Tuesday, January 6, 2015
We're ( Granny Baa & myself )pretty excited to see chicks from this pair and expecting some exciting blues ! ~By Bugs.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
A sweet fluffy frizzled hen. I love these little fluffy balls of feathers !
A dove setting on eggs, more baby doves to come !
This is a glimpse of a few of my chickens and my doves this month. Every keeper of livestock & poultry needs to spend some time simply observing their animals. This gives the keeper an idea of the state of the flocks & herds, an idea of changes to be made. Sometimes simply taking time to observe them also allows the keeper to see things that alert him/her to health problems. Health problems caught early are often easily treatable and prevent serious infection or contagion. Feeding and caring for your animals should be a given, but knowing your animals and how they should behave is right up there with the most important things you should do. Besides, it's fun , after all, we're keeping animals we love and enjoy, right ?
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The two photos above are of 2 of my original birds, Snowflake and Platinum.
One of some of my first Porcelain chicks that hatched out in 2012.
Above is Colonel Blue who was out of the batch above and champion bantam at our community fair, he also won many other awards before the age of 1 .
Another angle of her.
This is Polar, Tundra's brother. So far he's a great looking rooster, although he doesn't have much pattern yet. He has a good base color and better feather quality than most of my pure porcelains..And finally one of my latest porcelain chicks , a 4th generation 3/4 porcelain. Platinum's great granddaughter, and hopefully her and my other 4th generation porcelains add the great traits they have onto the next generation with many more. ~ By C.T. ( Bugs )
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
This little Modern game bantam looked like he was walking on stilts.
There were lots of different kinds of poultry there this year and some that I have never seen, including these frizzled Belgian D'anvers .
One of the Mille Fleur pullets I entered.
Her dad Copper.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
I would not ever show him because he has a serious flaw with his wings. Can you see it ? Yet he is healthy, vigorous, and I like him !
I am so happy to watch my young flock grow and begin laying. As I sip my coffee while I watch my chickens in the morning I begin sizing up my newly maturing flock and thinking about the birds I will keep, the birds I will sell, and maybe the birds I might want to show , my rooster keeps reminding me in this little flock he rules the roost !
Monday, November 3, 2014
I discovered Mr. Fancy Pants was missing when he did not come running out of the shed he and his hens slept in over night. Where could he be ? I make sure they are inside before dark every night and I close and secure the door. Not only was there no Mr. FP in sight, but every day I was missing another hen. How could this be ? I had not heard or seen any predators, yet chickens I am attached to have been disappearing ,seemingly without a trace. No feathers about the area, no hawks lingering, nor any coyotes . ( My dogs would have alerted us to this )
The mystery was solved because the season changed and the fall took away the leaf cover of the trees. I can now see my chicken pens from our upstairs back windows. As I was enjoying the sight of one of my roosters courting a hen I happened to notice a lot of feathers on top of one of the dove pens. A LOT of feathers. A ladder and an investigation by my husband showed the remains of Mr. Fancy Pants and 6 hens were strewn all over the roof. Now we had to discover the stinking, slinking murderer. And we did.
Our German Shepherd Whimsy's barking alerted us one early morning ( around 2:00 a.m. ) and my husband discovered an opossum at a window in the shed near the roof of Mr. FP's home. Possums were killing the chickens and dragging them onto the roof to consume at their leisure. That particular opossum is no longer a problem, but we know there are at least a few more near-by who know there are chickens to be had.We have set traps for any future marauders and murderers and moved the few remaining chickens to safer housing.
FYI ,I think you might be interested to know we had detected a strong odor around my chicken pens for many days prior to our discovery of the culprits. The odor smells like skunk but is not as strong. That is opossum!
I am hoping one of my hens related to Mr. Fancy Pants will hatch out and raise another like him. Yes, I really do miss my Fancy Pants who is no more.