The GOAT goat thread (Lizard blogs their farming adventure)

Discussion in 'Your Bijou Blogette' started by Lizardlicks, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    Update on the eggs, we get to candle them and see what's up!



    Most of them look like there's some kind of development, though two of them very clearly aren't doing anything.
     
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  2. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    I've been busting my ASS trying to get the grow out pen finished for the geese and teen age chickens (they are definitely officially teenagers now, I heard one of the roosters practicing his crowing). Only have to make the hinged top and get scrap metal up onto it and the uncovered sides and it will be. Done.

    Friday our replacement chick order came in and this batch has been MUCH livelier than the first. No loss, all chicks are running around full of energy! And the hatching eggs I stuck under April started hatching today WOO! we have 6 so far. Two I actually had to help hatch which is highly unusual. Normally they're fine on their own, but these little ones weren't making much progress after the first pip, so I ended up oh so carefully peeling back chips of shell and then the layer of membrane underneath until they could push out themselves. I guess marans eggs are rather notorious for being thicker/harder to break than other breeds. As of rn we have 6 tiny fluffy babies under April, 27 in the chick brooder, and 17 outside plus the geese. That's- quick math here- ..... 55 birds :D
     
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  3. Everett

    Everett local rats so small, so tiny

    So many bird!
     
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  4. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    It is the start of my bird empire! Okay, at least some of them will end up in the stew pot. We already have one spare black copper marans rooster who is runty and fighty even with the hens and generally just not very impressive. I've given him the moniker Soup, because that's what he's going to be. all the babies I got this weekend are straight run, meaning they're unsexed and I will be getting a random grab bag of sexes. The split in chickens runs about 50/50 so in theory we will have around 14 - 16 more roosters that won't make the cut. I want to keep one rooster of each type: Marans, Barred Plymouth Rock, and Ameracauna. I'm willing to double up on either the marans or ameracauna roosters so that one can be the flock daddy for my olive eggers.

    It's probably going to be marans tbh because the recent hatchies from April come from genetics that have won some shows including egg color and uniformity and best in show. I want to keep those lines as much as possible.
     
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  5. Lizardlicks

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    The babies are heeeeeere!

     
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  6. Lizardlicks

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    Honestly I was hoping to get a little more progress before this video went up just so I would have something to show on the next one too but uuuuh. Rain. We are coming upon the Dry Times though, so I'll accept it is what it is and keep moving forward with the inside stuff until then!

     
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  7. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    Chicks are doing great! They get bigger every day. Which poses the problem of now they're getting to be too big for the back yard.... So built a chicken tractor! Next comes the fun part of trying to get them from our backyard to the property.

     
  8. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    Feather kids are all moved over!

     
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