Monday, 27 February 2012

A giant egg and a pretty egg

The other day Deme laid a GIANT egg! (it must have hurt!!!
I wonder if the egg is a double yolker...
Poppy laid a really pretty egg that is a light pinky/brown colour and looks kinda 'dainty'.
It goes to show you that no chicken will lay exactly the same size and shaped egg every time they lay. 

Excited, I showed my brother the eggs, he just looked at me and said: "Zoë, they're just eggs."
I tried to explain that they weren't 'Just eggs' but I knew it was a lost cause.






Deme's egg is on the left Poppy's on the right.

Poppy's egg

Deme's egg

Poppy's egg

I was obviously having to much fun with  the camera :)



--Zoë

Friday, 24 February 2012

Sunflower Coop (the grand tour) *Video*

video
We have dubbed the coop with the name Sunflower Coop. 'Cause we are going to paint the coop a light yellow and the nesting box has sunflowers on it.   The pictures were takin' throughout building the coop and the Videos were takin' before and when the chickens toured their new home.
Hope you enjoyed the movie!!!

--Zoë

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Uncle Sam Expects You....

In the 1917-1918 the following 'flyer' was published in multiple poultry magazines:

The 'Flyer' reads:
Even the smallest back yard has room for a flock large enough to supply the
house with eggs. The cost of maintaining such a flock is small. Table and kitchen wast provide much of the feed for the hens. They require little attention--only a few minutes a day.

An interested child, old enough to take a little responsibility can care for a few fowls as well as a grown person.

Every back yard in the United States should contribute its share to a bumper crop of poultry and eggs in 1918.

This picture has been on multiple poultry websites so I decided to send it along :)

Isn't it Ironic that at one point we are asked to keep chickens and the next moment we're begging to. 


--Zoë

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Chicks...... again???

I have found a hatchery that has tons of chicken breeds and is between Kingston and Coburg!!!
The name of the hatchery is Performance Poultry. There was one negative aspect about this hatchery and it was that you have to buy at least four of EACH breed and I only wanted one of each breed.
BUT, my mom phoned them up and was told that I could just get one of each breed and they might have 2 layers I could buy too!!! So the chick plan is back on I have picked out 3 breeds and we will go pick them up some point in April.
The 3 types of breeds I want are listed below:

Ameraucana
 Find out more about Ameraucans  
Egg rate: 3+/wk
Egg Colour: Blue
Hardy in winter, Bears confinement well, Docile and a 'fun' Personality


Australorp
 Find out more about Australorps

Egg rate: 5+/wk
Egg Colour: Brown
Hardy in winter, Bears confinement well, docile and a 'sweet and shy' Personality 


Silver Lace Wyandotte
 Find out more about Wyandottes

Egg rate: 4+/wk
Egg Colour: Brown
Hardy in winter, Bears confinement well, docile and a 'generally easygoing (with a tendency toward domination)'  Personality 


♥ Happy Valentines Day

--Zoë


Pictures and Links thanks to My pet chicken. 






Frostbite? and Snow

I apologize that I haven't written recently. This all happened in December.

SNOW:


Q: Do Demeter and Papagena like snow?


A: No :(
Well, they will go outside if there is grass showing and I sprinkle treats on the ground. (lol)
Going out in the snow depends on the chicken cause some will go out no matter how deep the snow is and others will just not.




FROSTBITE?:
Preface
 Whenever the temperature dropped below
 -15C I would go outside and put vaseline on Deme and Poppy's combs and waddles. So I was really freaked out when their combs started turning black. Later I found out that it was cause dirt/dust was sticking to the vaseline. Even though they don't have frostbite I think their combs are slightly damaged.


We found out in the evening that the temperature was going to be -28C!!! So me and my mom decided to try to separate the coop in half (with a tarp) so the chickens body temperature and the heat from their light would heat the coop better. We decided to nail the tarp up so we got a hammer and nails and headed out to the coop. When we put the tarp up it blocked all the light so we had to go inside and get a flash light so we could see where to hammer the nails.  Squished in the coop we finally got the tarp up. Happy but worried we went inside wondering if the chickens would be fine with the tarp and that the half they were on didn't have their perch.
Inside washing the dishes I saw the chickens were fine.
BUT after 10-15min, I was still washing dishes :) ,
the chickens were freaking out. They knew it was time to get ready for bed so where was their bed?
I ran outside and put them both into a card board box full of straw that I had set up, it would be their bed for the night. After sticking them in the box I turned off the light in the coop before they could get out.  When my mom got back from wherever she was, (Sorry I have no Idea where she went!)
she told me it was going to get colder and I should just bring the chickens in for the night. So, we went out to the garage, emptied a storage crate, filled it with wood shavings and put netting all the way around the storage crate, it was time to bring the chickens inside. Me, my mom, and my sister went outside to the coop. I picked up Papagena, passed her to my mom and then picked up Demeter. (my sister was holding a flash light) We carried them both inside and put them in the storage crate, turned off the light in the garage and went inside. After 8min I stuck my head inside the garage to make sure the chickens were fine. There was not a peep :)
The next morning they were A okay. And since then I've only had to get up once in the night to bring them inside (it was 3am and -30C!!!)


--Zoë