Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Delaware Chickens As Illustrated by Bugs

Delaware rooster, illustrated by Bugs. I have 2 Delaware hens that are laying now. They are vigorous, beautiful, and the history of the breed is worthy of mention. The Delaware chicken is a good breed for the farm or homestead.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sultan Chickens

Breed Profile:  Breed: Sultan.  A very old, ornamental race  of poultry, listed in the first American Standard of Excellence in 1874. Sultans came to England in 1854 from Istanbul. They originated in Southeastern Europe, but were bred in Turkey under the name of "Sultan's Fowl" the breed evidently enjoying the favor of Turkish rulers, possibly due to there attractive appearance. They have  for there most distinguishing characteristics the novel features of a full crest, muff, and beard, combined with vulture hocks or feathered hocks and profuse toe and shank feathering, along with five toes on each foot.  Economic Qualities. Bred primarily for exhibition, the Sultan is not classed among production fowls, although the hens are good layers of medium- sized eggs. Sultans come in Standard and bantam sizes and come in White Black and Blue. Above is a drawing I did of a White Sultan rooster.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Western Washington Junior Poultry Show 2012

At the end of September  I went to the Puyallup Fair, all of my birds did pretty good. Two got best of  variety and one got reserve of variety . I also did pretty well at fit and show I answered all of the questions right but I got a red because my bird's feet weren't the  cleanest and the judge also said my bird's feathers were all over the place , which really didn't matter to me because she was in moult. Also , it's been a real challenge to keep my breed's foot feathers from getting broken ,shredded, and dirty, but over all I'm happy with how my birds did.  Above is me and my friends before we went to fit and show.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Eggs, Glorious Eggs!

I gathered these eggs from my new laying flock yesterday afternoon.The chocolate brown eggs are from my Cuckoo Marans, the blue-green eggs from my Americaunas. Collecting eggs from my chickens never ceases to excite me. Like an Easter egg hunt every day !