Hey everyone I'm still alive.
Sold the SFH's. Had to chose between them and the Birchen Marans. Which by the way are not up to par with Green Fires. None of the hens has silver on the hackles like they should. It will be a cold day before I order chicks from a so called breeder. So far only Kathinmo's BR's have lived up to the hype. They are very nice but they are all trying to go broody.
The other day there were three hens in the corner all trying to sit on one egg! I've plans to make a broody set up but Lord I'm tired and want to get thing done and settled. I plan to cordon off part of the hoop so they can't be accessed by laying hens. That has been a problem. Hens adding to the lot of the broody. What a night mare I had. Tossing eggs not fertile and dead chicks. Ugh! You would think I'd know better by now.
Stony - the ALBC newsletter had some interesting things to say about ducks. For me specifically that they can lay as many eggs per annum as chickens. What interests me is they don't crow. I' ve 7 roosters here.
Nearly finished with a new half hoop coop. Pics added.
To many broody hens and they are driving me nuts. I've plans to go away and don't want to leave DW to deal with chicks. I've got one hen with two now. Those will be given away soon I expect.
Garden is nearly in though not completely fenced in and the chickens are driving me crazy. The BR's are loose in the back yard and getting into trouble wandering around. Today they went down along the fence into the neighbors yard. They also wander into the woods. They're not easy to see since the weeds are so high.
Well take care and enjoy the summer,