Sunday, May 31, 2009

QuackStar...Our First Duck!



Here is QuackStar. He/she looks like a Mallard or a Rouen. We love him/her.

Whoa, A Duckling!!!

I certainly had NO IDEA WHATSOEVER of the adventures we would have today! We were hanging out with the Seramas and reading one of the Little House books when a duckling came waddling across the lawn to say hi. As you might expect, we were all rather surprised!
So now we have this duckling to take care of. His/her name name is QuackStar (I know, I know, it IS a rather silly name). We hope he/she will live to become a healthy duck. Very cute.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Moving Day For Chickens

Poor Big Girls!
What will we do without seventy or more eggs in the fridge all the time?


The chickens are once again living several hundred miles away. They will be staying there for now until we have enough room for ten (fat) hens again. Moving them was no fun since they were panting the whole time.
The next day we had to take down the fence which separates our birds from the "babysitter's" birds. I hate to say it but the fights were rather interesting to watch (we pulled them apart as quickly as we could but fighting chickens are hard to catch). Strangely, it seemed that the chickens were fighting birds who looked like them: Mookie and another Orpington, Sleeve-Eater and a Dominique, Kooshie and an Easter Egger (Turtle watched the Easter Egger fight with great interest).
I will keep you up-to-date with all our Serama adventures.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tiny chickens go OUT!!!



The pictures are of Kooshie and the Seramas. Lady Sandstorm and Lord Firestar have gone outside several times.
We have officially come to the conclusion that we don't like having chickens in the house. The cute scratching instinct becomes rather obnoxious when scratching bedding all over the just swept floor! We are thinking about getting an Eglu for the Seramas but for now they are outside in a cage within a cage. Hopefully nobody will be annoyed by Lord Firestar.
Sleeve-Eater thought the cage was a comfortable roost. Cutie-Pie was interested in the feeder. All the others pretty much ignored it.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Some random pictures of our flock Part 2




Here are some neat pictures that I wanted to show all of you. I hope you like them!

Friday, May 15, 2009

How does Plain Old Chickens look?

Whoa.
Does Plain Old Chickens look a little different to you? Unless you're my crazy dad who reads everything in text only it probably does! Complain if you want. Or, if you're nice, compliment it!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

THE INCUBATOR FINALLY CAME!


The incubator is a Turn-x incubator (the TX-7 model) because we heard that it is one of the best incubators available! The egg turner works and the design seems pretty good but I can't start hatching eggs until after we move.
It had better work, that thing was expensive!

I'll tell you if it works after I've hatched a few eggs in it.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Lord Firestar is Flashy

I just finished improving this picture using krita! (A computer painting program). The original background was just too dirty to make a good picture.

Full name: Lord Firestar.

Age: 1 year old?

Loves: Brutalizing Lady Sandstorm, feeding Lady Sandstorm, protecting Lady Sandstorm...

Distinguishing features: he is our only cock.

He is beautiful and gentle. He never pecks us!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Lady Sandstorm has style


Lady Sandstorm poses near the half-completed incubator post.
Full name: Lady Sandstorm

Age: 1 year old?

Loves: typing on the computer, exploring, hanging out with us, pecking mirrors...

Egg size/color: tiny .9 ounce eggs with pale brown shells

Distinguishing features: pretty color, small size


She's a character! Even though she pecks, we still love her! A very silly bird.

Monday, May 4, 2009

There's hope for the world yet

I forgot to mention yesterday that we ordered fffffffff a Turn-x ]//////[========== incubator just a half hour before we discovered that Cheeseball had died.
This incubator is large enough to handle all our incubation needs for a long time!
(Sorry about the mess! Lady Sandstorm was sitting on my lap and she kept hopping up on the keyboard! I left it as a tribute to blogging chickens everywhere. Photo coming soon!)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Farewell, Cheeseball


Poor, sweet Cheeseball died sometime last night or this morning. We loved her so much. She was so kind to Bluestar and almost never pecked anyone.
Sadly, none of the hens were heartbroken (a few even walked right over her body to lay in the nest cage).

Mr. Cheeseball
April 17 2007-May 3 2009

We miss you, Cheesie

Friday, May 1, 2009

Snowneck is fashionable


Snowneck is big and beautiful.

Full name: Snowneck B. Imthequeen

Age: Two years old

Loves: Food!

Egg size/colour: Big to giant pale brown eggs

Distinguishing features: Deep, grumpy voice and whitish neck feathers

Snowneck is beautiful and big. She stomps around on thick stick legs grumbling. Her latest egg measured seven inches around---if we incubated it we would need a goose sized incubator!
We love our gentle hen.