Originally Posted by Prairie Fleur
I think I definitely need to get some English orps and SS for my nephews and maybe a couple Araucanas for interest and blue eggs. The problem is, those boys get so dreadfully attached to their chickens and they already have a wonderful rooster to guard the flock; they'll have a dreadful time if they have more Roos because they won't want to get rid of the extras and they really don't need more than one. Here's why: My brother in law told me that they'd had a broody hen. She's smaller than the rest and one day when they broke water for the chickens and all the big ones were getting a drink, Miss Broody hopped off the nest to get one too. The bigger hens all tried to chase her off until the rooster stepped in, pushed them all away from the water dish and stood there protectively until Miss Broody was done drinking.
they've got a gem of a rooster and I don't want anything to happen to him. Another bonus is that he's very gentle and take around people.
I've been wishing for some BBS Cochins for myself but haven't had much luck finding any so far. Oh well, don't know if I really Need to add another breed right now anyway.
I'm expecting coronation Sussex eggs this spring and hoping to add to the breeds I already have.
Cochins are beautiful but in my experience not great layers. I raised them for a long time but finally sold out to make room for orpingtons. Well Prairie, things happen to birds sometimes. Maybe just slip one or two away bit my bit. It would however be a good life lesson to teach the boys how life is full circle and where food comes from.
Originally Posted by HEChicken
Howdy everyone! I'm just stopping in real quick to say "hi" to those I haven't talked to in awhile. I haven't been doing much with poultry lately as I've been focusing my efforts on other endeavors. I still have all my birds - they just haven't been a big focus for me for awhile. However it is almost spring and I'm starting work on some project birds again. The incubator is running, the coop got a total clean out yesterday, and my first broody hen of the season started sitting. She doesn't have eggs to sit on but she'll sit on air The past two years I was worn out by broodies taking up every available space in the coop. The bantams trigger the LF to start brooding and even hatchery birds of breeds that shouldn't brood, were flipping on me. So this year I decided to preempt that and move the bantams to my hoop coop where they can brood to their heart's content. I'm hoping this will reduce the number of LF birds who go broody in the main coop this year, but we'll see. The broody bird yesterday was one of the bantams and she was NOT happy about being moved but once she adjusts she'll go back to being broody and at that point I can give her some actual eggs to sit on - something I can't do easily in the main coop.
Anyway, I hope everyone is well and staying out of trouble!
So glad you stopped in. I really miss hearing your imput. I think we'd all love to hear more about your livestock. I've been trying to keep up as I can.
@Sharol that's an amazing success rate for your shipped eggs. I am very impressed. Sounds like it's still a bit early in the year for the orpingtons to have great fertility. Mine has been running somewhat low but not that low. I really think if I could just get my outside pens done and the pop doors in the building it would help a lot.
DH got my hot water heater installed in the building yesterday. Finally, I have hot water instead of just cold. I am stoked. It's an instant on hot water heater so it won't be sitting there using power all the time. I'm really happy that a little more progress got made.
Looks like today is going to be a nice day before the bottom drops out. I have so much I want to get done out there.
I got some bales of hay yesterday that have some clover and brome and alfalfa in them. I am going to try to give one to my geese today to see if they will munch on it. I've got to find a way to keep them from destroying all signs of grass out there in their pen. I really wish I could afford to put a second pen in for them so they could switch from one to another.