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I thought I'd post my 1 week baby pictures of the Breda Fowl that hatched last Friday and Saturday. I built a box to contain them for photos, and they really cooperated. Stinkin' cute. Tomorrow the Campines. They will be harder to tell apart to some extent.
A farmer has 200 hens, but no rooster, and he wants chicks. So, he goes down the road to the next farmer and asks if he has a rooster which he would sell.
The other farmer says, “Yeah, I’ve got this great rooster, named Randy. He’ll service every chicken you got, no problem.”
Well, Randy the rooster costs a lot of money, but the farmer decides he’d be worth it. So, he buys Randy.
The farmer takes Randy home and sets him down in the barnyard first giving the rooster a pep talk, “Randy, I want you to pace yourself now. You’ve got a lot of chickens to service here, and you cost me a lot of money. Consequently, I’ll need you to do a good job. So, take your time and have some fun,” the farmer said, with a chuckle.
Randy seemed to understand, so the farmer points toward the hen house, and Randy took off like a shot. -WHAM!- Randy nails every hen in the hen house – three or four times, and the farmer is really shocked.
After that the farmer hears a commotion in the duck pen, sure enough, Randy is in there.
Later, the farmer sees Randy after a flock of geese, down by the lake. Once again – WHAM! He gets all the geese!
By sunset he sees Randy out in the fields chasing quail and pheasants.
The farmer is distraught – worried that his expensive rooster won’t even last 24 hours.
Sure enough, the farmer goes to bed and wakes up the next day, to find Randy dead as a doorknob – stone cold in the middle of the yard. Buzzards are circling overhead.
The farmer, saddened by the loss of such a colorful – and expensive animal, shakes his head and says, “Oh, Randy, I told you to pace yourself. I tried to get you to slow down, now look what you’ve done to yourself.”
Randy opens one eye, nods toward the buzzards circling in the sky and says, “Shhh, they’re getting closer
@sharol LOL, that is a good one! It looks like you got some really nice chicks. Bredas are something I have not had, I have enough breeds as it is, but they look pretty.
My hatch is still going, I had a few more chicks this morning that hatched overnight. I happened to remember last night as I was laying in bed that I did put a few extra eggs in with this hatch the next day so I could still have some hatch yet today. I'm glad I remembered that or I might have pitched good eggs. I have a lot of really nice little chicks in my brooder. I have been keeping track of numbers as I pulled them out but need to put some bands on them today. I don't like to disturb them for awhile after they go in to let them rest & get stronger. Maybe when I open the brooder today I can get some pics. This is my first hatch from my Silver Penciled Rocks so I am thrilled to get chicks from them, they are just beautiful even as chicks. I have quite a few different breeds in this hatch & will in the next one coming up the 27th as well. I hope to start getting some orders out with those first two hatches. I have a few eggs in the incubator for myself as well that I plan to keep the chicks separate till I decide how many of what I'm keeping after they hatch. Those are for my laying flock to replace some I've lost over time & older ones. I have BLRW, Rhodebar, & Welsummer in there for me. I plan to keep a couple Silver Penciled for myself too for out there. I need another flock rooster as well since I lost rooster 2 last year. I haven't decided which breed I want to put out there yet, I will have lots of choices. Whichever I choose though has to get along with the Welsummer guy, he is rooster 1, the boss. He is a good flock rooster though, he really watches over the hens but he has his hands full right now with way too many hens by himself.
I have to tell you about my friend's hen who showed up at her house. She has no other chickens there now so she has no idea where the hen came from or who she belonged to. She is a Barred Rock & is really unusual for that breed. She told me that she flies up on the window outside that has a sill I guess where she can sit. She pecks on the window to let them know she wants attention & she lays eggs there that the 3 year old daughter collects. She lets the 3 year old carry her around like a kitten or puppy & yesterday she sent me a photo of her sitting on the fort the kids have in the backyard while the kids were swinging. They are thoroughly enjoying her, but I think she doesn't know she's a chicken, lol!
sharol u have my sense of humor I am in the process of my second hatch this year and because of some family issues it may be my last. I can identify with Trish as last hatch I put some of the wrong eggs in the hatcher and when they didn,t hatch tossed them then several hours later realized I had chicks that had hatched in the incubator. Sometimes gaining experience is painful. I also had trouble with marans eggs it seemed several chipped a hole and never zipped. I helped several but after they have labored several hours there is only so much u can do
I've heard too many times of viable eggs being tossed that I am paranoid of ever doing it. I never give up on an egg until I have candled it to check for movement. Then I tap it with my fingernail to see if it taps or chirps back. Last, I gently break it at the air cell end so I can verify the fetus is no longer alive. Only after all three things confirm the chick is dead, will I peel the rest of the shell away and feed it to my snakes. Just the other day I started to remove 4 eggs that hadn't pipped by the morning of day 22 but as I candled one, it chirped at me. I put it back in the incubator and sure enough, it pipped that evening and hatched overnight.
My first hatch is finally done and my second batch of eggs is started. A couple of the chicks I had to assist are still in the special needs brooder but they're close to going into the main brooder. I had to put shoes on one with curled toes this morning. That seems to be its only obvious "issue" so hopefully the toes will straighten out and the shoes can come off in a few days.
I spent a good bit of time this morning repotting a bunch of tomatoes and artichoke seedlings. They've enjoyed the grow light so much that they're bigger than I've ever grown these things indoors - and we still have a good month before I can think about planting them outdoors. So I had to make some larger newspaper pots and get them transferred. All of them were growing their roots out the bottom of their original pots, looking for more space.
Then I did some work in my barn. When I built the dog run, I only put a gate in one end. At the time I thought that was all I needed and having the other end fastened all the way around provided more structural integrity. But since my LGD pups started sleeping outdoors this week, the run is no longer needed FT for the dogs and it is time to start using it to separate lambs and kids at night. Turning the closed end into a gated end will make it MUCH easier to get the babies into it at night. It wasn't that big a job but I'm glad to have it done - its been on the to-do list all week.
The LGD pups, as mentioned, are now sleeping outside. They are almost 7 months and just turned 5 months and I decided it would be good for their development to have access to the pasture at night. The sheep and goats are still locked in the barn at night and the dogs don't need to actually protect them at this point so it is ideal for them to learn their jobs with no real pressure since they are still so young. They're doing awesome so far. No barking - except when DH got home late last night, which is legit. And no mischief either. And, now that they're more active at night, they're starting to sleep more by day too.
I'm thrilled with the way they have bonded to the sheep and goats already. They passed their first lambing/kidding season with flying colors, seeming to instinctively understand that a new mother is not to be messed with but that she'll relax in time. The youngest lamb is now 3 weeks old and her mother has already relaxed around the dogs. Still, the pups who can be big, gamboling puppies when playing with one another, move slowly and carefully around the lambs and kids. The other day I noticed one of my goat does standing with her tail up to give access to the dogs, inviting them to clean her off. She had some gunk stuck to her from the discharge following the birth of her kids. Both dogs started work on her and I could see the male grabbing chunks between his teeth and tugging to loosen them from her fur. I expected any moment she'd object but she seemed appreciative of the attention and stood stock still for them. I didn't have my camera then, but I did have it with me next day when they decided a ewe needed to be cleaned off. You can see how relaxed she is, continuing to graze, while holding her tail out to give them access, her lamb standing close by.
Well my first hatch is done & I ended up with 49 chicks, not too bad. I have another big hatch coming the 27th so I hope to be able to fill more orders with that one. People have been ordering multiple breeds, so it makes it hard sometimes to get them all at once depending on what hatches. I had about 14 eggs in the end that had quit & one fully formed Speckled Sussex that didn't make it out of the shell. That one was sad, but maybe there was a reason & it wouldn't have made it anyway, who knows.
I've been gone the last couple days and busy prepping to leave the day before that. Seems like an eternity since I posted. The sale was a bust for me but at least I got rid of about 10 extra ganders in the process. I really lost money on them. I'm getting down closer to the numbers I want now though so I'm still happy. I still have four pairs of geese spoken for if they come get them. I won't sell any more breeders than that. I sold two peahens after the sale so that helped as well.
My first goslings are due to hatch tomorrow. I need to get them transferred to another incubator for hatch. I love the goslings.
I had to clean out my brooder again cause I had mold again. I swear it is so hard to balance air flow and drafts in an enclosed brooder building. I seriously looked at some electric manufactured brooder units yesterday at the auction. But they went over the price I would consider for used equipment. Makes me very nervous to think of buying something that has been used elsewhere. I always disinfect things but still not real comfortable with it.
I had a hatch while I was gone. Seemed to be a decent hatch. I need to move some birds around so everyone isn't so crowded and do a count to see if I can fill some orders.
I lost several chicks while I was gone from my brooder house and I lost one jubilee hen for some unknown reason. I haven't done a necropsy yet cause I just discovered her last night when I got home. I'm still trying to rest up from two days in the cold. I have so much to do today I need to get moving though.
I let Precious out of her kennel when I got home last night. I think she has finished her heat cycle. Since Winston finally figured out how to breed on his own I am hoping for another litter of Pyrs about the middle of May. That will be good timing for them I think. Britt has two more days in her kennel before I can let her out after her spay. I'm sure she is more than ready to get out and run again.
I may have to put a dog in the goose pen as I had some eggs missing yesterday. Some critter may have gotten in and had a midnight snack of eggs.
Ugh danz, goose eggs of all things! I have one Welsummer hen that is insisting on laying in one of my igloo dog houses & the GPs know about it now so I wish I could discourage her from laying there. I may have to move that one.