Thanks, I just cant picture my life without them, I have my picks the rest have been sold or given to my brother.. lol he wanted to get into showing Toggs and I help him out, His DW wasn't too happy... I let him have 6 . Works for me cause now I can see them whenever.
We got miniature pigs this year, more for pets then anything. They are very fun and interesting. Sorry about your bad luck last summer. I absolutely love goats and could not imagine not having them, but I have never had cows so I would probably say the same about them.
Thank you, I was not sure about Lamancha ears at first but they have the best personalities. Now their looks have kinda grown on me and I think they are all cute.
I had a pot bellied pig for a short time, a male, We named him Benny HAHA, ??? dont know just did, anyway I found out real fast we didnt have the space for a pig, even one as little as him. So we rehomed him, he now lives the life of a inside spoiled dog... lol
Funny story about the LaMancha ears, I had a Doe ( she was my first and my spoiled bratt ) She used to ride in the truck with me everyplace, even took her to RK and TSC with me, anyway, not allot of people knew what a LaMancha was, I would get " what breed of dog is that? what happened to her ears?" and my all time favorite ( from an animal control officer ) " Why did you cut her ears off "? Yes that is what he asked... My neighbor called and reported that I was cutting my goats ears off...
Of course Abby is the LaMancha RIP baby
Seems like it's been awfully quiet here today! Well, how about a small story?
Tonight, my 5 year old niece 'helped' put the chickens away. She loves doing it. She's getting better at it, too--and she's a natural with the girls! She's very careful to be gentle when petting them and she tries to copy me when they are nervous and tells them it's okay. They don't believe her, of course, but that'll come with time.
We got the Guinea fowl in ("Aunt Kristin, are they boys or girls?" She didn't want to call them by the wrong sex. ) and played hide and seek in the chicken coop. We went over and checked out the duck coop build, where she admired how 'soft' the floor was (she meant smooth ). Then, we returned to the chicken coop and counted the chickens. She counted the six pullets that always sleep in the addition, and I counted the other 36 on the main perches and in the rafters. I asked her how many there were all together, and she turned to me and matter-of-factly said, "A hundred!!" That girl's got a different kind of chicken math going on.
As we were leaving, she hurriedly went from the roosts to the addition and said good night to everyone. She'll make a good chicken lady some day.
Very cute, kids are great.
I'm on Indy's west side, a 22 acre organic operation of hay, soybeans, popcorn and sometimes other things like spelt, sunflowers, sweet corn, etc. We're also a certified bee farm and honey producer.
We have about three dozen layers (about 5 of them are roos), ending our second summer. We started with a mix of RIR and barred rock, but our original rooster got so aggressive that he harmed people who can to help or work on the farm. So he went thru a succession of names. Originally named Rudy, it was changed to Randy (because he was) when he matured. His name was changed to Satan when he started hurting people, and finally, he became known as Crock Pot. He was my second kill, the first being a black sex link hen who started breaking eggs.
This spring we added all buff orpington, in hopes of gentler roos.
And we have three white turkeys maturing for a fall harvest. Four Muscovy ducks (2 drakes) and 2 ducklings
All fed certified organic feed.
Love em all they are beautiful
I got pictures of my broody Cochin, Jewel, while she was off her nest. She tries really hard to sneak out when I am not around so I can worry about her. It has been colder here until today and it warmed up a little so she was glad to take her time and have a dust bath. She is so nasty to the rest of the flock when she is broody. Attacking anyone who comes near. She did get me today when I checked to make sure no other hens laid in there, she normally lets me check. She has not been letting them lay in there but I would hate to have a surprise chick that has to go in the incubator. I guess I would be quite nasty if I sat in a box all day and only got out once a day to eat, drink, and hopefully have time to bathe.
Love her really got to get some
Their combs are all so big!!! To me, a BR is what a "real chicken" looks like. I didn't realize I had that mindset until I hung a watercolor of a BR in my kitchen. I've had it for years, but didn't give it much thought. When we moved & I rehung it, we had already ordered chicks and I made the connection. Then when I was writing my historical romance, I was researching chickens from the 1930s and I found out then that the BR was the most popular backyard chicken for years. I guess I had some deep-seated ideas about BRs, who knows where from! Probably from antiques and things that have been around, but I know I wasn't mindful of them, because I didn't know any of the breeds until last winter. We probably will get more bantam BRs, and hopefully they will be as docile as Amy. My daughter carries her around quite a bit. I love her little plump shape, too. She's just a gem.
Re: Otis, he started crowing at 8 weeks, so we were pretty sure...from then on, it was a constant "cock-a-doodle-doo" watch. I am sure I asked for opinions on here, so you probably did speak up! I appreciate everyone's advice, experience, and wisdom. It has been a fun 9 mo or so from decision, clicking the order button, to our first eggs!
The egg I found tonight was underneath the temporary box I set out for them to try as a nest box. Oh, well. At least it was in the right vicinity (and not cracked)!
up till last year I was the same as far as the BR's go, but now I like them allot.
Im so excited I may pee my pants!!! I have paint and splash silkie eggs coming from an awesome breeder!!!! I can't wait for Monday!!!!!
Oh and just to add from my previous post, It wasn't so much I didn't know what chickens I have as I know them all individually and I would definitely notice if one came up missing, I just have so many I never sat and actually counted them LOL!
I hope you don't pee your pants... might get some what uncomfortable... Good hatching vibs coming your way