Friday, November 14, 2008

A Walk Through the Last Couple Weeks

Our pullets are really starting to lay, which makes me happy beyond belief, and so here are the eggs from this week. You will notice one unusually large egg from one of older hens. It is huge, bigger than the turkey eggs and almost as big as the goose eggs we had.

I hope the size shows in these pictures.

The green egg in front is one of the new pullet eggs.

The big one!

The pullet egg.

My new egg collecting basket. I love it, I got two, one to have in the barn and one to replace it with when I take them in. I just wish it was a different color.

All the smaller green eggs are pullet eggs from the eggs we hatched last spring.

Here is my little Maran hen. She is one of the new pullets we got last spring. I can't wait for them to lay. We have four of them and their eggs should be darker brown. The really good ones are chocolate brown. A month ago she was attacked by a hawk. She had two huge patches of skin missing, one on her head and another on her shoulder. She is healing up quite nicely. At first her eyelid was pulled so tight that she couldn't see out of her eye but now it is getting better. You can see the big scar on her head.

See how she is not quite right, her eyes look different, the left one is stretched flat.

It is impossible to get a good picture of a chicken. I tried though.

Here she is running away, afraid I will try to pick her up again to fuss over her.

The flock is really enjoying the pumpkins and squash that we throw in for them.

This is one of the new pullets that is laying the green eggs.
I wanted to take a picture of the pumpkins in case I decided to make calendars again this year for Christmas. I thought this would be a perfect October picture but the stupid flys would not cooperate.

I tried and...

I tried....

and I tried.....

I want to crop it and center it a little better but my computer is still acting funny, still that Buffer Overload problem. I have to do more research but it is so boring that I'm having trouble gettin' to it.

Kevin transplanted the blackberries, can't wait til the spring to see how they will do.

We are going to get more varieties, hopefully some red raspberries too, my personal favorite.

Kevin cleaned the gutters, painted the downspouts and put them back up. A week ago it was in the 60's so we took a day off work and got some things down. I touched up all the spots where we filled the holes from taking down the shutters. We're not replacing them, I'm sick of shutters, they're not real anyway. I am going to, instead, put up a wider white trim around the windows. We are replacing the windows next spring, when our ship comes in (tax return).

We chose these mission style lights for the front. No big statement just a reasonable price.

Kevin has been slowly clearing the back 40 (3 acres). He has to wait until he heals from all the Multifloral Rose scratches before he can do more.

This was all 5 to 10 foot high weeds and brush. Great for the deer population but not so good for the steer and pigs we want to pasture there next spring.

He left a few trees so there would be some shade.

Buddy and Flipper are doing a great job of clearing all the cat tails out of the pond. They love to chew them down.

I'm not sure if they are eating them but I'm sure if you can see very well but there is a bunch chewed off along the far shore and they have completely chewed all of them along the front shore.

Sorry buddy, it's Thanksgiving time!

I wrapped the side of the lean-to with a couple tarps because I wanted it to be less drafty there.
The girls love to hang out there during the day and the younger birds and some of the turkeys have been roosting there at night.

Chicken Hangout
I set up a couple 2 x 4 for them to roost on because the older birds won't let them in the chicken house at night yet. It will be better when we thin down the flock soon.
I have been finding eggs on top of the hay bales here again. They were all laying in the new nesting boxes that I built in September but then I found a few on the ground and a bunch on the bale that is in front of the blue tarp. They have been setting way up under the roofing, next to the straw.

Well, I started thinking that maybe the new hens needed more nesting boxes so I thought I'd add a second story to the new ones that I built in September.


High Rise!

This pullet stayed on the nest through my sawing, pounding, adding and screwing with the screw gun. She started complaining only once so I quieted down for a minute or two and so did she.

I knew they would need a way to get up to the second story so I built them a gang plank and a walkway.

They like it just fine. The first time I found a egg in the second story I was thrilled beyond belief. I ran and told Kevin, THEY LIKE IT! THEY LIKE IT! I think he kinda thinks I'm a dork. But you should have seen how dorky excited he was when he had nine deer surrounding him when he was hunting the night before in his deer blind. When he came in to tell me he was talking a mile a minute.
See all the eggs, they really do like it!

Just for comparison, here is a picture of the four month old meat bird that we still have. He is next to a regular hen. He's a giant and must weigh all of 12 pounds.
Til next time,
(hope it's sooner)


eggsintomatoes said...

I just found your blog doing a search for incubating turkey eggs. I am thinking I might give it a go this year -- we currently keep a small bunch of laying hens and I absolutely adore the Bronze turkeys and would like to have a few. May I ask -- you run your turkeys and chickens together? Do you have any problems with that? 10 years ago I ran chickens and ducks, peafowl and a couple of domestic white turkeys together and had no problems whatsoever. I free range on 10 acres and would like to just let the turkeys run with the chickens. What do you use for an incubator? Will a standard Hova Bator 1588 work for turkeys? Any advice would be great. You can visit me here:

DivaHick said...

All I can say about the big egg is OUCH! Did you have a chicken walking funny after that? LOL

Farm Chick Paula said...

Awesome pictures of all your feathered friends, Beth!!
And some of those eggs are HUGE... I'll bet the hens that laid those had to go for a sitz bath after that! LOL