We had coq au vin compliments of our unpredictable roo last Friday. I found a great online crock pot recipe and we cooked him nearly 12 hours. He was delicious and we felt avenged. I have two potential replacements for him.
We did chicken musical chairs and put his former hens back in the layer flock, cleaned that pen and put four English Orp chicks in there, blue and chocolate cuckoo cockerels and black and chocolate pullets, plus our Orpacauna olive egger pullet Olivia. Oly is black with a weird comb, but the slender agility of her red wheaten mother Sam. She escaped from a locked pen then flipped out when she couldn't get back to her chocolate buddies. The older blue and black chicks have shown the new 3 the ropes. Then we cleaned the garage brooder and moved the bedroom babies into more spacious digs in the garage. Now to clean all the incubating and early brooding equipment away!
The Bieles were quiet and panting hard yesterday. I'll ice their water today. They are about 3.5 months old but are big. Not heavy, but long and tall, and have had mature plumage a long time. I almost forget how young they are. Most of the girls are much bigger than Sam, our Ameracauna.
Our AC took a dump on us, so we are hot too. Darned system is only 3 years old. Do not use Mr. Quik for anything, folks.
I am glad that your unpredictable roo was at least tasty, I wish I could bring myslef to eat a few I have had.
We lost our ac Monday, it's old, DH is working on it today!! I'm tired of melting. I feel dirty even after a bath, its not 5 min. and I'm all sweaty again
We also have been playing chicken musical chairs with birds coming out of isolation and Juvies getting their own place or joining their new flock mates. I love seeing them make it too this point, especially after loosing so many this year.
Sorry about your chicks! I'm struggling here too. I've lost 4 in the last 2 days, it's been awful! I had to put one of my roos I was raising for meat out if his misery tonight too. Looks like his crop got impacted on some long grass.
And I still have a rat in my coop! No losses but I found a pile of fresh turds tonight.
Sorry about your chicks, It is tough loosing them I just hope I don't lose anymore.
Hope you get rid of your RAT soon, I hate those things.
Thank you chick rookie and daskhan. I suppose the county extension office would be the place to ask about if I need to register my property as a farm huh? They have on their website that there is no minimum acreage to register, but what you want to bet I get some looks if I try to register 1/2 acre? Hehehe.
Chick rookie, Im sorry you lost so many chicks! I lost 11 myself about a month ago. Turned out the whole batch had cocci from the place I got them from. I managed to save 12 thankfully. That didnt stop me from feeling bad over the 11 little babies I couldnt save. Its rough .
NP I think that might put a few confused looks your way... lol but hey I don't think it matters how big a farm is. If its ran as a farm its a farm.
I don't know if the new chicks I brought in was carrying Cocci or it was just from all this rain giving it a foot hold. I don't think ANY of my coops haven't been in water at some point this year. I have 4 houses that we tore down and burnt do to rot and mold starting. now my place looks like Tent City... got to have shelter till the new houses are built.
Now its time to get off the depressing stuff and on to the happy stuff:
I moved Blackbeard ( new EE Roo from @Indyshent ) in with his new ladies yesterday, it went well I think. How could it not? He is such a handsome fella.
House to be built yet thanks to mold and the rain. But they act happy for now I think I did good for a tent coop...lol
P.Rock and his new girls ( 7 W R's ) don't even have a tent yet, ran out of frames, so they are in the back yard in MY Gazebo
His women didn't take to him as fast as Blackbeard's did. They are still standoffish but I'm sure he will win them over soon.
Summer and Kellogg Don't like their picture taken but I did manage to get a non-blurry pic of summer.
and the youngins:
wow guess I forgot to downsize that one sorry... lol
My biggins, that are the same age as the youngins:
Waddles the roo and Chubs the hen, Chubs is camera shy.
My foster mom and her foster kid:
Another tent... lol
And last but not least, The Kids:
yep they have a tent too.... Roadie ( @jchny2000 ) in the back, such a sweet little doe.
This is Deark he always goes off on his own. Bubb ( LaMacha billy was hiding behind the bi goats and I couldn't get a pic of him, but he is still here.
Now to give ya an ideal of what tent city looks like....
My backyard Gazebo turned brooder house turned chicken coop
Next to the house, Littles and momma hen with foster chick and on the far end Waddles and Chubs
EE's and Kids
Thats all folks...
Have a great day