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COOP News Vol. 3, No. 4, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year COOPers!

I hope everyone has had a happy and safe holiday. We have had a nice relaxing time.

COOP PARTY — Saturday, January 31, 7pm

Barren Hill Fire Company (NOT Harmonville), 647 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill PA (across from Brittinghams and the General Lafayette Inn)

  • Pot luck as usual
  • Black tie (optional)
  • Chicken accessories (optional but highly encouraged)

Please RSVP to me at coop.philly@gmail.com ASAP and tell me what you can bring so, as Sherri says, we don't end up with 5000 cups and no plates.

So far:

  • Sherri & Steve — napkins, tablecloths, door prizes and some sort of food
  • Nancy & Doug — forks, knives, cups, Caesar salad, wine

NEW OFFICIAL COOP GAME

Sherri thinks we need an offical COOP game for those who have too much time on their hands, so now we have: Chicktionary

FROSTBITE

So, Doug and I have three Mediterranean hens — a white Leghorn, a brown Leghorn and an Ancona. They each have beautiful big combs and wattles. Turns out they are susceptible to frostbite in this cold weather. According to Laurie, it happens and they recover. I've read in backyardchickens.com forum that sometimes the hens can get pretty sick. However after observing the girls for a few days I made a few changes in my coop. First of all, I do not have a heated waterer because I have a plastic waterer and didn't want the extra expense of buying a separate heated waterer blah blah blah. However, I noticed that when the hens drink, their wattles get wet. So, if the air is cold and their wattles are wet they can get frostbitten. This seems to have happened already to Juno. I found a heated kennel pad for a dog and have put that under the water and plugged it in. It gets to about 80 degrees and keeps the water thawed. I would really like to be able to hang it up so they don't have to dip their heads down to get the water but am not sure then how to keep it from freezing. Any thoughts? Any similar experiences?

CHICKS

Well, it looks like we have 49 new chicks joining the group the week of February 9th. Here's what we're expecting:

  • Mottled Houdan
  • White Polish
  • Silver Polish
  • Crevecoeu
  • Americaunas
  • Dark Brahma
  • Black Australorp
  • Delaware
  • Dominique
  • Buff Rock
  • Silver Laced Wyandotte
  • White Silkie
  • Black Silkie
  • Barred Rock
  • Buff Orpington
  • Ancona
  • Welsummer
  • Marans

If those people picking up chicks can make sure I have their phone number, I'll call to let you know when they come in. It looks like Doug and I will be raising somewhere between 10 and 18 chicks (5 of our own and the rest for others) that we are really looking forward to. I'm expecting by week 8 or 10 that they'll be ready for their new homes.

CHICKENS IN THE NEWS

Sherry Mooman emailed me today that there was an article in the Arts & Entertainment section of Sunday's Inquirer about chickens! Here's the article if you didn't see it. It is written by Lisa Scottoline, a local novelist (Dirty Blonde). I emailed her after I read the article and hope she'll join COOP. She's in Paoli.

philly.com/philly/entertainment/36996669.html

TIPS

The McMurray's website has added tips to a lot of their pages. The one I found interesting the other day that I didn't know was that you should store your eggs pointy end down, not pointy end up like we buy them in the store.

Also, old eggs float, new eggs sink. As eggs age they take on air in their shells.

Looking forward to seeing folks on January 31! Please let me know if you can make it and what you want to bring so we know we're covered.