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Only two

Out of 13 eggs we had 2 hatch yesterday (day 21). The little black one is a cross between the Barred Rock hen and Buff Orphington Roo, and the light one is from either a RIR hen or our red Sex-Linked. We added them in with the lot of 10 serama bantam chicks I got from my uncle and they’re doing just fine. I know this is a lot of chickens but they’re all straight run and some of the hens are going to my cousin down the road along with a couple of they layers that we have now. We’re planning to keep our flock between 6-8 (with 3 serama bantams counting as one full-sized hen for space purposes.) We will update if any more hatch, but it’s looking like just these two.

The ten serama bantams, a few of them are also silkie

The ten serama bantams, a few of them are also silkie

barred rock x BO

barred rock x BO

RIR x BO or Red sex-linked x BO

RIR x BO or Red sex-linked x BO

everybody together and doing fine. :-)

everybody together and doing fine. ūüôā

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Hubby has spoken…the Roo must go…

and not because he isn’t beautiful and awesome, because he is both of those things.

Get a load of this handsome guy.

Get a load of this handsome guy.

It is because my husband recalls a conversation he had last year with one of our neighbors and how upset she was over the crowing of a rooster, not ours mind you. Although she’s given us the go ahead for 1-2 weeks. He’s sure that her kind-heartedness will not last much longer than that. As we intend to live here for most of our adult lives, we’d rather keep up good relations with the neighbors.

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He gets along well with the ladies.

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yes those are fruit loops in the background…left over from breakfast…alright they’re not fruit loops they’re imitation fruit loops.

In fact ever since his arrival less than a week ago our hens have been behaving themselves. No one is pulling butt feathers out of anyone else. (This has been quite the problem which I understand you’re now reading about for the first time, as the post I started on the subject never got posted….but I have several bald-butted chickens right now)

Our original plan of keeping Buffy for a week or two and hoping to get some fertilized eggs¬†for baby chicks and then eating him was a nice plan. But maybe not the best plan. We’ve floated the idea to¬†my in-laws (who are looking at starting a backyard flock of our own, yes I am that inspirational) of them taking Buffy and several of our hens and for us to keep a few hens¬†and the chicks. They’ve got a week to think about it (and build a coop or temporary shelter) or it’s the dinner table for Master Buffy. On the subject of¬†fertilization, I’ve cracked one fertile egg (yesterday) and once I crack two more I think we’ll leave them to brood. I like the idea of handling the chicks as I did before, but we’ll see if Mama (whoever that ends up being) is going to beat the crap out of me if I try it.

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See ya later Buffy…

They’re Beginning to look a lot like Chickens

At 5 weeks old our little chicks are really feathering out.¬† The Barred Rocks are the biggest and I’ll give you one guess who is smallest…

They’re starting to show some real personality and even Dinner is growing on me.

A few of them¬†figured out how to climb up into the apple tree and have been roosting away up there.¬† It was pretty cute, one of the Rhode Island Reds did it first and then it was the hot thing for about five minutes, all but the silkies were trying there little clawed foot at it.¬† My husband wonders if they’ll fly the coop climbing up so high into the tree…what do you think?

Now if they will just figure out how to get back into the coop by themselves I’ll be happy.

Dinner and Goldilocks enjoy the warm day from the bough of our teeny Apple tree.

Dinner, our SLW, is turning into one of the more beautiful birds.

Dinner snoozing.

Our Barred Rocks and Teeny Weenie, the partridge silkie, taking a nap.

Pretty Polly pecking for prizes.

Apparently the chickens aren’t the only ones who like Apple Trees.

The poor chickens were all huddled in the corner trying to stay away from the monster after their feed. The poor squirrel didn’t know how to get out, and about had a heart attack when my husband went in to chase it out of there.

And as a side question…doesn’t anybody know when we should harvest our lettuce?

 May 27, 2012  Side Yard Flock   11 Comments

You’re Grounded!

Honestly I can’t believe it took her this long to figure it out.¬† Our part russian blue part mutt cat Lucy finally figured out how to get into the chicken yard.¬† Considering she can climb the wooden posts from the ground all the way to our second floor deck, and any tree in our yard, the hop up and over our gate was easy-peasy.¬† My husband just happened to look out the window and see Lucy running madly around the chicken yard.¬† He rushed out and immediately she feared for her life.¬† She ran faster, trying to find a quick escape…what’s that?¬† a ramp? perfect!¬† She lept¬†up into the coop, terrifying Teeny Weenie, silkie¬†Willie-blue and our largest Barred Rock who were enjoying the heat lamp on our chilly May afternoon.¬† Thomas managed to shoo her out of the coop and finally scruffed her and hauled her into the house.¬† Lucy.¬† You’re grounded!

That is the closest you’re going to be getting to those chickens until they’re big enough to wallop you!

No worries, I checked the chickens and none seem injured (although they were all a bit shaken up) and came running to me chirping when I came out to the chicken yard.  Good thing my husband saw her when he did or Dinner may have been a feast for a feline instead of us.

 May 25, 2012  Side Yard Flock   2 Comments

They were not amused.

It rained today.¬† I didn’t think at 4 1/2 weeks my little chickies¬†are feathered out enough to weather the rain…but they sure wanted to.¬† They were not happy they had to stay in the coop all day and let me know it with their loud chirps when I came out a few times to check their food and water.

Did I make the right call?¬† I’m assuming when they’re full-grown I can open the door and if they want out they’ll go out, right?¬† Other birds are out (sometimes) in the rain, and I’m sure they’d be all about some worms when the rain lets up…so much to learn.

 May 21, 2012  Side Yard Flock   1 Comment
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What in the World are my Chickens Doing?

Our always curious Easter Egger.

Ok all you chicken owners out there, help me out.¬† What the¬†heck are my chickens doing?¬† They will plop down onto their side, stick out their little drumstick and raise up one wing.¬† Are they just sunbathing?¬† My uncle says he’s never seen his chickens do this?¬† I spent a while outside hoping to catch a few with the camera.¬† What do you think?

Beanie also wanted me to take some shots with her in the chicken yard.¬† That girl loves to hang out with the chickies, but doesn’t want to pet them (only b/c she doesn’t want to have to go inside and wash with soap and water afterwards).¬† Her brother on the other hand would pet them for hours and hours if I let him.

You have to love how she works the camera. She just skipped around the coop saying, ooh, take one here…and here…and here…very adorable.

Beanie and Pretty Polly, my favorite little chicken. Several of them will tolerate being held, but I think she may actually enjoy it.

What are these crazy chickens doing? Barred Rock, Silkie, Silkie, Rhode Island Red…in some sort of crazy raise-the-wing line.

One of our blue silkies out enjoying the weeds.

Beanie snapped a pic of me over by the coop.

 May 20, 2012  Side Yard Flock   11 Comments

Venturing into the great wide somewhere

It only took a few minutes for the little girls to begin exploring their new home.

I think the is the most adorable photo of Teeny Weenie!

Monty watches the SLW and RIR hungrily.

Shiloh walks the perimeter of the chicken yard looking for a chink in the armor. Thankfully my hubby put up a mighty fine fence!We put them all up into the coop for the night, with their heat lamp and food and water.  The locks are all on and the only thing left to do is put in some roosts and paint the door (my daughter and father-in-law painted it for me, but I had them paint the wrong side so the chickens are enjoying a beautiful blue door while we, out here, are not)

 May 15, 2012  Side Yard Flock   Leave a comment
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