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  1. varanisblack

    Update on mysterious birds 8)

    Well the grand kids love them and we cant wait to see what they look like when they mature! "That is if the Cyotes, hawks or bobcats don't get them 1st
  2. varanisblack

    Update on mysterious birds 8)

    Well as some may know from this thread https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/714041/what-are-these-mysterious-birds-that-have-taken-up-residence-at-our-house/20#post_10543277 we had some unexpected visitors who took up residence here. Well we now have 16 total new birds from these guys. The 1st...
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    What are these mysterious birds that have taken up residence at our house??

    BABIES!!! Well ou of the remaining 4 eggs 1 was rotten, 1 died just after comeing out of the egg and we got two little chicks
  4. varanisblack

    The Sizzle Thread!

    We had sizes ranging from larger chickens like Orpingotns and Brahmas with our Sizles Silkies and bantoms, we even have 2 turkeys with then and have very few problems, you have to watch for any one getting bulled or being overly agressive to the others. We did find mixing small flocks in groups...
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    Marans Thread - breed discussion & pictures are welcome!

    I figured I would post them since it was mentioned about the whit ears in reference to Marys Marans :) I will have to look tomorrow to see the sprig mentioned I do believe what appears to be a sprig is actually a discoloration possibly caused by scrapping with another rooster before we set the...
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    Marans Thread - breed discussion & pictures are welcome!

    We hope to have some better quality with the blues and splashes but no one can tell until they mature how close to standard they will be. The ones in the next pen with the white ears are Marys White face Black Spanish the heritage breed she is also working with. Here is a better pic of those,
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    What are these mysterious birds that have taken up residence at our house??

    Bad news, we went back to check on her and 12 of the eggs were destroyed and we beleive only a week to go to hatch, We moved her into a cage with the 4 remaining eggs to keep them safe, On top of that the other hen disappeared and we tracked her to find her on 15 eggs. Not 10 feet from the...
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    Marans Thread - breed discussion & pictures are welcome!

    Marys trio of Black coppers and her blue and blue splash Marans chicks. #1 Big Daddy Elvis His girls "Davis line" who are now laying and the eggs are not quite the chocolatte brown high end of the egg scale but they blow Marys brown egg layers away!! Now for the chicks who have me...
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    The Sizzle Thread!

    Well unfortunately we are having a do over with Marys sizzle program. We lost our blue splash and white girls to a hawk and my blue splash roo had white on the feet so we replaced him with another young roo. As it sits Mary has 2 pairs. #1 with a black silkie roo and a blue splash sizzle hen...
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    White faced black Spanish enthusiasts, come hither!

    no problem, hope we can help each other out with these
  11. varanisblack

    White faced black Spanish enthusiasts, come hither!

    None of ours are from Lund or any large hatchery, Mary said she wants to see what sex our chicks turn out to be and since they said they have been male heavy she has no problem letting a couple go if you need them, she wants to get 2 or three unrelated groups going and would be interested in...
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    White faced black Spanish enthusiasts, come hither!

    We have 2 young breeding age roos I will ask my wife if she might be willing to trade one as we are looking for some unrelated stock " incase you get a roo out of your chicks to keep the inbreeding down" As i understand it inbreeding and mixing with the Minoceras and others have hurt their gene...
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    What are these mysterious birds that have taken up residence at our house??

    we have seen the white guinea twice and our four are big enough to be out on their own and are still here and happy not sure if he will show up again but the pied of ours is starting to nest so we may have more of them here some time in the future soon..
  14. varanisblack

    What are these mysterious birds that have taken up residence at our house??

    Will do with luck we can round them up some where safe from preditors.
  15. varanisblack

    Marans Thread - breed discussion & pictures are welcome!

    Question on Blue Splash Marans? Mary got 6 chicks 3 are white with the blue spots but 3 are a dark blue looking, is this normal? 1st time with the splash birds so we were just wondering about the coloration differences and also about sexing at a young age with them. A quick pic of the...
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    White faced black Spanish enthusiasts, come hither!

    We just got 6 LF WFBS chicks from the local feed store, We waited since last summer for these guys and they are not hatchery but from a local breeder. They would not give us the breeders information but they did say they were having roo heavy clutches and the reason for the wait is they were...
  17. varanisblack

    White Faced Black Spanish

    Here we are a while later and I thought an update was in order. all four are doing great and the hens are laying! Mary got 6 chicks last week from an unrelated flock she is raising to mix and make two flocks one will be with our original roos and the new hens and the other new roos and old hens...
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    What are these mysterious birds that have taken up residence at our house??

    Well we lost one to a hawk and one wandered off, we got a small roo given to us and he takes care of the remaining two hens. Over the past week we thought we lost a third but saw here come out to eat the other morning and followed her into the woods. We then discovered she was setting on16 eggs...
  19. varanisblack

    an Eggciting 2 days

    The majority of them are the laying hens and there is no roo in with them and the rest have been candled to see if there is any development The Marans have just Thursday been introduced to their roo. we keep all the hens in the laying pen until we feel they are ready to breed. only once have we...
  20. varanisblack

    an Eggciting 2 days

    OK Mary has an assortment of laying hens including, 2 Hampshire Reds, 1 Rhode Island Red, 1 Americanis, 1 Polish, 2 Turkens, 2 Brahmas and a sizzle, she has 1 Black Copper Marans roo, 2 Black Copper Marans hens she will be raising some up from, and 2 White Face Black Spanish roos with2 White...
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