Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

July 12, 2010

Catching Up!

This little guy was one of the 4 that I found in the nest by our hot tub. I have been checking lately and there were only 2 left, and as I was taking a picture, they flew. This fellow landed in the middle of the driveway, so I put him back in the nest. He flew off again with mother keeping a very close eye on him. We think that he is a white capped sparrow.
These are the start of the chicken move to heritage birds. These three are one week old Colombian Wyandottes, a dual purpose bird that is very striking in colour. Hopefully, one of them will be a rooster.
The supplier, a young entrepreneur from Westlock also had these Golden Laced Wyandottes at three months old. I picked up eight. I will likely try to get some silver laced birds from him whenever they become available, hopefully, next June. Again, I hope that at least one will be a male.

I said after the first year that I would never get the Cornish Giants again, or any bird that was raised solely for meat. By 15 weeks, they turn out so heavy that they cannot stand, and cannot move to get food. Their body cavities fill up with fluid, and basically they suffocate, or have heart attacks. I will leave such cruelty to the Colonel Saunders of the world. I will also not support those establishments that promote a cage 12x12x12, where the bird never gets any freedom or sunlight. Those dimensions are in inches by the way.

That is my rant for the day!

So, our flock will likely look like 4 Rhode Island Reds, 3 Colombian Wyandottes, 8 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 5 White Leghorns and 8 Red Sussex Cross. The rest will likely go into the freezer. Oh, yeah, and 9 turkeys until October. that is 3 times what we over wintered for last year. I may have to rethink this, although, any surplus roosters will also go into the freezer.
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2 comments:

Karen said...

Being a city girl, I just want to play and look at the pretty ones. But you bet I buy without hesitation at the grocery. :P

peihome said...

Lovely birds! We had sparrows nesting in the garden, too, and it was fantastic to watch the whole process!