Thursday, April 30, 2009

Baby chicks go to the studio!

Took SOME of the chickies to the studio last Friday for a little impromptu photo session.

This is the Silver laced Polish. Still not sure if I'm going to keep him or not.
Close up of her.

We have 5 Giant Cochin chicks. Three of them look like little penguins. I love how this one is laying.

This is one of the silver Cochins, calling for the others!
And one of the Partridge Showgirls--really close up! My husband has named this one "Pork Chop" because of the feathering around the face. The smaller Partridge chick has the same thing and hubby calls him "PorkY Chop.)


Monday, April 27, 2009

The mutt neighbor rooster & Helmet with his women

I got a new camera in this last week and the lighting was so beautiful last night that I pulled it out with my 70-200 lense and tried to photograph the chickens.

This is our irresponsible neighbor's rooster. From what people at BYC say it is apparantally just a gorgeous mutt. A mutt who is now a daddy roo to a couple of our chicks. Spent this weekend helping our inlaws next door build their own coop so that they can house this guy, Rotisserie (mutt chick that we hatched) and her chicks plus one Giant Cochin chick she adopted.

This is our giant Cochin, she is as big as Silky right now and isn't quite 3 months old. She should get to be about 9 lbs at full grown. She runs after me, quite cute.
Helmet and his girls.
Helmet and his girls and the Cochin.

Us in the news

Want to know more about us:
Florida Times Union story from Saturday

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NEW HATCHINGS!

Yesterday we had 2 Giant Cochins pip. One pipped at the wrong end and died a couple of hours later. Not quite sure why. I had laid both on a moist rag in the incubator, don't think that had anything to do with it, but you never know. The other one is now out dried off and in with the 2 week olds. He is almost as large as they are. When I opened the bator this morning he flung himself from one end to the other (where I was) and chirped non stop at me.

We have 5 more that are supposed to hatch. Will probably sell them for $10 each. These are supposed to be the Giant Cochins, had to have them specialty shipped in as not many people around here have them. In fact, at the Clay County Fair I only saw one giant Cochin. They are pretty docile like the Silkies though. We'll probably keep 1-2 of these chicks and sell the rest.

Two of Nuggets eggs are hatching this morning as well as 3 of the Cochin eggs.

I need to take the big chickens in for pictures with their ribbons, but I accidentally dropped my main lense at the fair last week and screwed it royaly. So I have a new lense coming in and then they'll go to the studio.

Monday, April 13, 2009

New eggs

Ordered 2 dozen eggs (splashes & blues I believe) from one of the most well known Silkie breeders in the country. They came in today, 3 cracked. Were supposed to be delivered Friday but they were temporarily lost--so I was basically hunting for the eggs over Easter weekend. Kind of ironic!

Brought them home and put them in the incubator. Readjusted all the eggs, numbered the new ones, etc. and one of my eggs in the bator started chirping at me. Can't figure out who, but I am expecting a batch of babies to hatch in the next two days. Probably one of the giant Cochin eggs.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

FAIR winnings & sold chickens update

So we brought our 3 Showgirl roos and 2 Silkie Hens to the fair. We were the ONLY ones with Silkies & Showgirls. And let's just say the Showgirls were especially showstoppers. People would walk by looking and you could just see it in there head: "chicken, nother chicken, chicken, what in the heck is that?!" They def. stopped traffic and we got tons of questions and tons of calls.

Apparantally, everyone loved Star, our blue Showgirl roo as we have had several calls on him. I haven't seen many non white Showgirls, so I don't blame them for looking. I wouldn't have minded keeping him, but hubby says no.

So far, everything listed in the last post has been spoken for. All should be gone tonight.

After the judging last week we had 4 Bs and 1 R written on our birds' tags, so I asked to clarify what each meant. The guy said that B stands for blue ribbon which is the best, R stands for red ribbon which is like second place and W is white which are all they birds they were eating after 1:30. He was joking of course about the last part, lol. And luckily we didn't get any white ones!

Friday, April 10, 2009

My current litter


I know technically it's "brood" but I liked the sound of "litter" better. I took these last week. I actually have more chicks then this now. But the ones I have for sale are in the above photo scattered. Above I have (from left to right) Partridge Showgirl, Blue Showgirl, one white and one splash Silkie, One Cochin, one mutt chicky (my inlaws grand chick), Splash Silkie, Polish, Blue Showgirl.
For sale: 2 Splash Silkies $10 each), 2 blue Showgirls ($15 each)
I also have 2 two month old white Silkies that I want $20 each for or $35 for the pair. I'm debating about keeping one of them though. They come from show winning stock.
I'm also selling two of my roosters, Star (blue splash, which is basically greys and blacks) and Lola (white). Both are bow tied and I want $25 each for them. They are show winning roosters. I would actually keep Star, but hubby says no. I'm thinking (although I'm not certain on the genetics thing) that if he bred with another Silkie or Showgirl with the blue gene, you should get some splash chicks.
NOTE: Star and the two splash chicks have been spoken for, but not paid for. If you are interested, let me know and I'll put you on the list to call if they aren't bought on Sat. night.



Thursday, April 2, 2009

Sucky week to be raining

I went camping this weekend. The plan was to come home and start washing the Silkies & Showgirls and then take them up to the Clay County Fair. It has been raining cats and dogs.

I managed to wash 3 of them the first night I got home. My aunt thought I wanted them to be let out of the house yesterday morning and opened the coop door. Luckily they didn't roll in the mud, only got a little damp. So brought everyone in, blow dried everyone dry, washed some feet, etc. Took them to the fair yesterday. We had all ours tested for disease a couple of months ago (forgot to post pics of that!) and so we didn't have to wait in line, which was nice.

Found all of our cages and loaded everyone up. The poor girls have been so over sexed their top knots and even their rear plummage isn't looking to great because the boys have been pulling them out. We got 4 cages, so we put the boys each in their own cage and the girls together. I gave everyone strawberries and grapes in an effort to calm them down.

Of course, the girls, the piglets they are immediately started scarfing down the food bowl. I raised the water bowl a bit, hopefully Oprah won't stick her fro in there and look like a crazy woman as she likes to do. Of course, just saying that makes me paranoid that it might be too high.

Walked over to Helmet, poor boy was so freaked out he jumped in the cage like he was trying to fly out. I had to open it and lure him to calm down with a grape. It took him a second and then he scarfed it down. I showed him the food bowl and he seemed a little better.

Star was originally placed next to a cage with a big ole rooster and they were trying to attack each other through the wire. Silly boys. Moved Star so that wouldn't be as much of a problem.

I felt like a parent leaving their kids at summer camp or something--they all have anxieties and are scared and I'm worried something's going to happen to them. Doesn't help that someone on Backyard Chickens said they had their show winning Silkie stolen from a show. This will be our first show. Clay County is really small, figured it was perfect timing and it would give us a little practice before any bigger shows.

The one thing that was slightly off putting was the director asked us what a Showgirl was and where we got that name (meaning Showgirl). I told him that was a pretty standard name and that's what everyone on Backyard Chickens refers to them as. He said he had never been on the Backyard Chickens website. He said he hopes that they won't be considered mutts, and they might just consider them Silkies, but he's not sure.

Wanna hear something sad? I made sure all mine were blow dried and babied, etc. We walked around and one chicken was soaked to the bone, a couple had some really screwed up tail feathers, like they had been in a small cage.

I'm going to go up there tonight and check on everyone, little worried! Judging is Sat. wish us well!

ON TO FURTHER NEWS:
I wrote down the hatch date wrong in my calendar. Tuesday I went to roll all the eggs for the last day before the 3 days they aren't rolled and then hatch, well the Polish egg had pipped! I asked Andy if he had dropped an egg, he said no, and then I realized my mistake!

This morning I have: one Cochin, one White Silkie (JUST hatched), one splash Silkie (who was a talking all night in the incubator next to my bed), one mutt chicken (from Rotisserree), and the first hatching a black and white Polish.

Pics I found on the web, this one's of a Cochin:
And of a Polish: