Well, my life is calming down a lot and spring is coming up so it’s time to start refocusing my attention on this homesteading blog. Now, I know, I am no longer on a homestead, but I am working towards it again and in the meantime people are still asking me all sorts of chicken… Continue reading On Breeding Dual Purpose Sex Links
The death of Rindle Ridge Farm beckons the birth of a new larger idea – and a request for help.
Well our incubator spiked at 103 for six hours… Was sure that the whole incubator got fried, and two and a half of the drawers indeed did (we lost half the bantams we were incubating as a favor, the Dorking, and the Brabanter drawer.) Despite this over 30 Marans hatched! I will be keeping them… Continue reading Marans & Basque Hens
When we first got into chickens I wanted Barnevelders. They’re a Dutch breed and they laid big dark eggs and had a pretty lacing pattern. I had bought some eggs and they were some of the first birds I hatched — but they died of Marek’s not long after that. This was on the old… Continue reading The Long Wait for Barnevelders
I wanted some pretty egg laying machines to add to my laying flock after eating egg sales started to surpass expectation. To keep up with demand I needed something stellar – I needed some leghorns. The thing is I don’t really like leghorns. They’re usually all white birds who do well in heat but not… Continue reading The Mille Fleur Leghorn Search & Result
Well, we will be setting everyone up in breeding pens this weekend if all goes right which means in a few weeks we will be collecting eggs for hatching of the following breeds: Gold Brabanter Silver Gray Dorking Heritage Rhode Island Red (Rose-Comb) Silver Penciled Rocks Cream Legbars Seramas (frizzled and smooth) Experimental Sex-Links (RIR… Continue reading Plans for Spring Hatching
Well, it took us long enough but we finally built a cabinet incubator. Instead of relying on a small foam Hova-bator we now have a 5 drawer cabinet incubator which seems to do a lot better keeping at the right temperature and humidity. We can now potentially do hatches of several hundred chicks at a… Continue reading The Cabinet Incubator is Up!
As winter comes creeps ever closer we are getting ready to set up actual breeding pens and start selling hatching eggs from the Brabanters, the Silver Gray Dorkings, and maybe even the Miniature Silver Appleyards if they feel like pitching in (though I doubt it as they are ducks…) I may also have Cream Legbar… Continue reading Breeds Under Consideration For Next Year
I decided a long time ago I was only going to bring in hatching eggs instead of live chicks or chickens to the farm since I felt that the disease risk was slimmer and I also wanted to get good stock off real breeders rather than hatcheries… but let me tell you, they don’t make… Continue reading The Hatching Egg Dilemma
When a white chick hatches out of a batch of Cream Legbars mass confusion follows…