Friday, July 17, 2009

The cool front froze my brain

It is 1:30 in the afternoon and the last time I was outside it was less than 95 degrees. This is the coolest day we have had in several weeks.

M&M, our survivor from flock v 2.0 is a good egg layer, currently giving us about 5 eggs a week. When it was less than a million degrees out there she often laid an egg a day for 10 days straight. She is singlehandedly giving us enough eggs for our family. But chickens are flock animals. So I have been planning to add another bird or two to keep M&M company.

I was looking online for birds that were mature, of egg laying age. In the end I decided that our chickens have been easy to handle and work with because we have hand raised them. And the only way to ensure new birds react the same way to the kids is to raise them ourselves. Besides that, I have grown tired of watching the local poultry lists, Craigslist and a couple of national poultry web sites for a good deal on local birds.

The kids have been anxiously awaiting the time that we would add another couple of birds to our one hen flock. So today we decided to pay Chicken Store Lady a visit.

In the past we have been happy with the birds she suggested. She did not have any Buff Orpingtons or Light Brahmas. So Chicken Store Lady suggested the Cochins. They are known to be docile and huge, with feathered legs and feet, so we bought one buff colored pullet.

The Princess' two day old Buff Cochin pullet.
Currently known as Golden Diamond, (aka GD Chicken)
Hey, I don't name them.

Since we since we started feeding the neighbor's dogs raising hens, I have heard about Ameraucanas and the green/blue eggs they lay. The farm store has never had them in stock when we have been there, so we decided to buy one of them also.

The Talker's two day old Ameraucana pullet.
This is a cool looking bird!

So here we are, starting out flock version 2.5. These little chicks will have to be inside for a few weeks and the fence climbing dog is moving to Dallas soon. Hopefully that will give these girls a fighting chance to lay some eggs by the New Year.


Grace said...

The neighbors with that DOG are moving? Woohoo! Glad to hear that you'll have less "carnage" to deal with in the future.

Mike said...

Fence Jumper was brought home for the summer by the son, who is in law school. He is moving back to Dallas this week. So fence Jumper goes too.

The Father of Five said...


I like green eggs and ham!
I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!
And I would eat them in a boat.
And I would eat them with a goat…

And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good, so good, you see!

So I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house.
And I will eat them with a mouse.
And I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!

I do so like
green eggs and ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,

ms cute pants said...

Cute cute cute!