Part-time Blogger about life at Paradise in Disguise Hobby Farm, which is a small scale NY Breeder of Catskill Homesteader Chickens, Muscovy Ducks and Heritage Turkeys; Our poultry not only supply our eggs and meat, they also help make rich, dark compost for our Back to Eden Gardening.
I brought home from Chickenstock two new bantam hens,
who are known to go broody. The one is a pure Mille Fluer bantam Cochin,
and the black one is a Silkie/Sizzle Cochin cross. They came from two different BYC'ers, but they've been in quarantine together.
They seem to be healthy and adjusting great, so the other day I moved
them to one of the grass paddocks, where they're still separate
but can start to transition to being with the rest of the flock.
Of course, they used the hole the other chickens had dug to dust bathe,
even though this grass paddock isn't supposed to have any holes!
The last batch of chicks to hatch (6/11-13)
were a combined effort of incubator and two broody hens,
"Ellie" and "Bluebonnet", who were sitting on 14 SFH hens.
Thirteen SFH chicks hatched, though one died within a day.
The other Catskill Homesteader and two Bielefelder pullets
hatched in the incubator were given to "Ellie".
"Bluebonnet" was given more SFH eggs that were in the incubator,
as the broody hens are obviously much more successful!
Ellie and her chicks have since been moved to a plastic pet crate
in the PA coop where Lydia raised her chicks.
They're not "exploring" the PA coop during the day, and once they're a
little older, perhaps when they're a week old, they can go out with the rest of the flock. Ellie's a good mother, just like she was last year when she raised two broods of chicks.
The last doe to kindle was the doe I'd purchased last year.
She was being very obstinate this year, but obviously
the buck was successful one time, as she only gave birth to three kits
on May 22nd, 2015.
Even though it's a small litter, they are growing very fast!
Here's her little cuties:
This little one is black with a white "star" on its forehead
and a stripe down its nose. So cute, since the rest of it is all black.
The third kit is all black:
Wanted to share a sampling of photos of the
chickens "enjoying the good life":
Up first is a group of pullets who decided
to eat the one and only set of leaves on this
poor little maple tree we tried to transplant
when we moved last fall. The tree will probably
be pulled out & chipped up for mulch.
Another cute Catskill Homesteader pullet,
I believe she's half Swedish Flower Hen.
"Daniel" - he looks so much like "Micheal Jessie",
and even though he's 2nd in command right now,
he's a good sport about it!
"Rainbow" and her chicks taking an afternoon
nap - two of her chicks are Swedish Flower Hens,
one of which was a surprise, as I thought only
one of the eggs had hatched!
The young pullets and cockerels enjoy
roosting on the pallets surrounding the
compost pile, while usually preening or taking naps.
A couple of the Bielefelder young cockerels
resting after taking dust baths.
The chickens are enjoying their grass paddocks,
which I rotate every 2 -3 days, and still they're in
need of being mowed or eaten down by the rabbits
(which we're currently experimenting with).
"Daniel" - rooster in front (above photo)
"Joshua" - standing tall and handsome
"Rainbow" and her chicks exploring the outdoors
after several weeks of being "cooped" up.
The "PA" Coop and "Dad's Coop" groups
sharing the grass paddock with the ducks.
One of the pullets - I'd love to keep her,
but she's going to a great home soon.
The group of other pullets that are already
pre-sold and waiting to be picked up.
No, I have not "fallen off the face of the earth"! But, I have not had the time to write a blog post recently,
though it's been on my to-do list, it's not a top priority.
We had a great time on May 30th at Chickenstock - sold about 35 chicks and 4 baby rabbits; plus swapped and bought plants (veggies & perennial flowers). I also brought home two new bantam broody hens and three bantam Cochin 5 week old chicks.
Since that time, we've been busy in between getting sick with a strong virus that won't let go! Just when we think we're getting better, I feel exhausted again & have to take several naps. As a result, the garden isn't 100% planted, though there's lots of lamb's quarters volunteering themselves. We're planning on freezing and/or juicing them, as they're good to eat, just they get too big and crowd out other "wanted" plants.
I have another batch of eggs going into lockdown today - I believe it's the 10th hat…