Flock I.D. Practices… and Ten New Chicks!

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Peaches & Rose, the oldest members in an existing flock of 18. Each bird wears a brightly colored I.D. leg band so I can keep track of age, breed, color, sex, and where they originated from. Otherwise, alike breeds of same color can often look the same.
Each hen’s broodiness is recorded as well, because unfortunately not all hens are good Moms. It’s important to know which hens will not only be be loyal to their clutch of fertile eggs, but which ones can also be trusted to care for the chicks when they hatch.
As an example, these two hens are both broody on a regular basis, only the one on the right will stay on her eggs until they hatch. The bird on the left perhaps has good intentions, but gets bored with the idea of being a Mom and sometimes abandons the nest after a week or so.

Silkie Hens 111015Knowing who’s who in an immediate situation means a quick and convenient solution. So I better get busy…  today there are 10 more birds to add to the chart!

New Babies!

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Mille Fleur d'uccle Bantam Chicken HenAbout the Mille Fleur D’Uccle
Source: Cackle Hatchery

The D’uccles Bantam Chickens are a true bantam and have no standard size of them. This D’Uccle Bantam chicken has (booted) feather legs, full beards and muffs.  A great show bird and admitted into the American Poultry Standard of Perfection in 1996 (self blue) 1965 (Porcelain) 1914 (Mille Fleur).   There is a long history of breeding this poultry in Germany, Belgium and England.  Continue Reading

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amy elizabeth, writer, author. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm. Raises laying hens.
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