Monday, May 13, 2013

The New Brood

I had a Rouen hen that went broody and ended up hatching eight ducklings. They are mixed with a Black Swedish. I could have sworn that they were dead because she stayed off of them for a whole night at around the 23rd day. But they decided to live and only three eggs died. The hen was also attacked by a skunk trying to eat the eggs but she managed to fight him off and only smelled like skunk for a couple of days. She is very protective and will hiss and attack you if you are not careful.

 Fresh ducklings are real nice too, if you can get to them with out being attacked by an angry mother.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Test Hatch"

A fairly successful hatch, out of 10 eggs 7 developed fully. I call it the test hatch because it is the first generation that came from my birds only. 70 percent hatch rate is alot better than the 50 percent from when I did polish. I looks like I got 2 blacks, 2 splash and 1 blue out of the five that hatched so far.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Update

The first batch of my heritage Jersey Giants began to hatch today. I will be at Baby Animal Day at Buchanan Cellers here in Mcminnville. I will have a coop there for sale but no chicks this time.
The event will be on April 2. It is also a great place to bring the family, they will have a range of baby animals there to look at. I hope to see you there.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Double Decker


This is a new coop that I have designed and built. It has a grass area on the bottom and a sleeping/laying area on the top. It can hold 4 Giants, and about 7-8 bantams.

I have it on blocks and am keeping it indoors untill I sell it.

300$

It official

I am now breeding Jersey Giants instead of polish! The reason I switched to the Giants is because it seems more practicle to breed a dual purpose breed and not just an ornamental bird. Jersey Giants are breed that was specificaly bred for the table, it is an american breed where the crossing of Brahmas and Langshans was instrumental in its up comming. In the early 1900's It was not unusual for a cock to get up to 20 lbs, but today they are only about 11-15 pounds full grown.  The jersey giant makes a fine pet bird and it is also a good layer of large brown eggs. Do to there size they are very calm birds and donot tend to fly a whole lot; but this also might make it harder for a child who wants to hold the birds when they are all grown up.