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#16 yvonne johnson

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:13 AM

Can we have more pictures?
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#17 Suzanne F

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 02:00 AM

Phil, you too should read Jennifer Reese's book. She has goats, too. :rolleyes: She love them. The only animal she tried that didn't work out was turkeys.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:34 PM

Can we have more pictures?

Sure.

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This one is a little blurry but she's a Buff Orpington : "Originally bred in England they are cold-hardy, large, and friendly with a quiet disposition. Reliable layers of large, brown eggs." She is the biggest and the bossiest of the three.

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She is a Silver-Laced Wyandotte : "Superb dual-purpose, heritage breed. Good natured and very cold-hardy. Dependable layer. Showy."

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She is a Black Australorp : "The 'Australian Orpington' is a prolific layer. Docile, quiet, and very hardy. Shiny, rich, black feathers."

I'm making sketches of coop details today. The floor will be 4ft by 3ft with nesting boxes mounted externally on one wall for easy egg access. The coop floor will be off the ground and the chickens will be able to run and scratch under the coop to get out of the rain. The height of the coop floor will be set by the height of the wheel barrow that will be used for clean-out. Trying to decide if I can incorporate the window that came out of the bathroom into the design.

Buddy the dog has taken to sitting very calmly and staring intently at the kennel where the chicks are in the basement. The younger dog doesn't seem to care so far.
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#19 prasantrin

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:47 PM

which is the one that likes to play dead? Is that usual for that breed?

Very cute!

#20 GG Mora

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:07 AM

Chickensitting.

#21 Suzanne F

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:14 AM

Just going by looks, I can understand wanting to have some around. Those are really handsome (pretty?) birds.

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#22 g.johnson

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:21 PM

I swear I was at school with someone called Buff Orpington.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:13 PM

I swear I was at school with someone called Buff Orpington.

does your grace plan to keep livestock at the manor? i think sean might quite enjoy murdering chickens, for sport

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#24 SLBunge

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 03:44 PM

The chickens are now 20 days old and have been growing like weeds. All now have feathered wings and are quickly loosing the fluff.

I knocked together a much larger pen for them and we put it on the front porch so they can start getting more natural light and fresh air.

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Buddy is very interested. Thankfully I made the sides just high enough to make it difficult to get in. I might have to make a top with hardware cloth.
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#25 SLBunge

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 01:34 PM

The hens are now essentially teenagers. If I counted correctly they are seven weeks old.

They are eating slightly different food and sleeping outside in a coop that a friend gave us because their flock is too big. I still am working on a bigger run for them. They get free range of the back yard for about an hour per day. Lots of personality when they are unconfined. They try to fly around and sort of chase each other.

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#26 SLBunge

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 01:42 AM

Our little 4 year old neighbor found our first egg today:

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A beautiful brown egg with a bit of mottling. Don't know which hen laid it. We now need to start giving them oyster shell.

Curiously, the egg was in the run rather than in the coop or nesting boxes.
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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:00 PM

Does anyone know about raising guinea hens to control ticks?

#28 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:53 PM

Does anyone know about raising guinea hens to control ticks?

I've been told by the Violet Hill guys that raising guinea hens is a total PIA compared to chickens.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:32 PM

It's been an egg a day four the last four days.

Last night we had an omelette with the eggs. It's pretty amazing to compare the yolks with commercial eggs. The color is much brighter and more yellow/orange. The yolks are also much more of a tight sphere when suspended in the white. Hard to discern a flavor difference with the Swiss chard and garlic that were in the omelette.
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#30 Steve R.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:13 PM

As good a place as any to put this link: http://www.nytimes.c...sh-eggs.html?hp (well, actually, I strategically placed it elsewhere too)

Glad I'm not paying for eggs (or chickens) by the pound.

Cant wait to see what they find in Bklyn's home grown rooftop veggies.

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