Had to get on to post today--my little call duck, Trudi, finally laid her first egg overnight! And, no surprise with how active those two are, it was fertile!
So duck people, since I'm a total novice when it comes down to it. Do ducks need oyster shell as well? I ask because Trudi's egg was soft and one of them had stepped on it and punctured it by the time I got down to them. I wasn't sure if this was a normal first egg type of 'hiccup' or an indication that she needs more calcium. As much research as I did before bringing these two home, I don't remember anything about using oyster shell with ducks, so...
Agreed! My oldest scovy hen, Huey will come into the garage and dabble the bag, lol! She is a real pet, and doesn't mind reminding me "HEY" Hey mom, time for me to start laying! It could be a first egg hiccup too, but your lil girl will need the calcium. I have a flurry of nesting going on, so all of my species are about to start laying, YAY!
Chicken Fest Tank Tops
As requested, this time there are color options. The price is the same for each color. We need at least 10 ordered in any color combination for the tanks to print.
There were not 10 votes for either the hoodie or the long sleeve shirt. The tank top fits with warm weather on the way. It was a choice made by a few but I think a good one.
Now for the fun part. The Design contest is open. I would like to see a few of our designers come up with some great designs for the 2016 fund raising items. The design needs to be limited to ONE color. The deadline to enter a design is May 31st this year. Voting will be in June. PLEASE Please do not post your designs but instead message them to me and I can post them all at once. The winner will be announced at the 2015 Chicken Fest.
eagerly awaiting to see this!
I'd go ahead and offer it, but in my experience, it's probably a hiccup. We have one duck who occasionally laid soft-shelled eggs when she was first getting going. I haven't seen any for months though. Same thing happened with one of our hens. Had a few and then no more. Never a b ad idea to give oyster shell though because duck eggs are particularly tough shelled normally, and that has to be a drain on their calcium reserves if they don't receive some kind of supplementation.
On a completely different note, anybody know what the difference between a partridge Cochin chick and a dark Brahma? So far, I've seen pictures that look very similar to my new babies or both of these types and just wasn't sure if there was some way to tell. The Jersey Giant is feathering out a little faster than the feather-footies (really hoping all those footies aren't boys ). Might just be a Brahma thing. Still no clue what the little red chick with the red beak is. It's also feathering slow, so I'm guessing boy.
If you can get a few pictures to post, it may help you figure out who is who. BTW Bacon is doing awesome, but really needs to finish molt, he looks ragged poor baby.. Giving him a lil chick feed every day to help with his feathers.. His neck feathers are just starting to drop, odd time of year to be moulting.
So I finally dove into incubation season! I started with eggs from a customer to hatch them for her. So far she has given me 25 Sebastopol goose eggs over the course of the last month. The first two hatched Sunday, and they were adorable!! Just put 3 from the second batch into the hatcher. Should hatch in 3-6 days. Then it was time for my eggs. I now have 17 turkey eggs (mostly midget white), 12 Bresse, 3 Mottled Java, 1 Cream Legbar, two Legbar/BCM olive eggers, and two project eggs in the incubator. I can see life getting very busy very soon!
@ellymayRans - I was out in the garden today. Looks like almost all of the strawberries I got from you overwintered. Looking forward to lots of yummy berries this year!
Yay! I bet the sebastapol were toooo precious, I adore goslings Wow, hope my turkeys kick in soon, both toms are really busy!
I like your idea of the Legbar/BCM olive egger, will be an attractive bird for sure.