Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Chicken Chronicles

    Goodness, had I know the plethora of fascinating breeds out there in the world of chickens, 
    I might have avoided going beyond your basic hatchery layers like:

(photos link to respective sites unless they are my own!)



Rhode Island Reds



http://www.bradbury.org/jims-blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/buff_orpington-225x169.jpg

Now these breeds lay very well, no question! They are awesome, but
as far as the breeds out there, they are a bit ho hum.

But wow! Once you starting looking into
chicks from legitimate breeders or a
quality breeder stock hatchery like

http://www.sandhillpreservation.com/


You will find it easy to start down the road of discovering
chickens breeds, you might find out it is addictive!

So, along with the Blue Laced Red Wyandottes,
Blue and Black Copper Marans, Delawares,
Blue Wheaten and Wheaten Ameraucanas,
Welsummers and Barnevelders we
already have hatched here this year and last,

I'm looking to add Orpingtons in a variety of
colors, including rare Lavender, along with more color variations of
Ameraucanas, and Black / Blue Wyandottes.

http://www.bucabuc.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/.pond/bucabucblueOrpHen.jpg.w300h375.jpg


http://www.bucabuc.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/SplashOrpingtonHen.jpg

http://www.orpingtonsuk.com/lav1.JPG

http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu138/RHewitt/SplashAmeraucanaRooster2.jpg

Hatching eggs are risky since you never know what type of
hatch rate you will get, but the best sources are Back Yard Chicken.com
and Ebay. . .

I'm waiting for the eggs in the incubators now to hatch, and candling has shown
we should have a fairly good hatch if the crazy Little Giant will keep temp!


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LUCAS FARM

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27




"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington