ladysbeans

Stay at home mom spilling the beans on everyday life!


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My Lovely Hens

So my Black sex link hen has been laying FAITHFULLY since July 4!
An egg a day from her, she has tried a couple times, to lay her eggs in my flower box. But I’ve gotten her to go in the nesting box.
I need her to teach the other ladies good habits once they start laying! Which should be any day now. Seeing as how they are all almost 22 weeks old.

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first dozen eggs! (Cupcake)
The eggs will stay fresh on the counter UNWASHED for about a month. With only one egg a day, we are flying through them, I cant wait to see how many eggs we can collect once they are all laying!

I’m pretty sure that the happier/healthier the hen, the more eggs they’ll give you! …I’m sure there is more science-y stuff behind it. Ha!
One of the ladies favorite things to eat is dried mealworms. Gross. But, hey, they are happy.

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The ladies usually will keep their distance, until they hear that bag shake. It’s so funny to watch them all (including the two ducks) run across the yard. My son is hand feeding my littles!


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FIRST EGG!!!

OK so I know I posted this morning about waiting on eggs… TODAY I FOUND MY FIRST ONE IN THE COOP!!!
I definitely did the egg dance! Ha!

first egg!! 7.4.14

It’s perfect! No blemishes, no soft spots. Just light brown speckledy goodness! My mom blew it out for me (into a frying pan) and I get to keep the shell!


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The Adventure Continues

Our chicks and ducks are now 8 weeks old! Time sure does fly. They are now out of their brooder and living in their coop!
We are having the ducks live in the coop with the chickens, I am hoping that this living situation works out for all involved lol. I don’t even want to start thinking about building another house. HA!

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They got so big so fast!

I’ve been feeding them regularly with their chicken feed but I have also been giving them fruit and veggie scraps from the kitchen and garden. Along with mealworms. Their fav!
It will still be about 2-3 months before we start getting eggs, but I’m sure all this hard work will pay off in the end.

The chicken on my shoulder is my favorite. So sweet and so personable. I’m having a hard time determining if its a pullet or a rooster. If it turns out to be roo then I will have to give it up per HOA rules and regulations. I’ll be broken hearted =/

The ducks are doing well, I’m pretty sure they are mallard females. I hope they are girls! I want to try duck eggs, I’ve always been curious.
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Growing Like Weeds!

The chicks are doing well, they are definitely growing a lot faster than I thought they would! They went from this fuzzy cuteness Imagethey are only a few days old here. This is Cupcake on the left and Katy on the right.

To this: Image 
in two short weeks! HA! That is Scarlett in the back ground along with one of the Husband’s ducks. I’m pretty sure that Katy is a Leghorn.. not so sure is she is actually a SHE yet or not.. Scarlett is a buff orpington and I am fairly certain we have a hen here.  

 

One thing that I’ve learned about the ducks is just how messy they are! I am not a fan wet/damp anything in the first place. These ducks will do anything they can to spill their water. They get into the water bowl/feeder/bowl/pan.. anything I’ve tried. They splash, spill and fill it with food, wood chips and POO! I had to separate them from the chicks, I feel that the wetness of the ducks could effect the chickens in a negative way. Chickens DO NOT like being wet! Also their bodies will absorb water, living together has gotten pretty dirty..
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Look at how cute they are!! It has surely been their saving grace!