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« on: January 01, 2009, 05:11:51 PM »

The hen I got from Brian & Earl are making a nest.  She will sit in it flipping her wings, cooing & making the "come hither" faces to Earl.  Then Earl will get in with the "hey baby, see my pad" attitude.  They are so funny to watch.  Soon there will be eggs, then babys.  I'll post when that happens! I love seeing the color/conformation combos the genetics come up with!  J
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2009, 06:41:06 PM »

You know Jody I was reading the chicken forum the other day and never knew so many people were as fascinated by chickens as they are about bees.  I read that post about the double layers. It was wonderful to read. Almost made me feel like going and getting some chickens.

I am understanding more now how you all feel. It sounds like lots of fun. Good luck with the new lovers

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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2009, 07:10:23 PM »

Annette  I do love my chix, they are so funny to watch, each has it's personality though there are some that stand out more.  The birds I'm talking about are pigeons.  Earl is a feral rescue who's wing didn't heal right so I couldn't let him go like I had planned. I think that whole story is in another post. At the BBQ Brian gave me 2  youngsters cause Earl's girl died this summer (broken neck..don't know how)  You should have seen the look on DH's face about 20 miles from Brian's when he heard em scrabbling in the box...snicker..heh heh! evil rolleyes  Earl hates me, bites & holds on like a pit bull, shaking back & forth.  He also wing slaps my hand. If he catches it just right it will leave bruises!  When I catch & hold the girl..oh my, shocked he looks like he is having an epileptic fit his wings are twitching so bad! He is a very good father, finished raising the last clutch on his own after the hen died, they were just starting to feather out.  Get some chix, you will love them & almost nothing will go to waste from any food you eat or cook or whatever!  J
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2009, 07:11:33 PM »

You don't have chickens? They are fun sometimes. Today as I was gathering eggs one was trying to take an egg out of my arm where I had six eggs cradled. It seemed that way anyhow. They won't let me hardly touch them outside but in the coop I can pet them and pick them up.
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2009, 07:18:12 PM »

Well

I will just enjoy them for now from afar!!!  I have enough things to keep me busy right now in my life.

But I do enjoy reading about them.

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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2009, 11:54:12 AM »

Jody, you subject title caught may attention immediately.  Love is in the air....I know that too, it won't be long before my Muscovys and turkeys really get on that band wagon of wanting to raise families.  Richard really began to get in the mood around the beginning of March.  Have a wonderful and awesome life, day, great health.  Cindi

This is Richard fanned out, Abigail all fanned out, after Richard mated with her, and Madeline, the light grey one. 

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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2009, 05:07:13 PM »

The hen I got from Brian & Earl are making a nest.  She will sit in it flipping her wings, cooing & making the "come hither" faces to Earl.  Then Earl will get in with the "hey baby, see my pad" attitude.  They are so funny to watch.  Soon there will be eggs, then babys.  I'll post when that happens! I love seeing the color/conformation combos the genetics come up with!  J

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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2009, 08:40:03 PM »

Well, I'm sure they are sitting on eggs.  Earl does the day shift & the Bree (cause she is from Brian) the night with Earl fiercly guarding.  When he is on the nest & I come close he gets all poufty & his wings twitch as he stares me down with killing on his mind! I don't know how she will do as a 1st time mom but Earl Has raised 5 clutches here & I don't know how many when he was a wild bird.  Last summer he finished up the clutch on his own after the girl broke her neck.  J
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2009, 09:26:21 PM »

Wow, the pigeons are ferociously protective of the babies eh?  I picture Ernie and Bree just a'doin' their thing, sweeeeeet!!! 

The turkey tom is a little bit, but nothing like that, he does keep a pretty good eye on the place when the babies are born.  I love to hear your stories of your farm life, it is a beautiful thing, smiling.  Nothing getting in any way broody around here, the chickens are just beginning to start to lay heavy again, they have shut down to just over a whisper the past 2 months.  The ducks are all laying, I am getting 5 Muscovy eggs a day now, I have an acquaintance that has some people from the Phillipines working for him, they want the Muscovy eggs, big time.  So I am selling them, $5.00 a dozen.  Too many for us to all use, eggs of all sorts, shapes and sizes, just a'comin' out our ears!!!  Beautiful day in our great lives, attract and keep great health.  Cindi
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2009, 10:03:46 PM »

Well, I'm sure they are sitting on eggs.  Earl does the day shift & the Bree (cause she is from Brian) the night with Earl fiercly guarding.  When he is on the nest & I come close he gets all poufty & his wings twitch as he stares me down with killing on his mind! I don't know how she will do as a 1st time mom but Earl Has raised 5 clutches here & I don't know how many when he was a wild bird.  Last summer he finished up the clutch on his own after the girl broke her neck.  J

Pegeons can be fickle when it comes to raising their young when the mate is lost.  If the birds are over 2 weeks old they are usually kicked out of the nest to fend for themselves, reduced to begging from the entire flock.  If younger the remaining parent will usually sellect one of the 2 to feed and let the other die,  Sometimes they will just abandon the nest regardless the age of the young.  And if they were on eggs, abandonment is almost guarenteed.
I have one now that I'm hand feeding due to being kicked out of the nest.
The maile pigeon is usually on the nest from about 9-10 am until about 3-4 pm.  Any other time you'll find the hen on the nest.
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2009, 02:35:23 PM »

Well, yesterday I finally got a look @ the nest!  Earl was wing slapping & snapping @ my hands the whole time. They have 1 ginormous little baby, eyes just opened, it is so ugly it's cute.! The other egg wasn't fertile so I tossed it.  I'll get pics during "changing of the guard" if I catch it!  Brian is a Grandpappy!!  J
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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2009, 08:31:00 PM »

Well, yesterday I finally got a look @ the nest!  Earl was wing slapping & snapping @ my hands the whole time. They have 1 ginormous little baby, eyes just opened, it is so ugly it's cute.! The other egg wasn't fertile so I tossed it.  I'll get pics during "changing of the guard" if I catch it!  Brian is a Grandpappy!!  J

changing of the Guard is at 2 pm.  At that time the male gets off the nest and the hen gets back on.  The male usually sits on the nest from about sun rise to 2 pm, the 2 pm bit you can almost sit your watch by.  The eggs will often hatch as much as 2 days apart, but if that happens it's almost the same thing as a single hatch as the younger squad will be ignored and eventually die do to neglect by the parents.  Nature can be a hard task master.
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2009, 11:48:23 AM »

Jody, oh beauty!!!  Wow, I am surprised, does the pigeons only lay a two egg clutch?  Curiosity never got this cat.  Have that beautiful, most wonderful day, health.  Cindi
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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2009, 11:21:31 PM »

Jody, oh beauty!!!  Wow, I am surprised, does the pigeons only lay a two egg clutch?  Curiosity never got this cat.  Have that beautiful, most wonderful day, health.  Cindi

Pigeons will usually lay only 2 eggs per clutch.  Often only one is selected by the parents to be raised.  I've found that "rescuing" the one chosen to starve results in an inferior bird so the parents know what they are doing via the selection process. 
If you want the lightest, fluffiest marange for you pies use pigeon eggs.  You have to use 4 times as many but the results are something to behold.
Or mix some into the other egg whites but a mix still isn't as good as using all pigeon eggs.  BTW, duck eggs make better marange than chickens do too.
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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2009, 03:17:57 PM »

Brian, yum, yum.  Those pigeon eggs sound good.  I love merange!!!  I only use the Muscovy duck eggs when I make my mayonnaise.  I think that it is because that type of egg is mostly yolk.  We have Muscovy duck eggs coming out our ears.  I have advertised on Craig's list to get customers, you can only eat so many eggs.   Beautiful day in this great life, health.  Cindi
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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2009, 09:46:05 PM »

Here are some pics of the baby, it's getting cuter!  J
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« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2009, 09:51:54 PM »

Hmm, don't know what I did wrong.. huh  Let me poke around a bit..
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« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2009, 09:58:27 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2009, 10:01:32 PM »

Dagnabbit!!  Can't remember how to make it work...http://picasaweb.google.com/darbyfarms/Stuff?feat=directlink
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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2009, 10:03:26 PM »

Jody, it worked, the picture is there.  Were you concerned that it didn't "take"?  It did.  Jody, you sent that picture in the thread three times!!!  You really wanted me to notice it, right, smiling.

You have gotta be kidding me.  That bird sitting in that bowl is the baby?  How fast do they grow anyways?  They must feather out really fast, how old is it now?  Beautiful day in this great life, Cindi
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