6 eggs from the control group
4 eggs from the free ranging chickens
78F degrees till noon then the wind picked up and went till 2100 hrs 9PM, and I spent the rest of the night picking up cages but the big pen I am building stood strong so I was happy as other objects were tossed all over in the winds and even some tiles were blown off the shed's roof so I will defiantly need to fix that before it rains again ...
When I got back home from town I found this in the incubator chirping away
I have been working with my Spangled Russian Orloff's for several years now and I think I've finally started getting what I want and this is how my pullets are looking
I had to put this pullet in the barn for several days to let her calm down so I could take her picture and she is still not waiting in any place long enough for me to get a decent picture of decent quality to show off her spangling but her feather texture is just awesomely smooth like some kind of heavy silk now if she fills out with a full white beard next year it will make her next to perfect
It always makes one happy like me when they can see their breeding program finally working the way they would like
Alright everyone enjoy the weekend
Good morning @ gander007. I am off to a rough start here in St. Louis. The weather is beautiful, but I woke up this morning to find that something had gotten into 1 of my pens. I lost 1 white leghorn hen & 1 Black Penedesenca rooster. Both are missing their heads, necks & internal organs. Nothing show signs of forced entry so whatever it was was small enough to get in the spaces of the field fence (some of the openings about half way up are about 2inch X 2inch( so pretty big in terms of animal access). I am wondering if it was that ferret ( or possibly weasel) that I saw a while back. The other 2 white leghorn hens & the black penedesenca hen were not harmed. But they are pretty spooked!
I do have 15 Black Penedesenca eggs ( mostly sired by that rooster & the unharmed Black Pene hen) on day 9 in the incubator. I also have another Black Penedesenca hen & rooster (the 2 that had been battling lice) in a separate pen. Once I reinforce the attacked coop & recheck the 2 for lice( hoping they are lice free!) I will put those 2 in with the 3 hens that were not harmed.
@karenerwin So sorry to be reading about your loss really stopped my heart this morning and I can only imagine how tor-up you are inside how horrible you must feel as it takes so much work to get to where you are or working to get ..
This is my new cage I was working on and it is all covered with 1/4 wire to try and keep even the snakes out but the weather out here has not been cooperating much with the rain and then high winds that I have been dealing with the last three days but that is only an excuse I use as I just hurt all over but I am trying and it still wont be enough as I will need to start on another once I finish this one and in this one will be smaller cages for other chickens that will be separated but for growing up ...
I still have so much further to go as I have been attacked for the last two nights but the cages were secure enough to protect the chickens and I consider myself lucky as last night I had winds that blow several cages across the yard and one of the bigger cages I had was on the front porch with yard chickens roosting on top of it the worst part was there was no bottom on the cage so the two hens I had inside so I could gather info about their egg production got out and the roo's started making a lot of racket chasing the ladys around the yard alerted me to the over turned cage and then after cleaning that up I started checking other cages and then I up righted them but the yard was a mess so I have been up since 3 this morning and haven't been able to sleep so when I read your message this morning I was throne ...
I can not say enough about 1/4 inch wire at least for the first 3 foot from the bottom of the cage up and a good heave border at the base for minim protection but even I cant make all those requirements myself and most of my cages are 1/4 inch wire on all 6 sides and it has saved my flock more then once and I fright right now is one of my geese is sitting on eggs and she has another 18 days to go according to my records and my other goose momma that is chose to go into the chicken coop so the door is closed every night for her safety only wile she sits on her eggs and she still has around 20 days ..
Momma really wants to be left alone when she sits on her eggs ...
Wow I guess I fell asleep in the chair
Your damage sounds like a ferret or a weasel, the ferret I have here steels eggs all the time but it mostly steels at night and the crows steel eggs during the day and I have had several chickens damaged and I did contribute the damage to the ferret as it happed at night but mostly it is just feathers ripped of the rear end of the hens, but I have had several hens sucked dry with the head and neck missing but I have had Bob Cats eat the head and neck also but thy leave feathers everywhere as they eat the entire chicken and I might find a chicken wing and that would be about it ..
When I took this photo the Bob Cat was holding one of my EE roo's that was 3 years old and just one I really liked or he would not had lived so long but after reading BYC's rules I trimmed down the photo so you cant see the roo at the end of his front right leg is holding on to, oh this is a real live wild Bob Cat and I am only a couple of feet away and his breath was so nasty that a tic-tac would not have helped and if you are wondering if I let him go that day the answer would be no and no I did not shoot him it was simply him and me and a shovel and he lost and later the Deputy's told me to shoot and then when I started shooting and people complained the Deputies said it was not their jurisdiction because I had live stock not pets and I was outside city limits but the only real trouble I got was from the state trapper who mad me pick up all my leg traps that have been in the family sense the late 1800's but they still worked so well but it seems California had out lawed such practice or use and license's are no long issued
Well I think this is long enough and I did not intend it to be so long so I will let you go and I hope you are able to get the culprit or make some more secure cages and I more then know it is expensive