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post #71 of 1037 Old 03-01-2012, 11:42 AM
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I must have had an insane moment because I ordered some more chickens. 4 americana newly hatched pullets. They are not yet hatched so it will be a while.
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Love it all guys!! Celeste, no one is crazy for ordering more chickens!! A person can't have enough IMHO!

This weekend I was messing with Rick when all heck broke loose and husband was hollering "HELP!!! Mamma HELP!!!! Chickens are out!!" (daughter went in to collect eggs and she left the door open!)
I reply "HOW MANY!?!?" I thought he said 4, turns out he said all BUT 4!
So we spent the rest of the evening wrangling hens... Got em!

The pond and early frogs are attracting hawks so they need to be put up safe or else I'd turn em loose on the compost. Great idear!

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post #73 of 1037 Old 03-01-2012, 12:33 PM
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Delfina- Very cute chicks! I like the Marans and have Black Copper. Talked my friend into Cuckoos and she loves them.
My brooder is a clear tub just like yours.

Celeste- Didn't you know?? They are just like potato chips... one can never have too many! LOL

Dummy me, because 22 chickens, 4 permanent turkeys and 6 ducks are not enough, I'm contemplating adding two new breeds of chicks. For whatever reason having my own roo who can MAKE more chicks doesn't seem to be the same as BUYING more chicks. Must be that potato chip thing...
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Love it all guys!! Celeste, no one is crazy for ordering more chickens!! A person can't have enough IMHO!

This weekend I was messing with Rick when all heck broke loose and husband was hollering "HELP!!! Mamma HELP!!!! Chickens are out!!" (daughter went in to collect eggs and she left the door open!)
I reply "HOW MANY!?!?" I thought he said 4, turns out he said all BUT 4!
So we spent the rest of the evening wrangling hens... Got em!

The pond and early frogs are attracting hawks so they need to be put up safe or else I'd turn em loose on the compost. Great idear!
Every once in a while a hawk will come around. My girls free roam all the pastures, but when a hawk is spotted (or any other chicken eating monster) the turkeys give the alarm call and all the birds come running for the barn like their tails are on fire! It's weird watching hens run in from all the different pastures as fast as their little legs will go!
Reminds me of a pack of piranhas suddenly decending on the barn like a piece of meat.
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I need me a turkey! I have a great long pen with a nice shed that I need to revamp. Wanting to put pheasants in there, it has a really nice peach tree and black berry bushes growing in it, but maybe turkeys first! What kind of turkeys do you have?

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I need me a turkey! I have a great long pen with a nice shed that I need to revamp. Wanting to put pheasants in there, it has a really nice peach tree and black berry bushes growing in it, but maybe turkeys first! What kind of turkeys do you have?
Bourbon Reds.
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy: Bourbon Red Turkey
Along with their fine attributes, I liked their personalities the best.
No, really! Turkeys do actually have personalities (I know, shocking huh?) and can be quite comical and entertaining. The hen pic I posted earlier is of a hen who follows me around like a puppy and tries to "help" whenever I am fixing fence, or out on the pasture. Both her and my tom eat from my hand and like to have their bellies rubbed.

The ALBC is a great resource for heritage breeds and info on them. Since I started with heritage poultry, the turkeys were moved from Threatened back to the Watch column. It is nice to know that thinking about which breeds we choose, can help bring back the populations of heritage breeds in this country.

I can't buy grocery store poultry because of my son's health issues, so the eating qulities of the turkeys were also a consideration. Bourbons are one of the finest tasting birds according to the Slow Food and The Ark of Taste groups who did a trial. They had a special convention/meeting and took the different turkey breeds (including the genetic freak hybrids sold for super cheap at the grocery store) had them professionally prepared/cooked. They were then sampled by some of the finest chefs and foodies in the country and graded and ranked in a variety of different catagories.
The Bourbon placed second highest just behind the Beltsville/Midget White. The "grocery" store ones placed last.

I have only just gotten to the point of being able to eat them (not my breeding flock, but the poults I pasture/free range just for that... because well, I'm a ninny) and have to admit, they are the tastiest bird I have ever eaten.
Their fat will fry up potatos (home grown of course) almost as well as bacon fat. Yummy!
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I am afraid that I keep my birds for life. I couldn't eat them. They are too cute. I have to eat store bought chicken.
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post #78 of 1037 Old 03-05-2012, 11:16 PM
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I have had chickens for a little over a year and a half and love them, they make you laugh no matter how mad you are and are so comical. I have learned a lot, have dealt with and successfully gotten rid of bumble foot, had one wonderful hen pass due to a stroke, and another that had to be humanely euthanized by our vet as she had melanoma cancer.

This is their 100ft square pen they stay in, inside that is a smaller dog run with their coop.


My very friendly and stately Buff Orpington roo Chief:


Some of my hens, with a young bantam mix roo that I found a home for:


More of the hens, we have 11 hens total, all of different breeds:
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Nice looking birds and what a handsome Buff Orp. Roo.
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post #80 of 1037 Old 03-06-2012, 06:58 AM
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got me some new little chicks today! We are going to ad them to our flock. They are 2 ameracauna chicks. I can't way to see what they grow up to look like! :)
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