Hey guys! Sorry Im not online very much. Its been a busy week, phew! In fact just today we left the house to "run a few errands" at 10 am and didnt get home until 6! sheesh. Im too young for this! LOL.
anywhoooo, Pam I id read you comment about tapatalk and i promise i will be checking it out this week for sure. Thanks a ton!
News from the coop.. Mr. Pants has finally started crowing! It has been going on for about a week. He is just perfect too. Its a very quiet short crow. Nothing like when gilbert first started. In fact if youre inside watching TV you can barely hear it during silent moments. I think he stays! I know it will get a little louder but I dont think by much. Also he looks like hes dying everytime he crows. Like when an 80 year old smoker has a coughing fit. Its hilarious even. Hes such a goof.
Lil' Frizz, our red frizzled cochin has finally matured! She is HALF the size of the other cochins and has just started laying the teeny tinyest egg i have ever seen. Shes adorable.
The olive eggers are reaching a stage where they are finally looking like big chickens. They also look so different and have quite different personalities. I am looking forward to their eggs HOPEFULLY by May.
The cluch I have in the stairwell now is getting huge too! The cuckoo marans is twice the showgirls size but still likes to hide under them whenever i come around. I havent had the time to be with them like I had wanted, but its okay. I find there is a lot of good bonding when theyre old enough to go outside and i have to carry them in and out every day. Thats how our polish got so friendly the first time around.
Anywhooo so im thinking i have 3 roos and 2 pullets. WHICH IS GOOD! I think the marans is a roo, and one of each color showgirl is a roo.
Here is the Marans. We have named him Gregory Peck. I hope he is as cool as mr pants and gets to stay.
Julie the showgirls are looking really nice. I think when you take the roos back you should seriously consider keeping the partrdge at least for breeding. I think theyre going to look really nice (although since they only carry one nn gene their offspring with a silkie will definitely only be 50% nn. I had forgotten that since petey has two copies of the gene ALL of his offspring will be naked neck.) I have never had such an easy time sexing chicks as i have with these birds. The size differences are immense and combs are already developing. Julie, their toe spacing and foot feathering is fantastic. you should be very proud.
pullet left and roo right
and the blacks (blues?) I think our lil fluffer head is a pullet. pullet left, roo right
Just for fun I found a young picture of Petey for you. He was a little a** when he was little. ALWAYS biting my fingers and being a total jerk.
Missy Im sorry I havent been by with any grounds lately. I plan on taking a big bucket with me on tuesday and wednesday and filling it up for you to make up for it :D
So I finally started selling my eggs and the numbers look great! The girls made enough last month to supplement their feed and shavings for this month! go girls! I even got 12 eggs yesterday and am so proud of them :) which brings me to another thing....
Sunny I have been seriously considering another dark layer and another blue layer to add to my carton. Ive only been able to put one marans egg in each one I sell and it would look much nicer if I could do 2 instead. Also midge and darlas eggs are getting so light that they almost look white and its still a long time out before moult. SOOOOO if there are any culls coming out of redrock anytime soon let me know. I may be interested in purchasing some.
Sheryl, Ill see you tomorrow!
Seth, your chickens leg looks less like curled toes and more like a leg issue to me. It could be caused by the tendon having slipped the entire knee joint. I had a beautiful showgirl named peggy who had that problem except her toes curled into her body. She lived hapily until we moved into the new house with the giant yard. She couldnt keep up with everyone else and was much happier when she was penned in with them. Otherwise she lived a very happy life.