Archives for the month of: March, 2015

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Almost entirely feathered out, and all 16 still with us! We’ll be moving them outside this weekend.

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Our Blue Orpington chicks are now two weeks old. They’re very different from the Cornish we raised last time!

They’re smaller, of course, but they’re also much more active. They’re curious, but also catious and easily panicked. They eat less and produce much less poop, which is sure nice!

They’re also louder, and exhibit much more of what I think of as normal chicken behaviour, like scratching. They LOVE to scratch thru their bedding, getting it all over the place, but also saving me the trouble of fluffing it up.

Plus they’re just so gosh-darn pretty!!
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They’re so little!!

image Starting over with a heritage breed – Blue Orpingtons! These ones are already one week old. image After a fair amount of research, Orpingtons were my breed of choice for an egg laying flock. Cold hardy, good mothers, good producers, not bad for meat, generally friendly. image image They take longer to maturity than Cornish of course, but they also have WAY fewer health problems. I’ve heard of hens producing for up to 12 years.

We were super lucky and found a lady breeding them in our area.