It was a blue palm, similar to the royals but a bit different. the lines are poultry blue. To me poultry blue in the feathers looks gray and poultry blue eggs sure look green to me and my children. But my blue palm tom could turn his face a pretty baby blue. He would walk with me and yesterday he let me pet him much like a puppy would just so long as we were walking around at the same time.
@jchny2000 I don't know if I want to add to the order if it would move us to the end of the list and delay shipping. I'm thinking of putting in my own order for a few blue palms and the rest would be the 30% off assorted breeds.
I think I could cross a royal palm with my hens but I'm going to keep looking for another week.
My turkeys are not laying yet so I have time. Do you or Racin keep the royal palms?
I did, but I didn't care for the pair I had. I got both as adults. Very aggressive hen, and the tom both liked to bite at other birds. They wound up rehomed at a horse farm with no other poultry. They are very common, so I bet you can find a tom pretty easy.
I have a roo and 3 or 4 hens I am trying to rehome, getting away from bantam breeds aside from my OEGB and MGB. PM if interested, The hens are just too sweet and adorable, the roo is a handful at times, but only 12oz to a pound at most, these are very tiny birds. They were given to me last fall, and just don't fit our needs as a farm. 2 of the hens are the gorgeous light color, the others are traditional.
Had a great day with the children today. Took them to see the Indy Children's museum again. Mrs Lilly (from the early to mid 1900's) really understood a lot about children. The theater they named after her has live plays. These live plays retain the attention span of all of my high energy toddlers. My toddlers that can't get through any standard 30 programs do great for their live plays. The planetarium is wonderful too. And since my youngest is in kindergarten now, I took him to the Ruby Bridges area. Here my children again got to see a live play (a wonderful actress who plays the part of a teacher at the white school).
Still missing my tom and the 3 turkey hens looked lost this morning without him.
I love going to the childrens museum! There is always something new to see, and its so much fun with the little ones
Turkeys really grow on you, they are so much like a puppy. I bet the hens are very confused and sad. I have several emails out to "turkey friends" looking for a blue tom..
I'm not sure who has decided to lay but for the past three days I have gotten two eggs a day. My one silkie hen lays every day but the others stopped laying about a month ago. Then all of a sudden a brown egg showed up next to the white silkie egg. I wish I knew who is leaving me these presents. She deserves a big kiss.
LOL it boils down to individual birds. I found a stash of about 3 dozen eggs today, all different colors and sizes soooo they decided the old washing machine on the scrap pile had a cozy tub, full of leaves to hide eggs! Thats the only problem with free ranged hens... egg hunting! I saw 3 hens going to the pile of metal DH is saving to take in.. and sure enough, eggs. My piggies enjoyed a feast, no idea how old the eggs were.
None of my blue eggers are laying. My 2 adult EEs went into molt in Oct & are still taking a break. My Cream Crested Legbar pullets both started laying in early Sept but stopped when it got cold near the end of Oct. I didn't add supplemental light b/c I thought I'd get a few eggs from at least the pullets. My Orpingtons (hatched in April) still don't have bright red combs, so no eggs from them. Out of 13 chickens, I only have 3 laying. (OK 12 since one is a roo.) That's why I'm wondering if some breeds (like the blue & green layers, which is most of my flock) just stop producing in winter while other breeds (or mutts in my case) simply slow down to an egg every 2-3 days.
Is this normal? If so, what month do they return to laying?
If it's not normal, could some of my young pullets be going through a mild molt? ( like the ones who stared to lay in Sept then stopped.) Their combs are now pale but they're not bald & prickly like when my hens molted.. I don't see mites. Is there some symptom I should be on the look-out for or a winter vitamin I should add? They have multiple feeders. I have layer feed in some & feather fixer in others. Grit & oyster shell are also available. Kitchen veggie scraps (1-3 cups daily) & scratch grains (1/4 - 1 cup) daily. These things are just thrown around. They get a little grass time (20 min to 4 hours per day) but it's been severely limited due to a Coopers hawk.
Its normal, don't worry you are taking great care of them. Naturally kept chickens slow or stop laying when daylight drops to like 9 hours or less. My EEs have always been seasonal, along with some of the more unusual breeds like the legbar and marans. I have considered using light, but always decide against it. My girls are good hens, produce well most of the year, and socialize with us without fear. My birds are my "pets" for the most part, I don't mind them taking a break. Now if they aren't producing in the spring and summer, I get concerned... Most of my hens will stop laying late november and resume in late february.