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

    Just a couple of Bredas hatched so far.

    We have pipping in a couple of HFRs Andalusians. The reduction in temps has slowed the hatch down by a day by the look of it - as planned.

    One of the mutts from the Christmas hatch that came from OGM has just started laying blue eggs.

    As soon as the new coops are finished, she will go into a coop with some other hens and our BCM roo. Maybe we can get some Filipino olive eggers.
     
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  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Will the little chocolate lad be able to cover the girls or will you have to do artificial insemination?

    Bresse are high on my list from you next year
     
  3. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Update on hatch

    Hatched 2 breda fowl 2 andalusians
    Pipping Lemon Cuckoo Orpington
     
  4. hillfloweranch

    hillfloweranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    woo hoo! I'm maintaining immigrant status in PI so cool! Does that mean I can visit without a visa or do I have to pay child support?? Lol
     
  5. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    lol

    I should have thought of child support.

    I hope a few more will hatch but the others were pretty silent on a sound check.

    I am up to five Andalusions with the previous hatch so that breed is checked off.

    Well done HFR
     
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  6. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 1 black hen that has always been the runt of the flock but she has large fowl parents
    the chocolate roosters not that much smaller than the hens so i think i they are up to the job
    maybe i need to get the roo a step stool [​IMG]
     
  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    PHOTOS of the last few days (prior to hatch)

    The new fence

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    There will be 44 of these sections from the beach to the road

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    The new coops. There will be 5 in a row

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    looking into the bator house

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    last week's hatch of 2nd generation mutts

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    The white guineas hanging out

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    The June hatch outside

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    The starter flock

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  8. MrsFox

    MrsFox New Egg

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    So it only took me like a week to catch up and read through the whole thread. Phew. It was exciting and interesting. I'm so glad you have had some success even though it was just a few at times. Looks like a beautiful area and beautiful family. I hope it all works out as you desire it to!
     
  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Thanks for enduring the 300 pages.

    Its very much a case of 3 steps forward, 2 steps back but every attempt is successful as we learn and adjust.

    With a bit of luck I will add three breeds to the foray this week - Breda, Lemon Cuckoo Oprs and Ameraucanas.

    The breeds I have established (5 or more chickens) are Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, Lavender Orps, Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Andalusians. I inadvertently put unmarked BBS Jersey Giants and BBS Orps in the same basket so I will sort them out when they grow a bit. There are 3 buff orps so I will have to add some.

    Its a long hard sloh but it will be worth it.
     
  10. MrsFox

    MrsFox New Egg

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    Sounds like a pretty good start with deck of cards being stacked against you! I only have my tiny backyard flock of 6 since we still live in town but one day hopefully I be able to get to do my own bigger chicken flock and get more diversity.
     

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