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Photo Gallery ~ Spring 2009

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May 29 , 2009 - The Big Merge

The babies (12 weeks old) joined the hens 2 days ago. Things have been pretty good except for sleeping. The babies have been finding alternate places to sleep that do not include the roosts my husband spent so much time building. The big girls are on the roosts and that appears to be just too much of a threat for the youngsters. I spent time moving them each night to the roosts. No pictures of the final success.

The little gals stay together generally anywhere the big girls are not. The first 3 photos are of the little girls. We are having a heat wave as demonstrated by the Rhode Island Red in the last picture.


Easter Egger

Grazing in the Grass

Shade

Hot Chick

May 11 , 2009 - Growing Up

The babies are almost 3 months old already. In no time they will start laying. Not babies anymore.

The Cuckoo Marans is my best friend of the youngsters. She will hop up on my knee if I'm sitting and on to my shoulder. I'm still calling her a Marans, although I recently read an article on telling them apart from Barred Rocks, and I think both of my barred girls are Rocks--yellow legs. Marans have white legs. I guess I'll wait till they begin laying to know for sure.

The three Sex Links are two distinct colors. Two are golden with white tails and one is red with white. Below are one Golden Sex Link, one Rhode Island Red and one Red Sex Link

The Easter Eggers feathers are very colorful. The 3rd photo shows an EE with a black head and every other feather color pattern you could possibly think of--almost too much! The last photo is the same EE with her white-with-gold-head head sister.


Cuckoo Marans?

Sex Links & Rhodie

Easter Egger

Buddies

April 27, 2009 - Girls in the Grass

Little girls and big girls alike enjoy being outside.

The pasture in the baby pen is shorter than for their big sisters. Here they are enjoying spring.


Easter Egger
& Marans

3 Easter Eggers

Headless Chick

Rhode Island Red

Rhodie, Sex Link
& Barred Rock

The big girls nearly get lost in the pathways they have made in the tall grass.


3 Girls, Bottoms Up

Black Australorp

Light Brahma
 

Silver Laced Wyandotte

April 16, 2009 - Moving Day

The little girls (6 weeks old) left the tackroom today for good and now live in the barn with the big girls. They are still separated by wire fencing, but they can see each other, and the little girls now have an outdoor run. The heat light will be on at night for a few days while they adjust to cooler nights.

Panic gave way to curiosity and then acceptance. They began investigating the new turf. The big girls protested their new roommates by laying only 4 eggs today. No one seemed to want to go in there with those juveniles!


New Home on the Right

Meeting a Big Girl

New Roost

Testing Things

White Easter Egger


Black Easter Egger

Rhodie

Red Sex Link
 

Easter Egger

March 30, 2009 - Easter Egger Colors

The 5 Easter Egger chicks are getting their feathers. They will be 4 weeks old on Wednesday. I've started a page to document their feather colors as they develop. You'll find it under the 'Breeds' tab called Easter Egger Colors -- what else?

Below is a picture of 4 of the five little girls taking a lunch break. Behind them as well as in front are 2 of the Sex Links--already getting head feathers. The Sex links are a week older than the EEs.


Easter Eggers

March 20, 2009 - Spring

The Red Sex Links are getting their chest feathers. Two are a light red, while the other is dark like a Rhode Island Red.

So far the most friendly/brave girl is the Rhode Island Red. She will allow me to lift her from beneath. See her in my hand while her siblings look on.

Most of the babies are enjoying the new perch. All can get on the first level, most also go up top. The Rhodie again is front and center.

They love the plastic bag I store their treat in. The last picture shows mostly the Easter Eggers working furiously but getting nowhere on the sealed baggie. Yes, I am sitting in their pen with them on a towel.


Two pale sex links

One dark sex link

My Rhodie buddie
 

The Rhodie again

Birds vs. baggie

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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!)
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Fall 2010 || Summer 10 (chicks!) || Spring 10 (chicks!) || Winter 09-10
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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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