Hi from Australia

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  1. rach_h

    rach_h New Member

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    Hi, I am a Mum to 3 boys and also to 14 week old black Australorp pellets and a blue Australorp rooster.Had chickens before but they were free range leghorns and due to now having dogs need to keep them in an enclosure this time.I am hoping to be able to train the dogs over time to not chase the chickens (one dog is a sheep dog and the other is a golden retriever).Today will be hot, 34C so have some frozen treats ready for them. Image.jpeg 20200109_102630.jpeg 20200109_102713.jpeg 20200109_102752.jpeg
     
  2. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forum Rach_H. Lovely little birds you have there. It looks like you have a really nice yard coming together for them.

    I hope you have an easy time training the dogs. It appears that when they realize the birds are part of the pack they can be quite accepting of them. Mine left my birds alone after training but wouldn't allow any other birds.
     
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  3. rach_h

    rach_h New Member

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    Thanks Robin416, I am hoping I can keep them cool today. They have frozen fruit block (size of a cake tin) and putting ice in their water until I go to work. They will be alone for about 3 or so hours while both hubby and I are at work and this is the hottest time of the day, so hopefully they will be ok while I'm not watching them.
     
  4. robin416

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    Are they confined to the building while you're gone? That could prove to be a problem if they are. Even with the cool water and treats they are not going to take enough in to keep from overheating.
     
  5. rach_h

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    Yes they are confined to this. Unfortunately I have nothing else they can go in that will keep them safe and only got them on Monday so not sure if they will know to go back to their house in the evening. 20200106_135154.jpeg 20200106_135202.jpeg 20200106_135210.jpeg 20200106_135218.jpeg 20200106_181316.jpeg 20200106_181345.jpeg 20200106_181413.jpeg
     
  6. Sylie

    Sylie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome!
    I'm not sure about your situation but with them in that smaller run it would helpful if you could put a window (box) fan blowing on them. The frozen treats will last a little longer if you put them in the coop itself where the sun won't shine on them.

    You have some really beautiful birds and it looks/sounds like you are doing everything right. They are going to love living with you and their new yard will be fantastic.
     
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  7. robin416

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    Forgive me for not saying a lot, I fell the other day and dislocated a finger.

    Siley has a good point about the fan. It can also move the air out of the coop faster.
     
  8. rach_h

    rach_h New Member

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    Hope your finger feels better. I would use a fan but unfortunantly have no power to the coop.
     
  9. robin416

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    I guess you're stuck getting that yard done so they can be out finding the cool spots.

    Some birds are perfectly willing to stand in a shallow dish of water to cool off. If they allow you to teach them, you can put the feet of one in and just hold it until it settles. Then turn it loose. Once mine learned what it was they used them a lot.

    The one in my avatar loved a good mud bath. If she saw water filled hole she was in it. The next day she'd be the whitest shiniest little bird.
     
  10. rach_h

    rach_h New Member

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    We are finishing the yard today. Will take a pic when I go back out after my break.
     
  11. robin416

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    That will be one big thing to mark off on your checklist.

    And keep that water pan thought in the back of your mind. During the hottest parts of the year they are quite useful. The pan shouldn't be much more than an inch deep. The idea is that when they stand in the water it helps pull some of the excess heat out of their bodies.
     
  12. Sylie

    Sylie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry about your finger Robin, I hope it's feeling better.

    Rach maybe try to make sure there is some sort of shade in the fenced area for the chickens since you can't get a fan out there (I know they are expensive but you can buy 100 ft or 250 ft outdoor extension cords if that would reach)