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Goliaths Flock

Hello Again! Yes, it’s been a while, someone please tell me where all the time has gone!!!!  Well, I’m thinking, it went into raising baby chicks! Here they come!!!!

Free Range Time

Free Range Time

Once again, meet Goliath’s Flock!  They are now 17 weeks old!  I must say, this is the most docile group of chicks I’ve ever had!  Granted, I’ve only had to be mama hen to my first group of chicks, Buddy’s Flock and that was of course where I learned how to raise back yard chickens.  Even though I grew up on a chicken farm, my dad raised chickens for eggs and that was before cages came in, he ended his business, opting out of caged.

Well, like I said, my babies are now 17 weeks old, their ‘voices’ are changing, the girls are now sounding more like hens.  Still a little early for egg laying, but we’re getting anxious! Goliath is still a little young to be crowing, but can’t wait for that early crowing.

Way back on Sept. 9th I introduced you to the chicks: Meet Goliath & His Flock, they look a tad different now then those early fluffy butt baby pics, so I’m going to introduce you again and add some goings on and updates.

First update, we did loose 1 chick a couple weeks ago to a Sharp Shin Hawk.  We have a completely closed in run for the chicks, but there was a hole, which the hawk found and got into the run and killed poor Itsie one of our 2 Speckled Sussex, which left Bitsie an only child.  The hole was fixed, there isn’t even the slightest peek hole now.  It’s always a learning experience.

Like I said they are now 17 weeks old, I picked these chicks from My Pet Chicken, breeds we have never had before and ended up ordering 6 different breeds. I did want white jersey giants but none were available anywhere, so I got the black.  2 …. 3 reasons I wanted to add Jersey Giants to my flock, 1-they’re a big breed, so hoping this will help in deterring hawks, 2-I’m a Jersey Girl and Jersey Giants originated in New Jersey so wanted to be true to New Jersey, 3-Getting the Jersey Giant rooster I’m hoping that all chicks will be on the larger side, again to help them survive.  Hawks are our number 1 predator here, we did loose 1 a couple years ago to a fox and we did loose chicks to a skunk, that was tragic.

So now, meet Goliath’s Flock

The Jersey Giants, Goliath, Millie & Tillie

Goliath is growing like a weed, he will eat out of my hand.  Millie is not as friendly but will eat out of my hand at times, Tillie, I think is pretty low on the pecking order so she doesn’t eat out of my hand, she hangs back.  You can see that Millie has a beautiful tail, Tillie has not much of a tail, that’s how I tell them apart.

Bitsie – Speckled Sussx

Bitsie, is my only Speckled Sussex, her sister, Itsie was killed by a Sharp Shin Hawk.  Bitsie was named because she was the runt of the flock, took her a while to catch up. Thats why the names Itsie and Bitsie.  She is a doll baby, one of my favorites.  She will let you hold her and talk your ears off.

Hope & Grace – White Plymouth Rocks

Hope is allot friendlier than Grace.  I think that’s because she had pasty butt her first week of life.  I never had a chick with pasty butt(pasting up) before, but thank goodness My Pet Chicken, where I got them from, tells you to look for it and how to treat it.  Not hard to treat, but the chick will die if not treated.  So, I think from all the handling she got, she became so friendly.  These two were name by my grandson Tyler.  If I stoop down to long when I’m out with the flock, Hope will jump up on my shoulder.

Lavern & Shirley – Easter Eggers

Yes, named for the TV show.  My 91 year old dad, named these 2, Lavern is the lighter (blonde) one and Shirley is the darker (brunette) one.  These 2 are not so friendly and are generally last to come out to free range.

Sweetie Pie & Honey Bun – Partridge Plymouth Rocks

Sweetie Pie was named first, as a chick, she constantly sat with me and I kept saying such a sweetie pie, so I named her Sweetie Pie, looking for a ‘friendly’ name for her sister, who also sat with me, not as much in the beginning, but now she’s the friendlier one, seeing her coloring was lighter than Sweetie’s, more of a honey color, I named her Honey Bun.  Honey Bun, will also jump up on my shoulder, she is my favorite.

Thelma & Louise – Gold Laced Wyandotte’s

Yes, named for the movie.  Wasn’t my favorite movie, and when these 2 were babies, they weren’t my favorites either.  These were my renegades, hence the names.  Thelma is the lighter one and Louise is the darker one.  Thelma is currently in the running for top of the pecking order along with Millie.  I’m not sure, whose going to win this battle, but for the time being, my money is on Thelma.  Thelma is even letting the cats know that she is top girl in the chicken yard, not them.  She chases poor grey cat all over, and poor grey cat, just wants to be one of the girls!

Here’s the pecking order challenge that went on yesterday, between Thelma & poor Grey Cat, then Thelma & Millie, then Millie and Goliath, I have no idea what she was thinking, then Goliath breaking up Thelma & Millie.  What a day! LOL!

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I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the story.  Sorry its been a while, hope it won’t be so long till my next post.  Feel free to comment, I love hearing from you.

 

Meet Goliath & His Flock

Meet Goliath & His Flock

Hello!  I Can’t believe my last post was on May 27th! (Bok Choy Italian Style or Italian Sausage, Gnocchi & Bok Choy) and the last I posted about Buddy’s Flock was on March 9th! (Today is A Bitter Sweet Day….) So, I have allot to catch you up on.  The reason we got rid of Buddy’s Flock was due to me and my hubby traveling for the past 5 months.  We traveled so much it wasn’t going to be fair to the flock with us being away so much.  The last of our travels took us from New Jersey to California, from California to Alaska and from Alaska back home to New Jersey.  Yes, all driving! And my hubby did ALL the driving.  I will get to pictures in another blog, I haven’t even gone through them all yet, we’ve been so busy since we got back home trying to catch up.  We were on the road a few days shy of 8 weeks!

During our travels, driving through allot of farmland, I realized that when we returned home I was again going to get chickens….raise chickens.  When we arrived back home, one of the first things I did in my off time was research chicken breeds.  I knew that I wanted to get Jersey Giants (since being a Jersey Girl and living in Jersey, it can only be right to have some Jersey Giants!), plus I was hoping the size would help deter the hawks???? But I wasn’t sure what colors and if that was the only breed I wanted.  Well, looking into chicks/chicken breeds I found that White Jersey Giants weren’t available, the only available were the black.  No biggie, but I didn’t want a flock of all black chickens (mainly because I like to name them and if they’re all the same kinda hard to tell them apart, that’s just my opinion, but I do like variety and color. When we had all New Hampshire Reds I numbered them because I couldn’t tell them apart)  Anyway, after doing my research, and deciding on breeds, the important traits were size, cold hardy & friendliness, I found the ones that I was interested in and all to be hatched at the same time at My Pet Chicken.  So, I called and spoke to some very friendly folks there, very knowledgeable and ready to help with any questions.  I placed an order, actually on my birthday, for chicks that were going to hatch on August 31 and would be to me by Sept. 2.  That gave me and my hubby time to plan and get ready for them.   So, instead of 1 or 2 breeds, I ordered 6! (Actually 8, my girlfriend, Pam ordered 4 chicks that came in with mine, helps to save on shipping!) LOL!  I couldn’t really make up my mind.  But here’s what I ordered: 1 Black Jersey Giant Rooster- name:Goliath (of course, at this point, we don’t know which one is Goliath), 2 Black Jersey Giant Hens – names: Tillie & Millie 2 Partridge Plymouth Rock hens – names: Sweetie Pie & Honey Bun, 2 Golden Laced Wyandotte hens – not named waiting on feathers, 2 Speckled Sussex hens – Named: Itsy (our little runt) & Bitsy, 2 Easter Egger hens – Not named yet waiting on feathers and 2 White Plymouth Rock hens whom my grandson Tyler named Hope & Grace.  He will also name the 4 that aren’t name yet.

So here’s they’re debut for you!  They were a week old yesterday.

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Today is a Bitter Sweet Day…..

Actually tomorrow will be a bitter sweet day, but todays my last day with my girls.  We have decided that for now we will no longer be raising back yard chickens.  It was a wonderful 4 years and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  We are going though some life changes, nothing serious, but that will be taking allot of our time and won’t be fair to the girls.  Luckily for me, I’m able to rehome most of them to friends.  The older ones are going to have to go to the auction 😦  Please don’t say anything, I’m sad enough.

Fred & his girls

Here are my latest pictures of most of the flock (you can click on them to make them bigger, no need to strain your eyes).  Due to the snow, some of them decided to stay in the hen house, most, did venture out on the path that my hubby made.

Fred and the flock Fred, not happy about walking on the snow Trying to get to the path without walking on the snow Autumn & Sunshine Flying not to touch the snow! Black Cat & Lillie My hubby giving the girls a treat Grey cat  & Lillie Grey Cat hanging with the flock Lilly trying not to walk on the snow The Chicklets

For sure my chickens DO NOT like snow.  My girlfriend Sandy is taking our rooster Fred and 5 of the girls, my girlfriend Pam is taking 2 young hens and little Pokey (Pokey is one of the last hatches and Pam is the one who donated the eggs)  I was hoping that someone would take young Corny, he’s going to be a wonderful friendly rooster, he loves being held, I have an emergency message into another friend with back yard chickens and hoping she can help out.

I will continue to post recipes to my blog and photos of any of our new and upcoming ventures.  So, please stay tuned!

It’s 2015! Happy New Year!

Where has all the time gone!!!???  Seems like is was only September then we took a hyper jump to Christmas!  It’s been a whirl wind around here, but now things are slowing down and getting back to whatever normal will be for this year.

I’m hoping to do a few posts this week to just get some recipes on here, but no guarantees! I’m trying though.  And do know, your not forgotten.

My last post was on November 10th! Geez! and was titled New Happenings in Buddy’s Flock, in that post I informed you that mamma Reds was again broody and since I didn’t have a rooster at that point in time, I had 2 friends donate fertile eggs to her on different days, I got 4 eggs from Pam and 5 eggs from Chrissie.  The eggs I received from Pam all hatched, 1 hatched 1 day early and the chick didn’t survive 😦  The other 3 hatched as scheduled on November 25th,  2 days later mamma reds kicked the other 5 eggs out of the nest so there were no chicks there 😦

The 3 chicks that did hatch are doing great!  Even with the cold and right now its bitter cold here in South Jersey.

So without further ado, let me introduce you to Prissy (Priscilla), Cornie (Cornucopia) and Pokie (Pocahontas)

Since this time, we’ve taken all the young roosters to auction, probably at least 9 of them.  So now Fred has settled into being the patriarch of the hen house and the hens are accepting him as the head guy.  He seems to be getting the hang of all his duties as a rooster and at this point in time has a harem of 18 hens.

So stay tuned for more updates on Buddy’s Flock.

New Happenings in Buddy’s Flock

Prince Charming

Well, hello everyone!  I can’t believe it’s November and I haven’t posted since August!  Shame on me!  I’ve been meaning to, I have recipes and pictures, I just don’t know where all the time has gone!  So, to start, I’ll update you all on Buddy’s flock because it needs updating!

First of all, 3 weeks ago we sent Prince Charming, along with Ricky and 2 very young roosters to the auction.  I decided to get rid of Prince Charming to give my girls a rest, because he had them bald and then they were starting to molt.  Since then, Mamma Reds went broody again! LOL!  The chicks she had in the summer are now 3 1/2 months old, she only left them last month!  Doesn’t bother me any, since my hubby said she’s getting old and wanted to get rid of her and I said she’s a good mamma so we’re keeping her….guess she overheard and wanted to prove my point.  Only problem with that is, Prince Charming had been gone for 2 weeks already and there are only upcoming roosters, Fred is going to be the head roo but not quite there yet.  So, I put out the call to my girlfriends and 2 of them graciously donated fertile eggs.  Pam gave me 4 on November 5th and then Chrissie gave me 5 eggs on November 9th, so there’s going to be a 4 day lull, this should prove interesting.  If anyone can handle it Mamma Reds can.

So, that leaves Mamma Saltie still hanging with her chicklets that were hatched on August 24th.  They’re about 2 1/2 months old.  I love it when the moms stay with them for a long time.  I do think she’s getting ready to leave them though, she took them up to the big girl roost last night.  Only problem, we have little Fuzzy and she can’t fly up to the roost, I had to put a milk crate in there so she could hop up on it, then hop up to the lowest and then up the ladder rungs.  I guess one of the hens in the flock has some sort of recessive silkie gene, seems like I get one of the fuzzy chicks often, this is my 3rd like this, Mamma Reds had one in her brood whom I named Phyllis Diller.

So, chicks are due to hatch Thanksgiving week so stay tuned!

Mama Reds is Broody! & Meet the New Chicks!

Well, last you heard one of my young hens went broody, she did really well at sitting, but sometimes was off the nest too long for my liking, well over an hour a few times, more like close to 2 hrs.  So, I was nervous that nothing was going to hatch, I tried to candle them but couldn’t see anything, and 1 egg did break which took her to 4 eggs.  On the day that they we’re due to hatch nothing happened, uggg, so I texted (is that a word??) a friend, Christine, who has allot of chickens and hatches some in an incubator at times, to see if she if she had any very young chicks.  She said yes, I asked her how young, she said just hatching!  WOW!  I asked her if she had any to spare she said yes!  So, that evening we went out to her house and got 2 newly hatched chicks and brought them home.  I stuck them under my mama with no problems.  Next morning I went out to check on her and offer her a little feed and water and the 2 new kids on the block came out to her calling them.  Curiosity got me and I had to look under her to see if there were any new chicks, No. 😦  So I pulled out an egg to look at it, no pip, listened, no peeping, put it back, pulled out another, no pip, but peeping!  So I put that back and left the other 2 alone.  I really don’t like to mess with the eggs when their that close to hatching.  Later that day I went back to check on her and couldn’t bear it any longer, lifted her check to have a little look and there were 3 new chicks!  Yeah!  The one egg never hatched.  So mama has 3 hatched chicks and 2 adopted chicks, 5 in all! And here they are!

As you can see, poor Goldie has taken on the role of Great Auntie Goldie who has come to help the new mom rear her chicks.  If you remember, Goldie lost all her chicks in June to a killer skunk (see Sad Day In the Chicken Yard and Help This Is What Killed Our Chicks), Goldie has been back with the flock, but just not acting right, I’m sure she’s probably going to go broody again, but maybe now with these new chicks maybe she’ll just help with the rearing and be okay.

2 broodies

In the meantime the day before these chicks hatched Mama Reds decided to go broody, her eggs are due to hatch July 30/31 and she is sitting comfortably on 10 egg.  She’s an old pro so 10 eggs should be no problem for her.

In the meantime, I want to give you a quick update on the additions to the flock we made on June 18th (see New Additions to Buddy’s Flock)   I’ve finally named them, mama is Fannie, the chicks are Lucy & Ethel, I think you can tell by the pictures which one is Lucy (the that has more red).  Last night they moved up to the big girl roost.  Mama is getting ready to let them grow up, she is already back to laying.  I find that sad when the mom leaves the chicks, the chicks are so confused.  How do you feel when your chicks are left by the mom??

Updates on Buddy’s Flock

I just want to give you a quick update on Buddy’s Flock.

 

First of all, we have a new broody!  One of my young hens went broody a few days ago.  She’s not a year yet and I wasn’t sure if she was going to hold tight to the nest.  We moved her to the broody box one night with just a few eggs, then next morning when I went to check on her, she flew out and didn’t go back.  That night she was back sitting on eggs, I left her where she was.   Next day, she was in a different nest but seemed tight to the eggs.  That night, once again, we moved her to the broody box, next morning she showed no interest in leaving.  Yeah!  So, she is on 5 eggs and they are due to hatch around July 11.  So stay tuned.

Also, I just wanted to post these extremely cute pics of our new mama (see New Additions to Buddy’s Flock).  Mama & chicklets are doing fine and dandy.  They are now separated during the day from the flock because Prince Charming keeps trying to ‘woo’ her in a not so nice way.  So for the time being, she and chicks are in the broody yard.