Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What Happened?

Earlier this spring I bought 6 pullets (young girl chicks).
2 were given to the grand babies for Easter
and I kept 4.
I thought I had two Cuckoo Maran pullets
and two Americauna pullets.
Two parlicular birds went from this below
(center and right.)

to this...

Fly ~~~~~~~~~~ Taz
Teenager Fly
Fully grown male

He is a Cuckoo Maran
(the females supposedly lay dark chocolate
brown colored eggs. The Maran pullet has just
started laying and the eggs
aren't really very dark. Maybe she just needs
to mature a bit for them to get really chocolaty!)
Teenager Taz
(Hard to believe this is the little silver colored chick
in the first photo!)
Fully grown.
He is a beautiful Americauna Rooster
(He reminds me so of an Amish man with his
beard under his chin!)

Americauna hens lay green/blue eggs.
(His little mate hasn't started laying yet!)
I have never gotten roosters when I
have paid for pullets before!

While these guys are quite handsome
and crow faithfully and loudly
each and every morning
(and afternoon and evening!)
and are good providers
(they are forever finding bugs, etc. and calling
excitedly for all the girls to come and get it!)
And send out the alarm if anything seems amiss
on the farm...
I really was hoping for a few more layers!

I hope these guys don't get mean
like most of the roosters I have had.
If they do, the next photo you will see of them
will be like this...
Joining Susan for

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Cleaning up the "Happy Hens Haus"

Quite afew years ago, the Gentleman Farmer built me the
cutest little Hen House. It is a 1/7 scale of our Barn.
When it was finished, I stenciled different 'kinds' of eggs
onto the front of each nest.
We had a 'Chicken House Warming' party and invited
our (strange kindred spirits) friends from church and
our (then) Pastor and his family. We had a potluck style meal
were everyone brought an appropriate 'chicken/egg' dish
and the Pastor "blessed" the chicken house!
(He actually just prayed for happy, healthy hens to lay
lots of eggs, and for the 'Palace d'Poulet' to provide
protection for our little flock.)
What can I say ~ we are just simple country folk who
find fun where we can! We will use anything for an
excuse to get together and party!
Today was the day to clean the coop. The fresh grass hay
in the nest boxes definately improved the 'aroma'
after shoveling out the 'well used litter' which will
benefit the garden soil.
Below are the 12 nest boxes and their
assigned egg name!














Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday

The neighbors up the road apiece recently welcomed a
new babe into their family!

Not an everyday occurance on your average farm!

Joining Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer
for Outdoor Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My, how they've grown!

Thank you for coming out to The Barnyard for
Outdoor Wednesday
hosted by Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer.

In just a few short weeks, the new flock has gone from this... this!

Two babies have taken up new residence
with my two granddaughters who love

Friday, April 23, 2010

Spring Chick(en)s!

They are just the cutest little things!
Three Americaunas ~ they lay blue/green eggs.
Three Cuckoo Marans ~ they lay chocolate colored eggs!
(I was wishing they were chocolate eggs! :~P )

Poor little girls ~ this is their first meal and drink!
(The striped ones, above, are two of the Americaunas
and the other is a Maran.)

The two above are both Americaunas ~ different coloring.

The Marans are hard to tell apart, but the Americauna in the center
I think will grow to be a silver color.

One of each is a late Easter present for the Granddaughters
but this little gal, above, is going to stay with me!