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Chicks they are a growin’!

July 8, 2015
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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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2015 8:46 am

    i LOVE your pictures and stories. Keep up the good work. You, my man, are gonna have a billion eggs when these babies start hatching. I can’t wait to see the variety in size and color. JOY!

  2. September 2, 2015 9:56 am

    Wow. Impressive collection of chickens. Good luck with the egg harvest. A shot in the dark here… do you do private pitching clinics? My son turns 10 tomorrow and I thought this would be an awesome gift. Probably not but I thought…why not try.

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