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. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine is 2' tall 2' deep & a little over 4' long
    the lid doesn't fit like you would think it would
    there is a 1" air gap , there is also a small gap on the ends up near the top
    i may add some ajustable vents once warm weather arrives
    it will hold 50 little ones with no trouble
    once they are about 4 weeks old i'll transfer them to the almost empty woodshed
    i'll keep em penned up there till i sell off the pullets & put the little roos in my soon to be built
    meatie roo tractor, we are going to fill up the freezer with all the extra boys once we fatten em on up [​IMG]
     
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    With the 36 we hatched and 12 local chicks so far, Bernie has about 3 months of pretty good chicken meals for his family from the 20+ roos,
     
  3. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'll bring the garlic & onions :))))))
    we have chicken twice a week & never buy any from the store
    keep your fingers crossed OZ
    i set 4 BBS orp eggs in the bator
    i'll check em on the 23rd which is day 10
    i sure hope Blue is getting the "work" done with his girls now after the "trim"
    there are also 7 silkie eggs in there, my free silkie roo George is a real ladies roo [​IMG]


    well it's midnight so i better hit the rack boys & girls
    catch ya later


    piglett
     
  4. Rockashelle

    Rockashelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's great!!! I'd love to see pictures of them they get older.
     
  5. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Dont worry - you will see lots of pics

    I have to admit Dorkings were a surprise to my collection. I had not considered them until SoCal Dorkings contacted me. It took 10 mins of research to turn them into a must have.

    They fit into my description of the ideal flock perfectly.

    They are heritage style dual purpose birds

    They are distinct with their 5 toes and thus distinguishable to a novice

    They are also the only birds I will have so far with large white eggs.
     
  6. Rockashelle

    Rockashelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will LOVE them. They are personality plus... VERY primal. Excellent mamas, great foragers, mousers, and very social. I have colored dorkings. Great job SoCal! I think the only reason you may not like them is... beating them to the hatching eggs. Lol!
     
  7. LFchixranch

    LFchixranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is what I was referring to as for the looks of the Dark Cornish I am hoping to go for
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    I have hatchery stock so it will be a challange
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    Some hens have the double lacing, others not so much. None have the pearl colored eyes that I hear the the standard requires.
     
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    those drawings look more like the true game fowl origins. you have a cute hen but a long way to go.


    i love you pallet collection. thats going to make some great buildings
     
  9. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So interesting! Even the SQ Dark Cornish bear little resemblance to the old illustrations!

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Sally Sunshine

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

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    wow those birds look scary! they look like vultures! no wonder they scare away hawks! Oz they could be your gate keepers!! LOL
     

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