Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Peek at the Week {2/3/2014}

Our farm is pleased to welcome its newest friend, Victoria! Victoria is an 18 month old Blue Silkie hen all the way from Goodsprings, Tennessee. She was put on a plane which brought her to a nearby airport from which she was driven to numerous sorting facilities to arrive at our post office at 1:00 pm today. She is currently in our house, where we are coaxing her with golf balls to go broody so we can put our current chicks with her. She hasn't given in yet, but we are still trying. We also ordered six hatching eggs which came with her. There are porcelain, red, red. Unfortunately when I was putting them in one broke so now we are down to 5 eggs. Victoria will live in the barn with the other black and blue colored silkies after she has been quarantined.

Much overdue, the silkie breeding pens/ coop has been built! Currently it's just the large area shown in the picture, but when the breeding groups are older and can be moved in there it will be divided by color. The silkies are living in there, accompanied by their hutch which we kept there so they would be comfortable and warm, as well as the new large nest boxes, which Henrietta enjoys laying her eggs in. Victoria will join them when she is done being quarantined.

After having much difficulty doing it ourselves, we brought the chicks to the vet to get vaccinated for Marek's, which is how we lost butterscotch, our partridge silkie, a little while ago. They all did fine, and afterwards the cat pictured below came to say hello (or size them up for a meal!). 

Just recently I started selling fresh eggs down the street at a church's nursery school, and sold our first dozen this week! We charge $4.00 a dozen and I will be taking all the nice looking eggs there once or twice a week.

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