Well it looks like I finally wore Momma down and we are now the new owner's of six chickens. All female, all egg layer's, 2 Easter Egger's, 2 New-Hampshire Reds, an 2 Astrolops (I think that's how spell it). Ordered today and they were ready today. So Momma and our daughter went down to get them. An of course, before they got home all the chicks were named LOL....
This urban homestead thing is starting to feel pretty good, especially with the wife getting involved with these things. I need a week off of work to get things caught up (Around the House)... I usually have everything pretty much under control by now, but not this year (SO FAR), to many distractions, garden, quail, chicks, cold frame, gardening table, an now a chicken run, along with a coup. OH, this reminds me, I need to pick up 2 boxes of Mason jars, for making some homemade pickles.
But it sure is a (GOOD) feeling sitting back in the yard, looking at what we've created thus far. An I'm excited as to where this new path may take us.
Well the little chicks have grown up, an were expecting some eggs at any time.
Here's what I came up with for their run,I think a made a post earlier about the frame, #3 rebar I got off of a job, I know I didn't have the door done yet, so here is how it looks. Also there's a gravity feeder an one of the (chicken nipples) watering buckets I made. In the run is also a couple cable spools, the birds seem to like them, their always sitting on top of them.
Here's their coupe, it's inside of my garage. Nesting boxes for them to lay their eggs, the door's open down ward an create a table top, so we can collect the eggs an clean the boxes. I covered interior with vinyl flooring, so the nesting boxes can be cleaned pretty easily. The coupe gets cleaned every Sunday before we head to the cottage, that way I get ride of the chicken crap, don't want no stank in my garage.
Here's the inside of the coupe, it's not a great pic, but they have a couple roost's at different elevations, a gravity feeder, an my other watering bucket. Also I put a couple hinges on my garage windows so they could open up like a door, the previous owner nailed all the window closed, but I like them opening up so the coupe an the birds get fresh air.
AND our new editions, THE QUAIL ARE FINALLY HERE....
the quail I got are the Courtnix, there egg producer's more or less. I've had these little for just 8-9 hours, they are eating machines, they sleep right by the feeder, get up eat, drink, sleep, repeat. these little guy's can eat. They kinda remind me of my kids in a way, eating machines.
Got these guys for 2 bucks apiece, an they were not sexed, so I'm high hopes for mostly females an a few males. While talking to the guy, he said if I get a low female count, to give him a call, we'll trade birds, sounded good to me.
I really want to thank the Swamp an it's membership, without this place an you guy's I would have probably never ventured into poultry. I'm really starting to like this homesteading thing, an so is the wife. This year the back yard has really changed things for us. Trying to find that groove where the yard looks good but I'm not a slave to it. The wife loves her flowering plants, Me I couldn't give a shoot, but a plant that will turn around an provide fresh cucumbers, peppers, watermelons, beans, onions, strawberries, has my full attention.
Thanks Swamp Talk, an who knows quail maybe my next calling, it's kind of addictive raising these little guy's.
The quail thing is not off to a good start, I've lost 3 chicks. all of them had curled toes, in-spite of me an the wife researching, doing what we could to save these guy's, we were just to late. I'm blaming myself about this for not checking every bird that was put in the box. Reason's for these curled toes the birds had, could stem from many things, in breeding, incubator heat, an hatching times. But to me, these are all the breeders responsibilities, not only for his customer's but also for the general health of his birds.
So right now the gears in my head are turning. An I think I just about got the wife on board. I'm thinking of going back to trying incubating, researching once again through the cold winter months. An try to breed an sell quality chicks. Now in my line of thought all I would want out of the operation is to pay for cost's, basically pay for the feed. Any chicks I don't sell become meat birds or egg laying stock. In my eye's it's a win/win either way. But convincing the wife, is another story.
So out of a dozen birds I have 9 left, the rest of my little covey looks healthy, I was thinking of breeding these birds, but that's totally out of the question right now.
Just wondering out of the guy's who raise or buy chicks (quail), what birds do you guy's suggest raising, Courtnix, BoB's, Texas A&M's, there's so many different kinds of birds. I'd even be up for trading eggs for eggs to another breeder from a different area for some diversity in genetics. But like I said this is just into the stages of being a thought right now.