Thursday, April 24, 2008

Breed Of The Month

This is our first breed-of-the-month posting and your reporters have decided that there could be no better breed to start with than
Gourmet Black!

Some information:

Size: all we know is that this breed makes most other large breeds look small.

Attitude: Greedy, silly. Fun to be around.

Feather color: Gray and light gray barring. Very pretty.

Great examples of the breed: Snowneck, Sleeve-Eater, Bluestar, Mouse, Cutie-Pie

Friday, April 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, Hens!

Last year our birds hatched on April 18 (we think, since they were day-old baby chicks).

They were fluffy and VERY cute.

"Peep, peep, peep!" they said.

We are going to give them a birthday present this year.

They deserve it because the main problem we've encountered is "what to do with all these eggs?!"

The people around here all have chickens or a steady supply of local eggs.

So you see that chickens are a good idea (maybe there are people who can eat your extra eggs nearby!)

Books for the possible chicken owner:

Keep Chickens!
The most friendly chicken book available!
Informative and funny with three amusing true stories and
photos of beautiful hens and coops in the back.

Hobby Farms: Chickens
Another useful book.
Full color photos and a page of information to help you choose
a great breed for "pleasure or profit!"

Saturday, April 12, 2008

A Great Website!

A great discovery beyond imagining!
Someone who loves chickens as much as we do!
The creator of My Pet Chicken!
Your excited editor found everything there from books to baby chicks~the place has a very reasonable minimum order of three to five chicks.
And the chicks aren't just white Leghorns, either.
(Think more in the direction of Cochins and Chanteclers, Wyandottes and Buckeyes) They sell a selection of rare birds will impress you!
All the chickens are sexed so you won't have to eat a single one.
They have diapers for the indoor chicken so you won't need to deal with poopy furniture.
Find out what breed is best for you~they have a useful "which breed" quiz to help you discover your dream breed.

Now go take a look. My Pet Chicken

Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Artistic Egg

You have probably seen an egg.
What you probably haven't seen is a farm-fresh egg.
A truly farm-fresh egg left the chicken less than an hour ago and has never
been on an airplane in it's life!
No two eggs will look exactly alike either (one speckled, another pale brown, a frosty whitish-brown...) it is quite unlikely that such snobby eggs
are available to you.
Ah, well, guess I shouldn't tell you about the rich, flavorful yolk, that
wonderful smooth texture.......Oops!

Three eggs; Left to Right; cherry tomato size, ordinary size, enormous size (sometimes these things are so big we can't close the egg carton!)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Started pullets and Seramas

"What is a Serama?" You ask.
A Serama is a very tiny bantam, the smallest in the
world, actually.
These chickens can weigh as little as 12 ounces and stand
a mere 6 inches off the floor!
Cute but not useful.
If you want to see pictures (stop being so demanding!)
you can go to the website Little America which
originally carried miniature horses but now has Seramas
as well.

We recently discovered started pullets.
If, say, you suddenly needed eggs really badly
and all the fuel in the world had just run
out, you could send an order to McMurray Hatchery and
have those layers in half the time of raising chicks!
Wait, that wouldn't work without fuel, would it?!