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Original design for a color class. Free motion quilting with satin stitch edging. Available for sale $150 This is one of first few quilts I experimented with Free Motion quilting. Its from Louis Smith's Strips & Curves book. Also one of my first quilts with a wavy border. Picking the fabrics is the BEST! It is shades of purple and golds. I found some glow-in-the-dark star fabrics and fun outer space fabrics. Plus a little applique. I made this for my stepson as he was interested in...
I'd love to find a buff/splash silkie--with a creamy buff base & dark flecks of gray & caramel. Please contact me if you may have a hen/roo available--willing to trade or purchase. --Our small flock has included various breeds from Polish, Ameracauna, cochin, Mille Fleur D'unccle, BLR Wyandotte, silkies, Marans, Barnevelder. My favs are the cochin & silkies--the other breeds are just for layer hens. My husband, son and I keep a very small flock of project mille fleur cochins and...
Hatching Instructions--Colorado For Hovabator 1588 Forced air Foam incubators My first attempts to incubate were sad but hopefully this will help other poultry enthusiasts. Now I've set several hundred eggs both shipped and those from my own birds. A great many things negatively affect a hatch. Here’s some tips from my experience: Hatching your own birds eggs will give better results than shipped eggs. ü I Store eggs in a cool room, shipping eggs less than 7 days old. After 7...
Other pics at Photobucket link--http://s651.photobucket.com/albums/uu231/prairielover 2 October 11, 2011 Hatch Cockerels. One is pure mille fleur and the other is a split to mottled. Each have yellow legs. The split's mother was a nicely shaped MFC hen, named Kiko. The pure mille cockerel is out of my Tate roo and is either a son or grandson of Kiko (Kiko & her 2 daughters, Ember & Rusti penned together) You can see the parent birds on my 2011 cochin page. I'd ask $5 each, can work...
Cookie 06/25/10 YAAAAAYYYY! 7 more hatched...some buff.... lavendar and one blue w/ buff head 11/28/2010 Misou & Cookie who will be shown at the Natl Western Stock Show in Denver Jan 2010 I am so psyched to try the buff/splash/lav silkies again this spring! Even the partridge hen matched to the lav roo may give some unusual babies since lav is a diluter. 1/1/2011 Happy New Year! Before if finally snowed the silkies were in the yard enjoying December temps in the...
My MFCs have their origin in several places. My first roo, Champ, and 2 hens Lilo & Kiko came from Wingshadow Hacienda stock. Then I introduced well shaped birds--MFC, black mottled & buff columbian--from several other breeders until we have are own Shy's Creations The mille fleur color in bantam cochins is not yet a standardized color. They are a project in the making. When looking at "project" birds be aware they may not have the characteristics of other cochins ex. feet color, beak...
My 2011 plan is based upon one well shaped hen, Kiko. Here she is @ 2 yrs old. Brushing up on genetics info... my belief is that I need to narrow the gene pool of my flock in order to accomplish several of my goals for mille fleur cochin breeding: better body type consistent leg color consistent chick down color (leading to consistent adult plumage) Prior breeding has involved birds from various sources. Purchases or chicks from shipped eggs gave me a base to start in this color...
We are a hobby breeder of bantam cochins in black & blue mottled and mille fleur cochins. We also raise silkies in varieties splash, buff, porcelain & blue.
Below is simply from my experience. Hopefully, it helps those new to poultry. Coop/run—Birds need access to fresh air and shelter. Crowded birds are stressed and susceptible to disease & injury from one another. Make the coop/run tall enough that you don't crouch to clean. A sore back will not be incentive to clean coop! Predator control--housing should be predator proof. Chickens are on the menu of MANY animals. Prepare to deter hawks, neighborhood dogs/cats, owls, coyotes, fox, skunk,...
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