Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Updates--I am a bad blogger....

Well, once again: I can't believe how long it's been since I posted...but I've been busy.
In early March, I couldn't resist making the trip to the hatchery out in Caldwell--it was the 2nd week of the hatch & they were already sold out of the duckies we wanted & turkeys, but  they still had lots of bantam chicks---we looked through the book & ended up bringing home 12!  2 of each variety--some Seabrights, Blue laced Red Wynodettes, a pair of polish, & I cant even remember the rest!  We also put in an order for 3 blue Sweedish ducks to add to the flock of Blacks, & 4 Bronze turkeys: to be picked up in 2 weeks.



Of course, 2 days after we brought home the new chicks, 2 of my little hens decided that they wanted to hatch out their own eggs---Grey chicken & one of the black hens stuffed themselves into one nesting box on a pile of eggs...


A couple weeks later, I brought the new ducks & turkeys home...
omg; is there anything more adorable than baby ducks??


The weather warmed up & the new ducks, turkeys & chickens got a new outside run to play in during the day...


Another week gone by & they are growing like weeds!  Especially the ducks; it's amazing how fast they grow!  They are bigger now than the turkeys and chickens that are 2 weeks older : )

And then yesterday...
I found these to cuties under the 2 broody hens...



This morning:
4 more little puffballs....  The count this evening was 7, with 2 more hatching out: and still at least 10 eggs; we'll see how many hatch out....


We wanted to add some new color to the chicken flock, but this is getting a bit ridiculous...although half of them could be roos.    At the moment, we have about 8 laying hens; all banty (half sized).  We use all the eggs they make & have no extra, so doubling the flock would be fine--I would love to be able to give some away, pickle, & maybe even sell a few...so hopefully it will all work out : )

For the duckies, we have 5 hens at the moment & got 3 babies: hoping for 1 boy so we can hatch a few in the next year or so: ducks don't start laying for a full year, so we will see.  The 5 tuxedo hens would love to have a grey suit boy ducky to chase...  And maybe we would have some little mixed duckies next year : )

Plus the huge heirloom garden we are putting in, & trophy orders that won't quit; it's been a busy spring!  It's all good, though---happily, we are negotiating buying out the property plus the rental house in front!   This was all in the plan, but happening much sooner than I thought was possible : )  But work is so busy & we have contracts lined up for months, with no slowdown in inquiries, so timing is perfect!  I'm so excited about it; this place really is pretty perfect for what we do.

Happy Spring!

Amber