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

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.
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Knowing 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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Bedtime Snack Before Bed

Every day at dusk the girls wait for me to bring them a snack before they retire to their hen house for the night. Hard to see them, but you’re not missing much, they’re all *molting and look a little rough around the edges!

This is their first molt, perfect timing too, they should all be feathered just in time for the winter months.

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Unfortunately, with all the commotion from the storm damage, rebuilding the barn and moving the flocks so many times, it looks like I’ll miss my breeding season.  I counted on four Silkie hens to be broody right now… and they aren’t.  The transition has been stressful and they must not feel settled enough to get back in the swing of things.

I’m already looking for specific bantam chicks locally, so far no luck, and the online hatcheries are all sold out of the hard to find breeds I’m looking for.  I still have a month though, haven’t given up yet.

This Year’s Chick Wish List

Serama
Japanese Bantam
Mille Fleur d’Uccle Bantam

 

*Molt: Each year chickens molt, or lose the older feathers, and grow new ones.