My babies are here! All 26 arrived safe and sound from the hatchery via the post office. They are eating, drinking, pooping and sleeping in their brooder box. 5 Barred rock pullets, 5 red sexlink pullets and 15 straightrun rhode island reds. I will post a link to photobucket for the pics my dh took. They are adorable.
i have 13 silkie eggs left in the bator out of 32. Lockdown is sunday and I am so hoping that they all make it.
Hawk story...for the first time in 2 years we had a hawk attack today. The girls are two now and were out freeranging while we were out working on the new coop. I went inside to make dinner and dh hears a rukus from the girls out front of the house. He rounds the corner to see 5 of them hiding under the front porch bawking up a storm. 2 took off around the house and ran for the coop. Noname, who is constantly wandering off by herself, is accross the road laying flat on the ground in front of a tree. While my dh is trying to figure out why, she suddenly stands up and takes off running for our yard and a hawk drops down out of the tree she is under! Dh takes off at a run toward the hawk and noname veers off to avoid him and that saves her life as the hawk missed her and flew off. I had to go into the garage where she was hiding and pick her up and hold her for a bit to reassure her all was well now. Dh takes her and calls the girls in hiding and they follow him quietly and quickly to the back of the house where they eagerly run in under their coop. It was our first close call and the hawk was no bigger than our hens. I am thinking the girls wont mind being in the coop and run for the next couple of days while we work. I am just glad I put the kids (my silkies) away earlier in their run. Due diligence for the next few weeks as I know that hawk will be hanging around hoping for a free meal.
http://fototime.com/inv/55D6CA144C13EDC Here is the link to the new baby pics, if you want to see them.
New coop is coming along. Got the bottom stained and then the floor put on. Now on to framing the walls. I will make a photo journal that you can look at when we are done. I cant wait.
Have a good evening everyone!