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postheadericon Some Chick Pix and a SURPRISE!

I haven’t updated everyone on the girls (and Big Red) in a while so I thought I’d share a few photos from one of the VERY few days of no rain lately.

The hen’s eye view

 

Big Red fascinated by a bit of straw
The death of a straw bale

So, are you ready for a surprise?  We weren’t!  Look….

Aren’t they pretty?

We really didn’t expect the girls to start laying until March or April at the earliest.  I think they’re confused as they aren’t supposed to lay during the very short days of winter.  Given that they’re also only 5 months old, we were amazed to find these beauties in the coop!  My babies are growing up so fast…

postheadericon The Stork aka Dork Brought Us Chickens

Look what showed up at MoonCat Farms yesterday:

Baby Chicks!!  18 of them….
I need to put this out there so people won’t think that besides being a crazy cat lady, I am also a crazy chicken lady.  I planned on starting our chicken farming experience with SIX hens/pullets.  As in 1/2 of a dozen, at least half-grown.  THE MAN aka. Mr. MoonCat is the CRAZY one who brought 18 (actually 19) baby chicks home for his wife to raise.  Gotta love the big guy..
The Midge
We need to note that these will end up being pets with names as we are raising them for eggs, not meat.  From the captions on some of the photos, you can see we’ve already started with the process.
Thelma or Louise
Baby Chook
from l-r: Ameraucana, Rhode Island Red (2), White Leghorn, Plymouth Barred Rock

I was originally getting Ameraucanas, Rhode Island Reds, and BROWN Leghorns.  All three of these lay different colored eggs:  Ameraucanas blue/green/pink eggs, Rhode Island Reds brown eggs, and the Leghorns lay white or creamy eggs.  Mr. MoonCat got 2 of the 3 right.

Actually the main reason I wanted any color but WHITE Leghorns is because the white chickens tend to be easy targets for predators.  Since we have a cover over the entire chicken run and coop area, that shouldn’t be an issue (we hope).  The Plymouth Barred Rock weren’t in the running and I think those are our “free” birds.

Aren’t they cute? (for now)
Now, I’ll tell you why it is actually 19 chicks not 18 as we thought or have pictured, but before PETA or some other organization attacks – the hubby had no idea how many chicks were in the box – this was an accident and he was horrified.
My dad’s friend runs the feed store and stashed a bunch of extra (as in, unknown number of) chicks in with hubby’s 10 chicks that he bought.  Great, except that Chick #19 was found under the backseat of the pickup today.  She’d apparently got out of the box in transit and stowed away.  She was alone in the HOT truck from early yesterday afternoon until late today.  Mr MoonCat called me frantically from the gas station to tell me he had a baby chick that needed immediate attention.  He’d heard a strange chirping over the radio and couldn’t figure out what it was until he stopped for gas!
So, #19 now known as HeartyGirl was rushed home to mama where I gave her sugar water and fussed over the tiny little thing for a few hours.  As soon as I got her pecking at the water dish and taking little drinks, she seemed to revive pretty quickly.  When I placed her in the pen she happily started pecking around with the others.  I made sure she found the water before I left her to it.  When I went out to put the babies in the coop for the night, she seemed to be doing well.
Hopefully she will have a complete recovery from her ordeal.  I don’t know about poor Mr. MoonCat though as he has called three times to check on her since he left the house.   The big softie actually thought he could raise these babies for meat as well as eggs 🙂
enjoying the outside pen

postheadericon We’re Going to the Birds!

Well…Mr. MoonCat and I are being dragged into becoming chicken farmers!   In addition to everything else we’ve got growing around here, we’re going to be mom & dad to poultry!  I’m sure you’re all extremely excited now, but we’re really just going to get a handful of hens and maybe one rooster.  But we’re committed – we want fresh eggs!
I’ve been doing a lot of research on which types of hens I want and have narrowed it down to a few.   I would love to get input from any of you that have or have had chickens.  My dad has a bunch of the bantams out at the ranch that are a real kick and pretty, but I’ve decided I want some of the larger breeds as I may decide to sell eggs at the farmer’s markets this year along with my herbs and veggies. Since you need about a dozen of the little banty eggs to make an omelet, I don’t think that is quite what I’m looking for.  Because we are who we are and know HOW we are, the little chooks will most likely become family pets. So I’ve eliminated the types that are bred specifically for meat as I still don’t like to meet or get to know my dinner.
So what do you think?  Are we even crazy(ier) than before?