Winter is coming. Autumn colors in the trees, shorter days, nippy air. Let’s talk FROSTBITE.
What causes frostbite? Chickens poop when they sleep. A LOT. Since they don’t pee, the white runny urates in their poop are the liquid waste, and that creates warm moist air in the coop. Warm air rises. When warm moist air rises it sits at the level of the birds on the roost. Then as the air cools it creates condensation on their combs- boom frostbite. Toes and feet can also get frostbitten if their feet are not protected enough by their feathers and body on the roost
How do you prevent frostbite? You want draft free, with top ventilation to allow the warm moist air to ESCAPE the coop and not sit around the birds’ heads. VENTILATION but NO DRAFTS is the key! I’m going to attach pictures of some of my coops, where you can see the obvious roofline ventilation. I have NO issues with frostbite in these coops. I live in Oklahoma, where we have fairly mild winters. “Coldest winter low” for us is single digits, with averages in the upper teens. If you live further north you may need further modifications than what I provide but the concept is the same. VENTILATION and NO DRAFTS.
To prevent frostbite on the feet, birds need a wide wooden roost bar so they can nestle over their feet and keep their feet warm. I recommend a 2×4 turned on its side so the wide 3 1/2″ side is up. NEVER use anything hollow, this will freeze their feet faster.
As a side note, I see people promoting coating the combs with various things, especially petroleum jelly, to prevent frostbite. This may help a little, but improving the ventilation in the coop is much more effective and healthier for the birds.
How do you treat frostbite? Supportive treatment only. You can put neosporin (without pain reliever) on the comb or feet to help protect and promote healing. The tips will be purple at first, then blacken, then fall off. In mild cases it will be just the tips, in severe cases they can lose their whole comb and look dubbed like a game bird, or their toes or even feet can completely self amputate.
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We’ve been so busy we didn’t have a chance to get our website updated, but Harper and Merlin are proud parents again! This is their final mating, both will be retired now and live long healthy lives as spoiled pets. There are 8 gorgeous rolly-polly puppies in this litter. Jake already has a home waiting for him when he is old enough but we are taking deposits on the others!
Pups were born September 9 2017. The litter is registered through AKC, although mom is AKC/ASCA. They will have 5 way vaccinations at 6 and 8 weeks, and wormed every 2 weeks from birth. They have had tails and dewclaws removed. Before they go home we will start them on house training and crate training, and a little bit of leash work. They will be exposed to children of all ages, poultry, and goats.
Potential as herding, agility, or companion/pet.
Date of Birth: 9-9-17
Date Ready to Go: 11-4-17
Age Now: 3 weeks
Registry: AKC registerable, application papers provided
Size of Parents: standard (mom 18.5″ dad 19.75″)
Health Testing: Cleared by parentage N/N for PRCD and HC. MDR1 status could be n/m or n/n.
Location: Coweta, OK
Shipping/Transport : (yes/no) Yes will drive two hours your direction, or air ship for shipping cost (roughly $400)
Deposit Amount: $200
918-933-4240 is my cell number if you have additional questions.
Tris are $700.
Merles are $900.
Full registration is $100 more.
Rocky (black collar)
Katie (purple collar)
Sadie (red collar)
Holly (gray collar)
Jake (orange collar)
Sammy (blue collar)
Ace (green collar)
Millie (yellow collar)
We love to show off our puppies! At 4 weeks old they are at the cute little balls of fluff stage, and just so sweet. They are already started on puppy food (although still nursing some). Toward the end of the week we will start giving them more time outside and working on crate training at night. To see pricing and parents look at our Australian Shepherd page.
We are having gorgeous weather this week in Oklahoma! So to celebrate that spring is on its way, we want to offer FREE SHIPPING on any order that includes 10 chicks, two of which are our new EAST FRISIAN GULLS! Remember the free shipping is ONLY if your 10-chick order contains at least 2 East Frisian Gulls! Happy Spring!
One day-old male Cream Legbar chick. Cream Legbars are a beautiful breed that lay a sky-blue egg. They are also autosexing- meaning their chicks are sexable at hatch. The down color is markedly different between the male chicks and the female chicks. They are classed as light fowl, kept more for their egg-laying capacity and egg color than meat production.
One day-old female Cream Legbar chick. Cream Legbars are a beautiful breed that lay a sky-blue egg. They are also autosexing- meaning their chicks are sexable at hatch. The down color is markedly different between the male chicks and the female chicks. They are classed as light fowl, kept more for their egg-laying capacity and egg color than meat production.
One day-old blue or black copper marans chick, straight run. Marans are a large dual purpose breed, with feathered legs and a brown-red plumage pattern. They lay a large, dark terra cotta/chocolate colored egg.
One day-old Easter Egger Chick, straight run; will lay green eggs. Easter Eggers are a popular hybrid due to the colorful eggs and also because they tend to be friendly chickens and excellent layers.
One day-old blue, black, or splash Silverudds Blue chick (Isbar), straight run. Silverudds Blues are excellent layers of green eggs. A recently created breed (1900s), they do breed true and gold or silver birchen markings make them a striking addition to your flock.
One day old Jubilee Orpington chick, straight run. Jubilee Orpingtons lay a large light to medium brown egg. They are a very large bird, and are considered dual purpose. This means they are slow growing, taking much longer to reach their full size than similarly aged smaller, lighter breeds. But their showy markings make them stand out in any flock!
One day old Mottled Orpington chick, straight run. When grown Mottled Orpingtons lay a large light to medium brown egg. They are a very large bird, and are considered dual purpose. This means they are slow growing, taking much longer to reach their full size than similarly aged smaller, lighter breeds. But their showy markings make them stand out in any flock!
One day-old Langshan chick, straight run. Eggs will hatch blue or black Langshan, small possibility of splash. These are magnificent and huge birds, with extremely calm and mild temperament. Easily one of our favorite breeds. They lay a medium to large brown or pinkish brown egg. As with most dual purpose breeds they are not fantastic layers, but we feel their personality makes up for it in a big way.
One day old Olive Egger chick, straight run. By crossing a Marans with a Legbar, we are able to produce a good layer of olive green eggs! As an adult they will be barred and crested.
One day-old Sapphire chick, straight run. Female chicks (pullets) will lay large to extra large blue eggs. These are a high demand popular hybrid breed!
One day-old silkie chick, straight run. Chicks may be any of the following colors: blue, black, splash, partridge, paint, white. They are wonderful birds and make excellent broodies. They lay a small white to cream egg.
Welcome to our newly redesigned website! Please look around and let us know if there is anything that needs attention. I am aware the “cart” page is not working properly at the moment but hope to have it fixed shortly. In the meantime you can contact me and I can send you a custom invoice if you are ready to place an order. We are gearing up already for spring hatching here on our hobby farm by bringing in another cabinet incubator, so we hope to be able to supply all your rare and exotic chick and hatching egg needs this spring! We are NPIP with the state of Oklahoma and can ship to most states with proper documentation.
Silverudd Blue (Isbar) eggs below, Marans and Sapphire (1st generation) eggs on top ofthem
If you haven’t already, head over to our Facebook Page and give us a like, and maybe even a share! We try to post our most current sales there and also tips for caring for your birds from housing to bird health.
At Chicken Fanatics, we breed our chickens toward SOP (when available), or to the generally accepted standard. Quality birds come from quality stock. We carefully choose the sources for our breeding stock to ensure genetic diversity. We love to have lots of color in our egg basket: blue, green, olive, chocolate, and every color in between!
Pure breeds we currently have on site:
- Black Copper Marans
- Cream Legbar
- Silverudds Blue (Isbar)
- Jubilee Orpington
- Mottled Orpington
- Svart Hona (Swedish Black Hen)
- Swedish Flower Hen
- White Crested Polish
- East Frisian Gull
- Queen Silvia
- Silver Laced Orpington
Mixed breeds we currently have on site:
- Easter Egger
- Olive Egger