Originally Posted by dheltzel
Got the very first Silkied Ameraucana egg today. They are more than 8 months old now, I was beginning to wonder if all the ones I was hoping were pullets were really just slow developing cockerels!
Do you think it has anything t do with the AM gene? Our AM (actually I think she's a mix, so an EE) just laid her first egg in Feb and she is 9 MONTHS (May 2015 hatch)!! Winter came too soon for her liking, I suppose, and spring not soon enough. She took her good 'ole time. And get this . . . She is a BIG girl, biggest bird in the flock and she laid the smallest pullet egg we have gotten to date. Teeny little robin egg size. She's not a real consistent layer yet, but her eggs are consistently small!
Originally Posted by stake
Kicked my young ones out side this afternoon....they were totally overwhelmed
(and loving it) ...stayed close as I've had fox issues and young chicks are fox bait....well at 6:30 the dog alerted and I set him loose.....he went out with his ears back...and he hasn't returned yet, but I am sure he's chased the fox for a few miles.... went down to pen #2 and gathered the sleeping chicks up and locked them in the coop...day one is looking pretty good....nothing like a good pooch.....
Glad it was a success! My girls did well last night. They spread themselves all throughout the coop and slept quietly. I checked on them this evening before shutting the pop door and couldn't believe my eyes - they were all on the roost! Great little girls behaving already. :) They really enjoyed being out in the run today, dirt bathing, sun soaking and just generally exploring.