Monday, May 23, 2011

Free at last....

 April 19th was chick day! And yesterday was freedom day for those little cuties! We ordered 10 this year and for the first time did not lose any....YAY!!!

To our flock we added Light Brahmas, Black Giants and Araucanas. The Light Brahmas are a wonderful friendly chicken with feathers on their feet. Black Giants are a heavy breed chicken who lay eggs all year round (most chickens don't lay very well if it's too hot or in the winter). Both Brahmas and Blacks eggs are brown. Araucanas originated in Chile and are sometimes called the 'Easter Egg Chicken' because they lay greenish blue eggs. The hens are nice enough but the roosters are some of the meanest one's I've ever come across...therefore we only have hens :-)

In addition to our chickens we have 3 call ducks. Unfortunately they are all males...need to buy a couple females. I enjoy their quacking. When I first released the new chicks from their pen into general population one Brahma (the white little girl) was NOT afraid at all. As a matter of fact she wanted to be friends with the duckies. At first the duckies were fascinated that she was the same size as them and then decided they were afraid of her...it was funny watching her walk after them as if to say "aw come one...can't we be friends?".

The new ones won't start laying eggs until fall, it usually takes until their at least 20 weeks old. But that's ok...just in time for holiday baking!

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I am linking up to Homestead Revivals Barn Hop. Click on the link below to see more links. So interesting and informative! Thank you Amy for hosting the weekly Barn Hop.

http://homesteadrevival.blogspot.com/2011/05/barn-hop-14.html


5 comments:

Gone Country said...

I love the green eggs! I really miss my chickens :(. We were getting more this year but it looks like we might be traveling soon for my hubbies job so we're not getting them after all. You'll have to enjoy your chickens a little extra bit just for me!

jrmom said...

If I could ship you some green eggs I would. If you settle somewhere close to Ohio let me know.

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Aaaawww the new little chickies are so cute! And I really like how the chickens and ducks get along so well ... FUN ON THE FRANJKO FARM!

SheShe said...

They're so cute!! I'll have to come and visit them, and I promise not to make any inappropriate comments about how good they'd be with stuffing and gravy... :)

Amy Johnson said...

Such pretty and cute chicks! They must be a lot of fun to have around.