Sunday, November 8
Fixed up part of our shed for a coop this winter, our other one was getting too small and didn't keep them warm very well. Since we have ducks this winter we had to change to a different waterer. Ducks will empty a regular chick water in a matter of minutes. Sure not going to have to walk through the mud to feed and water any more.
Friday, November 6
14 out of 16 quail eggs hatched halloween night,not bad. Sold them yesterday. Done for the season. Our broody hens had 3 hatch this weekend also. Ducks should start hatching next week. They will be hatching off and on till CHRISTmas. We'll wait and see how many we get.
Monday, October 26
Wednesday, October 21
Sold all my quail this weekend, plus have our eggs in the incubator sold when they hatch. We gave our dominique rooster to a friend who lost her's recently. We are missing a black cochin pullet, don't know where she went. Still have 3 roosters left, 2 we will never get rid of. Planning on raising bobwhite quail this spring instead japenese quail. Have a few people wanting them.We still have 28 chinckens all pullets except 3. We have 2 broody hens on eggs, plus I think a golden laced cochin's going broody so I'll let her set on a few eggs and maybe a duck egg or 2. I would like some more ducks. We'll wait and see how it goes!!
Thursday, October 1
Wednesday, September 23
Monday, September 14
Friday, September 4
Saturday, August 22
Sunday, August 16
We now have 5 buff orpington hens, our oldest is chickzilla and is Philip's favorite!! She lays an egg a day and we hope the other 4 which should be laying pretty soon, lay as good as she does. They are very friendly and easy to raise and we get alot of enjoyment watching them. The pic is of one that's not laying yet.
Friday, August 14
Our friend at the feed store had a chick he needed to get rid of because he couldn't sell it, so I told him we would take her. She has a twisted beak and only has one eye. We have her in a pen by herself, she's eating and drinking just fine. I felt sorry for her when I first saw her and thought she might as well have a chance to live. I've looked at her beak real close up and trimming is not a option. We're going to let her get alot bigger before we let her out with the rest of the chickens if she makes it. I may put a picture up later of her best side only.
Half breeds latest chick is now 8 weeks old and looks just like it's mother. Pretty sure it's a pullet, we hope she will sit on eggs just as well as halfbreed does. You can move halfbreed to our brooding pen and she'll get right back on the eggs everytime. Top picture is halfbreed on the nest fixing to lay an egg.
Our quail are five weeks old and should start laying in about a week!! I am hoping to get a few eggs before their season for laying is up!! We have 12 cuckoo maran eggs in the incubator and they should hatch next weekend hopefully! I will keep you updated. I also have a better picture of our white quail.
Sunday, August 2
I saw my brother Tim at the co-op buying an air nozzle and it seemed pretty useful so I went in and got me one. When I wash my waterers and feeders I soak them in water and bleach and then put the hose of the air nozzle in the mix and blow the stuck on dirt off. Works real well especially where the jar and the base screw together, pretty hard to clean without the nozzle!!
We took obamma and 4 other chickens to our friend Bo at the feedstore. Mostly roosters, we had too many. We were surpised because he gave us a bag of feed for them!! We were just going to give them to him. He especially liked the white silkie rooster and a rooster cross.
Wednesday, July 22
We had our excitement today, I was in the pen catching the small chicks and ducks that haven't learned to go night night on their own when they ran in the corner and there was a 2ft copperhead striking at the ducks, don't know if any got bit or not. I hollered, (cause I live in the south) at philip to grab a gun and he and andrew came running. First one we've seen up here on the ridge since we've lived here. Caught another coon 3 days ago too. Everything be wanting some chicken!!!!
Tuesday, July 14
Finally got some quail eggs to hatch. Got 12 cortinux(japanese quail) and their doing fine so far. I also have gotten 5 black cochin chicks and 3 more ducks, a peking male to go with the female we already have and a pair of blue swede ducklings to replace the one we lost. Also got 2 easter egg chick pullets. We have been pretty busy keeping the varmits out of our pens, so for we're up to 4 coons and 3 possumsin our traps we set. we also made a small pen to let our birds eat the grass, they are having a great time. Going to give obamma and a couple of roosters to our friend at the feed store, obamma stays broody all the time but gives up before the chicks hatch. We use halbreed for setting eggs and she's a great mother too!!! Halbreed hatched another chick that looks just like her.
Sunday, May 31
Both our duck who we've named aflac, and our rabbit,Philip named george think they are chickens. They both eat with the chickens, and when the chickens go in for the night aflac goes with them and george goes in his rabbit hutch. We don't have to catch either one of them!! Told Dianne I'm a rabbit and duck trainer now!! HA!! HA!!.
We finished our duck pen and put it in the chicken pen so we could lock the duck up at night since we lost our other one. We have been catching her and putting her in with the chickens every night and locking them up together. The very first night we went to put her up in her new pen, she had already gone in with the chickens and that's where she has slept ever since. WE GOT PUNKED!!!!
Monday, May 25
Sunday, May 24
A couple of days ago I cleaned the old wood shavings and droppings from underneath the hen house and put them in the garden. I put new wood chips and mixed in sevin dust to keep the flies and the mites out. Yesterday Philip and I soaked all the waterer's in clorox bleach and cold water for a while, does a good job and they look almost new again! We put apple cider vinegar in them at least once a week to prevent worms and keep the knats and mosquitos out of them. I don't like using wormers on chickens, it's very hard on them. I think it's better to try and prevent them!! There are real good articles in the backyard poultry magazines on both subjects, and that's where I get most of my tips!! We also have been building a duck house to keep the duck safe at night,we are almost finished with it, tired of losing pets!!! I plan on putting a list of our pets and names of the ones we've named so far, any help with names will be aprreciated since we have about 20 or so to name.
Friday, May 22
It's hard trying to keep pets lately!! All our kittens disappeared in a couple of nights, don't know what happened to them. A raccoon got one of our 2 ducks and 3 of our guinea keets, still got 1 keet left,so I went to the feed store to get a couple more so it wouldn't be lonely. But he was out so I got a couple of dominique chicks to keep the keet from being by itself. They seem to be getting along fine. We caught the coon in a trap the next night trying to get the keet and chicks again. We keep reinforcing the pen and making it tighter maybe we'll get it right someday. Nobody in our area sells ducks so we put him in the pen with the chickens till we figure something else out. Still having fun!! Got some new picts to add in the next couple of days so keep looking!!
Friday, May 1
Finally got the chicks out of the brooder and in the hen house with the rest of the chickens. They seem to like it, of course the big chickens are having a problem with it. Got the brooder taken apart and moved, it comes apart into 4 pcs so we can move it easily. While we have it apart we're going to clean it up and put another bottom in it to prevent our coon buddies from having a midnight snack. Also we're going to paint it and get it ready for more broody hens and chicks. Philip loves to paint!!
Our rabbits doing great,we let him out in the pen with the chickens and he acts like he loves it. He will run around the pen wide open several times and likes it when he can chase a chicken or a chicken chases him, pretty fun to watch!! Philip and Andrew are taking very good care of him(yep Andrew helps too!!!). Still have not came up with a name yet
Thursday, April 16
Went to the surgeon yesterday and not very good news, he said my back is in his own words was (jacked up!!). Then this morning I made Dianne's and sis in law Kaye's day cause I jacked up and locked myself in the chicken pen! Ha!! Ha!! Ha!! Dianne always tells me if I go outside to always carry my cell phone. THANKS!!! I had to call Andrew on his phone to let me out. No he wasn't laughing but he was grinning from ear to ear!!
Tuesday, April 14
Room getting pretty scarce for our chickens. We have 17 month old chicks in one pen, obamma and halbreed are in another pen with 3 three week old chicks, and we had to build a partition out of pvc pipe and 2 inch wire to separate stepanie who just went broody so chickzilla won't lay eggs on top of her, yep she will. They like to lay eggs in the same nest whether a chicken is in it or not. Chickzilla is our biggest hen we have right now and is also the calmist and will jump up on your lap to be petted if your sitting down!! She will also follow you around the yard!!
Finally caught the coon that's been killing our chicks and removing their toes. We've been trying to upgrade our pens so nothing can get in, we recently added 2ft to the top to make it 7ft tall so obamma and stephanie can't fly out. We also have a motion sensor light that's how we got the coon. Andrew saw the light on and saw the coon run up the tree, I held the light while Andrew shot him. A few days ago two of our chicks got killed (a white silkie, and a buff orpington) and halbreed lost a toe. The night we got the coon it got one of our barred rockchick's toes. We now have the pen where cats can't get in so we now have traps under the brooder just in case!! Don't know what else to do, we just keep trying.
Sunday, March 29
We figured out the 2 newest brown chicks are halfbreeds, because they have feathered legs like their mom!! The black chick does not have feathers on it's legs and we know it is obamma's. Stephanie does not have feathers on her legs either. Apparently they didn't get any of puff puff's traits, because he is solid white,( he's the dad) I thought at least they would be speckled with white spots. Guess I was wrong!!! Also thought they would all have feathered leggs too.
Sunday, March 22
Thursday, March 12
Shipment from ideal poultry came today!! GOOD JOB IDEAL!! Chicks arrived in great shape and are doing great, very lively. I got a mix of ones we wanted!! We got 2 rhode island reds,3 barred rocks,5 buff orpingtons,2 buff cochins,3 golden laced cochins, and 5 white silkie bantams.20 total.
Wednesday, February 18
Saturday, January 31
Oh I so don't like cold and icy weather!!!! I had to take stephanie and put her and her eggs back in the regular coop because I don't have any way to keep her water from freezing and no way to keep her warm especially if the electricity goes out and it did.I've read several places that say you can't leave a broody hen in the pen with the other hens or there will be problems and now I know first hand why!! When stephanie got off her eggs to eat and drink, chickzilla jumped on her nest and layed an egg, so stephanie couldn't get back on her eggs but there were 2 other eggs in a nearby nest that had just been laid very recently so she sits on the 2 eggs and leave the 6 she was sitting on so they stayed uncoverd in below freezing weather for several hours!! I took the 6 eggs out and discarded them and gathered the rest of the eggs, I guess that ticked stephanie off so bad that she's not broody anymore!!! women!!( saying this very softly). If she goes broody again when its warmer, we'll try it again!!
Friday, January 23
Thursday, January 22
Well put stephanie in a seperate pen, she is so not liking it!! I had already taken the eggs out earlier, like I suspected she was just sitting on the nest and aggravating the rest of the hens and there was not even an egg under her!! I'll leave her in there for a couple of days, maybe she will straighten up!!
Wednesday, January 21
Well stephanie has gone broody, you try to move her and she makes an awful racket and will peck you pretty quick!! I'm trying to decide whether to break her or let her sit on 5 or 6 eggs. The only problem with letting her set is you get pullets (female chick) and cockerels(roosters). Don't need any more roosters and kind of hard to give them away too!! Hard choice!!!
Monday, January 19
Halfbreeds legs are doing a whole lot better. She also has started laying, legs must have been bothering her more than we thought. Philip my youngest son says she started laying cause we turned her upside down.(if you turn a chicken upside down and grab them by their feet they become very calm and you can get them use to whatever they're scared of or do anything you need to do like put vaseline on her feet) We put vaseline on her feet again this weekend and will probably do it again next weekend just to make sure!! Oh by the way she's getting a little easier to catch too!!
A pretty cool website and blog to check out!!! She has a camera in her chicken pen and in her chicken coop!! Also has a rabbit. Have to catch it during the day,it cuts off at night. She also has books she (Terry Golson) has written. Quite impressive so have a look. Her link is the first one in my favorite links.
Friday, January 9
The quail eggs didn't hatch, we have a lot more projects we're going to be doing the next few weeks so we'll keep you informed! The eggs were probably damaged during shipping, not hard to do. We'll get some more from another source and try them . It's probably going to be chicken eggs this time.
Wednesday, January 7
Sunday, January 4
Two things happened today. Obamma laid her first egg today, about the same color and size of stephanies. Puff puff crowed for the first time also, his right eye is still closed and he had a cold. I've been giving him antibiotics and he seems to have more pep in his step,( saw him strut yesterday) so maybe he's getting better!!! We now have 3 hens laying, 1 rooster crowing, 1 chicken (halfbreed) is neither laying or crowing(don,t know why) and 4 quail eggs in the incubator!!! (We'll see!!!) Halfbreed looks like she has a case of leg mites so I'm going to have philip catch her and we'll put vaseline on her legs and it should clear it up!
Saturday, January 3
We had a couple of large dogs show up this morning, nothing bad happened. Obamma flew the coop as usual,don't know where she was hiding she just showed back up later on. Stephanie and chickzilla was doubled up in one nest together, took a while for them to start moving around again. Puff puff was just hid on the ground not very easy to do if your a bright white color. Halfbreed was in the middle of the coop where they all sleep, she didn,t come out for several hours!!! Pretty sure they'll come back, just hope I've got their pen secure enough to keep them out!!!