Monday, May 17, 2010

Spring has Sprung

Spring is in the air! We have one hen setting, and eight new additions to the poultry family- four Black Astralorps and four Silver Laced Wyandottes. The two oldest Astralorps we recieved at a 4-H Farm Day, and the other six were purchased at the Co-op about a week later. The older two are probably several weeks older, and are nearly fully feathered. These guys were living in our bathroom. After about the fourth escape, they were relocated to the outside brooder.

Black Astralorp

Black Astralorp

Silver Laced Wyandotte

Black Astralorp

Silver Laced Wyandotte

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring Chickens

One of my good chicken-raising friends has decided to sell all of her chickens, and offered us first pick. So we now have two new Cochin hens, a Cochin bantam hen, and a golden Campine. Here they are!
Elizabeth Taylor the Cochin bantam
Chaniqua the golden Campine
Aurora the silver laced Cochin
Belle the golden laced Cochin
This is our Easter egg hunt!




Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fools

We've had some strange weather this year, including snow at the end of March. I'm definitely ready for spring! The daffodils are blooming (which the should have done a month or two ago) and the tulips are beginning to poke up out of the ground.

In January, we got some great snow (great for the slushy, non-sticking snow zone where I live). Here are some pictures of our chickens and ducks enjoying themselves (or maybe not so much) in one of the first snows of the new year!





Sunday, December 6, 2009

Snow Day

Yesterday morning, the coop awoke to quite a strange sight- everything had turned white! The ground (and everything else) was covered with about two inches of snow. That's just about as much as we ever get at one time down here. When I first let the chickens out, they were very cautious of the fluffy cold stuff, but there were several brave birds who pecked around after a while.

But of course, by the afternoon nearly all of the snow had melted, save for a few shadowy places.

New Birds
A good friend of mine is selling the majority of her chickens, and she offered them to me. So, I am now the proud owner of a white Cochin bantam hen and a Russian Spangled Orloff (Elizabeth Taylor and Anastasia). I'm pretty happy about the Cochin in particular- I think she's the sister of my late Henrietta Marie. Pictures coming soon!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Backyard Birds

Mille Fleurs
The breed that I've wanted for a LONG time is: a Mille Fleur Belgian Bearden D'uccle. But I didn't get one... I got two. We went to the state fair, and these are what I picked out to take home. I paid $10 for one pullet and $5 for the other. After I brought them home, I was beginning to think that one was a rooster.... until she laid an egg!

Here's a little slideshow of the two.
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Cluck, cluck, quack!
Here are some pictures from around the yard.

Cole, the White Rock rooster, hangs out in the fall leaves

J the Black Sex-link hen, pecks around at some scratch
The yet-to-be-named red rooster hunts around for some grub
Cynthia the Silver Laced Wyandotte
Pearl the crested White Pekin
Butterscotch the Heritage Rhode Island Red debates over whether to stay in or go out... hmm...
Sophia the cat
Sophia decides to try some scraps along with her feathered friends
Java the Americauna pullet
Baby Bella, the Americauna/White Rock mix who looks just like her mom, Bella, for whom she was named
The eggs that we get from our coop
From Left to Right: Mille Fleur bantam egg, brown chicken egg, Americauna egg, and duck egg
We found this egg in the Mille Fleur's cage....
The mini-egg compared to a duck egg

Friday, September 4, 2009

A Bit of a Scare

Today I went out at about 4:30 to feed some scraps to the chickens, and I saw one of the little Silkie chicks floating in the big duck pond!

At first I thought it was dead, with only it's head sticking out of the water, but then I saw it's beak open and close, slowly and silently. I ran into the pen and pulled it from the water. It was soaked through and through, and I hurried it inside. We wrapped the poor half-drowned little chick in a big fluffy towel, then set it in a cardboard box.

Several hours later it's all fluffed back up and was pretty freaked out of being inside the 'big house'! I think the little fuzzball is going to be fine!

~chickengirl~

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Return of the Blogger

Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted! There's been a lot of growing-up since my last post.

The 'baby ducklings' are no longer babies or ducklings... We had some raccoon trouble when we went on vacation, and we now only have the two mallards and one Pekin, Emerald, plus good ole' Pearl of course.



But, we also bought a pair of Indian Runner ducks! They're names are Queen Victoria and King Albert. I've wanted Runners for a long time; I just love how they walk!!


Queen Victoria & King Albert

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And those little tiny baby chicks? They are big, fully feathered, and should start laying soon! Oddly, we've only lost one of the four, and none of the Co-op chicks.
"Friendly" the (possible) Red Sex-Link


"Sugar" the Americauna

Some of the chicks are watched by Tiptoes the cat

We have three of these chickens, the breed of which we are not sure... The Co-op folks told us they were Jersey Giants, but they have red breasts and look suspiciously like Black Sex-Links....

Cynthia and her mini-me, Gladys

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Aaaand one of our Silkie setters (after a loooong wait) hatched a little baby Silkie! And then a few days later, Butterscotch the Rhode Island Red hen (who has hatched chicks before) hatched another one! [At one point in time we had about a half a dozen hens setting all at once!]


The Silkie babies, who, if they're girls, shall be named "Paris" and "Nikki", strut around the yard


Some of the big girls


Bethany the Golden Polish


Hangin' in the coop


Whoopi the Golden Polish

















~chickengirl~

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Chicks...

Spring is the season for new life.


And here at our coop, we definetely have some new life.

In 4-H, we sometimes go to schools or the local fairgrounds for "farm days". At these farm days, we teach children about chickens. (Of course there are many other animals, like horses, rabbits, sheep, even bees.) About two weeks ago we participated in one of these. Every year someone brings a small brooder full of baby chicks, and then at the end of the day they raffle them away in pairs. So, my sister and I each grabbed a ticket and waited. What happened? You guessed it: we each won two baby chicks. I heard that they were Rhode Island Red/ White Leghorn crosses, so that's what I'll call them.









Today we went to the local Co-op for some feed, and what would we find but two huge troughs of chicks. I couldn't resist. We bought 12 chicks of these breeds: 2 Silver-laced Wyandottes, 3 Black Astralorps, 4 Americaunas, and 3 Golden Sex Links.
I've made a very short movie-slideshow to hopefully show all of the breeds.

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