Moving Day

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Moving Day
From basement to brooder!

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April Fool’s Hatch

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Snow and baby chicks
on April 1st!

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Big Chicken Shake-Up amidst Septic Mayhem

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Big Chicken Shake-up and purple eggs!

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A basket divided

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Collecting eggs can be complicated, especially with five coops. Some eggs are for eating and others are for hatching. Complicating things even more, is that we have green egg layers in three of the five coops. When I want to hatch Isbars I need to make sure they are pure Isbars from Coop #5 notRead More

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Candling Hatching Eggs (with video)

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I have Isbar chicken eggs in my incubator, set over the last few days. I candled the eggs (shining a bright light through the shell) to check for viability. There were a few good examples that I thought I would share. This egg is not fertile. It is clear, without any signs of veins beginningRead More

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Chicken Coop Rehab Addict

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Do you watch Rehab Addict on the DIY channel? It’s a show about a young woman who rehabilitates old homes to their former glory. Except for the fact that she is young, tiny, cute, and rehabs houses, we are like twins! I am old, not tiny nor cute, and I am addicted to rehabbing chickenRead More

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I have 61 chickens in my backyard . . .

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and yesterday I had to buy eggs to make a fruitcake.   The turquoise egg is from my flock.

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Our Icelandic Flocks

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I am as enamored with Icelandic chickens as I was the day Stella flew over our fence nearly five years ago. We’ve hatched hundreds of chicks and distributed hatching eggs all over the country. We’ve worked to get the fray gene eradicated from our breeders. The things that first attracted me to this breed continueRead More

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Martha Stewart, the chicken.

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On October 4, 2008 we traveled with our granddaughters to CETA Foundation Ranch in Vacaville, CA to pick out our first chickens. Emily picked a Naked Neck and named her Judge Judy. Michael and I picked chickens, named them Nancy Grace and Paula Deen. Both turned out to be cockerels and had to be re-homed.Read More

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Cute Chicks and Curled Toes (Update)

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We just finished the first round of a staggered hatch a couple of days ago. Three black copper Marans chicks hatched along with four Icelandics. As usual, the Icelandics are running around, eating and drinking, while the Marans (from now on referred to as BCM’s) stand dazed and confused. One of the Icelandic’s, a little bitRead More

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Update on the Icelandic Juveniles

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The Icelandic chicks are about three months old now. Because Icelandic’s are a landrace fowl, there is no standard color, pattern, or comb. You just never know what you’ll get. I have nine beautiful chicks, unfortunately five are boys. I will have to cut that number down to one or two at the most. IRead More

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Shipped Egg Mayhem (Graphic Pics)

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I was excited this morning to be receiving a box of shipped hatching eggs. My postal carrier delivered the box and I anxiously opened it, only to be horrified by what I saw. These were the eggs I received. I’ll start with the obvious problem. Some were broken which can occur when shipping eggs.  Read More

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Broodies and Babies

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We went outside tonight to find the source of a lot of loud peeping. It was the Icelandic juveniles running amok. My old Welsummer girl, Chatty Cathy was trying to herd them into the coop for the night. I sent her back to the coop and I took over. It didn’t take long with meRead More

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The adoption process…as it applies to chicks.

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Some hens make horrible broodies but great Moms, meaning they can’t hatch an egg to save their life, but the can sure love one from the incubator. This girl is a perfect example. She has been broody about three times this summer and has yet to hatch an egg. She sits and sits, and sitsRead More

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Time Lapse Chick Hatching Video!

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Last night we had eggs hatching. I am addicted to the time lapse camera I bought recently, so I put it in the incubator with the chicken eggs.  A complete hatch from pip to out of the shell was captured. If you are unfamiliar with the process of hatching, I’ll explain. 1.) Egg stays inRead More

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Icelandic Chicks

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We now have Icelandic chickens from three lines of imports from Iceland. Isi and Lukka are still going strong, but I felt the need to add some new blood. We now have nine chicks, two that are 10 weeks old and seven that are 8 weeks old. Those are from the two most recent imports.Read More

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One gave all.

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My 20 week old Black Copper Marans, the oldest of two that I have, laid her first egg today. Unfortunately, she died immediately afterward, right in front of the nest box containing her first, and last egg. It wasn’t dark yet, but you can see she was able to put the paint on that causesRead More

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Egg without a shell!

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Today I found this egg on the floor of the Cream Legbar coop. I have three pullets in that coop who just turned 22 weeks old.   This egg has no shell, just the white (albumen), yolk and membrane. Eggs laid without shells are not uncommon. There are diseases that can cause the condition (AvianRead More

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Egg Candling

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I have Icelandic and Isbar eggs incubating. They are on Day 10 of a 21 Day incubation period. This point is a good time to candle the eggs to pull out any non developing eggs or early quitters before they begin spooling. These eggs can later explode in the incubator, making a stinky, contaminated mess.Read More

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What’s up with Isi?

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I have done a bit of shuffling around of the chickens in recent days. The result is a very bare Icelandic/Layer coop. I decided to move the older girls to a private coop with a nice grassy, shady run to live out their days in peace, without being humped by a rooster all day long.Read More

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