Articles from vanalpaca

Hi all! Still looking for a farm home to rent in Ohio along I-75 halfway between Napoleon and Cincinnati would put me around Lima/Findlay area or WEST Central Ohio. My house is available for sale in Clyde, OH 43410 (anyone want a plain victorian, 3750 sq, on 1 acre in town w/NO CHICKENS?) I'm in the learning phase and exploring breed options and egg colors. Please feel free to write me and advise on exhibition quality lines/stock/breeds. Interested in: Darker colors and laced varieties. Who...
Today I picked up 4 hens about 1/2 hour away. They are 1-2 years old and all laying and 1 is really clucky broody. Picked them up "at the end of the drive' as she does biosecurity. Now that is just plain disappointing you can't go visit! But its ok. There are 2 Light Sussex hens from good lines, 1 Double-laced Barnevelder hen, and 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte. The Light Sussex are 1 year-olds, and in their first laying. The Gold Laced and Barnevelder are 2 year olds. So they are all settled into...
I received two shipments of Welsummer Eggs today, one from Tennessee and one from Alabama. There are 5 REALLY DARK eggs in the Alabama shipment and all of the rest of the eggs in both shipments are a medium brown. Most of the eggs were very large, a few were more like a medium sized egg and a few were a bit more longer. Overall, it was a nice looking bunch of eggs and I am well pleased that even with the different packing methods only one egg from each shipment were cracked AND both...
[URL]https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2-Personal_Pages[/URL] If you can't get pictures to upload on your byc page, then go through the how to edit instructions found at the top left when you create a new page. So go ahead and hit create a new page. Then you can access the Edit Instructions. It has a neat tutorial that will walk you through and includes how to paste photos onto your BYC page! It took me half an hour to find this darn thing this morning and I had already used it once....
Totally got hit with CHICKEN MATH! I just don't know how this happened. The 18 TSC chicks are half grown now at 6-7 weeks old and time to move outside. The 4 hens are in the pit greenhouse and REALLY want to be foraging outdoors, but they are doing well in their 8x8 room and laying up more eggs than 1 person can eat every day. So like when the egg carton is full in the fridge and I gather eggs that day I HAVE TO EAT the oldest eggs to make room! I'd say this family only eats eggs NOW AND...
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