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Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Just pullets please "

Had lots of call lately re chicks I have for sale. Lots of  people wanting only " hens just about to lay " . If only my hens would cooperate and only lay pullets and I had the room to grow them out for 5 months ! As it is my chicks usually hatch 50% males 50% females and I only have limited space to grow out my birds. So for now I will only be selling straight run chicks and started pairs. Until I have sold off all my extra roosters I will not sell any pullets without a rooster. These are very rare colors/ breeds or both and as much as I would love to keep all the extra boys I just dont have the room so if you are buying st run chicks be aware that some will be males.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

1st chicks from my Orpingtons

A Blue and a Splash Orpington 5 wks old from my BBS flock the lacing on these guys is awesome!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Chicks,chicks and more chicks! Getting ready for the new arrivals.

First and foremost be prepared and buy all your supplies before you bring home chicks. See list for suggested supplies.

Large plastic tub or metal livestock trough. I like the plastic tubs with wheels , easier to drag them outside for cleaning.

Bedding, I like wood pellets over shavings as they don't clog up the waterers as much as shavings.

Paper towels, I use these over the wood pellets for the 1st few days. You can sprinkle food on paper towels until chicks figure out where feeders are. Newly shipped chicks that don't find food and water quickly will weaken and die.

Waterers, come in different sizes. Chicks need a continuous supply of fresh clean water. I use a quail size base for the 1st few days as tiny day olds can drown in larger sizes. Use marbles in your base if it is larger to prevent drowning. Never thought much of this until I found several day old chicks drowned one morning!
I keep an extra waterer ready so I can just switch them out in the morning as I start work early , this saves time when I am busy.

Heat lamp with red bulb, keep an extra bulb as bulbs always seem to go out on the coldest night. I usually keep a few extra white bulbs as they are much less expensive and will do in a pinch. Be sure to secure these well as they will start a fire if they fall into tub. Only heat one side of tub as chicks need a place to escape from heat. If chicks are panting and far apart they are too hot. If piled into a heap they are to cold. If sleeping next to each other in a single layer you have the temp just right.

Chick food, you can use either medicated ( for coccidiosis ) or unmedicated, I like to use gamebird starter as it has higher protein and more vitamins.

I don't use chick grit as I get my chicks out on soil as soon as possible. However if chicks do not have access to outdoors they will need grit to grind up any whole grains they are fed ( scratch included ) If you have sandy soil you can sprinkle a little on food.

Other supplements that are nice to have on hand, water soluble vitamins to make up for any deficits in parents diet, electrolytes to give your new chicks a boost, especially if shipped.

Special note on shipped birds, I always take a kit to the post office when picking up birds. I have scissors to open box, food and water. Every minute counts when your chicks have been at the mercy of the post office for two days or more. An extra 30 min in your car can mean the difference between life and death! I open box and offer food and water immediately.

Most of all have fun with your new babies, the more they are handled the tamer they will be. Don't expect friendly birds if they are not brought up as pets, especially roosters! Once your chicks have fully feathered out at 4 to 6 weeks they can go outdoors as long as they have shelter.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Lemon Cuckoo Orpingtons

Been wanting these for ages! Had a young pair sent out a couple of weeks ago, the color is incredible! The pullet is already laying small eggs, won't hatch any out until they get larger. They are Priscilla Middleton lines .

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Blue Black Splash

Ok I have had lots of questions about what combinations you will get if you breed blue/ black/ splash . See graph below for clarification.

Splash x Black = 100% Blue
Splash x Blue = 50% Blue 50% Splash
Black x Blue = 50% Blue 50% Black
Blue x Blue = 50% Blue 25% Black 25% splash
Splash x Splash = 100% Splash
Black x Black = 100% Black

Lavender is a different gene . It is recessive so can be hidden . You need two sets , one from each parent. I keep Black  hens with  my Lav flock as black are thought to improve the type and feather quality . A Black split  is a black bird carrying a hidden Lav gene. I will be breeding my lavs to Black English Orps this year to get bigger fluffier birds.
Below are the results you can expect from various combinations of black and lav breedings.

Lav x Lav = 100% Lav
Lav x  Black split = 50% Lav 50% splits
Black split x Black split = 50% splits 25 % Lav 25 % Blacks
Lav x Black = 100% Black splits
Black  split  x Black = 100% Black

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hatching eggs for sale

 I have Cuckoo Olive Eggers, Orpingtons in Blue, Black,Splash and Lavender and Sussex in Light, Coronation and Silver. I am charging 2 per egg, no guarantees on hatching as anything could happen with your incubator or broody hen. I collect eggs several times per day and place on an automatic turner . I only sell the freshest eggs to my customers, any that dont sell will go into my own incubator. At this time I  am charging the same price for all my breeds but that may change depending on demand and the rarety of the breed. Mix and match is  also fine.

March update exciting new colors breeds

Marans update. Well out of my 5 rescued BCM eggs only one hatched, he has excellet leg/ foot feathering and came from a very dark egg. He and his  buddy a Barred Olive egger are being very spoiled as they are in the kitchen in their own brooder and it' s impossible not to pick them up every time you walk by! I will be using him/ her to start over this year.

The Birchen Marans are doing well but more boys than girls so once they grow out I will offer 1 or 2 for sale. They would be great to breed with solid Blue Marans to start a Blue Birchen project ( I had planned to do this before I lost my Marans flock ).

New arrivals this week will be Lemon Cuckoo Orpingtons chicks and a breeding pair pure English ( Pricilla Middleton lines ) and Gold laced, Silver laced Brahmas ( Dan Powell lines ) . These are to start my own breeding flocks with but I may have a few to share once they have grown out a little.
I am also offering hatching eggs at this time in limited numbers, 2$ per egg. No guarantees on eggs hatching as anything could happen to them between my house and your incubator of broody hen.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


This year I will have Blue, Black and Splash in addition to my Lavenders available. I held back a huge unrelated Lavender cockerel from last years chicks and will be breeding him  to my black and lavender hens( my old lav roo is now living in Wyoming , he was one of my favorites so I hope he is doing well ).

My BBS  Orps are all massive and super mellow they are great for 4H  and show. I added some English birds to my flock last year they are slightly younger but just as big and a little stockier than the American birds and are  just starting to lay. The Lavs are still a work in progress and are coming along nicely. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Silver Birchens are here!

Almost two weeks ago I received a much anticipated box in the mail, a lively little group of Silver Birchen Marans! I' ve had these birds on my wish list for over a year now and  I hope to add a few more to this group, will post pics of their progress as they grow out.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Rest in peace Black Copper Marans

Well its happened again , dogs got out and had the time of their lives. Lost almost my entire flock of Marans last weekend. The dogs were kind enough to leave me one lone cockeral and five eggs so all hope is not lost. I put the eggs in the incubator a few days ago so hopefully will get at least a pullet out of the batch. Can't describe how sickening it is to find a sea of dead bodies completely gone to waste! The dogs just kill for the pure fun of it and dont even take a bite of meat! Three years of selective breeding gone in a 30 minute bloodbath! Oh well, life goes on so keep your fingers crossed with me and hope for the best.....