Originally Posted by sundancenbare
My house sitter just called me. He was excited to report that I have 13 baby chickens in my incubator. He said they are all doing well. He was so cute and excited. He said he put his hand in the incubator and they all came running to it. He gave them food and water and all is well
That is so cute I'm glad they're doing so well. Baby chicks.....hmmmmmm Sorry, having happy thoughts here.
Originally Posted by Ithildyn
The treadle feeder I ordered arrived today, so wish me luck in teaching my senoritas on how to use it!
We have a stray cat that's adopted us, he's all black, and my brother creatively named him 'Shadow' He's a sweet boy, and he loves sitting on the wall, watching the chickens. Well apparently, today, he followed Glenn down to the fenced area and very gently pressed his nose through the wire to sniff at Zazzles, one of our Golden Sex Links, and she promptly ran up and bit his nose! Poor little guy. He got a snuggle after though.
My brother's building the 'winter' door for the coop this weekend, to replace the summer door we've has since the spring as the nights are cooling down, though the days are still low 90s.
Poor kitty! The cat that my BF has is a sweet, lovey fellow, but when he got let outside the other day, he apparently tried to 'eat' the rooster. I guess he's never seen chickens before. "Heeeey, that's a big sparrow! Looks like FUN!"
Originally Posted by La Casa de Pollo
Cynthia I sold one of my buff laced, the smaller crested one,....and one of the Silver laced. boy oh boy oh boy I hope the one I have left is a girl. It was a total roll of the dice...I am getting kind of an idea but no way am I positive. If I sold the girl and kept the boy I am going to be soooo bummed! I could not part with either of the white with black/blue crests, they are just so different I want to see what happens and choose as they get a little older. But I had to sell a couple while they were still little enough to be sold....they are getting bigger and they do not fit in that cage so well hehe....gotta make room for that sweet little splash! It is so hard to decide who to keep! How the heck do you decide which ones to sell, and not bawl when they leave? Argh! I get all choked up every single time. That is why I had to quit hatching, I am not too good about letting them go. Chicken Hoarder, go ahead, say it lol!Originally Posted by La Casa de Pollo
Oh my goodness! I don't think I have seen "Sizzle" chicks before. I bet they are adorable!
I am having a really hard time with the thought of giving the little BR/Dominique pullet to my neighbor. Not only is she sweet, she's one of my babies, and THEN the BF had to remind me that he really likes those barred breeds. They remind him of classic farm paintings with the fat little hens wandering around. Maybe I will have to give up one of my other girls, instead? Even though I don't want to.
And you should see the Frizzle Sundance has! Pretty fun looking little birds. I love how their feathers curl like that.
Alright, so I need to share another little story here. Lately, I have been doing this thing in the evenings where I got out back into the preserve and sit on a chair while I watch chicken tv. Some of the chickens like to jump up on my lap or shoulder and say hi, whether for just a moment or to stay for a few minutes while I pet them. Well, the turkeys now seem to think they need to be on my lap, too. The tom wanted to sit up there for just a second, and then after he got down, the little white hen wanted to come up. And she wasn't going to just sit on my lap. Oh no, she wanted to cuddle right up next to me! I was a little surprised. Here I am with BR chicks already vying for attention, and the little turkey hen pushed right up against my neck and wants to be cuddled. I held her under my chin for a few minutes, and I'm pretty sure that had I not stood up and set her down, she would have happily slept on me.
It was very sweet, but I am going to be in sooo much trouble when the turkeys are full-grown Right now they're about the size of an adult chicken, maybe a little larger, but they weigh twice as much as any one chicken I have out there. They sure are fun. I told my BF he needed to be the one to butcher them when they're old enough. I can't kill my babies I never thought the turkeys would have this much personality and be so affectionate.