Sunday, November 30
Wednesday, November 26
Tuesday, November 25
Chickzilla is a buff orpington hen and is the same age as puff puff. She is very calm and friendly and is a pretty large chicken due to her large amount of feathers. She is philip's hen, my youngest son. we plan on getting some more this spring. She will lay large brown eggs,and is not quite old enough to lay yet.
Monday, November 24
Now have a picture of stephanie,i named her after stephanie mcmahon off of wrestling. She is pretty calm and likes her neck scratched.Obama was named by my wife and is a little younger than stephanie,you can tell by her wattles.Obama is very skittish and will fly the coop if you get too close, but will come back later! They both have brown feet and will lay colored eggs.Obama is black with a blue or green sheen according to which way the light is hitting her and light brown around the neck.Stephanie is about ready to start laying but may hold off till the days get longer in the spring. You can maintain proper lighting to make hens lay but we're in no hurry,letting them get some more size on them.
Sunday, November 23
Now you can see what puff puff looks like. You can see his turqoise ear lobe. Halfbreed is also a silkie but her earlobes are not as bright as puff puff's. They are bantams which are a little smaller than a regular chicken and are a rare breed. They have black skin and are not feathered like other chickens, more like a cats fur. Puff puff is about 4 months old, don't know how old halfbreed is but she is supposed to have brooded chicks before.We are going to get some more bantams this spring!!It's not easy caring for baby chicks in the winter,cold weather and rain make it hard especially when you are trying to keep a steady 90 degree temp for the first couple of weeks.Oh my wife named these 2 chicks,just wait, it gets better!!!
Saturday, November 22
This is our first chicks before they were attacked in the middle of the night. We lost 11 that night, probably to coons. We had just moved them from the brooder to the hen house. They were buff orpingtons, white silkies, white sultans, and two Americanas. White sultans are show birds only. They lay white eggs. Buff orpingtons lay brown eggs and the Americanas lay "easter eggs", not to be confused with an aracuna, which is a rumpless chicken. After the raid, we ended up with two sultans, which were roosters. We traded them for hens. The one Americana rooster, Macho Man, was very mean so we traded him, too. We have one buff orpington and one white silkie left. The white silkie has turqoise earlobes. Look for the picture of Puff-Puff--yes, my wife named it. Now, we have added a barred rock hen, one unidentified, and one half silkie chicken to our collection. A motley crew! So now we have a mix of six hens.