Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Addendum To July Ends

     I had a sad realization today.  The Japanese bantam pullet is missing.  I hope she's sitting on eggs in a secret nest somewhere.  Also,  The black feather-legged bantam has lost several of her chicks.  There could be a new predator visiting.  I'll set the trap for insurance and hopefully nip any problem in the bud.
The chickens like eating leaves of trimmed shrubs and branches...




The little bantam pullet is taking good care of her Kentucky Speck chicks...



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When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendant will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our father did for us." -John Ruskin 


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July Ends

Feather-Challenged Saipan Rooster
     Sypee my Saipan Jungle Fowl rooster is still rough looking from the scarcity of plumage.  I've started bringing him some meat every day for extra protein.  He likes hamburger and lunch meat.  I read that the Saipan fowl need more protein in their diets because of where they developed--along the beaches on the Island of Saipan.



This is a cross of White Leghorn x Kentucky Dom  (American Game Fowl) 





These tiny chickens are really good moms
The Old English bantam with her chicks...

The Mugwumps...




I think these orphan chicks are the champion eaters .....



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When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendant will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our father did for us." -John Ruskin 


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Chores of Summertime

      This is the 500th post I've entered in this little chicken blog.  I never look back at earlier entries due to the sad feeling from all the departed birds.  



      I got some straw from the feed store this morning.  The chickens always get excited over bales of straw/hay.  They like to scratch and dig around in it.  I got the nests relined but ran out so I'll have to get a couple of more bales.  I cut some pieces of wood to enclose the nest boxes a little more for added seclusion.

     The other 3 eggs under the Mug hen failed to hatch.  I removed her and the 5 chicks from the nest and placed them on the ground and disposed of the unhatched eggs.


A neighbor informed me that kids were throwing baby chickens from the trees.  I went to check but the kids had scrambled.  The baby chickens were the young belonging to White Chicken and seemed to be ok.  They are getting big and a couple show a dom pattern like a barred rock.
 White chicken likes to roam the tall grass....




 Miner Blue with her second family of chicks this season....



 The orphan chicks are almost ready to leave their little pen and roost with the other chickens


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When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendant will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our father did for us." -John Ruskin


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Monday, July 29, 2013

Mug Hen Has Chicks: Baby Mugwumps!

 I heard the Mug hen talking as I passed so I checked underneath her and her eggs were hatching. 


     I was finally able to get this chicken to my grandson today.  This is one of the most friendly chickens anywhere.  I'll miss her but she'll have a much better home where she won't have to hide from scary roosters all the time.   I also gave him a Buff Cochin bantam rooster.


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These chicks seem to be Thai cross. The last time I checked there were 3 unhatched eggs still in the nest..

I like the stance of the Mug hen with her long legs and sleek shape.  The cross between her and the Thai Gamefowl should be a good product with their similar traits.  I might call them 'T-mugs'.  If they come out ok I probably will use the Kentucky Dom hen in a cross with them since the K-Doms have Mugwump in their makeup. 


The orphan chicks are getting their first feathers...


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When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendant will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our father did for us." -John Ruskin 



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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Old English Bantam Has Chicks...



 Yesterday new baby chicks;  Today more chicks!  The black Old English Bantam led her new family of 7 tiny chicks out of the woods.

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  I had to put her and the chicks in a cage because the chicks seemed too tiny and frail...


It's getting out of hand when chickens start lounging on my bench seat...I'm saving this chicken for my grandson.  It's extremely tame and won't go around the other chickens.


 Chickens at this age seem to get really hungry...
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     I had to run as fast as possible to save a chick today.  The Malay hen with chicks was killing one of the new Miner Blue chicks that was lost from its mother, confused and trying to follow her.  I hope it will be ok--it seemed a little stunned.  Occasionally one of the big X-Dommer roosters will pick up a chick and I have run and save it.  The chicks tone is especially high-pitched when they're being hurt.


 Kung Fu Fighting chickens...

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When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendant will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our father did for us." -John Ruskin 


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Friday, July 26, 2013

The Mid-Week Flog

 I made a sad discovery this morning.  The White Silkie rooster that stayed in the open pen with Hoppie and a one-eyed red chicken was dead this morning.  I don't know what happened because he seemed like a healthy young rooster.

 Some of the new additions to the Old English Bantam Group...I love these little birds


 Brutus (Malay)   - He's the toughest bird on the lot...

I like this Thai x Miner Blue cross...
These guys have about 3 months to go before they reach 1 year of age...
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     I heard a loud commotion from the chicken lot and found a fight going on between two of the X-Dommer roosters.  In the Scuffle a baby chick was stepped on and killed.  This was the first time I've noticed them fighting so I guess it's their time to start finding out who's boss.

 The Kentucky Dom hen chooses to roost with her chicks in the garage under a work bench...

Another of my 'fire fascination' pictures....That's an old 500 cubic inch Cadillac engine from a 1975 Eldorado next to the burn barrel.  It used to be in my Chevy Nova and ran so good!

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My Little Kentucky Speck Rooster
I found the red pullet that just lost all but one of her chicks sitting on a new batch of eggs....

 The Sebright rooster has turned out to be quite a character...
 He's adopted the orphan chicks as his flock...

 The Red Quill rooster that was in the pen with the recovering hens got out and I can't catch him...


Another bunch of chicks!  The Miner Blue hens are simply chick factories under the right conditions..

     There's a couple of young roosters like this one in this seasons chickens.  He probably is a Thai x Shamo cross.
 I like this red pullet.  She's Miner Blue and something else..
One of the X-Dommers taking a break on the porch...I don't see how this over 10 lb. rooster can flap up over the gate but they do.

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Baby chickens really let you know when it's feeding time....




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When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendant will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our father did for us." -John Ruskin 



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