The Natural Chicken Keeping thread - OTs welcome!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bulldogma, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. lalaland

    lalaland Overrun With Chickens

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    I know! I start off thinking I'm going to add this breed, and then.....well what about buckeyes, and then swedish flower hens, but hey those icelandics...
    Funny thing I miss not having barred rocks in my flocks.

    I've been emptying out the storage area of the coop. There is 5 years of dust in there from the hay and chickens. Found a cast iron teapot (used to be on the wood stove to add humidity til I moved into this airtight house) and it was full of mouse nest. Must have come in thru the spout.
     
  2. Leahs Mom

    Leahs Mom Chicken Obsessed

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    The jury is out for me on the BRs. I have 2 hatchery BRs and I call one of them "Atilla"! She was just mean to everyone in general, but has kind-of tempered a bit. They look like they'd have a good amt of meat if I ever wanted to butcher, though!
     
  3. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Coop
    My flock currently consists of:

    Adults:
    1 Swedish Flower Hen Rooster
    3 SFH Hens
    1 Dark Cornish Rooster
    4 DC Hens
    1 Bantam Cochin Rooster
    1 Bantam Cochin Hen
    2 Silkie Hens

    Adolescent Chickens:
    4 Production Red
    3 Heritage RIR
    2 SFH cockerels
    2 Silkie/Cochin X
    1 Orpington X cockerel
    1 EE/Dorking X
    1 DC/BR X

    Chicks:
    11 SFH chicks of varied ages

    Incubating:
    SFH
    DC
    (I'll sell most/all of these chicks at an upcoming BIG swap in VA)
     
  4. armorfirelady

    armorfirelady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Coop
    My little flock consists of:
    4 Partridge Rocks

    My new pullets will be: (month or so)
    2 Black copper Marans
    1 Easter Egger
    1 Columbia Rock
     
  5. Leahs Mom

    Leahs Mom Chicken Obsessed

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    I have:

    All 1 YO:
    2 Hatchery Barred Rock Hens
    2 Hatchery RIR Hens
    2 Hatchery Araucana Hens (Who really aren't Araucana at all, I hear! [​IMG])

    16 Week Olds:
    2 Swedish Flower Pullets
    1 Swedish Flower Cockerell
    1 Black Mystery Pullet


    Coming in June:
    -Some Hopefully Dark Gray and Black SFH Chicks
    -Some Cream Legbars

    AND ONE MORE HEN HOUSE!

    (I DO have horse trailer hen house envy...the one I looked at wasn't BIG enough...BIGGER IS BETTER!) [​IMG]
     
  6. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

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    OK I suck at pictures but I also wanted to post pictures of my Partridge Silkie. I am pretty sure it is a male. Even thought it is much younger than my first one this one has a comb already visible.

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    Nice short back
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    February Ameracuana I am pretty sure this is a pullet
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    Only picture I captured 3 of the younger ones
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    February pullet
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    I think the one on the right is a cockerel it is the only one with pink in the comb
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    I think this is also a pullet
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    Cockerel I am thinking
     
  7. kian

    kian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have:

    2) 35 week old New Hampshires
    2) 35 week old Cuckoo Marans

    2) 30 week old New Hampshires

    2)11 week old Silver Laced Wyandottes
    2)11 week old white Easter Eggers


    And the broody is sitting on 8 Olive Eggers which are Ameraucana x French Copper Marans
     
  8. kian

    kian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I LOVE the color of your Ameraucanas!! Beautiful birds!
     
  9. camilleathome

    camilleathome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock consists of

    2 silkies
    3 Chanteclerc chicks
    15 Rhode Island red chicks

    Next month i also have the following chicks coming
    10 Chanteclercs
    10 sicilian buttercups
    10 blue autstralorp
    10 easter eggers
    10 Mottled Houdans

    That way I can be guarenteed some hens and have a few roosters to eat at some point and a few to keep for breeding.
     
  10. Shan30

    Shan30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I don't think I'll need to do anything for this little one however. My DH and I were going to last night and couldn't tell which of the blues it was and there are only 6. So she's obviously improving on her own! Yay! :)

    Our crazy flock:

    1 Blue Amerecauna
    2 Araucanas
    1 Barred Rock(who just started lying again after losing an eye in a hawk attack)
    2 Easter Eggers
    2 Dark cornish(who don't lay at all)
    1 Chantecler
    1 Mottled Leghorn
    1 Frizzle Rooster
    1 Black Silkie
    1 Red-Brown Amerecauna Rooster
    1 Random White Bantam
    7 X-Battery ISA Browns
    6 Blue Amerecauna Chicks
    10 Black Amerecauna Chicks
    2 Amerecauna Chicks that may go blue or black
    6 Black Silkie Chicks
    2 Silver Laced Polish around 3 months
    1 Random Yellow Mutt Chick

    I think thats all...

    Wait no 1 Buff Orpington
     

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