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.
Two of our hens have been sitting on eggs since the first week in June. Lydia made her nest first in the brush pile in the pasture. Several days later Grace made hers in the same brush pile about 2 feet away from Lydia. The nests are built up with grass, sticks and mud about 4-5 inches high. Our other 2 hens occasionally “egg sit” and give the sitting ducks a break. The drakes keep watch over the nesting area.
Our does are begining to look pregnant…especially Nashoba and Trace. I swear I felt babies as I gave them each a massage on the milk stand yesturday.
I cleared an area in the chicken run and spread out hay and hid cracked corn in it to give the chickens someting to do besides hang out in the coop. They are laying beautiful, large eggs…in spite of the snowy and cold winter weather.
Even though the weather is snowy and cold, winter break is over for our chickens. I’ve shoveled the snow from their run and spread out hay for them to scratch in and nibble. They are now laying 5-6 eggs per day. Eggs are available at $3.00/dozen.
Our four does have been bred to handsome bucks from Proctor Hill Farm. [see Breeding Schedule page] We are looking forward to our first kids in April!!
Our chickens have ended their “winter break” and are laying 5-7 eggs/day….in spite of the frigid weather.
We have put heaters in both the goat barn and the chicken coop in anticipation of sub-zero weather.