Sunday, December 6, 2009
But of course, by the afternoon nearly all of the snow had melted, save for a few shadowy places.
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
J the Black Sex-link hen, pecks around at some scratch
Friday, September 4, 2009
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!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
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
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
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
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
But, there is some good news: I put some newly gathered eggs under her a couple of weeks ago, and after holding a crank-up flashlight to the egg and borrowing a friends candler, we can see a little chick moving around in at least one of the three eggs! The egg is white, and I think that it may be a Polish egg, but not certain! The other two are Ameracauna and a brown egg.
Even more, yet another Silkie has gone broody, around the same time (or a little later) when I put in the new eggs. And the three Silkie eggs that she has been setting on also show signs of moving chick life!! They could be pure Silkie chicks or even mixes with the mixed breed! One of the eggs has a little dent in it, and it's unknown how it got there, but we can still see the chick moving...
Here is a description of the eggs: There are blood veins showing. The shadows of the chick are a little bit lighter, and there are dark spots moving around (possibly eye, beak?). There are also some sqiggly lines that seems to be moving, maybe part of the chick. If anybody knows how old fertile eggs are at this age, please tell me, because I don't remember when I put them in/ when the hen started setting!
Please pray for the best of luck and possibly some chickies soon!!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
As you may be able to see, this video is a little different than my older slideshows. I got a new video-making software! It's called MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 14. It took a little figuring-out, but it's a really nice, pretty basic-but-with-some-cool-effects editting software. Please tell me what you think!