Hundreds of birds die in western Ky.

Hundreds of birds die in western Ky.

There are 81692 comments on the The Cincinnati Enquirer story from Jan 5, 2011, titled Hundreds of birds die in western Ky.. In it, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that:

MURRAY, Ky. - State wildlife officials say "several hundred" dead birds were found near the Murray State University campus last week.

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Anne

United States

#96003 Feb 16, 2014
Ancient Wolf wrote:
I will skip the yoga. I have been up the hill to the chicken house 3 times already to feed and water and replace the water feed light bulb that keeps the water from being ice. Now it is off to church to Thank GOD for all my blessings and being alive and able to make it up to the chicken house.

Besides, I lost an old school mate this week that was 4 years younger then me and he did not even have a chicken house to keep him active. We also lost Ralph Waite this week..(John Walton) who's acting role displayed a faith in the ALMIGHTY that is/was depicted to be about the same as mine in that GOD is everywhere and not just in a building following man-made rules of social conformity; but HE can be found wherever we wish to look.. especially in the solitude of the trees and the admiration of all the critters provided to us. Good day to all.
I'm sorry about your loss. God IS everywhere and it is right that we meet with others for encouragement and to give encouragement to those that are going through rough patches in life. It is good to be with those that believe as we do. The trees/flowers/animals all give proof of Gods greatness. How Marvelous!
boom

Indianapolis, IN

#96004 Feb 16, 2014
Anne wrote:
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You are getting quite a few eggs in this cold weather so you're doing something right!
Frozen eggs: I've had a couple of those! They were so frozen they split open. There's been a few so very cold I wondered if they were frozen also. Right or wrong I threw the frozen egg on the ground and the ladies gobbled it up.
I doubt if I had much to do with it. Chickens lay pretty good through their first winter and my oldest ones won't be a year old until next month. There's a group younger than them and they're laying the best. I'll probably start another bunch so somebody will be laying next winter too.

Those frozen eggs are odd. When they freeze the shell splits but when they thaw out the shell goes right back together and you probably wouldn't even know the shell had been split. If the membrane wasn't broke I ate those too. I did feed one to the dog. Pretty funny, he chewed on it like a bone. lol Now and then a few got broke because of the shell already being cracked. I eat the ones that are a little damaged or their looks might turn somebody else off. The rest the family eats or are sold or gave away.
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#96005 Feb 16, 2014
@Boom and Anne.. I only made it with 4 1/2 dozen for 4 days. If an egg is just dented, I save those for myself. But any that are frozen or cracked, I do not throw back to the chickens. I may be wrong but I don't want them to develop a habit of eating their eggs and I pitch those few into the creek to wash downstream for other critters.

I rarely get frozen eggs anyways. I sit around getting bored and wind up going up the hill several times a day just to get outside for a while and most often my eggs are still warm. LOL .
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#96006 Feb 16, 2014
Ancient Wolf wrote:
@Boom and Anne.. I only made it with 4 1/2 dozen for 4 days. If an egg is just dented, I save those for myself. But any that are frozen or cracked, I do not throw back to the chickens. I may be wrong but I don't want them to develop a habit of eating their eggs and I pitch those few into the creek to wash downstream for other critters.
I rarely get frozen eggs anyways. I sit around getting bored and wind up going up the hill several times a day just to get outside for a while and most often my eggs are still warm. LOL .
Typo correction.... It was just 3 1/2 dozen for the 4 days.
Chem trails

Benton, KY

#96007 Feb 16, 2014
Look up at the sky,what is that coming out of the back of those plains? And why does it linger and block out the blue sky? Ya think that's normal? Reallllllly. Hmmmmmm. It's poison. Take a deep breath. And roll your eyes. And call people like me conspiracy theorists. Then take another deeeeeeeep breath.
I watched you change

Corbin, KY

#96008 Feb 16, 2014
Chem trails wrote:
Look up at the sky,what is that coming out of the back of those plains? And why does it linger and block out the blue sky? Ya think that's normal? Reallllllly. Hmmmmmm. It's poison. Take a deep breath. And roll your eyes. And call people like me conspiracy theorists. Then take another deeeeeeeep breath.
Those chemtrails that you see are not really there, just you and everyone else think they are. It is imposible for planes to spray, who would steer the plane? There is only one purpose if they did spray, because having more than one use for things is insanity. If they really are spraying chemtrails, I am 1000% they are safe and most likely nutritious and extremely healthy for our lungs, skin and brains. The government has never harmed anyone, wars are all just lies created by the History Channel to boost ratings.
Chem trails

Benton, KY

#96009 Feb 16, 2014
They do things like that because we are to stupid to look up and see ,, and the term conspiracy theorist ,makes people cover there ears and eyes and not want to talk about what I right in front of there faces, Devide and conquer. That is how they win,,,get us arguing over there politics and pointing the finger at each other. Instead of them..we lose they win. Oldest trick in the book, still we fall for it,, look up. And tell others to look up.
boom

Whiteland, IN

#96010 Feb 16, 2014
Ancient Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>
Typo correction.... It was just 3 1/2 dozen for the 4 days.
Your birds are doing good too. I got about 6-8 over the four dozen but a couple had froze, 2-3 were white, and a couple had dents. People don't want the white eggs. They think the brown ones are magic or something. lol
Anne

United States

#96011 Feb 16, 2014
boom wrote:
<quoted text>Your birds are doing good too. I got about 6-8 over the four dozen but a couple had froze, 2-3 were white, and a couple had dents. People don't want the white eggs. They think the brown ones are magic or something. lol
I guess it's written somewhere that country eggs are brown. Lol.
I have a lovely nesting box but my hens aren't using it. Is there any thing I can do to get them to use the box? Maybe it's too high off the floor( about 2 ft)?
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#96012 Feb 17, 2014
boom wrote:
<quoted text>
Your birds are doing good too. I got about 6-8 over the four dozen but a couple had froze, 2-3 were white, and a couple had dents. People don't want the white eggs. They think the brown ones are magic or something. lol
I don't get any white eggs. I have only the one breed.. Rhode Island Reds. People just associate the white eggs with mass produced store bought possibly full of chemicals and steriods and why they want the brown shelled and willing to pay more for them. As you well know, the color of the shell is determined by the breed and has nothing to do with the contents.

“It is what it is, folks!!”

Since: Feb 10

Location hidden

#96013 Feb 17, 2014
Anne, put a fake egg or two in it and leave it there until they get used to using the nesting box. A couple of those plastic 'kids hunt' Easter eggs will suffice. If you don't have any of those, you can always blow a raw egg out and fill it with sand or loose dirt and seal the hole back up. They won't know the difference.

It won't hurt to leave a real one in there, but like AW said somewhere back there while I was playing catch up in this thread, sometimes you have to be careful or you'll get an egg eating hen. And that's not good, obviously...

Mine have all but quit laying. This stinking winter weather combined with their age has about dried them up. It's okay, they'll live out the remainder of their lives in divine comfort. Emphasis on "comfort". No stew pot for my babies. It is what it is...

I named them and you're not allowed to eat what you've named. That's my motto and I'm stickin' to it.
:)

I've been hearing some occasional low and deep rumbles and thuds outside on the property hear lately. I have a sick feeling that sink hole I have out there is getting ready to do her thang. Wish us well on this side of the rock. I'll either have a new brim pond, or my house will shift. With the two alternatives, I'd rather be fishin'..

“It is what it is, folks!!”

Since: Feb 10

Location hidden

#96014 Feb 17, 2014
*here lately.
Sorry, I'm on another insomniac run again....... Can't sleep to save my tail.
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#96015 Feb 17, 2014
Anne wrote:
<quoted text>
I guess it's written somewhere that country eggs are brown. Lol.
I have a lovely nesting box but my hens aren't using it. Is there any thing I can do to get them to use the box? Maybe it's too high off the floor( about 2 ft)?
2 ft is not too high, maybe not even high enough. It is their nature to nest higher away from potential egg eating snakes and varmits. I have 12 boxes built about 4 ft high (double stacked on top of a 6 foot long folding table with the front part of the table open for a landing spot for climbing access and each nest about a foot wide) and the hens only use about 3 of the ones on the 2nd tier at about 5 feet high and sometimes argue over who gets it first. I have seen as many as 3 hens trying to sit on the same nest even when others are vacant. They prefer the ones in the corners and not as open as the ones in the middle. I assume they are much like me and don't want to do their business out in the public and prefer to hide. They also prefer a roof over the box and I have a 1 by 4 plank running the length of the front of the 6 boxes on each tier leaving just enough space for the hens to crawl back into out of public view. Also with the higher boxes, I do not need to bend down to get the eggs.
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#96016 Feb 17, 2014
Oh and as Nope posted, I have golf balls as decoys for the nests that they primarily use. And it is fairly easy for me to determine the difference between a real egg and a golf ball. LOL
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#96017 Feb 17, 2014
_-_Nope_-_ wrote:
*here lately.
Sorry, I'm on another insomniac run again....... Can't sleep to save my tail.
I have already been sleeping and woke myself up dreaming the lyrics of a 1952 Ernest Tubb song about a soldier that was "Missing in Action" and comes home to the house he built and walks in and sees a picture on the mantle of his wife with another man and she is wearing a wedding dress. Odd that my brain would remember that song that I only heard as a child and after dreaming it, I found some old guy singing the thing on Youtube.
Anne

United States

#96018 Feb 17, 2014
@nope and aw: wow, you guys are burning the midnight oil tonight!!

Thanks for the info. Going by that I think what I'm missing is a landing strip in front of the nests. I will definitely try the fake egg idea. They used to use the boxes so maybe the fake egg will work.
It was mentioned about dents in the eggs, sometimes I get eggs like that. Is it a nutritional problem?
Anne

United States

#96019 Feb 17, 2014
@nope: this sinkhole business is awful scary. Last week the corvette museum... Did they ever figure out the reason why? And, nope, do you have a cave under your property or an underground mine? This is awful.

“It is what it is, folks!!”

Since: Feb 10

Location hidden

#96020 Feb 17, 2014
Yes, I most certainly do have a cave system underneath of the house. The Sloans Valley Cave system runs closely, if not partially, underneath of my property lines in more than one spot.

I don't know if they found out why all of those cars fell through the Corvette museum or not, but I'm still keeping an eyeball on that treeline out there. When those trees start leaning, even ever so slightly, we're outta here until we can get someone out to take a look see...

As far as the eggs go, I've gotten bumpy eggs shells, lumpy egg shells, "soft" egg shells, you name it. As long as it's a fresh egg and the membrane isn't harmed, I'll either cook it up and feed it to the dogs or give it back to the hens once it's fully cooked and crunched up, shells and all. The protein and calcium is good for them and in my minds eye, as long as it's cooked and crumbled I may not be creating an egg eating monster hen out there.

Honestly, I've been up all night because I have another sick critter. If he lasts until daybreak, it may mean a trip to the vet for that "dreaded thing". I have him in a soft and warm box here in the bedroom right now and haven't heard a peep out of him for hours. I suspect that he'll have already passed peacefully in his sleep.... I don't know and I don't want to look just yet. He's been acting tired out a lot and today he was trying to find "that" hiding spot to crawl off to like cats so often do. I've had him for a really long time, he's extremely old, and this one is gonna hurt just like all the other critters that I've lost throughout the years......
Another heartbreak that loosing a critter kid always brings.
<<heavy sigh>>

I better hop on in the shower and get ready just in case I have to take "that" trip in to town.

Later folks.
<3
Weird

Holton, IN

#96023 Feb 17, 2014
How does this happen
Anne

United States

#96025 Feb 17, 2014
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