Archive | August, 2013

Sandy’s 1st Egg!

9 Aug

Sandy our 18 week old Pekin hen has today laid her first egg!

Sandy (also known as Dom Perrignon due to her lovely champagne colouring!) hatched out at Easter,  her parents being Zippy and Lemony Splicket. I sensed it would not be long before this little hen would lay. She has shown all the signs by reddening of face and comb. Early this morning she kept coming in and out of the hen house and was very curious as though looking for a nice comfy spot!

Her first egg weighs in at a whopping 26g!! Hmmm that will make a fantastically huge omelette!  Compared to our usual bantams which weigh around 40g, Sandy’s egg is very petite but a lovely brown colour which surprised me as most of my pekins lay a pale cream tinted egg. The shell has a lovely smooth and even sheen so we will be fighting over it for dippy egg and soldiers for breakfast (hmmm may need a few of these petite eggs to fill hungry tums!) Hopefully, as Sandy matures, her eggs will increase in size to match the other bantams but for now, all I need to say is…….

CONGRATULATIONS  SANDY!!

 

Sandy's 26g egg!

Sandy’s 26g egg!

 

Here is Sandy, looking very beautiful on my shoulder!

Sandy loves basil leaves!

Sandy loves basil leaves!

 

Bungles Chicks – 4 weeks old!

4 Aug

Bungle, the millefleur pekin hen is doing a splendid job bringing up her 4 week old little chicks.

It’s the most amazing experience watching your broody hen raise little chicks. From the day you put those precious little eggs under your broody to the day those little ones peep from under mum’s feathers to say hello to the big wide world is a miracle and fills your heart with delight!

So far, I have had 100% fertility and hatch rate out of my own eggs. Not bad at all I don’t think but really I need to say thank you to Mr Lemony Splicket and all my little hennies for doing such a wonderful job at creating such wonderful little chicks.

Raising chicks under a broody hen seems better for the little chicks too. They seem to develop much quicker, learn all the tricks of the trade from their wonderful mum and seem to make good healthy strong girls and boys and you don’t have to worry about that heat lamp! Mum does all the temperature gauging! Just fresh water with a little apple cider vinegar (helps prevent coccidiosis which can be a killer in chicks), a good healthy chick crumb (I feed garvo mini pellets which can be fed until laying) and clean dry bedding is all you need to think about when you have a broody hen taking care of you little precious chicks.

Here are some pictures of my recent hatched chicks. Sometimes, if the weather allows, Bungle loves to take them on a guided tour around the garden but I have to watch them…little chicks are very quick and quite flighty. Mum is never far away however. She has certainly disciplined her chicks very well!

 

You may see from the pictures that it looks like Mr Lemony Splicket has given us 1 little girl and 3 little boys!

Hopefully I have found a loving home for the little lady but I am seeking 3 loving homes for the baby Splicket Juniors if anyone is interested?

If you are serious then please take a look at the ‘Own Your Own Goofy Chicken‘ page

Happy Birthday Bungle, Bluey and Lemony Splicket!

2 Aug

Happy Birthday today to my pretty Pekins, Bungle, Bluey and handsome Pekin, Lemony Splicket!

A year ago I searched all over to find some day old chicks for my broody hen Zippy who had been desperate to hatch her own eggs which sadly failed. She was delighted when the 3 little chicks arrived and were placed under her, raising them like her own.

Now, a year old today, Bungle has her own little chicks to care for, Bluey had a short spell of broodiness but now laying well again and Lemony Splicket is charming all the ladies as well as being in fine voice…and producing 6 chicks of his own!

Lemony Splicket strutting his stuff!

Lemony Splicket strutting his stuff!

 

Bungle looking well, now with chicks of her own!

Bungle looking well, now with chicks of her own!

 

A small pekin but with a very loud call when she sees me or wants something!

A small pekin but with a very loud call when she sees me or wants something!

They certainly have changed since being little chicks. Bungle, who we thought was a cockerel, turned out to be a hen and Lemony Splicket turned out to be the cockerel! Bluey still was the smallest but has always been the loudest (even louder than Lemony Splicket)