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. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    OMG I just finally read this post onsite..... Bwhahahaha..... [​IMG]
     
  2. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    My 21 little Araucanas from Show winning stock. Starting to show a nice range of colours.
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    This chook business is getting a little scary - I just did a quick census.
    I have -

    33 Araucanas
    21 Barred Rocks
    11 Light Sussex
    3 Speckled Sussex
    9 Bantam White Leghorn
    5 Hamburgs
    5 Pekins
    3 Isa Browns
    2 Frizzles
    1 White Leghorn X Ara
    1 Indian Game X Ara
    1 Isa X Ara.

    A total of 95, with 45 Barred Rcks and Silver Laced Wyandottes hatching today and tomorrow!

    A big clearing sale coming up soon I think!


    xxxx M
     
  3. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

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    slippery slippery slippery slope....
     
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    better get the chicken math app out
     
  5. Jucknath

    Jucknath Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like it.
     
  6. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update on Bob the terrorist rooster:

    So, our other roo boys were sent for processing a week ago. Bob strutted around that pen like he was the chicken's cock-a-doodle-doo. No more competition, right?

    Over the last few days, I noticed a change in Bob's behavior. When I'd enter the coop, instead of challenging me, he'd immediately exit. When I opened the slide door, he wasn't coming out immediately. Bob is ALWAYS the first bird out. I dropped some apple scraps in the run and called "chick chick chick" like I usually do...and the ladies came running but Bob did not. I was able to clean the coop without being flogged. And curiously, Bob's crow changed! He had a distinctive lilt at the end of his crow and he wasn't sounding the same anymore.

    All of these little things.

    Well come to find out...we have an imposter Bob!!!! My husband told the neighbor to go ahead and swap him for one of his more amiable Barred Rock roos. The neighbor made the switch early in the morning one day this week and didn't mention it to me, lol.

    He was by last night to let us know of a break-in next door (somebody stole a couple of rifles....scary) and he asked me how Bob's been treating me. And I was like, "You know...he's actually been pretty good lately..."

    Well the neighbor started laughing and laughing and then let me know that he'd swapped the birds out...LOLOL!! So everything makes sense now, lol. We have named our new roo Pseudo Bob. ;-)

    They're up at a poultry auction today, in Canandaigua, NY and I'm hoping to add a Polish hen to my flock. I'm going to buy one of the neighbor's silkie hens, too.

    This chicken stuff is quite addictive...lol.
     
  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I am glad psuedo bob is in the house!

    And yes it is addictive indeed!!!

    The first round of eggs go into the incubator today. These will become the birds I give away on the chicken mission.
     
  8. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Its been a quiet week in the Philippines after a rough month.

    Following the madness with the quail, we also lost 5 chuckar. As soon as symptoms started we hit them with antibiotics and turned it around quickly.

    Just as they cleared up, fowl pox hit just the chicks that we hatched from the locally laid eggs. The birds were about 30 days old. We isolated them quickly and they are on the road to recovery.

    I was really hit hard by all of this. It makes me realize how determine one has to be to persevere.

    So persevere we shall. We started incubating again. Plans are afoot to replace the quail and I am organizing my next shipment. I will be taking heritage class Silver Penciled Rocks, Rhode Island Reds and Red Dorkings from Dick Horstman lines. I also plan to add to the Lemon Cuckoo Orps, Buff Orps and Marans so that we have a solid breeding flock of each.

    Today (Monday) is election day in the Philippines. The local government units known as Barangays all across the country elect the officers that will hopefully look after the interests of the common folk for the next three years. Bernie and the guys working on the fence returned home to vote.

    Bernie is still looking out for another doe and I have a good lead on a 50% Nubian buck.

    Mrs Oz is back in the Philippines. She is looking forward to coming over here with the kids. It should be soon.
     

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