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Sizzles, Houdans and More!

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First off, let me start by apologizing for being MIA for 2 weeks. It’s been very busy around here. As you may have gathered from my last post, we have expanded to a massive size. It’s just getting bigger by the day. I am loving every moment of it.

Clementine did us proud for the first time last night. Just after midnight, Susan and I were cursing at Koda for barking at what we thought was Dylan upstairs getting something to eat. He continued to bark for five minutes before we started yelling up to Dylan to put his bark collar (citronella spray) on because we needed to sleep. Dylan said that Clementine was freaking out. We are used to Clem barking at night. She barks almost every hour, but it is a distinguishable bark. Not erratic or desperate like this sound we were experiencing for the first time.

Dylan went outside to check what was getting her all riled up. It was a STRAY DOG. Clementine was bouncing off the kennel trying to get at this beagle who was sniffing around the barn. After a few tries, Dylan caught the dog and Susan called our neighbour who was responsible. If I was left to talk to this neighbour, things would have been said. Curses would have been uttered.. Susan is very calm and collected when I am just not.. She explained that this dog can not be on our property because we have livestock and he said Okay. No apologies. Next time the dog goes to the pound. If the dog hurts a chicken, it goes to a pound an hour away. I am not putting up with this shit.

Sorry.. Rant over.. Some people..


Clementine is really starting to grow on me. She is used to the kennel, and gets out daily for a good run. She is not old enough to trust alone with the poultry yet. I need to wait until her puppy energy subsides. She is very playful right now. When we supervise, she ignores the poultry. That is a good sign. It has to be. She has never shown aggression to them, but did show playfulness which is just as dangerous when working with livestock so breakable.

Now on to the County Fair pictures. We took 12 of our birds to a chicken show hosted in Petitcodiac, NB on August 3rd & 4th. We bathed, clipped nails (and beaks) and blew dry most of those 12. Gigi didn’t get a bath, because he was pristine.

We brought:

Carlton.
He was Disqualified for vulture hocks. I don’t see them in this picture, but they were visible (though not stiff like the definition states), so I was a little bummed about that. I think he is beautiful.


Eedie & Lynette – Who were also both DQ for leg colour. I knew they would be, but Jamie said to put them in anyway. The legs are not that hard to breed out if I have a proper coloured rooster. Stanley has slate legs. Hopefully we will get babies with slate legs and pure white. White to white produces white. It should be a worthwhile project!


We brought Phyllis – She won BV for partridge!


We brought Gretta – She won 3rd place – but she was up against Jamie’s GORGEOUS birds.


I mean really.. That’s just not fair! šŸ˜›


We brought Skittles – Who WON Champion in her class! GO SKITTLES!


Here she is with her ribbon!


Gigi won Reserve Champion Continental (second place after Skittles).


We took the frilkie boy (right) and he took BV as well, but was the only frizzled silkie, so yeah šŸ˜‰


We took both Barbaras (We call them both Barbara – and sometimes Brenda if I forget the name Barbara)

The bigger Barbara took best in breed.


We took both Rogers (again same as the Barbara thing).

This Roger took 2nd


This Roger was placed before or after the smaller Barbara.. I am just confusing you now.. Just look at the pretty pictures šŸ™‚

That’s it for the show.. We did well for the first one. After everyone admired and commented on our Mottled Houdans, we called up the breeder and bought 8 more chicks. Every single chick he had.

Did I mention that we also bought 7 bantam Ameraucana from Jamie last week? Oh yes.. There is that too..

The cockerel is Blue.


One pullet is blue (my favourite)


Two are black


One is splash.

There are two backup roosters in case anything happens to the best one.


The call ducks are adorable, though a little mean. Especially to anything smaller than them.


Lorraine has a brood of 7 chicks (6 silkies + 1 smooth sizzle).


We had to create a pen for more chicks.. Sigh.. Here is something I threw together pretty quickly. It works really well. We have an unknown # in there. Under 30 I would say.. Yeah, definitely under 30.


The sizzles are looking awfully sizzley šŸ˜€


And we got our first blue egg!

Just some pictures from the last two weeks bellow. Hope my blog posts aren’t too overloaded with pictures. I believe in the saying “A picture says a thousand words”.


3 silkies, 1 sizzle (Lorraine had a staggared hatch and I had to incubate her remaining 4 eggs, all hatched despite nearly 2 weeks of high humidity and no turning. I thought they were due way before they hatched.


Sizzle (2.5 weeks)


Mottled Houdan (2 weeks)


2.5 week old chicks.


4 Week old EE


6 week old pullets (SLW & BR).


McChicken (10 weeks)


Again ā¤


Dustbathing RSL pullets (3 weeks)


Barred rock x Cochin pullet (14 weeks)


Barred Rock x Cochin Cockerel (14 weeks)


Adorable blue partridge girl


Silkie (blue or black? I don’t know..)


I’m going with blue… 11 weeks old


Barred Rock x Cochin boys


Rosa ā¤


Tilly


6 week old call ducks


Swimming


Sleepy broody chicks..

*exhales*

Okay.. That’s enough for today.. Thanks for reading! Please leave a comment bellow ā¤

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8 thoughts on “Sizzles, Houdans and More!

  1. So cute! I love all the different birds! Those barred X cochin roos are awesome! I have a barred rock hen and a black cochin… maybe I should try something like that. Congrats on the chicken show too! I can see why Skittles won! She’s a beauty!

    • Thank you very much!

      Yes that mix is awesome. The girls are so cute, and the boys are HUGE, early, without any suffering like cornish Xs. I think it’s a great way to create your own meat mix that fits your needs!

      I say try it šŸ˜€

  2. What a beautiful blog! I love all the pictures – and they are making me want Mottled Houdans!

  3. Hi:
    Love your blog! What type of chicken is Splash? Are the Silkies easy to take care of? Are the adult chickens free range during the day?
    Debra

    • The splash is an Ameraucana – which is a result of mating blue to blue šŸ™‚

      Silkies are easier to take care of then regular chickens because they poop less, eat less, drink less and require less work to keep up with those needs šŸ˜€

      The adults (and whoever wants to get out of the silkie pen – I created little escapes around the fence so they can get in and out) free range from 6am – 8:30pm.

      Thanks for reading and commenting šŸ™‚ I appreciate it!

  4. gah! i’ve been busy & away & all matters of craziness have ensued with you.
    that’s it! i AM coming to live with you.
    holy cow i want to play with your babies!
    and your blue egg is LOVELY!
    i did wonder when you’d get your first one after your comment on BYC.
    of course my colored egg laying girls are easter eggers so we have only
    one that lays a light bluish green, one that lays a minty green & one that lays a deep olive.
    the ees started laying at 19 weeks…but my BR and 2 PRs (who are 22 weeks) haven’t even been squatting.
    go figure.
    i have missed your blog…but yay for you guys and all those lovelies and ribbons and wonderfulness!

    xox. keri

    • I was wondering where you went! Thanks for coming back and reading šŸ˜€ Means a lot!

      My babies love people, and I’m the only one that seems to sit out with them šŸ˜› They’d enjoy your company for sure. Especially if you brought them treats šŸ˜‰

      EE’s are known to be late layers, but mine were right around 21 weeks. I think 3 are laying now, though not well. All are the exact same colour as far as I can tell.

      I think we may have worms going around. The production is really bad right now for eggs. I am going to worm them this weekend. Better safe than sorry!

      Congrats on your eggs as well! Don’t forget to come back again šŸ˜€

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