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my baker's dozen of lavender cuckoo orpingtons

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ShanandGem, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This thread will be my account of my first foray into keeping chickens.
    Originally I wanted barred Plymouth rocks, but I am not known for my patience and I would have had to wait until mid-April to receive chicks. I wanted to buy directly from a small local supplier and the farm I found had these little fellers hatching a week after I first contacted them.
    All the boys are double barred cuckoo and the girls single barred. They've been line bred for some time so I am hatching (ha!) a plan to introduce some fresh blood to the line while getting back to all double barred boys and barred girls within about 3 generations. I drew a diagram to help myself, maybe if anyone is interested I wlll take a picture and post it.
    Everyone seems strong and healthy, thank goodness. I check their bums more often than I would care to admit and change their bed, food and water several times daily. Their brooder is tiny as it was the only way to keep them warm but in a couple of weeks they can have the whole 10x10 coop to themselves with a heated box in the corner. It's well below freezing here most nights, still.
    I haven't done probiotics, medicated feed or anything of that nature. I do put out a little dish of yogurt for about 1/2 hour a day that they eat willingly. I'm a big believer yogurt does every body good.
    Right now the plan is to raise these fellers up, save the best rooster and cull the rest, get a dozen English lavender orpingtons and do the same. Then breed the cuckoo rooster to the solid hens and the solid rooster to the cuckoo hens. I'll end up with single barred boys and 1/2 solid girls, 1/2 single barred. The plot thickens from there but I gotta get the farmer with the English lavender orps to return my email before anything else!
    I will be looking for an excellent quality black cuckoo Orpington rooster next year, if there's anyone out there in Canuckistan who breeds them. I'm in the Okanagan.
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

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    Can't help you with birds to add to your breeding program, but did want to say that, gosh, they are adorable little things! I'm very interested in watching them grow up. Good luck with them :)
     
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  3. ShellyBear

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    I love the yellow and purple! So cute!
     
  4. ShanandGem

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    Thank you! We're headed into day 3 and things are looking good so far (fingers crossed). They are friendly inquisitive little chicks and run to see me when I pull the lid off their brooder. Everyone is eating and drinking and doing chickeny stuff.
     
  5. ShanandGem

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    [​IMG]I am blown away by how fast they grow! I think I am starting to see differentiation between the boys and girls. Will try to get pictures up later today but right now I am driving for 6 hours to pick up a dozen Lavender Orpington hatching eggs.
    Chicken math.......
     
  6. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We lost a chick on Saturday but I wasn't home for about 7+ hours (husband and daughter were on chick duty) so I really can't' even hazard a guess as to why. Everyone else is voracious and FRIENDLY. Oh my gosh these chicks fight for the right to stand on my hand., and love having their proud little chicken chests stroked.
    I have been introducing different foods in limited amounts. Wheat germ is a guaranteed riot, as is ground almonds, because apparently I'm independently wealthy when it comes to feeding. This morning we tried a little shelled hemp.
    I laid the pans for growing fodder last night. They aren't big enough but I thought I would do a test run and then feed it to the horses if it worked.
     
  7. ShanandGem

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    Pretty confident nosy pants in the background is a cockerel.
     
  8. ShanandGem

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    I think this one is a pullet. Look how lavender she is already!
     
  9. howfunkyisurchicken

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    They're growing like weeds! Very pretty little chicks :)

    Sorry to hear about the loss, but glad to see everyone else is still doing well. Good luck with the hatching eggs (I'm a hatch-a-holic myself :p ).
     
  10. Jensownzoo

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    You can always snip the green tips off for them to eat. I think mine were 3 weeks when I gave them a small chunk of oat fodder. They had a grand old time picking it all apart! Eventually it did get eaten.
     

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