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We have hatching. December 27, 2013

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The eggs we put in on the 7th of Dec. are now hatching. To my surprise they started last night. So far we are up to 16 hatched with more coming. I put in 42 and I hope at this point they do not all hatch for we are tight here with 4 people and stuff. I plan on selling these local.

Do to the new puppy coming in, we are now going to also get Runner ducks. They are good for young dogs to teach herding on. They also are great layers but do not use a nest. This will be a very interesting New Year.

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Winter is here. October 24, 2013

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Well, we we down to the 20’s last night. Brrrr But chickens are good. I have upped the corn and all the feed since forage is slim now. They spend most of the day in our woods since leaves are down, looking for bugs. They are ranging further now too because pickings are low.

Pullets hatched this year are now starting to lay. First hatching done in early April is laying. So we are now getting fresh eggs again. Rooster are going nuts over these hens. Opening coops in the morning is interesting to say the least. Lock up gets a bit wild too with rooster chasing each other and the hens.

We are changing the roof of the coop to let more light in. Right now new hen coop has a tin roof. We are taking one panel out and replacing with a clear plastic panel so more light get in. This will make it easier for me to work in the coop with door closed. Also it will help the hens have more daylight time since they have to be let out late morning most days.

My two oldest hens are in molt now. Since we no longer have Longfeather, these hens have not bonded to a new rooster yet. When let out of the coop the run to North part of property to get away from all the roosters. One in particular is really avoiding the roosters. She was never mated by Longfeather either and when she went broody and hatched eggs killed the chicks by not caring for them. She is a good layer but will be for the soup pot this winter after she is done with her molt. Same with many of the roosters this winter.

Rain rain and more rain May 18, 2013

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Well, this past week has been a busy one. Baby chick coop is now done and has chicks in it. Tractor is now down here from up North. Hubby has it running well and has redone driveway. Third batch of chicks have hatched. We lost 3 in shell, seems membrane was too tough. I am really thinking of getting another incubator but that will have to wait. From this last batch we had 14 live so that is all good. They are doing well.

The ones in chick coop are doing good too. We have had temps at night in the 50’s and it does not seem to hurt them. Then again day temps have been high 80’s. So heat stays in little coop better. It is a 4×4 A frame. I have not let chicks out yet since we have been away more than home. Now it is all rain so they are staying in for now.

We also have our first broody of the year finally. She is sitting on 8 eggs. BIL comes down soon so that will get new chick raising coops done. Plans are to have a coop where we have the barn too but on the outside of it. I do not want chickens in the barn with the goats and pigs when it is done.

Having the tractor here means we will be having a garden for corn and some feed stuff. Lots of plans for chickens plus garden here. Can not wait tillwe really kick in the geers on it.

New coop February 6, 2011

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Well, this weekend hubby and I made a decsion on the coop situation. Due to his driving and not being home as much he gave the OK to buy a shed. So now I have to plan things a bit different. The one we chose is an 8×12 and will be made into main coop. The 8×8 will be made into the broody coop. I am still deciding where I want this coop but have narrowed that down to two places. One we have to cut some big poplurs the other get rid of stumps of sumacs. Trees will go either way as we had plans to take them down anyways for firewood.

I am thinking seriously of putting it off the east corner of the 8×8 and have it face west. Windows and door are on that side which is the 12 foot side. That will make a courtyard of sorts right there at the entrance to both. I wish to put in a willow to help shade and keep that area dryer. I truely think that place will work better that putting new coop next to old coop. Doing that would block window on west side which would really make that coop hot in summer.

I found a recipe for those of you that have chickens. It is for cooking an old hen or rooster. Here is the link to some good pot pie.
http://ayankeeinasouthernkitchen.com/2009/09/28/old-hen-chicken-pot-pie/ Enjoy.