- Guess What
Keets are so cute. Did you hatch them?
Yes, they will be noisy. My oldest ones have become rather loud already.
So i was gone for a few days.....
I think its more like an 8 N
yes, yes it does
Looks great, and the wife agreed to more chickens!! win win!
Not all have it, I do NOT
i'm at work for a little longer
I'm not sure if I posted or not, but the broody eggs (set 4) hatched on Wednesday. She hatched 100%. 5/5 Woke up this morning and heard one screaming in the coop. It got out of the nest and couldn't find it's way back. Guess at 2 days old they can't jump the 13 inches to get back in the box she picked.
i don't think you are mean at all
Don't go away for too long you'll never catch up!
i don't have your number, but if i did...
Well, thanks to my wonder family full of enablers, I've done both. I got a Brinsea incubator the last two years for my Christmas/birthday (December babies understand) present. I bought Welsummer and Legbars eggs from @dheltzel this January and hatched those (unintentionally on Valentines day). Last July I bought some Marans and two of them have gone Broody twice since January... crazies. So, they are now sitting on their second 'batch' of eggs. I'm expecting them to hatch during the week of June 6th.
no enablers here...
I grew up in a house with a 3 holer, ewwww
there's a difference?
why can't it be both??
Well, Mr. Tucker's got himself a reprieve, at least for now.
Before DW went back to work, I was asking her about the controls on her new stove so I could get the hot water ready. She asked if I planned to "do the deed" today. I told her I was as soon as the water got hot enough. Then I let her talk me into holding off, at least for the time being, and start carrying a stick with me in the run in case he decides to try me again.
I know y'all think I'm only delaying the inevitable, and maybe / probably I am, but I've been sitting here thinking about it all day & most of last night since our little "encounter", and haven't felt at all comfortable with the finality of it all. I drove a lot of miles to get him, and have since invested a lot of time in him, and if I end it all now, I'll be that much longer getting the darker eggs that started this operation to begin with. Not that darker eggs are better than any others; I've known all along that isn't the case, but I happen to prefer them, and as long as I'm housing & feeding the producers of those eggs, why not try to get the results I want, the quickest way possible? Besides all that, I fell in love with him the first time I laid eyes on him; I thought he was a strikingly beautiful animal then, and I always will, regardless of the cause of his demise. Anyway, is it really his fault that he's protective of his little harem of redheads, or that his testosterone level is high? Isn't that the case with most males in their prime, regardless of species?
Okay, I admit it; I'm really a big softy about animals. That's just me, & I can live with that.
To be continued....
awww, you're so sweet
with her? your voices are female? that could be interesting. sorry to hear that
i want unicorns, and pegasus! let me know if you find them
AHHH!!! That's right down the road!!!
not before me!
you are far from mean
Congrats Sally !! I hope you feel better @sally sunshine
blech!! why do people think puppy breath smells good , i will NEVER understand this
it was not greek just a weird font
So true, very suspicious
i love this one!!! LOL!
we're supposed to talk about chickens??
We already knew you were a blabber beak, but wow! Chaos is way worse!!!
that's no fun, lol
are there any??
Better luck this time!!
yes, more pictures neede
and get pictures
thats not too shabby
and u were #100000, strange lol
Yayyyy!!!! good luck!
i can't wait to get my horse/pony going
Originally Posted by MotorcycleChick
The agenda was to spend some time with my sister, and pick up some vegetable plants I can only find out her way. On the way out the door, I asked her if I should bring my purse? I didn't really see a point in it.
We were down the road before she asked if I want to go winetasting with her.
The first place required ID, so I was out of luck there. I slipped some cash into my sister's back pocket, and waited a while before telling her what two wines I wanted. She was preoccupied with other things, so it wasn't getting the connection. She bought the two wines, but only one was for me.
In the car, we sorted it all out. The wine was a gift to me.
Next we stopped at a beer distributor. That guy... I guess wearing shorts too short to see was a good thing today! I wasn't carded, got a freebie and a discount.
Then the plants. Watermelon, Serrano peppers and cucumbers.
Finally, another wine tasting. The woman was practically pouring full classes each time! Anything my sister tried, the woman poured for me as well. I haven't had a thing to eat today! I bought three bottles there, but gave one to my sister.
Total cost for the whole point of this trip $8
Total cost because Abi is a lush $86
sounds like you girls had fun!
agreed, and note they were not from me
Leftovers? THAT's pretty funny...
@kwhites634, here's a photo of my SuperSoaker - cocked and ready for action by the coop:
I worked until after dark clearing the site for the new coop, so I broke down and ordered take out as a treat - I'll cook the chicken tomorrow.
I have sad news - well, a confirmation. Remember how Dotty went missing several days ago? I couldn't find feathers or anything, and thought there was a chance she was trying to go broody again on a wild nest, but couldn't find her anywhere despite a pretty stubborn search (VERY thick brush in the back of the property). This morning I woke up around 3:15am to some strange noises - a rooster alarming, a stuttering/chattering sound, then a lot of barking of neighbor dogs, then nothing. I went out with the flashlight, and all I could do was confirm all cooped birds were ok (though awake).
Just now before dark I did a survey, and found this outside the Tank/SS paddock (in the back/wild area where I last saw Dotty wandering):
And a trail of feathers ending in the fence (looks like she was pulled through):
I think something finally found her on her nest. Neighbor saw a fox - I'm assuming that was it or something similar. It's sad, but sort of a chicken Darwin Award, though. She refused to stay in her area (paddock/coop) or take shelter like any chicken with a lick of sense would. She didn't have the right instincts to tell her how dangerous that was to sleep out over night on the ground or wander around on her own. If she had lived, I had already decided not to breed from her. Still sad though - she was cute in her own crazy chicken way...
- Ant Farm
sorry to hear about dotty!
There's just no way I can catch up, so I'll just jump in if that's okay.
I think my incubator jinx has fled the building! I am so happy with this last hatch! If you remember, I tried hatching with 39 total eggs on two different hatches. Out of the first batch of eggs I got two chicks...out of the second I got one. Not real encouraging for a beginner. But I was persuaded to try one more time to get that magic Silkie for granddaughter Katie, so I ordered eggs from @RubyNala97 and let me tell you, the difference was unbelievable!
When I first got them, I couldn't even SEE the air cells in most of them, they were that fresh and packaged that well! I had to wait until the first candle at 7 days to find them and only 4 were slightly detached at one side, just the smallest bit, so they were started incubation standing upright. The rest I was able to lay horizontally and hand turn. @FridayYet said to mark any loose sides with dotted lines instead of solid, which I did. Well, by the time I candled again the only way tell which ones had been loose was that old dotted line - they had firmed right up! When I first opened the box and checked the eggs, I managed to break one. Yeah, some things never change, do they? At day 14 one had a blood ring. So out of 16 eggs, 14 kept going.
And 14 made to lockdown! All 14...and those little embryos were dancing their happy dance in those eggs, let me tell you! Me, I kept thinking, "What the heck am I going to do with 14 Silkies??" I honestly expected another one or two at the most. We ended up with 9 out of 14...yep!!! Ain't that amazing?? And Katie got her Silkie....she named it "Smudge". I thought one had spraddle leg, and I'm ashamed of myself but he looked for all the world like a wind-up Easter Chick! But within a day or so he had corrected his little issue and it's hard to tell him from the others. One is wearing duck shoes at the moment...her feet are curled. I had to assist her hatch - she pipped at the pointy end and never made progress in something like 14 hours. She got her beak out but couldn't do any turning to zip. Her peeping was getting fainter and fainter, so she got a little help. We lost one little girl...she had an unabsorbed yolk sac and didn't look too great to start with. I did eggtopsies on the 5 that didn't hatch and aside from really tough membranes on 3 of them it's hard to say what happened at the end. They were all alive and kicking at lockdown. One must have nicked a vein because there was blood in the shell. No idea on the 5th one. But obviously the issue was with me....they were all active up until lockdown.
So here's Katie and the brood....
I think she's holding Smudge here.....not sure though. Who cares? Katie got her Silkie and look at that smile!!
She got to see the last two hatch.
The last two hatched within 3 minutes of each other. You can see the little dark one who hatched first, and the little yellow one still in the egg (the one we ended up losing) is pretty close here! You can see her in the hole she made in the shell.
The group before the littlest one took a turn for the worse and ultimately died.
All in all, I'm much happier now than I was the other times I tried hatching eggs. But I have to admit, I was pretty doggone happy to get the incubators cleaned up and put away for the year!
Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you!
hmmm i know of a few people that have them...
please dont go invisible
awesome! he looks happy
really? that precise
more, need more
LOL They are so cute and fluffy. I only had 1 splash hatch, and it's TINY. It's from Christmas and still half the size of the other babies her age. I also have a young frilkie in there. There is a buff with a black head is super cute baby also. All 3 of those were shipped eggs.
I say you can never have too many silkies!!!
yes, it sure is
i would do that in a heartbeat!
no! I will stay :)
i like your cooking, enchiladas mmm
you were talking chicks the whole time lol
polish or silkie
holy cow !
if that is your real picture, you look like someone i went to school with
only 8 hours?
lol, good luck!
really? snakes and spiders? huh
what an interesting cross lol, cant wait to see them full grown
everyone should learn, good for you
at least it doesnt kick
have you thought about shipping birds yet?
@DwayneNLiz Did you catch up reading yet?
i wanted to name my dog sparkplug lol
@flocktastic Could use some prayers you guys. Her son decided to break his arm/elbow last night after supper. He's currently out of surgery but hurting.
prayers and hugs @flocktastic
awww i love Sturgis!!!