Pretty Pullet Photos & More
Through it all, the Lord is teaching me some absolutely incredible life lessons. While I'm certainly not "there yet", I'm beginning to see more clearly that "God's Got This", and I can be perfectly at peace in not knowing what's around the next bend in the road. Why should I not be? He knows everything, and in comparison, I know nothing & can only see very dimly. One thing is for sure, no matter what lies ahead it will an adventure!
One of the many comforting & encouraging Scriptures I read this morning was from Isaiah 55:8-12 :
Therefore, I will continue one day at a time, enjoy each moment, and
be grateful for the little things in life.
On the weather front, we've had a little snow, come and go. Nothing like last year. Currently, there's less than an inch of snow, but underneath is ice. This photo is looking up the hill that goes down to the main entrance for the hobby farm. Because of the sled filled with buckets of water & feed, it packs down the snow. Then, we have a thaw for a day, it starts to melt, then re-freezes into ice. So, my boots are outfitted with ice cleats, but they'll soon need to replaced because the cleats are falling out! Even still, I'd rather deal with a little snow & ice than several feet of snow!
While for the winter I prefer smaller combs, the single combs sure do make telling who's roo/hen much easier at a much younger age. I hope to do an initial "list" of the roosters this coming week, so I can see if my guesses actually turn out correct.
Thankfully, though, I have lots of pullets in the PA & DC Coop that are maturing quite nicely.
In this photo, the front row - on the left if a "Madison" pullet from Purely Poultry Hatchery, with an older Catskill Homesteader pullet on the right - they're both about the same size; the roost behind them - a black hatchery pullet, a "mini flower" pullet, and two Catskill Homesteaders.
Then, on Jan 26th, I decided it was time to make the nesting boxes in the PA Coop available again, since most of the pullets are at point-of-lay or soon will be. When I removed the wire fronts to keep them out, I found two green eggs in there! Sure enough, the "Black Beard" had found a unique way to get into the blocked off nesting box. Later, I found her freshly laid green egg.
|This pullet with the unique "blue" & "brown" coloration is one of my favorites. I have to catch her & check her wing band #, but my guess would be she's from the 2015 "Garden Coop" breeding group.|
|Another view of the same pullet; picture doesn't do her justice, as the pattern on her feathers is very intricate and beautiful.|
|This Swedish Flower Hen pullet is very hard to take a photo of, as she's a fast mover. I really like her coloration, and even though she's dark, I'm impressed with how many "flowers" she's kept.|
|I'm pretty sure this pullet's mother would be "Primrose", who's very similar in pattern & comb type. But this young gal has more "blonde" on her chest. In the last week or so, her comb & wattles have doubled in size & really turned bright pink.|
|One of the few pullets that were sired by "Andrew #2" (since most turned out to be roosters). She has a high percentage of EE in her, as evidenced by her pea comb, muff & coloration. But, she is still a multi-generation Catskill Homesteader.|