Sheds, fencing and other things

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Goats | Posted on 31-12-2008

I had to move the goats out of the garden; due to the fact that they kept trying to eat the chicken feed, it’s not like I wasn’t feeding them.   I have been feeding them about 3 cups of grain everyday; and they have plenty to eat still on the 1 1/2 acres that I have them on.   I moved their house I built them; and they still won’t stay out of the garden,  I like having goats around and I guess I am still working on getting used to their quirks.   Maggie is bossy and likes to try and push Lucy around; exspecially around feeding time and I even feed them in seperate buckets.   I am sure that things will get better when I build them a barn or shed to live in;  I am still trying to figure out where to put it, and how big to build it.   I want to build it big enought that I can fit all the animals we hope to have and still small enought that we are not taking up lots of room that the animals could graze on.  We finally are getting close to getting the fencing done and keeping the goats where they belong.  When we only had one side up they got pretty good at getting out and I was starting to get worried they would get into the road.

New Chickens

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Chickens | Posted on 31-12-2008

I was given three new hens; the only catch was that I had to go catch them.  I was able to catch one of the three; we found her sitting on 17 eggs, I put her in a box with the eggs but she wouldn’t stay on her eggs.   I turned back on the incubator and I have the eggs in the incubator; when I took her out of the box I noticed she had crushed two of the eggs, so I have 15 eggs that should hatch instead of 17.   I’ll be excited to see if they all hatch or not.

Christmas Chicks

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Chickens | Posted on 26-12-2008

I got a great Christmast present yesterday; the two eggs that I had left that were good started hatching, one of the chicks was totally out of it shell by 9:00pm Christmas day, while the other chick hatched this morning at around 3:45 this morning.   They seem to be doing well.  They are so cute and I can’t wait to see what they will look like as they get their feathers.  I wont be able to tell if they are roosters or hens until they start feathering out and that should be around 12 weeks old.   While it was neat to try and incubate chicks;  I think I’ll just wait until one of my hens goes broody and let her take care of it,  I was way to worried about the chicks and what not to try hatching eggs again any time soon.

 

First of two eggs with a chip in it on Christmas Day

First of two eggs with a chip in it on Christmas Day

 

First egg chick after hatching on Christmas Day

First egg chick after hatching on Christmas Day

 

Both chicks together after hatching

Both chicks together after hatching

Hatch Day

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Chickens | Posted on 24-12-2008

Today is hatch day; so far we have no hatches, but there is still hope for the eggs.   I checked eggs today; and noticed one was cracked, went to show the girls because I thought it was going to hatch.   My two oldest were really good about not touching it; but my youngest took her finger and poked it and made a big hole in the egg.  Since she put a hole in it; I knew that if there was a chick in there, it would most likely not make it.  So I cracked the egg the rest of the way; there was a formed chick but it looks like it never got past that stage.  I know that it is gross; but it was sort of cool to see the baby, even if it never got past the stage of forming.  I really hope that I get at least some of the eggs to hatch;  I guess if not then I can always get some at the feed store for the girls.

Baby Chicks part 2

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Chickens | Posted on 22-12-2008

Well!  Tomorrow is hatch day; I am hoping that all six eggs will hatch, even if they don’t all hatch it was a good chance to try out the incubator and make sure I know how to use it for later.  The kids are exicted to see if the eggs hatch and to see the baby chicks.    They are so cute when they hatch and their feather dry out; they look like little balls of fluffy cotton or marshmellos.   I have everything just about set up so that if they do hatch that I have some where to put them and I have the heat lamp ready to go.   I plan on taking pictures and posting them as soon as they hatch.

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