Sunday, March 14, 2010

Barred Rock Chicks

Rocks chicks barred from what? Rocking out? Chicks behind bars? What?

NO, Barred Rocks are a breed of chicken. They are our breed of egg layers for this year. We get a different breed every year, so that when it comes time to cull, we know how old each bird is by its breed, and the year we bought it. We know now that birds have a little less than 3 years of good laying time, so we need to cull before that. Last year, we got Production Reds, this year, we have Barred Rocks. They will be sort of stripey when they are adults.

We also discovered that March, in Colorado, may be WAY too early to bring in baby chicks. We were anxious to get the year going, but it's pretty cold. Even under a heat lamp in their brooder pen, we are losing quite a few, and I don't like it. We put the lambs heat pad down underneath them, so that should help. Hopefully we won't lose anymore.

It's probably the cold, but these are the LOUDEST baby chicks we've ever had! This video freaks out my dogs!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

At Last - Cindy Has Her Lambs!

As usual, I like to include pictures of lambs in my posts. Here are Tigger and Eeyore. I spent ages trying to get picture of them being goofy and playing. These two are a trip to watch - DEFINITLY the sons of Donkey! They are just goofballs! In this picture, you see Tigger about the jump, and Eeyore with all four legs off the ground. He was chasing that chicken!

Here is just an update shot of Gabriel. He's turning into a handsome little ram.

And here are our newest additions to the flock - Cindy's ewe lambs, The Little Red Haired Girl, and Sally. This picture is of the Little Red Haired Girl. Isn't she sweet? I don't know what mix of breed causes this gorgeous light brown color, but we have more of it! Curly Sue isn't the only one, now!
And here is little Sally. She has such a sweet face!
Here is mama Cindy with her little baby lambs. Cindy has so much thick wool, we have a hard time really telling how big she is, and if she's ready to give birth. I kept watching and thought she was getting close, but when I saw these little cuties today, I knew they were hers!

So, I tried to get some good pictures of these two playing, and finally decided to try a video instead. Not a lot of goofing around, I tried 3 videos, and in each one, they sort of figured out they were being watched, and stopped goofing off. But here are Eeyore and Tigger anyhow.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Tigger and Eeyore

Alice finally dropped her lambs. I was away for work and missed it, but it was a good thing. The poor girl was so big, she could hardly move, and certainly didn't look comfortable laying down.

Here are her two ram lambs, Tigger and Eeyore

I believe that's Eeyore in the front, and Tigger in the back. Tigger is slightly smaller and very jumpy. Eeyore has a little black dot on the knee of one of this front legs, which you can't see in any of the pictures I took.

That's Archie in the back. Archie and Veronica have been trying to milk from Alice, so we separate them at night, so Alice can rest, and not deal with 2 larger orphaned lambs trying to drink her milk!