I finally made it to our local auction, and they had some Black copper and Cuckoo Marans. I waited until the EXPENSIVE grown ups sold and took my chances on the out of brooder babies! I got a really great deal, 5 Cuckoos ( 4 hens and a roo) and 5 BC ( 4 and 1) all for under $40 with tax.
When I got them home I found them to be just getting their juvenile feathering. Some still didnt have neck feathers yet.....EEEEEEWwwheww! But the BCM's had their leg feathers.
Thank you Porkpal!! Honestly , I am more relaxed when Im watching my broods! It seems that all the cares of the outside world just melt. there is definitely something special about raising Chickens!
Oh And Im looking forward to the day when my little Marans will turn into those beautiful birds all the websites show! Right now they are just the funniest little clowns, never a dull moment!
I have Maran envy LOL and think your babies are just beautiful!
What a relief to know it's not weird to chicken watch! There are many evenings DH and I grab a chair and sit in the run with the chickens and watch them. They sit on the arm of our chairs and eventually on our laps. I especially love first thing in the morning, drinking coffee with them.
It seems that every action of my Chickies is something I just cant miss! I think of them while at work or if I have to be away from them any extended length of time. I have a chair next to the coops and one next to the run. To me its shear tranquility. Nothing like my coffee in the morning and my sweet tea in the afternoons shared with my babies!
I had not brought this up before, but I only have 2 BCM hens now and their Roo and 1 CCM Hen and roo. All of a sudden I am having Hawk problems and they got 5 of my Babies before I even knew they were around! I was just sick. Now I have to keep them enclosed in their house 24/7 with the only sunshine coming in through the wire door.
I would think in about 2 months they will be large enough to introduce to my 3 grown Buff hens and Blue Lace red wyandotte Roo, that live in the large Chicken house and Run. That way I can soon get the smaller house cleaned out and set up for my 6 Tiny Serama babies and their buddies, 4 little Rhode Island Red pullet Chicks.
They are ugly teenagers, but are seriously beautiful adult birds. I love my BCM's... but I missed the variety of having other birds, so I just got some new babies, Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks and Wellsummers. I figure as long as the only roosters I have are BCM's, I should be fine.
So Far no more Hawk issues since spring! But now I am having a problem with a scoudrel "head eater"! Dont know what it is but it can get through a 10 by10 by 6 ft. kennel fencing and that was climbing!!! tore open the heavy duty bird netting and jumped down into the pen and crawled into the open chicken house and got my precious little Silkie Serama Hen ,who could not fly, that ws nesting on the floor . Head and neck gone as well as all her innards. The only thing left was her sweet little Silkie coat and her legs... no blood at all!!!!
After all the preparation to get the seramas a safe house and yard I now have a mystery predator that has stelth abilities!!! I am soooo bummed!
Name: Rand Lowe Vista, CA Philosophy:common sense w/big words
I don't know where you live, but it sounds like the work of a mink. Do you live near a creek or river?? They usually live somewhere near running water, typically within a half mile or so. And that's their M.O. as far as the description you gave of the killing and eating.
You are probably right! DP I live in upper Middle Georgia, Oconee forest. River is about 3 miles from me and there are creeks everywhere. The only thing is that we havent had any rain in so many months that the creeks are dry and the river is low. We rarely ever see a Mink or ferret here, But Cheryl, we do see a LOT of skunks! Usually on the road DOA but that would mean we have a lot of live action at night by them! I just cant understand why we would have a problem now all of a sudden!
Could it be that there is a Mama trying to feed her babies?? It is kind of late in the year for litters but I wonder! That would be the only thing I can think of that would make since to me!
Oh and yes I will get back on subject tonight... Maran Photos!!! My babies are definitely growing up! No crowing yet but I've seen a pairing up ! Would you believe both BCMs and Cuckoos were raised together, but they have paired up like they should. Cuckoo Roo "Mr. Dusty" and cuckoo Pullet are now a "going steady" couple. My BCM roo and the BCM Pullets just knew that they shouldbe a trio! The Guys arent "Fighting " but they have sparred a couple of times, and they both know to stay clear of the BLR Wyandotte Roo while free ranging!
Definitely Clannish!!!! My poor poor baby BLR Wyandottes and Baby RIRs are going through the "Pecking " order thing right now with all the older mature and teenagers. Each day I let the babies ( 2 to 4 months) free range for a while with the older ones. Well each breed comes over and gives each one the the newbies a "Peck ' on the headand a pull of the neck feathers! OWWWch! Not to hurt but just to let them know whos the older and who is in charge.