Some of the hens have FINALLY started laying again. This is a Black Australorp in the Layers' House.Milk crates are handy. For several weeks we were getting 2-6 eggs per day. Now we are up to 12-14. The numbers are still LOW, but better then nothing. Found mites on some birds, mostly fluffy Cochins, so had to dust and treat everyone. The re-dust will take place tomorrow to get any eggs that hatch. Takes a while and about 7 pounds of 7-dust to dust 115 birds. Not everyone has mites, but if you miss one the critters will migrate.
My Welsummer Cockerels have grown up to be perfect gentlemen. The oldest 2 are 5.5 months old. This one is Tonk. He will most likely be my breeder this Summer.I am also keeping his brother, 'Honk', for a backup. 'Honk' will get to live with the laying flock of 30 or so hens. They are great young men that will follow you around like puppies. I wanted to take a picture of 'Summer', their sister, but my camera died right when I got her to hold still.
This is the group of younger ones. They are 3 months old. This male will be sold. I may sell a couple of the girls that have bad feathering as layers with him.
Andy has fell right into Dot's former flock. Andy is my Dot's son. I lost Dot last year and just a few weeks later I was able to get Andy back from the very generous friend I gave him to a year before. I don't know if it because he looked so much like his Dad or that he had the same calm attitude, but the ladies accepted him immediately. Here they are Monday when they got out for their freerange time. They were headed to the dry area beside the building for a bath.The Tricolored hen directly in front of him is his Aunt(Nougat). The TriColored in the bottom left is his Grandmother(Caramel). The other Tricolored next to the building in his Mother(Peanut). The 2 B&W mottleds are his Great Aunt(Lil Oreo) and her daughter(Baby Oreo). The black between the Oreos is 'Midnight'. The Black with Gold wings and flex is 'Flexxie'. The Black just behind her is a Cochin/Dutch Mix(Dutchin). The White butt belongs to Puff a Columbian Wynadotte/Cochin mix. The red game/EE mix(Little Red) moved in with the bantam flock 4 years ago and never left. All the ladies except 'Lil Red', 'Dutchin', and 'Puff' are all Dot's daughters. He almost always produced girls with his hens.
As always the yard protector is hard at work.I love taking her picture. She was very proud of herself that day, since she had ate a bird that morning. She doesn't mess with chickens no matter how small they are, but will take out a sparrow in a second. She had her yearly vet visit about a month ago for her vaccinations. She weighed in at 10 lbs.
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