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Articles from Engteacher

Welcome to Engteacher's Backyard Flock Our first chicks came as day-olds from Duane Urch in Owatonna, MN in April 2010. We started with 21 Black Javas, 13 Australorps, 7 Cochins and 5 Welsummers. We then hatched three Welsummer chicks from hatching eggs we bought from Aussie Sharon. This completed our flock of heritage birds. For comparison, we purchased 26 Cornish Cross chicks from Murray McMurray and they were delivered May 10th. The heritage birds lived in our basement for a month, but...
Java Black Created by Engteacher Breed Information, Comments, and Experience with breed: Black Javas are quick to feather out. They are curious and quiet chicks who love to dig through the pine chip bedding and strew it all about. They love to try new treats like little bits of strawberry and lettuce leaf. Dandelions flowers and leaves are other favorites. Be sure they have had some grit before giving them foods other than the chick starter pellets. We only have one month of experience with...
This hen started laying in September, and by November she was bound determined to hatch out her own brood. On Thanksgiving day, we found her with this:
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