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Update from Schilling farms

September 5, 2015

The girls are all growing.

This past month saw some down times. I lost a 2nd Frenchie, and I am unsure how. I know she’d started to lay, and done so outside the confines. I found her 5 eggs but no bantam, a few days ago. I am praying she finds her way back but I am pretty sure something around her got to her given her personality and closeness with her two sisters.

I also had to send Chibbs (Jersey Giant) and Dan (White crested black polish) to a new home.

I have too many roosters, and they are all starting to ‘talk’. Only fair to them to get them to a place they can roam and find new ladies. Still sucks.

But the town is coming along, geese and ducks are growing. Here’s some photos from the last few weeks.

 

Wee Wee and Bonjour

Wee Wee and Bonjour

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These next 5 are all from the young pen, these gals, and some guys, need a few more months I think before I join them

These next 5 are all from the young pen, these gals, and some guys, need a few more months I think before I join them

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Next up, thought I’d mix in some personal things. I’m trying to grow sunflowers, and here’a collection of pics from what I have been able to do this year.

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And here’s a pic at my, and let me be VERY clear on this, WORLD WAR II Collection. That’s what it is, what is has been, and what it always will be.

Grandpa Lyndsey hit the beach with the 29th and was wounded on D-Day. He made this charcoal self image as he lay on his stomach for almost 2 months in the hospital

 

Nothing needs to be added

Nothing needs to be added

 

 

German TNT vehicle. This was remote controlled, packed with explosives and a cord ran out the back on a spool. It was sent up to fortifications or into minefields, creating an MASSIVE explosion to clear the obstacle or the mines.

German TNT vehicle. This was remote controlled, packed with explosives and a cord ran out the back on a spool. It was sent up to fortifications or into minefields, creating an MASSIVE explosion to clear the obstacle or the mines.

 

US 3rd Armored Division

 

This is a snipers hood to a camo outfit. That's Garrison "under the hood"

This is a snipers hood to a camo outfit. That’s Garrison “under the hood”

Japanese Order of the Rising Sun

Waffen SS Camo parka

Waffen SS Camo parka

This document was submitted as a recommendation for one of the largest war criminals inside a German combat unit. Jochim Peiper was recommended for the Diamonds to his Oak Leaves on the Knights Cross. The hows and why are spelled out in this document, which bears some amazing signatures.

This document was submitted as a recommendation for one of the largest war criminals inside a German combat unit. Jochim Peiper was recommended for the Diamonds to his Oak Leaves on the Knights Cross. The hows and why are spelled out in this document, which bears some amazing signatures.

Division Pennant from the 21st when they were serving Rommel and the Afrika Corps They were completely wiped out, rest and refitted with a ton of older German and French armor and attacked the British 6th Airborne at Pegasus Bridge on D-Day and D+1.

Division Pennant from the 21st when they were serving Rommel and the Afrika Corps
They were completely wiped out, rest and refitted with a ton of older German and French armor and attacked the British 6th Airborne at Pegasus Bridge on D-Day and D+1.

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Crete Campaign (top) Afrika Corps Fallshirm Jager Rgt. Marinehelerin (Navy I am assuming)

Crete Campaign (top)
Afrika Corps
Fallshirm Jager Rgt.
Marinehelerin (Navy I am assuming)

British home guard air viewer, Russian Maxim rounds case.

British home guard air viewer, Russian Maxim rounds case.

The "New" Panther enters the war with a few other new behemoths, at Kursk, the largest tank battle in history. The Germans suffer HUGE losses, many armor units losing more than 50% of their armor to breakdown alone. Vehicles never even enter the battle. This was the death knell, the war was 'over' after this battle ended, the Germans just didn't know it yet.

The “New” Panther enters the war with a few other new behemoths, at Kursk, the largest tank battle in history.
The Germans suffer HUGE losses, many armor units losing more than 50% of their armor to breakdown alone. Vehicles never even enter the battle. This was the death knell, the war was ‘over’ after this battle ended, the Germans just didn’t know it yet.

Amazing artist Brian Fox has done so many great works. This is my favorite, catching Winters still leading Easy through Normandy. It's signed too.

Amazing artist Brian Fox has done so many great works.
This is my favorite, catching Winters still leading Easy through Normandy. It’s signed too.

Major Winters prepares to lead Easy out of their C-47 under insane FlaK That's Winters in the door. This painting was signed by all the living members of Easy some 15 years ago.

Major Winters prepares to lead Easy out of their C-47 under insane FlaK
That’s Winters in the door. This painting was signed by all the living members of Easy some 15 years ago.

A treasured gift from the brave soldiers that were in this epic battle, and survived.

A treasured gift from the brave soldiers that were in this epic battle, and survived.



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

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