The ducks coming up from the pond where they enjoyed a cold swim & splash. No matter the weather, our ducks love the pond even when it is mostly covered in ice.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Best of all fresh from the chicken eggs !
2014 Goals for my poultry :
- Buy more white Orpingtons & Americaunas for laying flock
- train geese & ducks to live and graze near the pond which will be a better home and environment for them ( in other words, they aren't to live in the backyard anymore )
- Prepare the new Silkie Shack for my Silkies and breeding program.
- Begin culling doves for the whitest , hoping to breed out the ghost of a ring around their necks I find in a few doves.
- Nurture assorted bantam hens , make new nest boxes for them to incubate & brood chicks.
- Buy new Bantam White Cochin chicks, some frizzled.
- Learn more about the Porcelains I have ( thanks Bugs ) and begin preparing them for show.
- Look into local poultry shows and begin preparations.
- Enjoy my chickens fully !!!!!!!!
Friday, December 13, 2013
In this post I will be writing about some of the d'uccles color genetics and how to improve some of the problems that occur in these colors.
Above is a photo of the wing of my Porcelain rooster this is a feather quality problem that happens with Porcelains mainly the Roosters, you can breed this out by breeding them to mille Fleur's , the chicks will come out Mille Fleur's with Porcelain Genes , then you breed the chicks back to other Porcelains those chicks should then come out Porcelains, a few generations of breeding them to Porcelains that haven't been crossed to any other colors should eliminate the Mille Fleur Genes. Below is one of the chicks from my Black Mottled Project, He is a Porcelain Black Mottled Cross the red Color in his feathers comes from the mille Fleur in the background of the Porcelain , the porcelain is a Mille Fleur with the Lavender gene which turns buff or red to cream and black to Light blue , breeding one of the chicks below should Produce Blue or Self Blue Mottleds which I guess I will find out when I breed the hen I hatched this year.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Bugs answers the judge's questions.
I think he did O.K.
Both Bugs and his sister did O.K. Congratulations to my two bird-brains !
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
My grandson Bugs & I attended a poultry show this past weekend. I saw it advertised in this months issue of Backyard Poultry and we decided to check out the chickens on display.
This little rooster won big !
These Sebastopol geese are beautiful, and I wish I had written down the name of the owner of this pair. ( Not that I'll be buying any more geese Jim. )
Bugs raises this breed, and loves them.
and turkeys too. This is a magnificent Narragansett Turkey.
"What are you looking at ? "
Just look at this cute Silkie !
I must admit, I came home with 3 half-grown Silkie chicks, but I'll show them in another post.
Now here are some serious curls. I have never seen any birds with such tightly curled feathers. Click on the picture to enlarge and really look at the feathers these pigeons are sporting.