Monday, November 19, 2012

Babies all grown up!

Well, nearly all grown up - no eggs but the rooster is crowing!  I'd love to keep him because he is gorgeous!  If he were a keeper - his name would be Nilfisk, the hen that matches him would be Miele, BUT the crowing will be an issue, so we have been calling him Col. Brunswick as he will most likely end up as a stew - sad but that is the life of a male chicken.  At least he has had a great life since June - pecking, running around, being a general PITA to the older hens - a factory-raised male chick is tossed in a bucket then on to the grinder to end up as protein meal or something.


Isn't he something?  
So that leaves me with 4 young girl-chickens or pullets - since they are not laying yet - The small grey hen is "Mouse", the two huge grey fluffy hens with the copper feathers around their necks are "The Pennys"  then the big fluffy black hen with the copper feathers who would have been Miele is probably going to end up Elvira (Mistress of the Dark) since she tends to exit the coop at night when I go hunt for eggs, and poke around the food!

 That is Ethel in front on the left - she's moulting - not so pretty, Elvira in front on the right and the Pennys behind with Brunswick
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Elvira, Brunswick, Mouse and a Penny with the two Bettys (yes, that is a Betty chicken butt)

Col. Brunswick the handsome one!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Babies!

BABIES!

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chick number one hatched on Wednesday, a teeny grey ball of fluff with feathers on it's feet. Just a few days prior, the nests looked like this:
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Though most of the time they actually looked like this:
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THEN, last Wednesday 2 chicks! the grey hatched first, the little dark fellow is still damp!
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At this point we belatedly moved them into the Nursery coop - a box on the ground level of the inner run so no chicks fall off the ramp and everyone has privacy:
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Number 3:
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Chickens are Moulting!



They are actually nearly done moulting -thankfully - moulting combined with shorter days means not many eggs, but the new feathers are lovely!
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Here you see one chicken mid-moult - actually she is over the hump, should have seen her last week! DSC_0010 
 
The old feathers ready to go are browner - this is the last one to go then everyone will have fresh new feathers!
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Chicken Fence!

Well, sent out the Christmas card with the saga of the Chicken Run Fence and did not update the blog with the Saga of the Chicken Run Fence! Here are photos of the completed fence - the big, tall, built and re-built and added to to make taller fence AND solar-powered Christmas lights along the top just for fun!

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The coop complete with the new motion-detection flood lights! Next will be Wi-fi and a hot tub..... (That's Ethel in the doorway, and Aggie in the foreground)