we started out with 10 1 day old chicks (5 RSL and 5 tetra links)
our dog (coonhound) got hungry one day and knocked the box over resulting in one of the chicks getting a hurt leg we had to put her in isolation
eventually she got better and moved back in with the others.
they grew out of the box and the bathtub and moved outside
in the coop,
they stayed in the coop for 2 weeks, they were allowed in the run afterward
time passed and we found our first eggs in the nesting box
one of our tetra links
time passed and our friends offered to trade some geese for some chicks
we had no rooster so we searched craigslist for a rooster and we came across
Dennis or as he is known on here, herbert
as soon as he was integrated he took place as second in command underneath UBH
(you'd better be a hen)
we let one of our hens brood her name is redneck (for obvious reasons)
after 24 days she hatched 3 chicks
after 2 more days 2 more hatched
we also bought 3 chicks from TSC but i can't find pics of them
well time passed and redneck weened them,
they grew older and scratch (the blue one) layed her first egg
Dennis shortly afterward overthrew UBH to be top and he decided he would try to kill her
so she's in isolation from Dennis like she's been for 6 months while we try to find a home for her,
redneck went broody again and hatched 9 more chicks
we sold our friend 4 chicks which turned out to all be roosters
after that we lost 2 hens who were egg bound
we got some hatching eggs from our friend, no luck
we also butchered a young surprise roo
i said he was young not small
redneck then weened her chicks and brooded again
hatching 3 of 10 chicks
our friends who offered the geese to us hit a snag with hatching the eggs,
they ordered 2 pairs of breeding brown Chinese geese so they could trade the goslings
for chicks....... well they ended up with 3 boys and1 girl which is bad so he gave us a guy to eat on thanksgiving
his name is Samuel
that blur with a black dot on it's back is a chick, they like him
(personally i don't blame them)
when it got dark i had to wrangle him up in the coop and i even recorded it so i could load it to here (it's the funniest video ever) but i can't figure out how to add them
we butchered a rooster and Samuel on oct 27 2013
also we had some friends over to help butcher
we had a chick disappear,
we have suspicions but no luck with finding it
a few months later our neighbor gave the roosters we sold to her back in exchange for a dozen eggs a month,
lets just say we ate good the next few days ( 6 roosters 5 lbs each)
but we saved Luna and KFC, Luna for a breeding project,
and KFC is my favorite so we had to keep him!
a couple random pics.
KFC maintains fertility of Scratches eggs.
I had to separate KFC from the main flock because UBH (who has been separated from the flock for a year!)
got out, Dennis (KFC's father) attacked her when Dennis climbed on her back, pecking her comb eyes and waddles while she was screaming KFC cleared a 12 foot fence and attacked Dennis.
Dennis is still top bird and KFC is still second but now Dennis hates him as much as UBH.
That black stuff on his comb is a scab from Dennis fighting back.
later, we bought 5 chicks and 2 ducklings, shortly afterward a duckling died.
2 light brahma
1 pekin duckling
later we bought 6 more chicks, and 2 more ducklings. I'll post their pics in a little while.
we butchered Luna, Ember and Snowflake
March-12-2014: The flock gets divided.
The main flock (Dennis's half) stayed in the run while KFC and his two girls ranged.
after a while, I noticed two white hens and a balck hen got out.
When I put them back in with Dennis he chased them until they flew out again.
So... KFC now has 5 girls.... and 11 chicks..... and 3 ducks..... XD
Redneck went broody (again) in a stroller.
A few days later, we had a RSL brood
After about three weeks, Redneck hatched eleven chicks!
Then the RSL hatched three.
A few days later, one of the chicks was standing away from the others. When we picked her up, we realized her intestines were dragging on the ground.
We tried sewing her butt shut, but to no prevail. ;.;
She died the following night.
We also found two other chicks had downed on the bottom of the duck pond.
(Both were Rednecks)
Later, one of the RSL's chicks was found; beheaded with it's intestines strewn on the ground.
A few days later, we culled Dennis.
We then bought 16 Cherry Eggers from CackleHatchery
The chicks from Cacklehatchery grew up, along with the sets of chicks from both mothers.
Then tragedy struck, and cocciodosis took out two of Rednecks chicks, and killed six of the Cherry Eggers.
We separated the Red pullets from everyone so they wouldn't get anyone else from the main flock sick.
A few days later, one of the RSL's chicks drowned, leaving her with one lonely chick. ;.; (Who turned out to be a pullet! BTW :3)
The Red pullets eventually got better, and we sold five of them, along with Aztec (A young roo from Rednecks hatch) To some friends down the street.
That same day, two chicks mysteriously disappeared.
So I set the trap out that night and caught this little bugger.
Then we sold the two red pullets and cockerel, along with a white pullet (All EE's) and a Brahma hen.
Afterwards, we traded the remaining pullets (5) for another goose,
If you want to see them and their new flock, click this link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/g/a/6825865/the-pullets-new-flock-3
Sadly he has a broken wing. (It is Not angel wing, he was grabbed by his previous owners son by the wing as a gosling, and it got broken. :/)
Which left us with only two cockerels from Rednecks hatch.
We got to add a new EE RSL hen a few weeks later! :3
A few weeks later, Daisy got really sick and died. ;.;
The exact same day, Barney swallowed a fishing hook.
So I had to cull him.
A few weeks later we added four Blue Swedish Mallard crossbreeds!
The day before thanksgiving, we butchered Gerald, Partch and Falipo.
They tasted delicious, thanks for asking :3
That's all for now!
Come back soon for more updates. :3