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Fall 2014 || Summer 14 || Spring 14 (ducklings!) || Winter 13-14 (chicks!)
Fall 2013 || Summer 13 || Spring 13 || Winter 12-13 (chicks!)
Fall 2012 || Summer 12 || Spring 12 (chicks!) || Winter 11-12
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Fall 2010 || Summer 10 (chicks!) || Spring 10 (chicks!) || Winter 09-10
Fall 2009 || Summer 09 || Spring 09 || Winter 08-09 (chicks!)
In the Beginning:
Fall 2008 || 6 Months || 5 Months || 4 Months || Weeks 11-12
Weeks 7-10 || Week 6 || Week 5 || Week 4 || Week 3 || Week 2 || Chicks!

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June 25, 2008 - The first dozen!

Today marked a milestone--the first dozen eggs. 5 of the hens are laying--all 3 Black Australorps and the 2 Rhode Island Reds. These two breeds are the most egg prolific of the flock but the rest should be making their abilities known soon. The most recent deliveries are even getting up to size (see the bottom row in the carton below).

We ate the first 10 eggs in an omelet--egg #4, the torpedo, had 2 yokes!

The nest eggs (fake eggs) work perfectly. Every egg laid since #3 has been in the nests. Here are 2 of the working gals and their deliverables.


Rhode Island Red


Black Australorp

First dozen
 

Another view

June 20, 2008 - A predator and 3 more eggs.

This morning a coyote terrorized the chicks for a few minutes. He (or she) couldn't figure out how to get into the fenced yard and decided to move along to easier prey. Glad we have 6 foot high fencing to protect them by day and a secure coop by night.

Our first egg was 5 days ago (see below). Since then two other hens (I don't know which ones) have also begun laying their tiny eggs. Today, I'm pretty sure the same Rhodie who laid the first egg delivered her second and very long egg. The Rhodie is putting her deposits in the nest box like a good girl. The other two have laid them on the floor of the coop in the pine shavings--I can live with this, but the nests would be better!

Today I added plastic fake eggs to each nest box to help them figure it out. The feed store said I should put sand in each plastic egg to give it a little weight--otherwise the hens figure out it's not real.


Coyote looking for
chicken breakfast


Looks like a dog but
has yellow eyes!

First 4 eggs in order of appearance

June 15, 2008 - First egg--18 weeks.

We had to hurry up and get the nests finished because one of the Rhode Island Reds was ready to deliver our first egg.

Below are pictures of her in the nest before we were finished building. Then a picture of the completed nests with a tiny brown egg in the far left nest. And finally the egg compared with grocery store eggs.

The eggs will get bigger as the girls get into the swing of laying.


Rhodie knows what
this is for!


Little egg on the left

Little egg

June 1, 2008 - Food is pleasure.

The girls line up by the gate every time I go out the back door. They are waiting for a handout and I usually oblige. Today it was some apple and the core.

The last picture is two chick backs--the Australorp are so beautiful in the sun.


Light Brahma
apple in beak


Buff Orpington
and the apple core

Rhode Island Red
and the apple core

Black & Red Feathers

May 25 , 2008 - Life is still good.

Almost 4 months old and the girls are beginning to get little wattles and combs. No more boys in the group--just 13 beautiful girls.

The black chicks (Australorps) are really a beautiful shiny green now in the sun. The girls have a favorite place to rest--in the shade looking into the forest landscape--maybe they are really jungle fowl...! The photo on the far right below shows the two Wyandottes--one Columbian and one Silver Laced. The other white bird on the right is the one remaining Light Brahma. See Weeks 7-10 above for what happened to her brother.


Little Wattles


Hellooooo!

Black Australorp

Black & White Combos

Here are some boudoir photos of the Columbian Wyandotte grooming herself. She is a lovely girl in any pose!


Caught in the act


Privacy please!

All done.

Now || 2017 || 2016 || 2015
Fall 2014 || Summer 14 || Spring 14 (ducklings!) || Winter 13-14 (chicks!)
Fall 2013 || Summer 13 || Spring 13 || Winter 12-13 (chicks!)
Fall 2012 || Summer 12 || Spring 12 (chicks!) || Winter 11-12
Fall 2011 || Summer 11 || Spring 11 (chicks!) || Winter 10-11
Fall 2010 || Summer 10 (chicks!) || Spring 10 (chicks!) || Winter 09-10
Fall 2009 || Summer 09 || Spring 09 || Winter 08-09 (chicks!)
In the Beginning:
Fall 2008 || 6 Months || 5 Months || 4 Months || Weeks 11-12
Weeks 7-10 || Week 6 || Week 5 || Week 4 || Week 3 || Week 2 || Chicks!

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