Hey Everyone ll!
DS and I got home from camp Wednesday to 2 surprises
1. the baby chicks that I thought weren't hatching till 7.7 (based on what I wrote down on the calendar) actually started hatching out on 6.30 . So far we have 6 of 8 that survived. I am going to have to do some research b/c my hatches this year have been TERRIBLE . This last run was a dry incubation and that didn't change things much at all. Might be time to once again play barber on the feathers in the vent area. Then if that doesn't work -- it might be time for new Roosters.
2. My birds that haven't been laying for the last couple of months (all 20 White Plymouth Rocks and Partridge Plymouth Rocks) have finally started laying again! My production is now back up to where I can once again supply the local CSA with eggs.
When doing evening chicken chores last night, I decided it was time to cull the 3 WR roos that I am definitely not keeping. I climbed in the Juvenile's tractor to pull them out and discovered that apparently I slid their tractor right over what I thought was a ground nest of bees. Luckily I only got stung once. DH graciously went out and slid them another 5 feet then dumped boiling water on the spot even though he couldn't find a nest. TODAY, as I'm moving more juveniles out to that same slide I see the bees buzzing again - so once again I start looking ..... and there hanging in my tractor is a paper wasp nest the size of a GRAPEFRUIT! So tonight I"m gonna be soaking that thing with wasp and hornet spray, then sliding the coop so the birdies don't eat any wasps that fall out of it. Tomorrow I'll either spray it again or knock it down and burn it depending on how much action is taking place.
To top off last night, DS and I went and picked up our new Bantam Wyandotte Roo from Art Lundgren. Art raises champion stock bantam wyandottes and call ducks - and he only lives like 5 minutes from my house! Super Super nice guy and b/c the Roo is for DS's 4H poultry project, he gave me a great price on a 2 year old roo who has already won several shows and fathered over 100 chicks this year. Hoping this turns around my hatching rate on bantam wyandottes! The new Roo is named Skipper in honor of my DS's current favorite Show "Gilligan's Island". The older Roo "Mr. Magoo" is in a rabbit hutch with a single hen so I can figure out once and for all if he's doing his job or not.
I'm moving my Big White Rock into a smaller coop with his 2 blue partridge rock daughters, my blue Andalusian, and 1 or 2 partridge rocks today, again I need to see if He's doing his job or not. I'd like some more of what i'm calling "blue partridge rocks" and I also want to see what comes of breeding the 2 girls I have back to their father.
DD comes home from horse camp today, its fairly cool here today with a nice breeze. Enjoy Your Chickens Everyone!