Minnesota!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by foxhollow, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    Lol. My grandma LOVED Indigo Buntings. They were her favorite birds.
     
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  2. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    That's exactly why I love my comfy Minnesota thread. Like minded people with like minded manners--humility. I'm proud if and love my hatchery birds( my first) . SOP fights on threads....blech. Plus I was never a 4-Her or shower so I don't even know how to talk about what I got. I will tout the benefits of getting directly from a breeder however just because hatchery stock seem to have reproductive issues in hens and fighting aggressive roosters. What I'm looking for is laying longevity in my hens and kind roosters ( to me and my hens). These are feathered friends- not bragging pieces for me. Although I do marvel at the couple birds I've got from Minnie and Triplell. I see the difference. But I understand the ease of going to L&M or TSC. I was there before, too. And my originals are beloved.

    Ralphie I'll keep my CCLs. I'm a walking mess of contradiction aren't I?! I do love EEs with their delightful myriad if feather colors, variation on blue green eggs, cute beards. But my Ees just didn't last very long for laying eggs. I know you you know I'm smarter than that but I give you A for effort.

    My coop may be too shady for hops but I think I'm going to get some grape vines.
     
  3. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    Can't blame a guy for trying, I got that quote from Ole. How long did your EE lay?

    The grape vines is a good idea, I should try them too, I was thinking pumpkins, but the weight could be too much.
     
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  4. lalaland

    lalaland Overrun With Chickens

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    Bogtown, my 6 yr old hen is an ee and lays beautiful blue, not green, eggs. She's from mcmurray's. Her sister was taken by a hawk at age 4 and was still laying....so maybe I lucked out.

    Ralphie, love the pic. For some reason up here, cardinals are just occasional birds, so I'm envious. I like when there are "all colors" at the feeders - extra points for orioles, buntings, redheaded woodpeckers, yellow finches and hummers at the same time. Now if there was only a good native green bird at the feeders!
     
  5. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    The 3 EEs I got left laid no longer than 15 months old. So they laid like bonkers in their first fall, and then that next spring (January-July) summer break-nada, first molt-nada, wormed every body just in case-nada. 3 years old now- nada since that 15-16 month age. Same brooder mates-- SLW and BA going strong. Don't know why. As I've heard others with good longevity in their EEs.
     
  6. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    Where did your EE's come from?

    Mine are from Hoover's hatchery in Iowa.
     
  7. holm25

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    They're loving all these puddles. Funny ducks
     
  8. I have had 3EEs that are at 7 months. A couple of months ago I was even getting some double yolkers. But now they just lay once in every few days. They went through a patch of laying just shelless eggs too. I don't know if that is over or not.

    I have been reading this thread for a little while. I am very impressed with how much you guys know and do with birds!!
     
  9. holm25

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    My Cochin is broody!! She has 5 duck eggs
     
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  10. Cearbhael

    Cearbhael Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a pretty bunch of birds indigo buntings are SOOO BLUE!!
     

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