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Well all of our new babies have been vaccinated... My DH is just a wonderful partner! He always administers the shot part of it while I do the alcohol swabbing and pinching of the skin so he can do it.

I hadn't handled them before that other than snatching out of the bator to brooder. Except a couple handful for photo op! wink.png
To my surprise I came across 2 that has 5 toes and one I suspected because it hatched from a light brown egg and had muffs! Yep my good ol' girl Salmon Faverolles that is 5 now is still giving us fertile eggs!! Of course it's a cross because I have no roo but I love hatching her offspring.

Makes me happy!

I am getting a ton of eggs now too well have been for several weeks now and I still don't have my breeds separated! I got a few pens built and housed my bachelors in one to test them out. A few days now and they seem good but still trying to figure out the best way to create access for gathering. Hmmm

Took a pic of the dark eggs I'm getting. Now some are from crosses I have. They are so difficult to get good lighting so not to wash them out too bad. But here's the closest I could get.

Chickens:Black & Blue Copper Marans,CM,EF,RO,MFD,OE,AM(black,blue,cuckoo&lavender cuckoo),BLRW,Silkie(partridge,blue&black)Frizzled Cochin(black&awhite),Mille Fleur Cochin;Peafowl: IB,IBBS,IB Pied WE and White;Turkey:Royal Palm & MW;Muscovy:Blue Fawn,Chocolate (barred and Pied),Black Pied Blue Pied; 1 awesome dog,3 funny cats and 2 moody Lionhead Does

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Chickens:Black & Blue Copper Marans,CM,EF,RO,MFD,OE,AM(black,blue,cuckoo&lavender cuckoo),BLRW,Silkie(partridge,blue&black)Frizzled Cochin(black&awhite),Mille Fleur Cochin;Peafowl: IB,IBBS,IB Pied WE and White;Turkey:Royal Palm & MW;Muscovy:Blue Fawn,Chocolate (barred and Pied),Black Pied Blue Pied; 1 awesome dog,3 funny cats and 2 moody Lionhead Does

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post #39622 of 50258
Thanks kittydoc for the info. We had a scare of tnat the friday before easter. One of owr chickens died and we could'nt fig out why. She was the fattest heaviest bird we had a e-cropsy done. Turns out she was a meat bird and had a heat attack. Lol I felt dumb.
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Welcome!! Love this site and these peeps are like family! If you'd be interested we'd really like to meet you at Chickenfest this year, it's starting to look like will be a great time for all!!!
we are really thinking about going to chickenFest. It's really close to our fav water park and we'd like to take the kids. Just have to check on a few things first. Like if my hubby has to work and if we can bring the dog's or who will watch them. Thou, we are really going to try to make it.😆
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I'm posting again with only 3 days left to order I want to try and get the  information out as much as possible.  The smallest order that will print is 10 tank tops. 

 

Currently the order is one short from being printed. 
https://www.booster.com/inbyc2015tanktop

If the tank tops don't print all money is sent back to the order placers by the tank top company. 


On a different note, its about time to be working on a new design for items for the 2016 chicken fest.  I'd like to have at least 7 designs messaged to me by May 22nd.  That will give plenty of time for voting and such to pick out a favorite design. 
We are also looking for ideas to run 4 quarterly fund raisers for the 2016 Chicken fest.  So far the idea list includes a hoodie, a long sleeve shirt, and yet another t-shirt.

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Hi, i'm new to this too. I only live 20mins from you😆

Sorry, that was for the peep in Merrillville. Told ya i'm new to all of this. Lol

No worries! :welcome and our thread :frow Keep just jumping right in, we have a lot of great folks on here.

 

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9 new turkey poults are out and ruling the brooder box. 

:D love the poults, so adorable!

 

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Originally Posted by leslea View Post
 

Okay, my chicks arrived! Pretty easy to tell the buff silkies and the Salmon Favorelles, but anyone want to guess which kind of Marans I got?

Should be from this list:

Black Copper Marans (chocolate eggers)
White Marans (medium brown eggs)
Golden Cuckoo Marans (medium to dark brown eggs)
Blue Splash Marans (light brown eggs with dark speckles)
Blue Copper Marans (medium brown eggs)

They are center in this video:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153134129587492&set=vb.650017491&type=2&theater
 

EDITED TO ADD:

Front pics of the Marans chicks. I am uncertain re: the dark one, but feel like the light one is a Blue Splash.

 

 

Precious lil babies, congrats!

 

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Whenever you are ready, I'd be happy to teach you how to process.  I've taught quite a few people how to do it over the last few years.
I would love to learn as well! I grew up with my father doing the butchering, but not paying much attention! Now I need a good lesson!

We do process our own here, and do also go to @racinchickins for a big processing day also. Theres a handful of us that can help you learn ;)

 

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Ok I need some advice or a brainstorm session here today!
I'm really liking the idea of my meat birds. I'm also finding it hard to find them when I need to start another set of them in the brooder.
I would like to keep them in rotation through out the summer/fall. I'm running into problems with the feed stores having them avilable when I need them!!!
First question is. What mixes bred together produce the Corn/cross? I know it's kinda a misleading name but someone somewhere has to know the breeds that produce this great meat bird.
Another question is has anyone produced a fast growing bird similar to this standard breed? Not so much one single chick that hatched out to be a fast muscle building bird but hatched out multiple hatches of meat birds?
I would like to find info on producing my own meat birds to grow for myself!
Any help/advice please and thank you

@racinchickins has a very nice line of bresse, and the finished bird is pretty impressive for a heritage breed in the overall portions. After seeing his finished birds, i do intend to add them here!

Aside from that, I usually try to use Meyer for CX, have had excellent results with them in the meat birds. I have a nice group of 16 BBB turkey going now, at 2 weeks old. They have CX (cornish cross) almost year around so supply isn't an issue. I have bred a CX hen back to a heritage rooster and the chicks hatched. One girl is 2 years old now, and the CX hen is 3 in july. My point is, the offspring is quite large breasted also, just grows a bit slower than CX. I have NOT been able to produce poults from a BB variety turkey yet, but will continue to try!

 

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Love those sweet faces! Lovely hens.

 

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Speaking of CornX I put mine out in the tractor this afternoon. It's chilly and kinda crapy out but thought hey let's try it for a few hours. Anyone think they are too un feathered yet? I'm not real sure, they seem to be acting ok and loving the fresh grass! Hopefully they do all right. They are around 16/18 days old I think. Should I bring them in at night or will they adjust ok outside?


I'll keep an eye on them

The rain may affect them if you are getting it. They do looked somewhat feathered, but yes watch close.

 

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Some of the big kids out in the horse field.  I'd really prefer to see this instead of rain and hail that I'm getting right now, not to mention the serious flooding.

 

I get to do my first candling tonight!! :weeeThen it will be back to this: :caf & :fl.

Exciting to candle, I still get really happy to see those veins!

We got a hard storm and some damage tonight, will post pics later.

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post #39626 of 50258
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A question for GOAT PEOPLE

 

Can the chickens and the goats free range in the same area.... will the goats hurt the chickens or will they be okay together?

 

:caf

 

I have -0- problems with my goats around any poultry or waterfowl. The larger turkey toms make my oldest doe, Sugar a bit nervous when they are drumming. My Bo, the buck likes to play hide and seek with my guineas! He hides in the livestock trailer, and jumps out at them, scattering them everywhere :lau The guinea are back 5 minutes later, and they do it all over again its hilarious!

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9 new turkey poults are out and ruling the brooder box. 

They usually do! Generally, duckies will put them in their place though ;)

 

So far, my turkey poults have gotten along with everyone else really well, though one has a nippy fascination with feathers. I started putting molted feathers in with them, and it's pretty well stopped. Not sure, but it might be the one confirmedom that's been doing it. Will likely have to get leg bands to tell the two  bronze poults apart at this rate. One seems especially snuggly. I picked it up to put it back in the brooder, and it went right to sleep... It's still in my hand, snuggled up and sleeping like it was born to cuddle  :love

 

I have an adult hen thats a feather picker, she has always done it.. odd habit, they get plenty of protein.

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I never noticed Bacon doing this last year, but does anyone know about turkey poults opening their mouths really wide while being held and/or sleepy? All the bronze poults I've picked up this year have done this, and it's kind of distressing. It's like they're yawning, but I haven't noticed any particularly large breaths accompanying this gesture (more like they temporarily stop breathing, if anything). 

Yes, they really make a big thing over it, all my turkeys do! If they are content they do it more lol.

 

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More pics from the Easter HAL! I have some adorable little stinkers! wink.png



Love these kinds of butt shots! Haha!


Boys broke me and got some ducks for Easter! I've never been around ducks and Omy they are the sweetest little bugers!
Rouen


Khaki Campbell

:love adorable!

 

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Lookie lookie what I found this morning! big_smile.png It got stuck in a water pan overnight. Almost like it was serving itself up on a platter for the chickens! It's a blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale), I believe. Not the first one of these guys to be rescued from the hens, either!



It was so small! It was carefully relocated to a nice, moist, rotting log in the woods by the creek. I wish we had a good vernal pool that I could have put it near, but the creek's as close as we get to that in our woods.




Yay, nature! wee.gif

I get really excited when I find any, they are really rare anymore. Like you, I scoop them up and move them to a safe place. If I remember correctly, they were on the "of concern" list.

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post #39627 of 50258
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You don't have to use an incubator for the HAL... You should have asked, someone would have said...Yes..Set those Eggs!! wink.png

Broodys are the best. However mine had 6 babies with her and I've found 2 dead now! I don't know what's going on! 1 was just a week old but always seemed a little off. The other was just 2 days ago and 2 weeks old! I treated her for lice..etc while broody and moved her to a different pen once they hatched and I looked them over and I don't see anything wrong with them. When I find them they appear smooshed but I wasn't sure if they had just been there a bit and over a bit of time being walked on by the others??!!? Sad, only 4 of the Millie Fluer Cochins had hatched and now I'm down to 2! One is growing like a weed and the other is still so tiny but feathering out. Hoping a pair at least! Geez!! Ok enough of my whining! sad.png

I found Millies to be a little less hardy as chicks, but thats just been my experience from the few hatches I've done.

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I'm going to start raising chickens in my back yard and thought I should see what wisdom I could glean from experienced hoosier chicken people.

I thought I would try and raise an heirloom breed and all hens to get started. City ordinance limits the number of birds to 6 but I'm not sure how many would be good to start with.

 

Does anyone know of a breeder or supplier of heirloom chickens within an hour or so of Louisville, KY? (Sellersburg is only 10 minutes from Louisville.)

:welcome and our thread :frow

Our member/breeder list is here

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zqcpdsOAzQeuVVHn8z-MK57ml5LMd7-F167MOavaFl0/edit#gid=0

and is always at the bottom of my posts in the signature.

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post #39628 of 50258
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I don't have a specific breed I'm looking for. I'll have to find out what breeds are available and then choose. I do want to get started soon, though. The farm supply stores have chicks now but I don't want to rush into buying them.

 

Thanks for the link - I'll take a look to see if there is anyone close by.

Just ask for everyone's opinion on fav breeds & you'll get a ton of replys! LOL

 

For me, it's Orpingtons!  Sweet, docile, overly friendly, winter hardy, HUGE!  Beautiful variety of colors.  Only con is the food bill.  Other breeds may produce more eggs.

For overall dual purpose I 100% agree. Non aggressive roosters, friendly hens, and lots of choices in type and color.

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post #39629 of 50258
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Well all of our new babies have been vaccinated... My DH is just a wonderful partner! He always administers the shot part of it while I do the alcohol swabbing and pinching of the skin so he can do it.

I hadn't handled them before that other than snatching out of the bator to brooder. Except a couple handful for photo op! wink.png
To my surprise I came across 2 that has 5 toes and one I suspected because it hatched from a light brown egg and had muffs! Yep my good ol' girl Salmon Faverolles that is 5 now is still giving us fertile eggs!! Of course it's a cross because I have no roo but I love hatching her offspring.

Makes me happy!

I am getting a ton of eggs now too well have been for several weeks now and I still don't have my breeds separated! I got a few pens built and housed my bachelors in one to test them out. A few days now and they seem good but still trying to figure out the best way to create access for gathering. Hmmm

Took a pic of the dark eggs I'm getting. Now some are from crosses I have. They are so difficult to get good lighting so not to wash them out too bad. But here's the closest I could get.

Lovely dark colors! I want to add marans again, but I am going to wait until we have breed coops built. I let mine go when Moms health issues got worse.

 

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Welcome!! Love this site and these peeps are like family! If you'd be interested we'd really like to meet you at Chickenfest this year, it's starting to look like will be a great time for all!!!
we are really thinking about going to chickenFest. It's really close to our fav water park and we'd like to take the kids. Just have to check on a few things first. Like if my hubby has to work and if we can bring the dog's or who will watch them. Thou, we are really going to try to make it.😆

Its always a lot of fun! We extended the time this year since it seemed to go so fast. Each year, we move the fest to a different part of the state so everyone gets the chance to attend.

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post #39630 of 50258
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Welcome to any new thread members I may have missed! Been terribly busy the last few days and finding it hard to even fit in the computer.

Finally caught up and off to bed :th

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