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Now || 2015
Fall 2014 || Summer 14 || Spring 14 (ducklings!) || Winter 13-14 (chicks!)
Fall 2013 || Summer 13 || Spring 13 || Winter 12-13 (chicks!)
Fall 2012 || Summer 12 || Spring 12 (chicks!) || Winter 11-12
Fall 2011 || Summer 11 || Spring 11 (chicks!) || Winter 10-11
Fall 2010 || Summer 10 (chicks!) || Spring 10 (chicks!) || Winter 09-10
Fall 2009 || Summer 09 || Spring 09 || Winter 08-09 (chicks!)
In the Beginning:
Fall 2008 || 6 Months || 5 Months || 4 Months || Weeks 11-12
Weeks 7-10 || Week 6 || Week 5 || Week 4 || Week 3 || Week 2 || Chicks!

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October 11, 2016 - Not Babies anymore

The May babies have joined their older sisters. Terrorized as usual until they begin laying eggs--this right of passage seems to admit them to the big girl club. Till then fear keeps them together an apart from the older hens.

I clipped a few face feathers on the Houdans to help them see forward--side views were good! The Silver Laced Wyandotte's comb/wattles are very red so her laying time should come soon.


4 babies

Mottled Houdan

Mottled Houdan

Silver Laced Wyandotte

Older gals awaiting a
garden handout
     

August 19, 2016 - In the Chicken Yard

May babies are still separated from the big girls. The Mottled Houdan roo is beginning to crow. I'm keeping him till the end of September to fatten him up before he goes to "dinner" at my neighbor's. Everyone seems happy.

February babies are full grown and looking lovely--2 pictured below. The duck who is the old lady on this page is showing some gray, but still lays an egg EVERY day!


Easter Egger

The May babies

Mottled Houdan roo

Mottled Houdan hen

Silver Laced Wyandotte

Black Sex Link with
Ken and Barbie

Golden Laced Wyandotte
taunting Barbie

Golden Laced Wyandotte

Daphne Duck
     

July 4, 2016 - Moving Day

The 6-week chicks were pushing the limits of the brooder so I moved them to the baby pen shown below on June 29.


Easter Egger

EE and Houdan

Mottled Houdan

Mottled Houdan

Mottled Houdan

Mottled Houdan

5th toe
 

June 29, 2016 - Egg Laying Modification

Don't want newbie hens to lay eggs on the floor in the shavings? Cover it up. This is shade cloth we happened to have on hand. In the past we used plywood. The cloth is MUCH easier to handle.

We've never had a hen want to lay eggs over the dropping pit, but we have one now. At first I thought it was happening overnight--not so. The 2nd pic thwarts her attempt during the day.

The last picture is of a very clean outdoor baby pen ready for the youngsters next week on their 6 week birthday.


Cover the shavings

Cover the roosts by day

Baby pen

June 16, 2016 - Mottled Houdan

The newest chicks are 3 weeks old already. Here is one of the Mottled Houdans wearing her tiara. I love how the baby fur is still attached at the top of each head feather. I need a tiara!

The rooster has left the building--he went to live with a neighbor where he may actually get to live. He is a beauty and not aggressive. He was just beginning to crow.


Mottled Houdan

EE Rooster

June 4, 2016 - Big Girls

A few pics of the oldest girls (2 years old) and the next generation (4 months).


2-year Blacks
Sex Link and Runner

Buff Orpington

Brown Leghorn

Brown Leghorn

4-month Barred Rock

Barred Rock

Golden Laced Wyandotte

Golden Laced Wyandotte

Easter Egger

EE

EE

EE Close

June 2, 2016 - Infant mortality, and then there were 5.

The little Light Brahma died--no feather footed girls for me. It's been very hot around here and I've had to turn off the heat light to keep the brooder from going over 100 degrees. Their first week, chicks need about 95 degrees, but also appreciate a place to escape to cool off. :-(


Light Brahma

May 26, 2016 - And then there were 6...

Three more chicks joined the Houdans today. Light Brahma and Silver Laced Wyandotte were not at the feed store when I started in February. The Easter Egger will take the place of the roo in the first bunch--adding her to the EE 'color watch' page with the older girls.


3 new babies

Light Brahma

Silver Laced Wyandotte

Easter Egger

Puffy cheeks

All six

2 Houdans

I'm tall!
 

May 25, 2016 - 3 New Babies

The Mottled Houdans finally arrived today at our feed store. The only day this breed will make an appearance there. French, white egg layers aren't known for laying, but they are friendly and thrifty with feed because they love to forage. They are splashed black and white with a top knot of fluffy feathers on their heads and unusual "V" combs. Should be fun to watch them mature.

Tomorrow I plan to add a few more standard breeds to round out the flock.


Talking chick

Calming down

Ahhh, warm

Awake

Can't fight it

Beak to floor

Down for the count
   

 


May 24, 2016 - Still Babies

The babies are 14 weeks old and won't be the babies by Thursday this week when I hope to adopt a few more chicks. The rooster EE is very roostery but isn't crowing yet. A neighbor will take him when the girls are ready to begin laying which would be in a month or so.

The Black Sex Link (or Black Star) has a lot more chest color than the one I have from 2 years ago. They are a hybrid breed between a red rooster (Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire red) with a Barred Plymouth Rock hen.


The gals & guy

Black EE

Blond EE

Dark Gray EE roo

Light Gray EE

Blond/Light Gray EEs

Pretty girls

Golden Laced Wyandotte

Golden Laced Wyandotte

Black Sex Link 2016

Black Sex Link 2014
 

April 6, 2016 - Chicks Move Outside

The babies are 7 weeks old already and now live in the "little big girl" pen in the barn. No more heat light, but our weather in California is warming up already. The Black Sex Link is very colorful this time. Our 2-year old hen is nearly solid black with just a few red feathers on the throat.


What's this green stuff?

Black EE

Blond EE

Dark Gray EE ROO?

Roo-like comb

Light Gray EE

Golden Laced Wyandotte

Black Sex Link
 

February 18, 2016 - Chicks!

Seven babies arrived today--first day they were available from the feed store. We have 4 Easter Eggers, 1 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 Barred Rock and and 1 Black Sex Link. This is the lineup till after our April vacation when these girls will be big enough to leave the brooder for life outside. In May, we hope to bring home a few more to round out the total of 12.

Once again, I'll be tracking the Easter Eggers to see what the adult colors are compared with baby fur: Easter Egger Colors


New brooder

It was a tough morning

Happy babies

Barred Rock

Black Sex Link (r)

Easter Egger!

Easter Egger

Easter Egger

Easter Egger

Golden Laced Wyandotte

So tiny!

Baby portrait

 


January 26, 2016 - Chick Brooder

No babies last year meant fewer pictures and time to remodel the former horse tack room I use to brood chicks. The new space is very sturdy. Cardboard brooder walls and old metal storage shelving gone. It is easier to clean and looks much better. Paint, new shelves and it's like brand new!


Storage and
brooder divider

Sturdy brooder

Pretty nice for
chickens!

Now || 2015
Fall 2014 || Summer 14 || Spring 14 (ducklings!) || Winter 13-14 (chicks!)
Fall 2013 || Summer 13 || Spring 13 || Winter 12-13 (chicks!)
Fall 2012 || Summer 12 || Spring 12 (chicks!) || Winter 11-12
Fall 2011 || Summer 11 || Spring 11 (chicks!) || Winter 10-11
Fall 2010 || Summer 10 (chicks!) || Spring 10 (chicks!) || Winter 09-10
Fall 2009 || Summer 09 || Spring 09 || Winter 08-09 (chicks!)
In the Beginning:
Fall 2008 || 6 Months || 5 Months || 4 Months || Weeks 11-12
Weeks 7-10 || Week 6 || Week 5 || Week 4 || Week 3 || Week 2 || Chicks!

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