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Photo Gallery ~ Winter 2008-9

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March 13, 2009 - Big Girls

The hens demanded a few portraits. They still crave my attention (or is it the scratch grain...), so they make easy targets for the camera.


Buff Orpington

Light Brahma

Rhode Island Red

Silver Laced Wyandotte

March 12, 2009 - Bigger Digs

The oldest chicks are 2 weeks old and the rest 1 week, but already they need more room. I can tell because their waterer gets filled with shavings as they practice flying and rough housing. I was wrapping tall cardboard around the shallow water tub they live in, but as soon as I moved it to look at them, they wanted to fly up to the rim.

Flying chicks are kind of like walking babies. Mothers want them to grow up, but then have to face problems caused by mobility.

The first pictures are before the new space. Mark has agreed to build them a real perch they can use for flying practice.


Crowding can be fun

Cuckoo Maran

Barred Rock

The Flyer

Tired Flyer

Lots of new space

March 5 , 2009 - Five More New Chicks

Hooray, the feed store finally got their Easter Eggers (they call them Ameraucanas), but what's in a name. These babies will grow up to lay blue and green eggs. They should also look different than the more standard laying hens because they will have cheek feathers--evident even in the babies.

I got 5 different colors--I'm hoping these colors will translate into different colored hens--time will tell. Watch the color progress at the Easter Egger Colors page.


Blond to Black

The Blond

Chipmunk

Baby Cheeks

Blond, Black and Brunette

And here's the whole gang at the feeder. A total of 11. Almost as many as I started with (13). I'm done now. Twenty-four chickens is enough!


Feeding frenzy

March 1 , 2009 - New Chicks - Day 4

The babies are adjusting to life and having me poking around them with food and water. They are much more tame after 4 days than they were at the beginning--protective instincts are relaxing I'm sure.

Here are some baby pictures. If I sprinkle food on my hand, they jump right on. Although they prefer to peck at my ring!


Barred Rock (black)

Chicks and the hand

All the chicks

Chick on the Arm

Sleepy chick

And here is the first 2009 calendar print of the new girls.


Five heads

February 26 , 2009 - New Chicks

Six new babies joined us today. These local feed store babies include 3 Golden Sex Link, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Rhode Island Red and 1 Cuckoo Maran.

I now have 3 each of the breeds except one Maran and one Brahma. While these two are interesting breeds in their own way, they don't lay the number of eggs the others do. See more about these new ladies in the 'Breeds' tab.

Here are the new babies. Black girls in front are the Barred Rock and Cuckoo Maran. Golden girls are the Sex Links and the red is the Red. So far all seem happy and healthy. Hopefully they will be joined next week by 5 Easter Eggers (sometimes called Ameraucanas).


Home sweet home

February 10 , 2009 - Jail Bird

Another hen has gone broody--a Rhode Island Red this time. This breed rarely broods--guess we are just lucky! She started last night so I put her in a pen with food and water so she can't get to the nest. This drastic step was taken after removing her 3 times from the nest and listening to lots of verbal protests and ruffled feathers.

Jail is made of a circle of wire with shade screenn clipped over it. She tried hard to bump up against the top to get out, but so far she's still in. The theory is she will be discouraged from brooding when she can't get to a nest. It worked nicely with one of the Black Australorps. Only took a day or two.

Here are pictures of her and her mates sympathizing with her.


Jail bird and visitors

The 2 Reds

Buff Orpington

Silver Laced Wyandotte
and 'Good Girl' Red

Light Brahma

February 7, 2009 - Herd or Flock?

It's no surprise my hens will follow me--they associate my presence with food. But it's pretty funny to see them trail me all around their pen. I walk pretty fast so keeping up isn't easy, but they do it. Here are 2 views of several back-and-forth trips we made across their new pen. You'll note my special friend is the Light Brahma--she stays by my side.


My traveling companions

Okay, food is coming

January 21, 2009 - New Outdoor Pen

My little ladies have a new frontier to explore. About 80 x 100 feet of pasture grass. Here's the new space--enlargements have red lines marking the fence line. Dirt in the foreground is the line of the old pen.


Left side corner

Right side corner

And here are the girls enjoying the new grass.


Black Australorp

Barred Rock

Light Brahma

Rhode Island Reds

Silver Laced Wyandotte

January 16, 2009- Molting

Three of the hens are molting--either because I was lighting them 14 hours a day and dropped it to about 10 out of pressure from my customers to let the chicks be 'natural'. Or the unseasonably warm weather we've been having. Well, production has dropped to the point where my regular customers no longer get any eggs!

This Columbian Wyandotte was broody for most of December and when she decided to give it up, she immediately began to molt--very fast. I would guess a production farmer would already have eaten her!

Kind heart that I am, she will be permitted to remain in the flock partly because she was the cover girl for my poultry calendars. She looks pretty bad especially compared to the Light Brahma whose feathers are almost identical in color pattern.


Not a cover girl anymore

Light Brahma still lovely

Columbian Wyandotte
calender cover

January 3, 2009- The Salad

In the fall, I planted a large pot with mixed leaf lettuce seeds. The idea was when the seedlings grew, I would give the pot to the chicks for winter greens. That day was today. They LOVED it and picked the pot clean. Here are of photos of the event.


What do we have here!

Moving too fast for the camera

Next morning--all gone!

After 1 week

 


December 22, 2008 - The Girls

Broody Columbian Wyandotte. She and one of the Black Australorps are the only ones so far to go broody. Most of my breeds will brood. This Wyandotte has been at it for almost a month now. During that time the bad girl Black Australorp went broody for her third time since August.

With 2 broody hens, the other girls had trouble getting into a nest to lay their eggs---I was finding eggs on the floor of the coop. Sooooo, the two bad girls went into jail (a wire pen outside). The Australorp stopped being broody after only a day in jail. The Wyandotte, didn't figure it out. Now it's raining so she can sit on the nest all winter if she likes. I'm seriously considering culling these two girls in the spring.


Columbian Wyandotte

Lady in waiting

Rain has turned the outdoor chicken pen into mud. But the chicks don't seem to mind wet muddy feet at all. I mind because now the eggs have muddy footprints. Here are three of the hens saying "Whasup?"


Buff Orpington

Light Brahma

Rhode Island Red

Blind chick (first photo below), trying to see by pointing her good eye up. She looks comical but manages to get along just fine with one eye. The Light Brahma--wet muddy feathered feet and mouth open--always squawking. And my beautiful Black Australorp--this one is not the broody bad girl.


Blind Chick looking

Talking and talking and talking

Black Australorp

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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