Thursday, April 30, 2009

Serama Egg!


Today we got our first Serama egg!
They are currently serenading us with a squeaky "bok-bok-bok-b'GACK!" since it seems Lord Firestar believes he layed the egg as well. Watching them "lay" together was fun; Lord Firestar chose a spot and showed her it by pretending to be a hen (sitting in the corner chupping). It took a long time for Lady Sandstorm to lay but when she was done one of them (probably Lord Firestar) rolled it out into the open area for us!
I doubt that they meant to make it easy for us to take it away.
Too bad we don't have an incubator yet!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tiny eggs


I was going to add a video but it didn't work so here is a cute picture of the tiny eggs we got (not from Lady Sandstorm, though). The green egg had a tiny yolk but the brown egg (given to us by some friends) only had a cloudy white bit inside.
Eggs are so strange.

Eggs!




We love eggs.
We love unique eggs.
Here are some pictures of some of our more interesting ones including tiny eggs and GIANT double yolkers!
Amazing that they came out of a chicken's bottom.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Definitely class B

Lord Firestar has a leg band which says SCNA 08 A on it. Here is what it means; Serama Council of North America, 2008, class A.
Hey, we meant to order class B serama!
We bought a scale and weighed them (easier said than done). Here are the weight ranges: Lord Firestar's weight is between 13 and 16 ounces, probably 15. Lady Sandstorm is around 14 ounces.
Definitely B class.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lord Firestar and Lady Sandstorm



The big chickens are BIG, can you see the person next to Bluestar? (Okay, it IS a doll)
Lord Firestar and Lady Sandstorm are pretty friendly these days. Lady Sandstorm still prefers staying in the cage but her love of greens and fingernails has lured her to the cage door a few times. Lord Firestar is fine with being carried around a lot and everyone loves him (except those with narrow minds and overly sensitive eardrums).
No eggs yet.
We took the Seramas outside a few times and were amazed once again at how BIG Snowneck and the other Gourmet Blacks are! Truly massive.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Cock-a-doodle-doo!"


Lord Firestar started crowing this morning!
Lets just say that if you want a glorious crowing experience you don't want Seramas, they have the most shrill little voices!
The little birds are very cute and they are starting to become more friendly around us. We love them!
The big chickens are giving us a few eggs every day (including a green egg or two) so we have about six cartons in the fridge at all times. What did we do before we started raising chickens?
From what I recall, not much.
I hope Lady Sandstorm will start laying soon.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Poor little chickens



Lord Firestar in the cage and Snowneck outside.
Actually they're doing great!
They are flying onto the roost right now (and flying down again) because they came from Louisiana where the sun sets early. Outside, the Big Girls show no sign of going to bed anytime soon!
Some day we should take a picture of Snowneck and Lord Firestar together.

Here they are





The pale (splash?) hen is Lady Sandstorm.
The Black-Tailed Red cock is Lord Firestar.
Serama chickens are beautiful!

THEY FINALLY CAME!!!

This morning we got the tiny Serama chickens!
The cock is a beautiful Black-Tailed Red with a (hopefully temporary) terror of everything. The hen is a pretty colour which I don't know the name of but the colour is like a snowy landslide with rocks. She is also terrified.
The cock is Lord Firestar.
The hen is Lady Sandstorm.
What beautiful birds!

Sorry, I don't have pictures yet. Check back in a few hours.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Can you help?

It looks like we might be getting the Serama chickens around Wednesday or Thursday!
We can hardly wait to see them but...what if they arrive dead? Or---even worse---what if they die from the shock of eating the different feed?
If anyone has experience with caring for full-grown shipped chickens we would appreciate the advice!
Please leave a comment.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Field Guide To The Young Flock

I have no idea what order these pictures will end up in so you will have to try figuring out who each bird is.
The pale gold Orpington hen is Mookie. She is gentle and calm.
Next (I think) is a photo of Easter Eggers Turtle and Kooshie dust bathing. Turtle is in the front.
Our third picture is the beautiful Cochin Trespassers laying in a cage.
And the final photo shows our Faverolle Juliana being herself!


Sunday, April 12, 2009

So Cute!!!



Look at the little egg we got today!
It was in the nesting box all by itself. It is bright blue-green colored and a little larger than a quarter! No, we don't have bantam Easter Eggers (get it? Today is Easter!) Kooshie or Turtle layed it.
We love tasty surprises!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Crazy preening instinct


Chickens are pretty funny animals.
One of the silliest instincts is the "you just touched my bottom, I'm going to preen you" instinct. I was trimming dirty feathers today on Snowneck's rump (Snowneck sometimes poops damp manure which sticks to her feathers) and she started preening! I have no idea if she was preening me on purpose or not but it tickled and was scratchy at the same time.
One of the joys of raising chickens is trying to figure out what they are doing and saying.
Actions speak louder than words when you're a hen.

Important! Please read.
Since Easter is coming up I thought I should warn you about the dangers of visiting a feed store. They often stock chicks near Easter and those little fuzzballs are hard to resist!
Way too many people buy chicks without thinking and lose interest when the cotton balls turn into teenagers. Think before you buy.
Buy a book such as Keep Chickens! and read every page carefully. If you still want the birds, the next step is buying a chick feeder, chick waterer, feed and heat lamp (you can buy the grown-up feeder and waterer later if you want). At home set up the brooder.
And get a chicken house up as soon as possible! We like our Henspa but it is pretty expensive.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Cutie...Back outside


Cutie-Pie hates being locked up.

You have probably read about how we brought Cutie-Pie into the house. What you haven't read yet is that we sent Cutie back outside the very next morning!
We had forgotten how nasty her manure smells (really, really bad).
So our newest plan is to set up a cage in the Henspa. Our nice Henspa has a wire floor upstairs which lets the poop drop to the ground so it would work pretty well as a recovery pen.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cutie...In the house again



Cutie-Pie eating hay.
The other photo is Snowneck (I just had to use that lovely picture!).

Cutie-Pie must live to drive us crazy!
She stuffed her crop full of straw despite our best efforts to clean up the chicken yard. So now she's in the house. Again.
We have a plan for getting her crop empty without surgery: feed her ground up feed with some mineral oil, give her grit to eat and mix nettle infusion into her water. We hope it will work!
Poor crazy Cutie-Pie.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Ugh, Turtle!


Turtle was very annoying today.
She felt deprived for some reason and decided that the only cure was a good dose of love. She flew all over us and made her signature "Ugh!" noise a lot.
Silly kid.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April news


Today, on April first, we got five Seramas for five dollars!
Everyone in the flock is getting along with them and Cutie-Pie is broody so we will be hatching some eggs!
Good thing we are having such hot weather lately!


April fool!