Banty Eggs

With the soaring price of eggs, I’ve never been so grateful for my little banty hens. Just look what they brought to the table this week!
Considering the rising cost of chicken feed, I’ve been supplementing their diet with healthy table scraps to stretch that bagged feed a bit longer.

Happy hens fill the egg basket
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Fancy Chicks Coming Soon

Just ordered fancy ornamental chicks, shipped from Connecticut (My Pet Chicken) on the 25th of October. Mille Fleur d’Uccle Bantams & Black Feather Footed Silkie Bantams.
Future plans to breed the black Silkies, hopefully at least one in the shipment is nice quality. Am I asking too much for her to be willing to hatch eggs too? You never know… but that’s what makes it fun. 🙂

October/November is the perfect time to raise baby chicks in Phoenix, Arizona. The temperatures stay between 80 & 90 degrees, and the nights around 65. Usually just radiant heat is needed in the brooder.

Mille Fleur d’Uccle
Silkie Bantam

Brooder is Ready

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About the Standard Cochin Chicken

The Gentle Giants

Cochin chickens are known for their soft feathers and fluffy robust appearance. They have a round body, long silky plumage, feathered feet, and a single comb. They lay a fair number of brown or tinted small to medium eggs. You can expect approximately 2 eggs per week.

This breed may not be a prolific layer, but are still quite worthy for their broody tendencies, and their stunning appearance of course! They’re often used to hatch fertile eggs from other birds, however, don’t be in a big hurry, the Cochin is very slow to mature.

If your looking for a docile, peaceful, friendly, and easily handled breed, this buxom beauty is for you. I find Cochins don’t fancy scratching around in the dirt as much as most other breeds. They are also not a fan of high perches. They prefer free roam, but confine quite well.

They’re considered a heavy breed weighing in at about 11 lbs for roosters, and 8 to 8.5 lbs. for hens.
Bantams: A hen will be just under 2 lbs. and the rooster, about 2 lbs.

The Cochin chicken breed arrived on the shores of Britain and America from the port of Shanghai, China in the mid 1800s.  This fancy breed has a wide variety of colorful outfits, in buff, white, black, blue, partridge and cuckoo.

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About the Welsummer

The Welsummer rooster is rustic-red and orange in color and the hen is a light and dark brown partridge pattern with gold around the neck area.  This dual purpose large fowl lays  large terracotta dark brown eggs, often with speckles. Expect about 160 eggs per year.

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Features & Color Variations

Single comb, medium wattles, broad chest and back, wide full tail, and 4 toes.  There are three variations of the standard Welsummer, Partridge, Silver Duckwing and the Gold Duckwing. Recognized Varieties: Red Partridge
Behavior
Welsummers are friendly and intelligent, but not considered especially docile. They generally confine well, but prefer to forage. Setter/broody: yes.
Bantams
The Welsummer Bantam lays light brown eggs, and their production is slightly higher than the standard at about 180 eggs per year. Bantams exist in both Partridge and Silver Duckwing colors but are rare

  • Origin: Netherlands
  • Class: Continental
  • Type: Large Fowl
  • Size: Medium (6-7 lbs)
  • Rarity: Common
  • Purpose: Dual
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