Articles from sheilawagner

Here is the page dedicated to our building of the Blue Cube Chicken Coop. We haven't thought of a final name yet, so we're just giving it a literal one for now. Here is the final product. After several weeks of research, comparing prices and ideas, reading chicken books, reading the BYC forum, planning and designing, we came up with the simple shed design, an 8 x 8 x 8 shed, with a real shingled roof on top, with 3 sides made up of nice windows which we recycled. We did our best to combine...
It is the most endearing thing, when I see my Airedale Rummy giving love to his Blue Cochin Bantam. He loves all his chicks, but this one is special. I make sure we spend some time everyday handling the chicks together. I wanted to train the chicks to associate the big furry face and big black nose with food, safety, comfort and warmth. His chick rests on his head while he relaxes. Now that they've grown accustomed to one another, the rest is much easier. The greatest progress came the...
We recently ordered some chicks, 7 Bantam Cochins, and 10 Polish chicks. Here are some of their photographs. I never knew I could love chickens so much. It hit me some months ago, when I was out digging for earthworms together with my adult chickens, that I was wiling to go to new lengths for them, that I was really loving them. I was born a city girl, who hated/ and still hates worms, bugs, creepy crawlies, reptiles, insects, and I still squirm when I see snakes, lizards, and spiders. I...
Hello there, welcome to my BYC page. I joined BYC because I wanted to learn from everyone, I realized it is really nice to belong to a group with common loves (i.e. our chickens), and everyone has so many stories, photos, experience, knowledge, advice, and so much more, and I knew I had to be part of this community. Thank you everyone. I also decided to create my BYC Page, because I am so fond of taking great photos of my dogs (2 Airedale terriers) and of my chickens. Photography is my...
This page is dedicated to all my Cochins, and focusses on several of the ones which are precious to us, simply because their personalities stand out. Smokey is my favorite cockerel. Here are more photos of him. Flapping his wings Smokey is a Blue Cochin bantam. In these photos, he was about 3-4 months in age. He was not the first to start crowing, but he is the most self-assured mellow cockerel. This may also be the reasons why he is the top cockerel now and all the hens love him. All...
We bought an incubator and 2 batches of eggs. 1 batch of silkie eggs, we put into the incubator and 1 batch of Cochin eggs, we put under our resident broody. She had been broody for a month before we had any eggs, so we figured, we might as well let her hatch some and see how things so. Today, they all hatched at the same time, since last night, when we heard chirping sounds coming from the incubator and under the broody. As it turns out, 4 silkies out of 16 hatched in the incubator today,...
Not to neglect our adults, here is their page. While we were assembling their future coop, they came curious and interested to investigate what we were doing. They were bold and unafraid of the nail guns, wood cutting, loud bangs and clangs of work. My neighbor bought me these chickens because her lab had eaten a few of my former chickens. Now our fence is predator proofed, and the chickens are thriving happily. They were certainly confident enough to inspect our workmanship on their...
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