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By Lyz, Jan 11, 2012 | |
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    [FONT=comic sans ms,sand][​IMG]The story of how our farm started out and ended up turning into a[/FONT]
    LITTLE CHICKEN FARM!
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    Hi! My name is Lyz...I am happily married to Dale...my dear hubby of 12 years...
    we have 3 wonderful children...a Black Lab named Kelsey, a female Beagle named Queen Lady,
    a 9 month old Beagle pup named Theo....and one very loving PaPa...
    Papa decided to give a chicken to our oldest daughter 3 years ago...he put her in our

    !treeline in a dog kennel with 6 eggs under her....and so the farm began

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    "Mama Hen"
    Then we bought the farm across the road from his house...it has a Little Red Barn (Chicken Motel),
    and shortly after moving in across from him...we started our chicken collecting...
    we inherited 1 EE rooster...and two EE hens...

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    ......and so...the story continues....
    PaPa decided to set an incubator with half a dozen eggs in it for him & Lauralyn...

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    "Twinkle....the chick that Lauralyn hatched with PaPa..."

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    "Meet Donald and Daisy....they were calling our names at TSC...so they became our farms first ducks..."
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    At this point in time...spring has fallen upon us...and so has Chick Fever....so.......
    we then designed our own egg turners and started to collect PaPa's eggs....no breakfast for him for a week...
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    [FONT=comic sans ms,sand]These are the homemade egg turners we made...it was too expensive to buy one..let alone two...

    I took a trip to the local TSC...but could not shell out that kind of money...so I stood there...looking at these things...
    wondering...hmmmm....why couldn't we make something that would work just as well.............
    so we took the plastic easter eggs you can buy...or recycle...and split them in half...then we drilled a hole in each half
    at the point....then we screwed them onto dowel rods that were cut just short enough to fit inside the incubators...
    we then took plumbing hangers and attached the dowel rods to a piece of 1 X 2... just snug enough
    that they could still turn...but not too loose so that the eggs would tip freely.....
    we made one for large eggs...and another for bantam eggs...since Lauralyn's chickens started going lay crazy...


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    Our first time candeling the eggs at day 7 we saw veins and could see movement....HORRAY!
    Then the wait was on...we had over 80 eggs in two incubators...part for us...part for PaPa....still waiting....
    then came HATCH DAY May 15, 2009....MY BIRTHDAY OF ALL DAYS....what a wonderful gift...the gift of life....


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    The first two babies to be born.... the one on the right is an EE bantam....
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    Here are a few pics of the May 15, 2009 hatch chicks......
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    This is a great comparison picture of an EE Bantam chick versus an Aurcana cross chick....
    This hatch we ended up with 67 or 68 baby fuzzy butts...HORRAY!!!


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    With this many chicks...I kinda thought we would need a bigger "brooder box" than the Rubbermaid Tote we were using...
    so...........construction began....and this is what I ended up with.....

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    We covered the top with chicken wire...and can attatch the top to the incubator to it for a heat source...
    And made the one half so that it flips up....for the convenience to clean it out....


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    Well spring has turned to summer....and summer is moving quickly...so I decided that since our little
    fuzzy butts were no more...they are almost 3 months old...and growing quickly...

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    I decided to set another "bator"....the last one for the year...due to the weather changing soon...
    [​IMG]This bator was set on July 4, 2009....they hatched on July 25, 2009.....and we ended up with[​IMG]
    21 new fuzzy butts....decided to go small this time....didn't want to over do it...ha ha ha...


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    The first chicks of the July 25th Hatch....oh they are here....the waiting is always so horrible....

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    This is a picture of about half of the hatch....aren't they so cute....and so many....we are now at a count of
    hmmmmm........lets see....2 + 5 + 18 + 21 = a whole bunch of chickens....he he he....I have gone chicken crazy!!!


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    "Updated pics of Donald and Daisy and the 4 RSL from TSC"
    [​IMG] Our little farm has begun to thrive...before long we will have to add on to the chicken pens....but I dont have a problem with that!​

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    Thanks for visiting my BYC Page...stop back by soon....may be some updates....Lyz
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