Thursday, March 26, 2009

Been bad

I've been soooo bad about updating.

Soooo, Rotisserie has started laying, she laid her 4th or 5th egg today. She is laying one every other day. She is smaller than the Silkies but her eggs are larger than theirs. As she started laying she immediately went broody which is totally odd. So she was sitting on 6 eggs, but I candled them yesterday and one had the blood ring of death, so she has 5 of them.

Helmet and the boys are crowing like crazy and each trying to assert his own dominance. Poor girls are being plucked bald. Each boy should have his own set of 3-5 girls. I have 3 roos and only 2 girls not being broody---poor girls!

Star has had some issues and is having difficulty mounting right. Which results in him grabbing (usually Nugget's hair) and pulling it while he's facing her and trying to jump on her. Nugget starts pulling his hair back and chasing him if she can get ahold of him.

The little cochin chick has become quite the sweety. She (HOPEFULLY!) follows us around and LOVES to roost on our arm. The white silkie chicks are doing ok, not quite as friendly. They are following the Cochin everywhere.

We have A batch of eggs due to hatch late next week, with one crested Pekin duck egg to hatch the next week! I also added 14 Cochin eggs (they were mailed to me) and about 6 of my chicken eggs to the bator yesterday. Ohhh boy are we going to have a bunch of babies!

The Button Quail hatched about 2-3 weeks ago--friggin tiny. They remind me of baby hamsters when they are first born, fuzzy and squirmy. They are starting to feather out, I need to get rid of them, not to interested in keeping jumpy birds that I have to ground up their food for. My mom says she wants them.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Need to update

Ugh, I have pics and I need to load some up here, but I just don't have time.

First off--ALL of our showgirls are roosters. Kind of dissapointed about that. The only good news is Star is a rooster, which would mean we'll have one white and one blue/splash roo so we'll have some variety. I'm thinking after the Clay County Fair we'll probably sell Lola the Showboy, as we really don't need 3 roos.

Star started acting funny today, sounds a little off. Had to lock him in our shower (he jumped out of the bathtub). Will have to go by Tractor Supply tommorow and get him some meds.

Currently we have 2 white showgirls that are 1 month old. I'm debating on selling them or keeping one of them. If anyone is interested, let me know.

We also still have the Cochin baby that is a month old. The last couple of days she has started getting in her wattles and comb, HOPING she's not a boy. If it's a boy, he'll have to go to a new home. If it's a girl we'll keep her around and she'll be our egg (for food) layer and broody momma (hopefully) for any eggs we have in the future.

OOOoh, we have quail eggs set to hatch tommorow. We originally got about 14 eggs in a trade of sorts and when I candled them all but 7 had cracks in them. So the bad ones were thrown out and the remaining 7 appear to be forming just fine. They are set to hatch tommorow from the incubator.

They are Button Quail and I had no clue that they apparantally jump about 3 feet when scared. Mind you, these things are the size of a quarter when first born! Not used to the jumping.

Supposed to be building a second coop this week for sick and injured birds as well as broody mamma hens. I'm going to make sure at least part of it has porch screening on it so the buttons can go in there. They apparantally get to breeding age in about 6 weeks, unlike the chickens that take about 5 months. So that should be interesting.