Blog posts categorized as: Backyard Chickens

Baby chicks first visit outside…

Jul 25, 2011

I took the new baby girls outside for the firs time...They got a little rowdy, so we didn't stay out there long (it's kinda hard to catch these little munchkins once they decide to run, lol). There are two Polish hens and one Cochin. Looks like the black white-crested Polish is actually turning into a speckled, but the Blue looks like she's going to be a lovely color - even her legs are turnig silver. I was hoping for a Blue Cochin, but she's turing out to be a black (you only end up with 25% actual "blues" with any breed, so you end up with the rest being black or speckled, which are both still pretty). Too cute!

 

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Blue Polish chick

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Black (or speckled) white crested Polish chick

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Black Cochin chick

Cute baby chicks…My July 4th babies

Jul 14, 2011

Ok..are these babies cute are what??? Here they are about a week old...

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Little Cochin...hopefully a Blue, but probably a Black

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Little Polish...White Crested Black, or may end up Speckled

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Little Polish #2...Looks like she will be a Silver/Blue! (yay)

 

Surprise!! I’m a new mom again!

Jul 6, 2011

Soooo...I got a call from the post office this morning that I had baby chicks waiting for me. WHAT??? This was a back order from 6 months ago that I'd cancelled a while back. For whatever reason, they shipped the chicks anyway. Yikes!! Well, what do you do...you can't ship them back...So, I ran back at lunch to pick them up and then set up a new brooder for them right quick.

 

I'll be raising these three little babies for a while. Two are Polish hens and I'm not sure what the other one is just yet (Just figured out it's probably a Cochin, either blue or black...which I MUST have! lol). I really only have room for one more chicken...two more would be pushing it. But, it's going to be really hard not to get attached to these little munchkins. So, I may have a couple of specialty breeds that will need a new home in a bit...I'll keep you posted!

I can’t help but be sad when I lose a chicken…

Jun 16, 2011

R.I.P Pecker...you were such a great chicken! Pecker was a 2 1/2 year old Ameraucana who layed the prettiest blue eggs, every day, on time, no complaints. No drama with Pecker, she was all about business. Hard not to be sad, even though they are livestock. I still get attached...I'm just a big softy (shhhhh, don't tell anyone!)

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Got a call from the husband at work on Tuesday evening...he said he'd just found her keeled over in the coop. No warning. We still can't figure out what happened unless the heat just got to her. Even though she seemed perfectly fine the night before. What a bummer. So, Phyllis is the last of the original gang of girls. Who'd have thunk she would hang on the longest.

It's a good idea to add electrolytes to your chicken's water during the summer months. Helps with heat stress. If you have a chicken that seems week or disorented in the heat, you can hose them down or even hold them in a bucket of cool water for a few minutes. I actually did this with Phyllis yesterday. Make sure they have access to shade in the afternoon. I like to give my girls chilled watermelon in the summer. They LOVE it and it cools them off.

Anyhoo...I'll miss her and and blue eggs. Sniff, sniff.

Backyard Chickens 101 Class 5/20

May 17, 2011

Interested in keeping backyard chickens in the city? Lots going on this weekend! I'll be teaching a Backyard Chickens 101 class this coming Friday 5/20 at North Haven Gardens from Noon-1pm. Then, don't miss their hen sale Saturday 5/21 from 11am- till sold out plus a tour and Q&A at the NHG coop from 10am-11am. Then you can hit the Dallas Peep at the Coops tour on Sunday 5/22! Maps and t-shirts for the tour available at NHG as well as basic backyard chicken keeping supplies.

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Meet the chicks…finally named them…

May 8, 2011

So this chicken naming thing can really consume a lot of one's mental energy. As I so often do with pets that I have to name, I picked a theme for these gals. I figured why not go with some rock n' roll chicks I like? Sooo...Please meet:

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Stevie Nicks (because she has pretty hair, and she's a softy)

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Kim Deal (because her colors totally ROCK and she's a bit of a heavy drinker)

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Joan Jett (Cuz she's the leader of the pack and well, she wears all black)

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PJ Harvey (She wears all black too, but she's HELLA CRAZY. Seriously. Fitting for the Cuckoo Maran, eh?)

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And and older photo of Rickie Lee Jones. She was too off doin' her own thang for me to get a good photo of her today.

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This one here? Well folks, I'm afraid this one is a boy (black chest feathers on faverolles). So for now, we shall just call him Francois. Francois the Faverolle.

Baby Chicks…week 3 video

Apr 12, 2011

Babies first time outside...April 2nd...The canine girls are most curious...Photos of the girls at 1 month coming soon..

 

 

 

Baby Chicks…week 2-3

Apr 12, 2011

After only two weeks the babies had already started filling in their big girl feathers... (Photos taken March 26th-Apr. 2)

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Silver Laced Wyandotte...Still the smallest of the bunch

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Salmon Faverolle...they have the prettiest coloring.

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Silver Cuckoo Maran...starting to look very similar to Barred Rock.

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Ameraucauna

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Barred Rock...So far, this little gal is not only the tallest, but most curious and friendly of the bunch.


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