Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Thanks so much.

    I need to really work on the website. I have a few ideas but getting down to completing it will take a few straight hours.

    I have been sidetracked with an Android app for chicken math.................
     
  2. chicknfun

    chicknfun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oz, you're Quackin' me up!!!!!! [​IMG]
    (my new saying since my ducklings arrived!!)
    I need that app!!!
     
  3. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Finally caught up! Love the logo and shirts.

    Love the Silkie pics - I have one raising 3 Swedish Flower Chicks and another sitting on 5 eggs. I think I'm gonna have to get more Silkies! They work far better than my 'bators (with my limited 'bator skills) though I did just hatch 2 SFH and 1 Dark Cornish chicks.

    Really looking forward to some pictures of Bernie & Analou (sp?) with the chooks!
     
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    thanks.

    i will get bernie analou and dave to pose with the chickens asap!!

    as soon as some pullets start laying, i will move a local roo in with them and see if my local broodies can hatch some eggs for me.

    how old is a silkie typically when they start to go broodie?
     
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  5. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    i always listen to what you have to say.

    Some of offgridmama's eggs had silkie mixed with polish - the polish will probably mitigate the silkie broodiness though. I was planning to take some cochins but my test batch had 50% clears from a local supplier and i ended up with 6 from 18. pretty crappy numbers for local eggs. i was thinking of getting silkies from him originally. i do have quite a few orps coming over on the ride but they are slow to mature as well. the rest of my bunch have less than average broody qualities.

    i may take pigletts offer for some silkie extras
     
  7. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies take a while to mature - 23+ weeks... but... once they start to lay, they may lay for a month or two and then go broody. Average is 4 bouts of broodiness a year, though some will do more. You just have to watch that they are eating enough and not starving themselves just to be broody. My white Silkie needs to have the food in the nest box with her so she'll eat, but my black Silkie leaves the nest 2ce a day like clockwork to eat and relieve herself (thank goodness she doesn't do that in the nest as my white Silkie is prone to doing. [​IMG] )

    They make wonderful mothers and one never has to worry about the power going off in a storm or getting the proper humidity during lockdown!
     
  8. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my 2 silkie hens are both about 8 months old & only 1 has gone broody
    they also took a good long time to start laying, but now they do lay well for me

    i have a few more silkie youngsters that should start laying come May....i hope
    i got them last Sept & all i have done is put feed into them so far.

    just hatched out 2 more silkie babies & a pile of buff orpingtons
    also set a mix of 25 more eggs

    i'm going to see if my white leghorn roo is getting the job done
    if not he will head to camp!


    good luck
    piglett
     
  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    you are going to have a lot of chickens soon. you are doubling up every 21 days lol
     
  10. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: i just got a lemmon & a splash silkie from my roo George

    George looks to be a keeper, now i need to get my silkie pullets all laying

    then i can supply you in good shape OZ

    oh also i just set 3 english orpington eggs

    so we will see if my big blue boy camps or stays



    take care
    piggy
     

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