|chicks in the house|
|Silkie babies from August hatch|
Then outside to feed birds, A couple of pens of Silkies including these babies that hatched in January. I still can't tell for sure which are boys or girls.
|2-3 week olds|
|4 week olds, OE/ EE and Buff Orpingtons|
Then I load the buckets of feed and Giotto's breakfast on the wagon and head for the main coops
My bigger hoop coops are divided into 3 sections; first up the 6-8 week olds; some sexlinked crosses (you can tell males from color at hatch), along with more easter eggers and olive eggers and a few pure bred Ameraucana.
|Silkie with foster chicks|
The next section is a pair of Silkies with easter egger foster chicks. As soon as I finish a coop for the Silkies to go into, I'll open the door and integrate these chicks in with the others.There are a couple of Buff Orpington pullets in the last section but I didn't get a pic of them this morning.
|Black Copper Marans and Buff Orpington|
After feeding a pair of Ameracauna, feed the babies next door These hatched in January
|Buff Orpington pullets|
These two Buff Orpingtons are in one of the breeding pens, I'll be hatching just a few from these girls for myself. ;-)
|Next the Plymouth Rocks, Buff and White|
|Muscovy Duck eggs|
Next up the Muscovy ducks, building a nest; 7 eggs now.
|The layers, looking for breakfast!|
Then open the door to the layer house and be charged, everyone is hungry! I found a roll of fabric set out for the trash awhile back and used it to make nest box curtains and to cover the windows where the afternoon sun is too strong.
|Curtains in the hen house!|
|cat & bunny|
After hauling the empty buckets back to the house, I go feed some ducks in the front yard. Here also is my last remaining rabbit, a doe over 5 who hasn't been bred in a couple of years. She escaped her cage and just hangs around with the ducks. None of my cats bother her or any of my grown chickens because they were raised with them since they were little kittens. I don't, however, trust them with baby chicks.
So that is part of my morning. Inside the layer house there are several pens with individual birds, mostly breeding males that have to be separate so the don't fight, and there are a few more chicks and Silkies around.