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Friday, February 5th, 2010
1:26 pm
New girls!
I added 2 new girls to my flock. I barred plymouth rock, and a buff orpington. 
I've been wanting a buff since last year. :D My hubby expressed an interest in the barred rock so he shall be naming her. I am trying to pick a name for the buff.

Here's a pic.  She is 6 months old, and is such a fluffly butt. I love her. They are SUPER tame too as they were being taken care of by 3 boys. If you go to pick one up they just hunker down and wait for you to grab them. :)

Poll #1521744 A name for the buff...?

Of these 3 which would you pick?


If none of the above, suggestions?

<input ... >

And here's a better look at the barred rock.

My little silver sebright Luna thinks she is the boss of the flock, and here she was making sure they knew it. 

Silly little bird. LOL!
Friday, November 20th, 2009
12:17 pm
A 'little' chicken story.
Yesterday morning there was a Sheriff at my door... At 7:30am!
Here one of my neighbors complained about my chickens being in their yard. Instead of being decent neighbors and talking to me about it they called the sheriff!!! grr. He was very nice about it though, and just asked me if we could keep them penned up. We live in a neighborhood, but it's a pretty rural area, and other people have chickens too. 3 houses down from me a lady has horses in her front yard.
We plan on fencing in our whole yard at some point, but don't have the money for that just yet. So in the meantime we are going to have to make their run bigger.
I have an idea who it was... it just figures to, cause I was planning on taking each neighbor a dozen eggs to thank them for tolerating them. I gave some to one family, but hadn't gotten around to the others yet. I still may do that, then maybe they will feel bad for complaining.

Anyone else ever have neighbor troubles?

Anywho.. onto my little story.

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Saturday, November 7th, 2009
12:27 pm
False Alarm!
 Fluff P. Came home this morning!  Sorry for the false alarm. 

Current Mood: pleased
1:06 am
Friday, September 11th, 2009
8:58 pm
Monday, August 24th, 2009
12:27 pm
More photos and videos of my chickens, but in daylight instead of in the coop at night.
Here are some more poultry pictures. But instead these are out in the yard.
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Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
2:21 am
Monday, August 3rd, 2009
10:50 am
Wanna see a couple hens laying eggs?
 Follow this link to my journal. I was able to capture 2 of my girls laying yesterday!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009
6:52 pm
Size difference in RIR chicks.

3.5 weeks old, originally uploaded by Amarook.

FYI the reason the one has a yellow zip tie on it's leg is because I read some where on www.backyardchickens.com that the RIR chicks with a stripe on their head indicated it might be female. So just for the heck of it my Jeffrey helped me band the ones with stripes to see what happens.

Out of the 9 birds I have left, 6 of them are about the same size as the one on the left. The one on the right is the smallest of the bunch. I have one only a tad bigger than that one with spraddle legs. It has improved drastically since when we first discovered it was spraddle.
The 3 of the smaller birds is in between the biggest and the smallest size-wise.

12:46 pm
 Is this community dead?

I'm new to chickens and I was looking for other poultry keepers here on LJ. 

(not just strictly for pets.)
Monday, August 6th, 2007
12:01 pm
Close Call!
I keep two roosters loose now, a standard aracauna with a bad foot and a cochin bantam.
Today I came out to open the coops, and I was met with every chicken keeper's nightmare - a pile of white feathers in the yard, with a trail leading into the woods.

My aracauna, Valentine was my first concern, but he was limping around the corner to greet me as if nothing had happened.
So next I worried about Snip, my mixed breed hen with a knack for escaping through a closed gate.
But she came out with the others when I opened the coop door.
And the cochin, Jackle was happily following me while I was investigating all of this.

It was a mystery until I got a better look at Valentine, and noticed the ragged feathers on his backside and dried blood on his comb.
and the feathers are definitely his coloring.

All that I can think of is that something must have tried to take Valentine, and he fought it off.
I was so glad to find him okay that I gave him a whole hotdog!

Current Mood: surprised
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
3:32 pm
My first flock of chickalicken pullets are now laying TEENY TINY EGGS!!!
The egg on the left is from my 2 year old orpington and the one on the right is from GOD knows who, but holy crap is it a teeny egg!!! I have to watch tomorrow to see who is spending the most time in the nesting boxes, but could you just DIE from how cute that is?! I bet all the neighbours could hear me squealing!!
Friday, July 20th, 2007
10:08 am
Stupid eagle got Pato yesterday.
Rest in peace little pato.

The amazing part of it is just how not a single piece of poor pato went to waste, the eagle took the bones, the beak, everything. There wasn't even a speck of blood on the feather pile.
Loo, his mate,  is pretty sad, I picked her some pea pods and she seemed a little more comforted. They grew up together!
I can't believe that an eagle pegged off a full grown duck!!

I've since closed off the area that they had access to that had any type of heavy exposure, so there shouldn't be any ducks or chickens pegged off to feed the stupid eagles. Lets hope they don't like the taste of pug too. That makes me nervous.
Monday, July 16th, 2007
10:01 pm

Tofu and Feo have had a successful secret romance, and are now the proud parents of TEN babie chickalickens!!
I just about DIED!!
The past few weeks, Feo (spanish for ugly) was just hanging out, not doing anything, I took her as being anti social, She wasn't terribly social to begin with, and since before we got her, she seemed to be getting picked on by all of her peers, so I thought she was just a cranky vagabond.
NOPE!! She was a cranky mother to be! I saw that she was sitting on eggs earlier this week, and have kept an eye on her since, I kept looking up 'false broody' on the internet but came up dry.
I didn't think that she could have gotten pregnant from Tofu, as he had little to do with her, and well, his attempts with the other chickens that we've witnessed were uhh, let's just say clumsy and unsuccessful.
Boy was I wrong!!They were JUST hatched today at about 1pm is when I heard her announcing it to the farm, so she is still rather possessive over her flock.

Half look like baby Tofus, the other half look like less pecked, red headed versions of Feo.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
9:35 am
defective hen?

what is wrong with my henny penny? She just makes this noise all night!!
Freaking weirdo.
Sunday, May 20th, 2007
10:45 am
Ok so well I gave my silkie hen her first bath!!!
It was pretty great actually, she really enjoyed it, she just floated around and took her massage and relaxed!

and while I'm doing it, I can hear the aricana cross making her 'I just laid an egg' song!
So I Go outside to see where she has laid..because she has picked some interesting spots lately, but this one takes the cake.

Good aim there chicken lady!!! I almost have to leave it there, it was just so awesome, RIGHT in my shoe!! The egg is still warm, I guess I have to check my shoes before I Go and put my foot in from now on!!

Fifi is in her basket drying with the heating pad. I think she really enjoyed her day at the spa.
Thursday, May 17th, 2007
7:48 am

I got her yesterday, she has attitude, but she makes up for it in looks.
Thursday, May 10th, 2007
9:53 am
Its not my fault, it was not humanly possible to resist them.

I got some baby indian runners!!

They are out there snuggling their baby chickie friends right this second.
Oh yah, ducks, they are alot more work than chickens. Chickens are nice and non stinky and they drink water. Ducks are nice, and very stinky, with big poops and they make a huge water party EVERY chance they get, they muck and poop bigger and sadly they don't know how big they are, and they sneak into the baby chick nursery and sit on them, Only one casualty, and I've fixed their route, so they can't get in anymore...but yah, ducks, WAY different than chick-a-lickens.
Sunday, May 6th, 2007
9:41 pm
11:05 am
[ mood | mellow ]
[ music | Redemption Song ~ Bob Marley & The Wailers ~ Uprising ]

A friend of mine offered to put The Lady In Waiting to rest in a bit of woodland he owns and I gladly accepted.
Then I went scouting for the man I got my Jerseys from 2 years ago, since I lost his cellphone number and e-mail address when a yahoo account crashed. But find him I did. :)
I was a bit disappointed to find out his present batch of Jerseys are way to young for me to bring home. I have 4 cats of my own and perhaps a dozen of neighbourhood and feral cats who regularly prowl the garden. I don't want a bloodbath on my hands!
He's presently very much into his breed of Marans chickens, originally a French breed. So I took home a pair of them. They are both black with a green shine [which I love!]and one has a distinctive golden brown collar.
I have yet to get my first egg from them but they are to be quite special, 'golden' or in fact dark brown with an enormous yolk. Can't wait!
Introducing them to The Lady went smoothly, but they are so shy of me! :(
I guess I grew used to The Ladies following me around and wanting to be hand-fed. This will take a while yet.
* * *
In other aviary news:
That huge tree in the garden has a magpie's nest. This year I knew for certain it was in use.
Unfortunately, I found the chick a the bottom of the tree yesterday, surrounded by my felines and a frantic parent.
I picked it up and it was basically fine, mostly in feathers but just shy of being ready to flee the nest, is my guestimate.
Now I was standing there, with the chick, both voracious and pleading eyes on me: what to do?
I know magpies can be kept as domesticated but still free birds [I've known one and it was fantastic] but unfortunately I'm not Grizzly Adams' granddaughter; I have felines, a job and a bit of a life too.
I may live in a city of 1/2 million people but finding a rescue center Saturday at noon proved impossible after numerous phone calls, e-mails and driving around. I had to give up at 2 pm, as I had to go work then.
I left little Apollo in the care of the local constabulary who promised to keep contacting the rescue center.
I made it clear I was going to follow up on this Monday!
I'd love to find out how he's doing...
Back home, the poor parent isn't over his/her loss yet.
The magpie is screeching away, to one of my cats in particular and pestering him too.
Luck wants it that he's innocent for once, hehe.
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