out, we'll see how the next few months go.
    Chickens are definitely the gateway drug to self sufficiency so I hope we're successful with them!
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