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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by foxhollow, Jul 17, 2008.
Lol. My grandma LOVED Indigo Buntings. They were her favorite birds.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Where did your EE's come from?
Mine are from Hoover's hatchery in Iowa.
They're loving all these puddles. Funny ducks
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!!
My Cochin is broody!! She has 5 duck eggs
What a pretty bunch of birds indigo buntings are SOOO BLUE!!