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post #101 of 203
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Originally Posted by PaulaJoAnne View Post
Ameraucana's lay bue and green eggs. We have three of them, and get 1 blue and 2 green each day.
In the US, they are often called Easter eggers.
http://www.moonfirefarm.com/Penny-Americaunas2.JPG
They are sneaky birds, and do everything they can to hide nests.
One of ours, on the days we keep them penned up, actually climbs the 6 foot fence, so she can use "her" nest.
All the rest are Cochin's and lay all the pink and light brown eggs.
They are the most heavy feathered of all chickens, and run around in Pantaloons Can't find the legs and feet on most of them.

I told dh, when the cochins are bent of over eating, they look like soft serve ice cream cones
Pic not mine.....http://janbrettsblog.com/wp-content/...ochin_hens.jpg
If you want to show your intern some amazing eggs, google Cuckoo Maran eggs.
They lay medium to dark chocolate colored eggs!
Who knew???? that is so cool. I'd love to get some green eggs one day, to do a green eggs and ham breakfast LOL Well, except, my daughter is allergic to pork, so it would be green eggs and turkey sausage breakfast . I think she'd flip to see the egg green before we cooked it.
post #102 of 203
So Paula JoAnne, are these the same Cochins that you were saying you "got taken" on?
post #103 of 203
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Originally Posted by mtn.mama View Post
So Paula JoAnne, are these the same Cochins that you were saying you "got taken" on?
Yep! I could not find a buyer, and then the lady that sold them to us, actually threatened us, when we tried to talk to her.
Figured it was best to just lay low and wait.
They started laying about 3 weeks ago.
post #104 of 203
So does that mean you didn't get taken after all? I'm confused.
post #105 of 203
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Originally Posted by mtn.mama View Post
So does that mean you didn't get taken after all? I'm confused.
Ok, I will clarify.
When we bought the chickens from her in July, we were assured that they were mature and would be laying any day.
She in fact called us a few days later, to let us know that the ones she kept from that batch had started laying.
After several weeks of waiting, I started looking at various pictures,a nd actaully posted a few of ours on Backyard Chickens, to see what age they might be.
The consensus was, that they were only half grown, and would not be laying until October, which is exactly what happened.
We tried to talk to the lady, and she initially said I will buy them back as you are not satisfied.
All we did was ask her why she had told us they were mature, when they certainly were not ( they looked mature, except for the waddles nto being very big yet)
The next day, we got a nasty note from her, none of which I will share here.

We were able to get our hands a bunch of chickens that were actually laying, and we went ahead and kept the Cochins.
We ended up spending so much more money then we should have.
Our whole point in getting chickens, was so that we would actually have a we bit of extra income coming in from our home.
Which is happening now, except that we are upside down in a big way with them, and will be for some time still.

I found a good way to look at it though.
You spend a great deal of money, and when the first egg is laid, you call it your $500 egg ( or in our case $300) and then call the rest profit, LOL!
post #106 of 203
Well, all I can say is... its costs as much to raise chickens as it costs. You could lose all of them tomorrow to a predator and it would still cost the same.

Chickens start laying when they do, and there's nothing you can do to make them lay sooner, except educate yourself about what an almost laying chicken looks like.

It sounds like you're plenty happy with them now. If I recall correctly, you were *sure* you got stuck with banty cochins... and now it sounds like that isn't the case at all.

I happen to have done a great amount of business with the lady you are saying ripped you off, and I'll continue to, because I've been really happy with her livestock and her prices and her personality too.

I'm not trying to attack you, just seeking clarity because everything doesn't seem to add up.

Lisa in Chickaloon
post #107 of 203
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Originally Posted by mtn.mama View Post
Well, all I can say is... its costs as much to raise chickens as it costs. You could lose all of them tomorrow to a predator and it would still cost the same.

Chickens start laying when they do, and there's nothing you can do to make them lay sooner, except educate yourself about what an almost laying chicken looks like.

It sounds like you're plenty happy with them now. If I recall correctly, you were *sure* you got stuck with banty cochins... and now it sounds like that isn't the case at all.

I happen to have done a great amount of business with the lady you are saying ripped you off, and I'll continue to, because I've been really happy with her livestock and her prices and her personality too.

I'm not trying to attack you, just seeking clarity because everything doesn't seem to add up.

Lisa in Chickaloon
They were tiny when my dh brought them home. 1.5 to 2 pounds each. We were frustrated that she insisted, evertime we talked to her, that they were full grown chickens. And when we wanted to take her up on her offer of taking them back, all of a sudden we were in the wrong and not allowed to contact her again. Very rude to my dh as well, and the poor guy does not have a mean bone in his body!
I am not in the habit of making stuff up.
We both have plenty of experience with chickens, just not cochins, so we were not aware that they do not lay until they are 9 months old.

I do agree that they could be a total loss at anytime, but they are bringing in double what we are putting into them currently.
Also, I have never said who this person is, so......
I am certainly not going to stop anyone from doing business with her, but I am not going to recommend her either

Oh well, life is full of bumps. You learn to be more and more carefull the older you get!
post #108 of 203
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Oh well, life is full of bumps. You learn to be more and more carefull the older you get!
presently learning this...
post #109 of 203
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Originally Posted by katiesk View Post
presently learning this...
Me too!! How many times in the past 13 years have we tried to raise an animal to maturity, wether to eat or for eggs, milk,...etc. and then in the end things did not work out.
I was thinking about this very thing last night. Chickens, goats, pigs, cows, turkeys, ducks.......... Never one time in Alaska have we reaped the benefits of our labor. spent a lot of time and money and hopefully we have learned as much!
post #110 of 203
how do I change my senior member title?? Do I need special permission?
post #111 of 203
How do you change the little icon?
post #112 of 203
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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
How do you change the little icon?
I dont know. It just appeared there.
post #113 of 203
Heeeheee, you're speeecial.
post #114 of 203
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
how do I change my senior member title?? Do I need special permission?
If you have a paid subscription (I forget which one) then you can change it yourself--directions are on the subscription page.
Otherwise you send a PM to a mod--I'm pretty sure it's abimommy--and she changes it for you. You get the first one for free, but thereafter changes cost a couple dollars (unless you have the paid thing)

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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
How do you change the little icon?
You mean the funky little "A" or "S"? Those are for Supporting members and, um, I don't remember what the A stands for. Advertising member? Anyway, if you pay to have the whichever thing it is, then you automatically get the little letter there. It's a quick way to see (for example) if that person is allowed to be linking their shop in their sig, or using extra smilies, or whatever.
Or did you mean the avatar? The bigger picture? That comes along with a paid membership as well--and once you pay then you can just upload whatever photo you want so long as it meets the size restrictions.

hth!! (go to the big FAQ in 'questions and suggestions' and it covers all that stuff!)


On a little bit of a tangent, but related to avatars/senior titles...have you seen what Holiday Helper has this year? They have a bunch of HH avatars available to use if you have an avatar and want to help spread the word (it's $5/yr to get the membership that allows avatars, so I'm considering it for advertising purposes...but then again maybe if I've got $5 to send I should just donate directly to HH you know?!) Also they have a special HH version of a DDDDC, where for $3 (sent directly to HH) you can get basically a second senior title (saying whatever you want) and it links to the HH forum, to help draw people in there. The donation of course goes to help the families. The thread I linked has all the details.
post #115 of 203
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Originally Posted by brightonwoman View Post
If you have a paid subscription (I forget which one) then you can change it yourself--directions are on the subscription page.
Otherwise you send a PM to a mod--I'm pretty sure it's abimommy--and she changes it for you. You get the first one for free, but thereafter changes cost a couple dollars (unless you have the paid thing)

Cool! I'lll look into that! You're brilliant!


You mean the funky little "A" or "S"? Those are for Supporting members and, um, I don't remember what the A stands for. Advertising member? Anyway, if you pay to have the whichever thing it is, then you automatically get the little letter there. It's a quick way to see (for example) if that person is allowed to be linking their shop in their sig, or using extra smilies, or whatever.
Ah, okay. That must have appeared when I got permission to link to the Alaska Birth Network.

Or did you mean the avatar? The bigger picture? That comes along with a paid membership as well--and once you pay then you can just upload whatever photo you want so long as it meets the size restrictions.

hth!! (go to the big FAQ in 'questions and suggestions' and it covers all that stuff!)

post #116 of 203
*rant ahead*

ugh, our whole house is sick Em had most of this last week (fever, cough, sinus pressure/stuffiness) in addition to pink eye. They tested her for influenza and it was negative, so I guess I know we all don't have the flu... but now hubby and I both have what ever she had.

I want to know... why is it when hubby had 101 fever yesterday, he was able to sleep all day without interruption, yet now that it's mine turn (with all the same aches and pains he had, in addition to my back pain from the car wreck) I'm having to take care of everyone, get all of Em's school work done, feed the dogs, feed the family, etc.?? Evidently having ovaries makes you immune from resting when ill.

I feel like crap and I want to whine to somebody... because nobody in my house wants to listen.

In addition to that, I'm dealing with the worlds most difficult customer EVER. She's seriously over the top and I really want to say to her "we really don't want your business, so please look elsewhere". I'm secretly hoping she'll be dissatisfied with my answers and just not sign up. Some people are just nucking futz. Unfortunately, it's not something simple where I could just say the date is booked... is for an open event, so I can only hope she chooses not to participate.

Okay, so that is my whine for the day. Does anybody know if it's okay to go to the chiro when sick? I don't want to infect anybody, but I'm DYING... I've not been in since Saturday and it's killing me.
post #117 of 203
Oh Karen, I'm so sorry you are feeling bad.
I know where you are coming from and it never has been fair.
post #118 of 203
Any advice for dealing with hives in a 22 month old? DS had them covering at least 20% of his body - but none were below the waist - so about half of his torso, arms & face were hived. They didn't seem too itchy - I'd have been ripping my skin off if they were on me. Big red welts with whitish "bug-bite" looking bumps on the welts. They faded after a bath, witchhazel rub and hydrocortisone cream rubdown. But we they kept popping up all evening. I broke down and went to Freds to get some Benedryl junior and gave him a 1/4 dose - as my ped had previously recommended would be an option. He's had 2 doses today - and it seems to help, but I don't want to keep him drugged up. I often have used homeopathic Apis, but these didn't respond this time.

He's had hives on a number of occasions before - this time we have no idea as to the trigger. (I'm a bit hive prone, by brother gets them all the time). The only unusual event today was he was playing with some pine cones we collect in Georgia in the spring. But all of these have been baked in an oven at about 250 degrees to melt the sap to remove the stickiness and essentially varnish the cones so they are shiny. This should have also killed/sterilized just about anything in them, including any pollens or molds. He's played with them before, but he dropped the box and the floor had to be swept up afterwards because of debris.
post #119 of 203
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Originally Posted by liza-s View Post
Any advice for dealing with hives in a 22 month old? DS had them covering at least 20% of his body - but none were below the waist - so about half of his torso, arms & face were hived.
there is a cream sold at Natural Pantry that helps with the itching flourosone I think? There was also a Hyland's best tablet there but I don't remember the recommended age group. My 5yo last year had a terrible bout of hives we ended up at the allergy clinic eventually and they put him on a regime of allegra, some over the counter tablet (I don't recall the name) and a third thing in order to finally get rid of them.. he had them bad though even the allergist was impressed..
post #120 of 203
I'd offer girl dust showers Pinoikoi, but all I've got is blue over here, so it might totally backfire
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