Presidential Pet Posting

While most of the news you’re going to hear right now is about the President’s arduous search for the perfect puppy, I wanted to point out some of the other animals kept by past Presidents.

Calvin Coolidge, kept ‘a raccoon, a bobcat, a donkey, a wallaby, a pygmy hippo, a small antelope and a black bear.’
‘Andrew Johnson just kept the mice he found scampering around in his bedroom.’
‘John Quincy Adams and Herbert Hoover had alligators, while Harry S. Truman owned a boa constrictor.’
And last, but certainly not least …

William McKinley kept roosters

What is strange to me is how eccentric some of them seem to be with their pets, rather than practical. I’m not sure if that’s because they felt they had to be on the forefront of society? Or if they just really enjoyed those types of pets.

Catch you soon,

Size of Wire for Above Ground Chicken Run?

A reader wrote in and asked about their plans for building a wire run onto their chicken coop.  They didn’t want to let their chicks get on the ground, so they were wondering what size of wire they should use on the bottom, or floor, of the run?

The size of the wire cloth on the bottom of your run depends, in large part, on the size of the chicks at the time that they would use it.  If the chicks are only a few days old when you begin to use the raised run, it’s better to cover the frame with one half inch wire cloth, and make it a fairly thick gauge.

If your birds are four weeks of age, or older, your wire flooring can be about three fourths, to 1 inch, in mesh size.

Just as a note, you’re raised outside wire run will generally have a floor space equal to one half, or more, of the floor space inside of your brooder house.


A Chicken Pecking Strategy

Chicken pecking… also known as cannibalism, can be a big source of future problems for your chicken flock.

So, don’t delay when one of your birds becomes injured, or picked, and begins to bleed. Treat her at once with a good anti-pick remedy.

If at all possible, keep her away from the flock until her wounds have healed.

You definitely don’t want to give your birds a chance to become cannibals.


Chicken Diet trick that didn’t work.

In a recent study, a university tried to find out if eating raw potatoes could help make their food supply last longer for less cost.

According to their tests feeding raw potatoes did not have any saving effect on the amount of mash consumed by hens. Evidently, the raw potatoes simply passed through the digestive tract, virtually unused.

However, slightly more satisfactory results were obtained from cooked potatoes. They were mixed with the mash, and fed as a wet mash once a day. Cooked potatoes provided no advantage over potato flakes, as a constituent of the poultry diet; however, potato flakes appear to be more tasty, and to keep better.

So, flakes appear to be the most economical way of utilizing extra potatoes — although you won’t get as good of results this way as you would with regular chicken feed.

About 2 ounces of cooked potatoes per day reduced their production by 5%, when compared with the
test lot, receiving about one third the amount of cooked potatoes. So, although it might seem like a good idea to use cooked potatoes (or potato flakes) to stretch your chicken feed — just be aware it could have a slight impact on your hens output.