My flock is safe from birds of prey August is particularly keen about watching the sky. He has taught my standard poodle to alert to Hawks. We have a safety patrol of Guineas that alert if August is a sleep in the shade on a hot day. He is up and in a full gallop with a booming bark instantly.
We have had chickens and dogs for 35 years. It took some training to teach the dogs not to chase chickens. I did have a chicken herding Papillon dog that rounded them up and put them in the coop each evening. No matter how good the watch dog we had we always had to lock the hens up in a secure...
I purchased 5 Jubilee Orpinton straight run chicks hatched in January and February. The two youngest have quite a bit more white than the other three. The others darkened up much younger.
I have no idea which are pullets or cockerels. When will the differences become more obvious?
I will join!
I will be hatching a few Light Brahma and mostly Easter Eggers or Olive Eggers.
I need to set mine just a couple days earlier because we are having a buy, sell, trade at the Chicken Festival the day before Easter and there have been requests for Easter Egger hens.
I chose not to keep the chicks from different sources separate and now regret it. I thought what if the J.O. That came from a private breeder have mites or something. I don't really know the signs of mites. So I decided to use a bit of Diatomacious Earth just in case. I pick up each chick and...
I picked up some Jubilee Orpington chicks 4 days ago. The ages range from a few days to about one month old. I think the big chicks feathers look rough. They kind of stick up and don't lay like the Wyandottes and Leghorns that are three weeks old.
I will be getting 10 Jubilee Orpington chicks in a couple weeks. I've very excited to have something less common. My hubby shakes his head at me because I always want something different. My breed of dogs, mule instead of a horse, Piedmontese rather than Black Angus. They all bring me joy so he...
Dylansmom,I hadn't thought about the hen knowing something we can't see. That's a valid point sometime we need to trust animal instinct.
Of course I prefer the mature male because he has a mature gorgeous train. I'm sure the youngster will get that with time.
Thanks for the replys everyone.
We have a mature peacock and hen we purchased as a pair and a young peacock that is getting some train feathers now. All three free range (until I get a pen built, tired of poop on all my patio furniture).
The hen obviously prefers the youngster and spends most of her time with him. I am...
Chicken Festival in Smith Center Kansas 1st annual Buy Sell Trade.
Looking for breeders/sellers of rabbits and poultry/fowl. $10 vendor fee.
Show prospects, production and pets.
There will be speakers on flock and herd health, egg candling demonstrations, door prizes and more.
A friend of mine introduced me to nail wraps. My nails are a mess with chickens and cows as a hobby. These are great, easy to do at home and last up 2 weeks.