Friday, May 30, 2014

Peek at the Week! {Week of 5/25/2014}

This was a very eventful week! One of the fun things that happened this week was we got some new chicks! We received 8 new chicks from all of which are very energetic and healthy! We got a Buff Brahma, Light Brahma, Mille Fleur d'uccle, Partridge Cochin, and a Salmon Faverolles. The other three chicks are a friend's that are being picked up this weekend. 

The yellow blur is our very energetic Salmon Faverolles chick!

The chicks enjoy their big warm Sweeter Heater and are often found napping underneath. 

Spitz our Appenzeller Spitzenhauben hen and Missy our Partridge Plymouth Rock hen are both giving me an odd look expecting a treat shortly. In this photo you can also see the newly mulched run, which the chicken love to dust-bathe in! 

This is Sweetie, one of our Speckled Sussex hens. She has recently started to pose for the camera more often, probably hoping to share the spotlight with her other photogenic friends.

This week was a sad one too, because one of our white Showgirl chicks died for undetermined reasons. We sent her body to a nearby university to have a necropsy and identify the cause of her death. If you lose a chicken to unknown reasons I highly suggest doing the same. Our state does it for free and they even pick it up! We believe she may have come down with Coccidiosis so I ordered Corid, a medication to help birds fight Coccidiosis, and will probably be giving it to them as a precaution. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Peek at the Week {Week of 4/27/2014}

This week was an amazing one. From start to end you could see all the grass getting greener, flowers blooming, and smell the aroma of everything that reminds you of spring all around you. The girls free ranged a ton, but today seemed by far the prettiest in the photos. Here are some snippets of our week.

Quickly after coming out to free range, everyone always runs to the rose bush, their favorite place to dust bathe under and relax.  

We put the three new chicks we got out in the outdoor grow out tractor so they could enjoy the nice day as well. 

The three new big girls, still in quarantine, went into the sheep run, where they happily pecked around. 

One thing that has always amazed me is how much the sheep like out chickens, especially the silkies. Our first four silkies had been raised in a hutch in the sheep stall, and when they finally grew up and moved out, the sheep were sad, and went to the empty hutch wondering where they were. They always look through the fence to the chickens, as if they are talking to them. Today I took a crate of the little white silkie chicks and the sheep immediately ran over, happy to meet their new friends. They stayed there for a while, sniffing them, and watching them.

Lefty, because of his low volume crows, nick-named "Lefty, the not so loud but very proud rooster." Lefty is currently the only mature rooster on our farm, as Cluck Norris found a new home because he was being a little too loud and was related to most of the hens so we couldn't breed him. Currently some of Lefty's future children are developing in the incubator. They are from him and Victoria. 

After tons of rain earlier this week, the girls found tons of worms. 

To the left you can see Ruby, who we had brought to the vet earlier this week with impacted crop. With rest and a strict diet, Ruby is now back to her normal perky self!

This week we finally got our first broody! Our excitement was quickly cut short, because after she started sitting on a couple of her and Lefty's eggs, she got a respiratory infection. In worry the chicks she would hatch, and that her health would get worse as she nested, we stuck the eggs in the incubator and her in a crate to recuperate. We are going to most likely be giving her a Tylan shot to help her get better. The eggs we took from her nest are developing fine and will hatch around May 16th.

Just yesterday we lost this sweet little angel. She was much bigger, but I chose this photo because she was the first chick we've ever hatched and this was her a few days after. Yesterday I went out to check on everyone and I found this girl laying on the ground. I started carrying her in from the barn and as I carried her her condition quickly got worse. By the time I got to the house her head was dangling, liquid pouring out of her mouth, and her heart made a few slow last beats, and stopped. She was our first chick we've ever hatched and I will never forget her looking up at us from the incubator, all wet and lying there, almost smiling. We later concluded with some expert advice that she most likely died of a head injury from running into a wall or something. We were happy knowing she wasn't in pain, or at least not for long, and she had a very happy life before she died. We decided, since we don't name chicks in case we end up having to sell them, that we would name her Blossom. When I reached the house with her limp body, seconds before she died, I lay it down on the back porch for a moment and in that moment she could stare up at the beautiful blossoms on our cherry tree and die with that beauty in her eyes.

Rest in Peace, Blossom.

This was a very eventful week as you can see! Stay tuned for more fun posts!