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That's most exciting.

Also I just realized that I am an idiot. Like it literally just hit me as I'm sitting here at work. I don't have an area to move Kate, the F1 Blue Silver-laced pullet where she can lay her eggs and I know without a doubt they are hers. She's currently in the BBS pen because she was hatched with BBS babies and grew up with them and I find it's hard on them when they are the only new bird getting introduced to a new pen. The BBS pen is the only pen of Orpingtons laying. The Whites aren't. The Silver-laced haven't since October. The Chocolates laid a couple of pullet eggs around Thanksgiving and then quit. Do you see where I'm going with this...

I could have moved Kate into the Silver-laced pen months ago and been hatching her eggs since she'd be the only bird laying in that pen!


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I am most annoyed that I could have two dozen birds on the ground by now. *deep sigh* I'll be moving birds this weekend.

My friends are also bringing over their Bobcat so I can move some dirt/level the area where the geese will be going and hopefully those pens will be completed this weekend.
WAKE UP! Move that round girlfriend so you can collect eggs!
 

ColtHandorf

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WAKE UP! Move that round girlfriend so you can collect eggs!

I know! lol I'm going to move birds tomorrow. I've already decided. Of course the heifer will probably stop laying when I move her. :rolleyes:

Sir David Attenborough is the best. :bow

He really is. You know Richard Attenborough (John Hammond) is his brother?
 
I know! lol I'm going to move birds tomorrow. I've already decided. Of course the heifer will probably stop laying when I move her. :rolleyes:



He really is. You know Richard Attenborough (John Hammond) is his brother?
I didn’t know that. Now that I do I can see the resemblance. Thank you for that tad bit of knowledge. Congratulations on your lovely birds and good luck in your future endeavors.
 

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Well I built two goose pens on Sunday. I have the Khaki Campbells and Grey Saddleback Pomeranians together. The American Buff and the Muscovy are in the other pen. I still need to build them a shelter. I’m thinking something like a loafing shed only smaller. I’ll elevate the floors with pallets to be sure their nests don’t flood in the spring and make it large enough their feed stays dry. For now they have feed bowls and a very open concept for living. Lol The pens are 20 x 30, so hopefully that’s large enough that come spring they’ll have some grass in there. I’ll have to alternate evenings out until breeding season is over for sure, but at least in separate pens we’ll get pure babies.

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I also moved Kate and Ruby, the two F1 Blue Silver-laced into the Silver-laced breeding pen, and the young Blue pullet into the BBS pen. The Orpingtons felt like posing for some photos

Silver-laced Orpingtons:

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Kate and Ruby (F1 Blue Silver-laced):

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Blue, Black, Splash (and Mauve) breeding pen:

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Recessive White Orpingtons and Bourbon Red turkeys:

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I also moved all of the birds that are not Chocolate Orpingtons out of that breeding pen and into the original chicken run, formerly home to the geese. Leopold, the Lavender Silver-laced cockerel, and Jamie, the Porcelain Silkie, can share the girls there until he’s old enough to be used to make some Silver-laced split Lavender Silver-laced crosses. If the rain cooperates, I can get some pictures of the Chocolates and them.

**Edited to fix all the autocorrect errors my phone threw in. Lol 😂
 
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