From Rural West of Ireland - Antwerp Belgian Bantams or Barbu d'Anvers

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cuhullainn, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. cuhullainn

    cuhullainn Hatching

    Sep 13, 2011
    Just new on the bloc.
    Back in March, my son who is a farrier, brought me a rooster and 2 hens Barbu d'Anvers. (as one knows, farrier sometimes end up bartering their way as in "Would you shoe this horse for a few chickens.."!!!) So we built a coop, fenced a corner of the garden and our experience in chicken nurtured!!
    Well, the first think we learned was how to fence off a mean rooster ( That farmer had a good deal when he got rid of that rooster!!!) He has learned to stay away from me when I hold piece of water hose looped in my hand! (I tried water spray, but it rains too often in Ireland to work!).
    Once a day, we leave them have the run of the whole garden... they were a great help to get rid of the leather-backs (crane fly larvae) and we were getting1-2 eggs each day (small, cute and tasty!).
    Just over 3 weeks ago, one of the hen started to vanish every evening which meant only one think: "We have a brooder!!!". We mount guard and finally found her nest deep in the hedgerow. The 8 eggs and her ladyship(she was not happy!!!) were quickly transported into our glass greenhouse where I had prepare a makeshift nest with an overturned basket from our washroom and wood shavings for litter. The eggs were placed in the center. After the hen calmed down, she resumed "her position". I placed a 60 watt bulb in the greenhouse a couple feet above the "nest" and make sure she was fed and water... the wait had began... (By the way.. I am a grandfather but I was acting just like when my wife was about to give birth to our first child!!!!
    After 23 days ( from the time we made the change) the first "piiip" came out... When we saw the chicks I said:" He looks like Happy Feet!!!". Next day, we had number 2. then now, 3 days and 5 eggs still there....[​IMG] Maybe it is time for a decision!
    Well this is my introduction to chickens!!! ( We had horses, Irish wolfhounds, now chicks!) I am married (42 years!), My wife and I are parents and grand parents. Apart of Ireland, we have lived in Luxembourg, Belgium, USA (Alabama) and Italy...
    I have not figured out how to post pictures yet on here, so I will post "Happy Feet" on Facebook.
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle


    What a great descriptive introduction.

  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    candle the rest of the eggs before you throw them out...
  4. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!! Yep definetly candle the eggs before tossing are let her decided when she doesn't wanna sit on them anymore!!
  5. greymane

    greymane Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! You must be an awesome grandfather. So glad to have you with us!

  6. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]


  7. ceeceeholt

    ceeceeholt Songster

    Aug 17, 2011
    [​IMG] and have fun - From Alabama!!
  8. Springthing

    Springthing Chirping

    Aug 26, 2011
    SW Missouri
    Welcome to the BYC. Look forward to seeing pictures all the way from Ireland.
  9. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    I think there is a one week restriction on posting pictures

  10. [​IMG] [​IMG] from Washington State glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]

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