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5/26/2005 1:16:05 PM
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Really interesting thread

Hiya, I'm so bored, I thought I'd make a really interesting thread to liven things up a bit.

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] SteelBulletproof Yay! I got a peice of paper for completeing highschool!! [/sarcastic][/quote] All I got was bad memories.

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  • Here's some more interesting stuff: [quote]How to Care for Chickens Chickens make a good 4-H project for people with limited space and younger children. The birds can also provide your family with meat, eggs and entertainment. Steps: 1. Provide a house or shelter that will protect against wind, rain, and extreme temperatures. Include a secure, fenced-in outside run for hens. 2. Make perches for hens, as well as laying nests - one nest for every four hens. 3. Keep dry bedding in nests - about 3 to 4 inches deep. 4. Provide 14 to 16 hours of light for hens to lay regularly. A 100-watt bulb for every 400 square feet of floor space is adequate. 5. Feed laying hens a laying mash when they start to lay eggs. Feed at a regular time each day, and provide clean water daily. 6. Provide oyster shell in a small pan at all times to help hens produce strong eggshells. 7. Gather eggs daily, and store them in a cool place with the small end of the egg pointing down. Discard any cracked eggs. 8. Watch for disease (get appropriate information from your veterinarian for clues), and treat or remove sick birds. 9. Check birds for lice or mites, and dust with a powder if necessary. Interests, Needs and Activities Chickens are lively sociable birds whose ancestry goes back tens of thousands of years to the jungles of Southeast Asia where their junglefowl relatives roam free to this day. Chickens are ground-dwelling birds who like to roost off the ground at night. Natural group composition includes a dominant rooster, one or more hens, one or more subordinate roosters, and young birds. Though chickens can distinguish from 80 to 200 individual members of their species, they prefer living in small ranging flocks of no more than about 20. Chickens are physically active birds who spend much of their day foraging for food--scratching and pecking vigorously with their claws and beaks in search of seeds, seedlings, fruits, berries, insects and worms. They also eat lots of green plants, rich in calcium and vitamins. In nature chickens start foraging before dawn. Perched in the trees, and sensitive to infrared light, they see morning light almost an hour before we do. Roosters crow at dawn and during the day to make announcements ("Here's food!"), sound warnings ("Hawk!"), and keep track of each other ("My group's here; where's yours?"). At midday chickens like to return to their resting place to preen, sunbathe, and dustbathe. Preening and dustbathing keep their skin and feathers clean and water resistant by getting rid of built-up oil and distributing fresh oil from the preen gland located at the base of their tail. Chickens require full-spectrum natural sunlight for vitamin D and overall health. (They should never be forced to live under continuous or fluorescent lighting, which harms their immune system, color perception, and ability to transport calcium through cell membranes.) They also need ready access to cool shady places to avoid overheating. Above 80 degrees F, chickens develop heat stress which can kill them. Below 20 degrees F, their combs and wattles can develop painful frostbite. In the late afternoon, chickens like to forage before going to roost. Though they have excellent color vision, chickens do not see well at night making them vulnerable to predators. Weasels, foxes, raccoons, possums, owls, hawks, dogs, and sometimes cats prey on chickens. At night they should sleep in a predator-proof coop with elevated solid--not swinging--perches such as tree limbs and sturdy branches big enough in circumference for a good grip and far enough from the wall so they don't bump into it. (As "broiler" chickens mature they usually become too heavy to perch and must be able to sleep comfortably on the ground inside the coop.) Droppings below the perches must be removed every day (a putty knife works well for this), or a manure pit must be installed and cleaned out regularly, to avoid disease and the toxic ammonia fumes from accumulated droppings that can cause respiratory illness and blindness in chickens. Fresh Food and Water Chickens must always have plenty of fresh clean water. Their foraging areas should be free of applied chemicals and their food must be fresh. Store their food in clean, dry, rodent-proof metal containers. Moldy food poisons chickens and should never be fed to them. Premixed nutritionally-balanced food is available in bulk (e.g. 50 lbs), or you can make your own by mixing together chicken scratch (whole wheat & cracked corn sold in bulk at feed stores) and a good selection of wild bird food. (Premixed poultry rations often contain antibiotics and typically include rendered dead and diseased birds, offal and other slaughterhouse refuse.) Mix roughly: 65% grains including barley, corn, milo (sorghum), millet, oats, wheat, brown rice; 10% alfalfa meal or ground hay; 16-20% sunflower or oil seeds, dried peas, cooked soybeans or soybean meal--don't feed chickens raw soybeans, which have toxins; 7% hydrated lime for extra calcium for eggshell formation; 1% trace mineral salt. Chickens have gizzards instead of teeth to grind food. To grind, gizzards employ grit--pebbles and other hard indigestible objects chickens pick up while foraging. An indoor chicken should always have some grit available. Chickens love fresh treats. (Contrary to what you may have heard, chickens do not like garbage.) Offer them cooked spaghetti with tomato sauce, steamed brown rice, grapes, fresh greens, chopped cooked potatoes, whole grain bread, raw tomatoes, and their own eggs hard-boiled including the shells (eggshells have calcium and other minerals for chickens). Clean, Comfortable, Predator-Proof Housing The purpose of a coop is to provide shelter from direct snow, ice, rain, direct wind, and predators. It should be roomy (at least 8 to 10 square feet per bird), well-insulated, and well-ventilated. Cold winter nights can be warmed and frozen drinking water prevented by installing one or two electric heat lamps above the perching area and by spreading a thick layer of wood chips and hay or straw over the dirt floor. Chicken-wire walls should be covered with plastic or other insulation during the winter in cold latitudes. The weather-proof roof should slope so as not to collect water and be made of a material that does not collect and hold heat. Roof and sides enclosed with galvanized mesh or chicken wire should go down at least 2 feet in the ground. Dig a trench around the coop and put the wire 2 feet in the trench. Refill the trench with soil to keep out burrowing predators. Or rest a pressure-treated wood frame on a ground-level base of 2 concrete blocks (16-inch depth) below the frame. The coop should be sunny and airy (but not drafty) and have cozy dim areas where the hens can quietly lay their eggs. Hens prefer a nesting place or nest box in the southeast corner of the coop. Four hens can comfortably share a nest. illustration by Sidney Quinn It is difficult to predator-proof a yard other than by checking on your chickens frequently. If you hear a clamor, run outside as fast as you can. An outdoor daytime pen should be surrounded by a 6 to 8 foot fence (to keep the bantams from flying over it) and a good set of sidewalls to hang poultry netting on to cover the pen for protection from hawks or owls. Tender loving care Though chickens are naturally hardy, and can live up to 16 years, they can develop respiratory infections and other ailments that demand the same high-quality veterinary care that you give to your companion dog or cat. The heavy "broiler" chickens are prone to heart and lung problems and to heat stress, crippling, and early death as a result of artificial manipulation for rapid and excessive weight gain. The so-called "egg-type" hens are susceptible to problems associated with laying, including oviduct tumors. When your chickens know that you love and respect them, they will want to be with you as well as enjoying themselves on their own. They'll sit on the porch in the evening and they'll contentedly preen themselves standing next to you, sure signs that they feel at home. [/quote]

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  • I apologise for the randomness of this thread. I should stop wasting my time and do some revision! I have 12 exams before June 24th. 12!!!

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  • Yay! I got a peice of paper for completeing highschool!! [/sarcastic]

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  • Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

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  • kill die kill die kill die kill die kill die kill die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] SubStanze Bisquick is much easier.....And Quicker too[/quote] I know! It's almost like they put "quick" in the name for a reason or something!

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  • it may be mindless but Free is a cool guy and he [I] usially [/I] posts better threads than this

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  • another stupid mindless thread....:D.....its like when people are bored they post something in the flood............................. keep up the good work :D [Edited on 5/26/2005]

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  • Bisquick is much easier.....And Quicker too

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  • Something else that's interesting: [quote] [*]1 cup Flour [*]1 Egg [*]1 tb Butter/margarine, melted [*]2/3 cup Milk [*]1 1/2 ts Baking powder [*]3 tb Sugar [*]1/4 ts Salt Sift the dry ingredients together, add the egg and mix it in until it is almost absorbed. Add the milk and mix until semi-smooth. Mix in the melted butter/margarine. It should make about 5 pancakes 7 inches in diameter. Use less sugar if you like to use a lot of syrup.[/quote]

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  • Indeed. [quote]good day reclaimer. nurosiss backtime ing will corrode in sixteen pathode units. repeat: nurosiss backtime ing will corrode in sixteen pathode units. repeat: nurosiss backtime ing will corrode in sixteen pathode units. it is advized that to prevent nurosiss backtime ing corrosion, pathode units must be reset. reclaimer: fifteen pathode units remaining[/quote] Gahaa!

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  • hmmm, very interesting....Im not really sure what to make of it, but definitely very interesting....

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  • here let me help with that free........... TADA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! did it work?

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  • and you failed!!!!!

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