Too many males! Nine young drakes left our farm yesterday. We now have 2 drakes and 9 ducks with a focus on egg production.
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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.