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fisherlady

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Ours was very low key, had a meal with my stepson and daughter-in-law. I worked a 24 yesterday, was busy all night, so much of today has been 'zombie' time.
Hopefully will catch up on sleep tonight, tomorrow is butcher day for 13 cockerels who are getting too big for their britches.
 

OneMountainAcres

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It was the 4 of us, my parents, my grandma, and my two cousins. It was wonderful :) Dinner turned out fantastic though I have to say, I was extremely disappointed going through the black Friday ads for tomorrow :/ Anyway, here's some pictures of dinner (my cousin was taking pictures lol)

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dheltzel

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Nov 30, 2013
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Moved the last of the chickens and turkeys off pasture yesterday. Only a small flock of bantam ducks are still out there "braving" the cold and wet (braving is not really true for ducks, they thoroughly enjoy being cold and wet sometimes).
I am very happy with the Marans this year (lavender and blue copper) and they are the only breed that has started laying with any regularity. I've read that Marans original breeding in France involved harsh, wet conditions, though probably not as bad as PA in the winter.
I also moved in the Mottled Ameraucanas. These are great looking birds. The pullets are definitely prettier than the males (more mottling) and the second year hen that molted a few weeks ago is the best looking of all. Last year I found them to be "spookier" than the lavenders, but not this year. Probably related to how I raised them. I expect those chicks to be very popular, as the mottled breeds have very colorful chicks.
I'm also trying to keep a breeding flock of lavender guineas with the peacocks. Not sure how that go, guineas are just plain mean birds. I'm hoping that the size and aggressiveness of the peafowl will balance that out. If necessary, I will run the guineas with the turkeys and keep the bachelor roosters with the peafowl.
 

OneMountainAcres

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May 14, 2013
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Moved the last of the chickens and turkeys off pasture yesterday. Only a small flock of bantam ducks are still out there "braving" the cold and wet (braving is not really true for ducks, they thoroughly enjoy being cold and wet sometimes).
I am very happy with the Marans this year (lavender and blue copper) and they are the only breed that has started laying with any regularity. I've read that Marans original breeding in France involved harsh, wet conditions, though probably not as bad as PA in the winter.
I also moved in the Mottled Ameraucanas. These are great looking birds. The pullets are definitely prettier than the males (more mottling) and the second year hen that molted a few weeks ago is the best looking of all. Last year I found them to be "spookier" than the lavenders, but not this year. Probably related to how I raised them. I expect those chicks to be very popular, as the mottled breeds have very colorful chicks.
I'm also trying to keep a breeding flock of lavender guineas with the peacocks. Not sure how that go, guineas are just plain mean birds. I'm hoping that the size and aggressiveness of the peafowl will balance that out. If necessary, I will run the guineas with the turkeys and keep the bachelor roosters with the peafowl.
I can imagine mottled ameraucanas would be beautiful!

The turkeys have decided that it's time for me to fire the incubator back up already... one of my oldest hens started laying again about a week ago and some of my younger girls seem to be contemplating. Friday, my first batch will be going in. I only have 2 toms this year instead of 4 so I'm hoping fertility will be way better this season. @dheltzel , I still have Romeo, the mottled black tom that I got from you :) He's my favorite Tom ever and has the world's sweetest personality. He's adopted and raised multiple poults that were added to the coop young and has humored me on several occasions with a leash and harness to go meet people. There will never be another like him. He's the wise and caring ruler of the flock :)

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Keeping older poults warm in the nest

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Babysitting one of the broody's babies. He left her stay there as long as she wanted and only moved once or twice when his flock was arguing... but not enough to make the baby leave lol

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Meeting the girl scouts around Thanksgiving a few years ago

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