Morning all. Loving all this rain. It was a nice steady rain and not the deluge that was predicted so no need to pump the backyard (thank goodness). My lawn has gone from frenchfries to hayfield and the trees are really letting loose opening up their leaves. I am sure my well is breathing a sigh of relief also. Wouldnt mind a few more days of this and i am sure I will pay with a bumper crop of mosquitoes. Oh well, thats what off is for.
Stony--thanks for the info. We ordered our chicks from Hoffman hatcheries in PA. 5 barred rock pullets, 5 red sexlink pullets and 15 straightrun rhode island reds. I have to say that they were the healthiest, best looking chicks I have ever seen coming from a hatchery. I have found the friendliest ones so far are the sexlinks. There is one who flys to the top of the brooder box and waits for you to pick her up and hold her and pet her. She likes to hang out with us. Now the rir boys tried to strip the flesh off my finger along with the yogurt I was giving everyone! I am hoping that after we finish their coop and I can sit in there with them, they will learn to like my presence and come to me (with bribes in my hand, I figure it might work). Amazing how each flock is so different in dynamics huh?
I think I have a silkie hen that is trying to be broody but isnt quite yet. She does the whole puff up thing and the buck buck broody call but doesnt sit. When she does settle, its always in the run instead of the coop. I have tried everything to get her to lay in there but she refuses. Guess she wont be getting any eggs when she does go fully broody! I think my glw betty has given up the notion of being broody. At least she isnt on the nest box and being witchy to everyone anymore.
I have 14 silkie eggs in the incubator for the mothers day hatchalong. Heres hoping that my silkies have better fertility this time around.