Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Meet the Ladies

Light Brahma
Rouen aka Mrs. Squiddles
Here, on our little property, we own 12 chickens and 1 duck (she is quite the survivor).  All our chickens are dual purpose breeds, which means they make good layers and are good for eating. 
We had about twice as many when we first started, but we ended up culling some of them. (And when I say we,  I mean my husband and In-Laws.)  One day, maybe I will be able to watch and be involved in the process. 

 We have a variety of breeds, to include, Barred-Rocks, Silver Laced Wyandottes, Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Light Brahmas, and a Rouen Duck.  Our duck will be getting some more duck friends this spring.

Our friendliest and best egg layers are the Rhode Island Reds, and in my opinion, are also the ugliest.
Our best brooders are the Buff Orpingtons.  The prettiest and biggest are the Light Brahmas.

Lately, they have been eating their eggs.  We have a few things we are going to try to get them to stop. I will write about what works the best, as soon as we figure it out.
Silver Laced Wyandotte
 

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful birds! We had a problem once, when an egg broke and chickens discovered they liked eggs. We put a golf ball or two in their nesting boxes and that stopped them. They peck the golf ball and it hurts their beak. :) Golf ball also keeps them laying. If there is always one "egg" in there, they will be encouraged to fill the nest. :)

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    1. We had one golf ball in one nesting box, I think it may have gotten pushed out though. I have not heard of golf balls stopping them from pecking at the eggs though. What an easy fix! We will definitely try this. Thank You!

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