George, our 2 year old rooster, left our farm yesterday. His crime…too rough with the hens. They were in danger of not having enough feathers and down on their backs to survive the winter. They were trying to avoid him by staying outside the coop and pen and ended up roosting out in the elements, getting soaked. Georgie Jr, his son, is taking a “time out” in a separate pen until the hens fully recover. For the first time in weeks all of the hens spent the night sheltered in the coop.
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Too many males! Nine young drakes left our farm yesterday. We now have 2 drakes and 9 ducks with a focus on egg production.
We have 19 ducklings. Grace, our Indian Runner duck hatched 8 ducklings on July 15th. All are healthy and thriving amongst the corn, squash and broccoli in the garden. They enjoy their own kiddy pool.
It looks like at least one is pure Indian Runner. One is a Khaki Campbell/Indian runner cross.
One is a Peking/ Swedish cross. Two are Indian Runner/Swedish. Not sure of the other 3 or
Phaedra, our Khaki Campbell duck, hatched eleven ducklings 2 weeks ago. They are living in the duckling “nursery” – a 16′ X 4′ covered enclosure in the garden. They are all mix breed – Swedish/Peking, Swedish Indian Runner, Khaki Campbell/Peking, Khaki Campbell/Indian Runner.
Our young rooster has taken charge of our eight new hens. He’s doing an excellent job leading them into the pasture by day and then back to the coop in the evening. They have settled in nicely and are laying lots of eggs!
Last night Harold and I drove to Northwood, NH and picked up 8 hens from two wood-worker women. They make amazingly beautiful wooden bowls, mantles, furniture and art pieces. They reluctantly had to give up their beloved hens due to vicious fox attacks. The hens are one and 1/2 years old and include 4 Buff Orpington, 2 Black Sex-links, 2 Lace Wyandottes. They were sleeping when I put them in the coop and seem to be doing well this morning. They are keeping to themselves as a group. So far no fighting. We will be adding a thick blanket of pasture grasses to keep them all occupied, digging and scratching. Later today I’ll add more nesting boxes in the coop.
Welcome to your new home, girls.