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Happy Easter April 16, 2017

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Happy Easter all.

It has been a bit since I have posted and lots has changed. I am down to 3 hens in my Partridge Rocks. Do to the fact there are so few breeders I have decided to change breeds. I have Eggs in the incubator now of Black Copper Marans and Black and Blue Ameraucanas. These are real Ameraucanas meeting the SOP for the breed. I have joined the Ameraucana Breeders Club and am planning on showing as I have a friend who has grandkids that likes to show. So they will be showing my breeding for me.

Next month I will be getting Wheaten Ameraucana eggs in the incubator. Maybe some more blacks and lavenders too from another breeder. We have changed things here in that cows and pigs are no longer here. So I am working on chickens, Muscovy ducks, La Mancha dairy goats and coming in this year will be Satin Angora Blue Rabbits. Lots of ne things happening as we get buildings finish up.

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Well first spring hatch is here. March 26, 2014

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We have had 30 chicks hatch so far. Might have a few more, incubator holds 42. All that have hatched are doing great. Hubby was kind enough to buy me chicks water and feeder. The upright type as I already had the lay down type. But since we are putting chicks into a plastic tote upright works better.

These chicks are for sale on a local level. I also am selling hens from last year hatch that I do not need in my breeding program. I will Not ship either hens or chicks. But if you are with in driving distance you can contact me either here or facebook or email me threw farm website http://www.bluemoonvalley.com/ We also have the farm page on facebook as Blue Moon Valley Farm https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Moon-Valley-Farm/447088522062904 you can reach me there also.

Speaking of facebook. We have a number of groups for East Tn on there related to farm stuff. So make sure to look for them as we have one now for selling goats in East TN and farm barter and farm livestock. Just getting the word out there. Hope everyone spring is going well.

Broody number two March 20, 2011

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Well, since last post our first broody stopped due to cold weather. We had a real drop here in temps 3 days after I posted. She left the nest so I cooked up eggs for the hens. Now temps have stabelized and nights are not going under 45 anymore. We also have not had any rain for a week which has been a nice break.

So for the past 3 days I have been feeding off back pourch their sunflower seed treat. I noticed one hen having problems walking. She is limping but not bad so I am keeping an eye out for her. Yesterday I had main coop door open and the wind shut it about 2pm on me. So I went out and closed it proper and open poop door instead. Now the thing is that I noticed 2 hens in nest boxes. Nothing unusally there but I was wondering if injured hen had started to stay in a nest box to recover. So in the afternoon later I went out to feed treat and did head count and was one short. So I went out to coop this was about 5pm. Sunset is now 8pm ar there after. Sure enough there was hen in same box. I did some bedding turning too see if she would move nope. So I left it at that till shut down.

Not it is 7:45pm and I went back out. Alpha and 3 hens are still out so I opened coop to see what was up with that hen. Well, she was still there in same nest box. I had a few more hens leave coop after I opened so I went in. So I went to hen in box and got growled at. Hmm, could she have gone broody was this injured hen? So I went to get egg and got pecked so I removed wood egg. I then pulled eggs from the nest box next to this one and put them under her. That was a chore. She would not get up at all. This is not usually for my hens for they stand when we collect eggs if they are in box if they have not layed yet. Not this one she held tight to nest.

This morning I open coop early 7:30am sun was not fullu up yet. Normally I open around 9 to 10 am. So I opened poop door Alpha and 5 hens came out. Boy, was he in the mood. It was funny how much he was dancing to get some. I then opened main door too see about that hen and most of the rest came out. 2 were on the perch and low and behold one of those 2 was the injured one. So that meant the one in the box was a BROODY.

So now we have another broody and I think she will stick with it. She has not come out yet even with me calling out for treats. About noon I will go out and check on her and make sure she leaves long enough to eat and poop. Some hens you just have to get them off the nest once a day for their own good. Last year I had to do that alot. When Partridge Rocks go broody they get serious. Now that one is serious I am wondering how many will follow and how fast.

Spring is here and its early March 4, 2011

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Well, flowers here are in bloom. Weather is nice but with some bad rain storms and lots of wind. Better than snow. Today coop is wide open to let it air out some. I have been down with cold and hens are laying alot.

Our broody stopped due to cold night and has not gotten back in the mood yet. Oh well, she will I sure soon. At least we will have enough too put under her when she does.

Todays chickens treat will be cooked eggs. I am getting 8 eggs a day now. Although I am collecting sporatic due to being sick. So 8 is just I think number as most time it is more than one days worth I collect. Temps at night are still low 30’s and high 50′ to 60’s. So not worried about eggs going bad.

Coop need spring cleaning bad but that will have to wait till I and hubby feel better. I was able to find someone that has a willow tree that will give me cutting so we shall be getting that this next week. With all the rain the area in front of coop is real soft. I was able to buy a weeping pussy willow which I thought of pitting down at coop. But after reading it will only get to 6 feet that will go out front of house. I took off a small broken branch and the chickens attacked the catkins pussy puffs on it. That was funny too watch them chase each other for one. Willow from what I read I am guessing leaves will make eggs darker. This comes from a french site on Marens breeders. They plant them near coop for that reason it seems. I will put that too the test this year.

Chickens are out now from early morning till about 6:30pm. It is not even full dark before the go to bed. With all the rain I am sure they have been munching on earthworms. I have been tring to keep them away from front of house so they leave hostas that are coming up alone. It will be another month for hostas here to emerge but chickens love the growing bids on them. They were eating my daylilies but now ignore them that they are up more. There is just too much green stuff to eat now comeing in. Well, off I go to see what the racket is about. Alpha is reall taking control of flock.

Chicks are here May 12, 2010

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Well, we picked up chicks on Monday. We got to pick how many of each we wanted due to lady ordering just pullets and roos. So we got 4 roosters and 6 pullets. They are still in the house as I want a little more size on them before taking them outside to broodies. I have toe punch them so when grown I can tell these from the older ones.

As of now we are back up to 4 broodies and working on 5. Plus we have 3 in molt so we only have 12 laying at this time. Hubby is impaiten now for new roosters to grow up so we can get more chickens.

Right now we are making plans to expand coop adding at least another 4ft to it. That will make it 12 x 8. We will be adding new perch next weekend and this past one we added alot of straw to nest boxes as well as coop getting ready for chicks to be put in. It will make it easier for the chicks to get out of nest boxes and coop now.

This past weekend we went up North to pick up MIL. Hubby wants to butcher one of the chickens for a meal next week. Luckily I have enough to get rid of that I do not want in my breeding program. It will be interesting to see what home grown chicken taste like. Just need to buy a big bucket to scald in and what I need to pluck them with so we do not skin like we did for the dog.

As of today also I am a member of the ALBC. Since I have no plans for showing but am breeding according to the Standard of Perfection this was the best Org to join for my plans. Should see packet by friday or Monday.

Pics soon of new chicks.

weather wet and hot May 3, 2010

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Well, last night and early this morning we had hard rains here. I know many places in TN got floods. We are lucky to live high and dry. Yesterday temps here at the house hit 90’s with low humidty.

Chickens took it all in stride. Even the broodies are doing fine. We have been removing eggs daily but they still sit tight. 7 more days till new chicks arrive. Can not be soon enough.

With the heat most of them are foraging in our woods. As I sit here typing this I have a few out front. They have been ranging well with no new hawk attacks. I did loose my hostas to them since I did not fence them in before they started to bud up. My bad lessoned learned.

Mower broke this past weekend but luckily chickens have kept around the nouse short. Our east field is long so when chickens are over there we can barly see them. I will be taking pics today and getting them up. Provided it does not rain again by that time. Egglaying has dropped back more but with 4 broodies and another one or two in moult I am not surprised. Since they are eating more grass there protien in down too so that is another reason.

Size wise these girls are large. Very broad in back on some of them, other have more the layer body and they will be weeded out when new chicks grow up. But for now hubby wants to keep them all.

Ticks so for have been real low. I found 2 on the dog so far. Which is saying alot for she ranges far and wide here covering 40 acres. Neibors place is all feilds and she has our woods too to run in. Ofcourse this past winter might have some to do with it as it was colder longer. But I know chickens are helping too. Bugs around the place are a bit lower so far this year. It fun to see chickens chasing after moths and such.

With all the rain and snow we got worms are close to the surface. Everytime I move the waterer there is a bunch right under it. So chickens were out this morning eating all those that were trying not to drown from late night heavy rains. They look very full today. Well, I shall get back out there and get picks for you all.

chickens troubles April 5, 2010

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Well, spring has really been interesting so far. We have lost one more hen that my dog found. Wild tukeys are nesting on property and chickens freak out every time dog finds one and trees it. There call make the chickens go nuts.

Of late the chickens are out and about and running into the local snakes. Now this gets loud. 2 years ago I releashed a black rat that we found 2 years before that as a just hatched baby in late fall. Well, chickens found him in shed up on our mountian. What a racket that was and is still. One that is closest to the snake will sound off then another futher down will also sound off. It sounds like egg song but it goes on much longer and is much louder. 2 days in a row they found that poor snake. He must be eating well from what hubby said his size is now. Ofcourse it could be another black rat since we have seen a few around here. I am not worried about them getting into the coop. More than enough field mice arouind. Some even under the house driving me nuts at night.

Our broody is still sitting. I am going to pick up some chicks and put them under her to raise. TSC has them for sale now. So I can get some rocks from them. She has been a good broody in that she leaves the nest every moring to eat and drink then goes right back and sits. I just wish Captain could do his thing with more than one or 2 hens. But alas that does not seem to be. He will not be long for this world as his bad leg is getting worse in that is is now twisting. He still gets around but I have to take him out of the coop to get water since he can not go thru the chickens door. At night he has no problems going up ramp and into coop though. I am still planning on AIing a few hens and have them hatched. Just so much other stuff happening right now have yet to do it.

Egg production wise we havea drop in mumber due to a few going into moult. We are back down to a bakers dozen up to 14. As soon as these ones are done moulting I expect to see a real jump in eggs again. Well, there is a cake to make so off I go.

Sring and broody March 14, 2010

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Well, Spring looks like it has finally come. Temps have warmed up and bugs are out. Many of our plants are coming up now too. It is great to see sun again after almost 3 months of clouds.

Chickens are showing the effects to of the change in seasons. We have a few more laying. So count is up once again on eggs. One has started laying outside of the coop but at least it is in a place I can get too.

Yes, we have our first broody. She is not sitting on eggs yet as none are fertile yet. Captain is having more problems with his leg. He is trying though but leg just hampers him. So I will have to AI the hens with him. This should be interesting to say the least. I have AIed dogs when I used to breed them but a chicken is a whole nother matter. There is a video on it on You Tube. I have watched it so it will just be a matter of getting it done now. Hopefully the rains hold off for most of the next few days enough for me to get most of the hens done. Right now I am wondering how many will go broody this spring. As these color variation is well known for broodiness. It was once reason I picked Partridge Rocks as my chicken to raise. I shall be updating as things progress here on this broody.

The robins are here. February 22, 2010

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Couple of days ago hubby and I spotted a flock of robins next to the road in a field. So glad to see them as this has been one long and hard winter. I really thought it would never end.

But the chickens came threw like champs. Laying a solid dozen all winter for us. Least we have had is 9 this past 2 months. Now we are up to 16. I expect a few to go into moult that have not yet.

Egg size has changed alot in the past 2 month too. We were getting just med and large. Now we are getting up to jumbo from one hen and a few xlarge and many close to xlarge. The jumbo really suprised us as we were sure it would have been a double yoker. But no it was a true jumbo no double yoke. When temps warm up even more I will find out who is laying that jewel and make sure she is bred.

So far they are all doing great, no one got any frost bite this year. No more losses to hawks either. Our local crows have realing been protrolling the place. I hope to have new pics soon. We have not seen sun until two days ago, after almost 2 months of no sun due to weather.