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Update from the coop! Town coming along nicely, girls and boys growing up!

August 20, 2015

Here are some updates. First the ladies, then the new addition and finally some of my sunflowers….

 

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Now for some updates on the “Old West”

Here is the ‘concept’ of what we’re attempting.

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And here’s a visual update! Assistants Steve and Toni hard at work!

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Finally. I tried my hand at huge sunflowers this year. Thought I was getting close to a worlds record with this big boy, gotta be close to 12-13′ right? That is up until I found out the record is like 31 feet…..

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Update from the coop

July 21, 2015

Ok here’s a few shots of recent activity around here. And some shots of the little ones at the end, getting grow’d up.

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Meet the new swimmers!

July 16, 2015

Here’s a quick peek at the Indian Runners (3) and the Weeder Geese (3), none of which have names as of today.

 

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A few newbs?

July 11, 2015

Ever seen Weeder geese? Ya, they eat weeds, lots of weeds. Hoping they’ll start eating our weeds instead of chasing the ducks around the pen.

They’re the newest guests at the hotel de’poultry.

Here’s some shots.

First, check out this gate!

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VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

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Chicks they are a growin’!

July 8, 2015
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Steve has completed initial construction, we get the wagon in place. Wheels are still on the way.

Steve has completed initial construction, we get the wagon in place. Wheels are still on the way.

That's Steve...

That’s Steve…

Wheels are incoming! 42" steel rimmed stagecoach wheels with axles. That way we can move this bad boy..

Wheels are incoming! 42″ steel rimmed stagecoach wheels with axles. That way we can move this bad boy..

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Entry/Exit from Coop Wagon Train. Goes into 2nd covered run for now.

Entry/Exit from Coop Wagon Train. Goes into 2nd covered run for now.

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Steve’s latest creation? Picnic table complete with umbrella. Easy to see the alpha females now. The 2 HUGE black ones (Chibs and Jax) are Jersey Giant Roosters. Valiant is to their right.

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What is this you ask? This is the beginnings of my Cricket colony…. Ya, given the need to buy them, which entails enough, I thought I’d take a shot at raising my own. Also doing the same with mealworms. Some great online info on best practices. Ordered both batches off Amazon along with substrate and food/vermiculite and whatever else I needed. I over ordered so I could feed them now, while waiting to grow them in large numbers.

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Man Valiant is some kind of gorgeous.

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This is Chibs….

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Brownie.

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Jax

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The Frenchies with some of the elders.

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The three young Indian Runners, who have recently moved outside, with their own 'pond' and 'home'

The three young Indian Runners, who have recently moved outside, with their own ‘pond’ and ‘home’

Some of the young ones in pen #2, including the 4 newbs just outside (2 Salmon Faverolles and 2 Red laced Blue Wyandottes)

Some of the young ones in pen #2, including the 4 newbs just outside (2 Salmon Faverolles and 2 Red laced Blue Wyandottes)

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The FINAL (and I mean FINAL!) additions to Chez Schilling. 16 Rare to Ultra rare 3 day old chicks from McMurray Hatchery. I know 2 of them are Polish, but I have not a CLUE as to the rest of them as far as breeds go! Any thoughts?

The FINAL (and I mean FINAL!) additions to Chez Schilling. 16 Rare to Ultra rare 3 day old chicks from McMurray Hatchery. I know 2 of them are Polish, but I have not a CLUE as to the rest of them as far as breeds go! Any thoughts?

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Updates from the coop!

June 30, 2015
They LOVE watermelon.

They LOVE watermelon.

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They LOVE watermelon.

They LOVE watermelon.

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Once they are old enough I will work the Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers and a couple of the other full sized ones in with the big kids. We are creating a 2nd home for the Bantams, and Polish as well as the rest of the cresteds since they are ALL picked on mercilessly. I'll let them roam and play during the day and they can sleep in separate coops. What it will also likely do is allow me to split up roosters and hens, giving each about 12-14 ladies (what a life!)

Once they are old enough I will work the Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers and a couple of the other full sized ones in with the big kids. We are creating a 2nd home for the Bantams, and Polish as well as the rest of the cresteds since they are ALL picked on mercilessly. I’ll let them roam and play during the day and they can sleep in separate coops. What it will also likely do is allow me to split up roosters and hens, giving each about 12-14 ladies (what a life!)

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The babies are starting to feather up

The babies are starting to feather up

Chibbs

Chibbs

RIR or Buckeye?

RIR or Buckeye?

Chessy, one of Valiants ladies and in the top 4-5 of the younger pecking order, feels a strong desire to sit ANYWHERE but where I'd like her too. At least she's point her pooper AWAY from the inside of the food.

Chessy, one of Valiants ladies and in the top 4-5 of the younger pecking order, feels a strong desire to sit ANYWHERE but where I’d like her too. At least she’s point her pooper AWAY from the inside of the food.

A bantam Buff Brahma, 1 of 5.

A bantam Buff Brahma, 1 of 5.

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Silvia is one of Jax's girls btw.

Silvia is one of Jax’s girls btw.

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I just think he's so damn pretty.

I just think he’s so damn pretty.

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Clearly working the sun....

Clearly working the sun….

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Look at that, how pretty is that for a boy.

Look at that, how pretty is that for a boy.

There are three dark brahmas, all three look alike for the most part and all three are wicked friendly. B, my Buddy, is the one with the big white patch on her chest, the other 2 are more spotted.

There are three dark brahmas, all three look alike for the most part and all three are wicked friendly. B, my Buddy, is the one with the big white patch on her chest, the other 2 are more spotted.

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Both Jax and Chibbs have an awesome iridescent green hue on their hackles and tails.

Both Jax and Chibbs have an awesome iridescent green hue on their hackles and tails.

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Ok, Buckeye or RIR?

Ok, Buckeye or RIR?

One of the rescues.

One of the rescues.

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Brenna taking relaxing to a whole new level.

Brenna taking relaxing to a whole new level.

See the big black one in the back? I have 2 black Jersey Giants, and this is #2. Jax is the other, a Rooster, and this one? This one is now Chibbs, both of my JG's are boys.

See the big black one in the back? I have 2 black Jersey Giants, and this is #2. Jax is the other, a Rooster, and this one? This one is now Chibbs, both of my JG’s are boys.

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Now making them uncomfortable

Now making them uncomfortable

The big dude on the left is Jax, Rooster #2, clearly interested in the ladies on the beach....

The big dude on the left is Jax, Rooster #2, clearly interested in the ladies on the beach….

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Wee Wee and Bon Jour

Wee Wee and Bon Jour

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An Australorp, don't have a name for her yet.

An Australorp, don’t have a name for her yet.

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Valiant, one of THREE, yes THREE Roosters I am now aware of.

Valiant, one of THREE, yes THREE Roosters I am now aware of.

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Silivia, the Silver Laced Wyandotte

Silivia, the Silver Laced Wyandotte

Brownie, a Partridge Cochin. Gotta keep her cool this summer, gonna be tough with those boots..

Brownie, a Partridge Cochin. Gotta keep her cool this summer, gonna be tough with those boots..

Brenna, a Buff Orpington

Brenna, a Buff Orpington

June 25th update! Some new members of the clan!

June 25, 2015
Indian Runner Ducks.

And here we have the 3 newest young’ins…

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Indian Runner Ducks

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Jax is the HUGE Jersey Giant on the left. Making time with some of Valiants ladies....

Jax is the HUGE Jersey Giant on the left. Making time with some of Valiants ladies….

High steppin'

High steppin’

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Couple of shots of Chessy, no part of their body they can't get that beak too.....

Couple of shots of Chessy, no part of their body they can’t get that beak too…..

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Brenna

Brenna

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Shonda has a few new lady friends. They all cackle....

Shonda has a few new lady friends. They all cackle….

Notice the proportion of food in the feeder to on the ground? No more food in there for them.

Notice the proportion of food in the feeder to on the ground? No more food in there for them.

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Valiant hanging out with part of his harem.

Valiant hanging out with part of his harem.

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One of the new youngsters..

One of the new youngsters..

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Looming in the background...

Looming in the background…

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Nap time.

Nap time.

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Love these guys.

Love these guys.

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1 of the 5 rescues, and bosses now (they are much older than my girls). I call her BR, most of the young ones call her much worse, she's a bully.

1 of the 5 rescues, and bosses now (they are much older than my girls). I call her BR, most of the young ones call her much worse, she’s a bully.

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This is B, my buddy. She's the dark brahma with the big white chest

This is B, my buddy. She’s the dark brahma with the big white chest

“qui moi” which is French for “Who me?”

He's a strutter.

He’s a strutter.

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Valiant, 1 of the 2 boys in the gang (that we know of)

Valiant, 1 of the 2 boys in the gang (that we know of)

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Silvia

Silvia

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