Chica…

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This little Auracauna is quite funny!

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She very meticulously makes a nest everyday in the straw, even though there are nesting boxes.  She must not enjoy the claustrophobic feeling?

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She will grab little pieces from here and there, making the perfect little nest…

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This day she thought the perfect place was right beside Svarta…

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Perfect little blue egg!

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Friday Farm Daze…

Another busy week on the farm.  We are getting ready for the first of the Icelandic lambs to be delivered which always means that we are busy.

Here are some pictures that I got of Reykur, one of Icelandic rams this week…

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Garrett found a lucky horseshoe while helping me check fence…

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And we found a rusty bucket..

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The rooster crossed the….

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The sheds and hoop houses are set up and we will make 10 jugs in here…

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Which is a good thing because little Charlie decided to join us today…

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And we should have more soon…

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Spring is growing…

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Hens are hiding eggs…

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Ducks are hanging out…

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Cloudy days…

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Chicks…

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Yep,we went by the feed store today….P4010017

But aren’t they cute?

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Zayne had to wear gloves cause the baby chick was tickling him too much!

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All settled in.

We came home with 3 Barred Rocks, 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 1 Lakenvelders (thanks to Zayne!), 4 Buff Opingtons, 4 Patridge Rocks and 3 Light Brahmas.  All supposedly pullets.  It’s always so fun to have the little peepers around!

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Roos

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With the warmer weather the chickens have been a bit more adventurous and have been checking everything out…

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One of our Icelandic roosters.

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A couple of the girls hanging out…

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On another note we have gotten rid of the majority of our 14 roosters!  We were down to 5 and then the Blue Americana rooster we had decided to keep attacked our oldest son while out he was out feeding sheep.  He flew up and landed in the hood of his sweatshirt and started pecking at him.  Needless to say we are down to 4 boys now and one of them will be going to my parents place soon.  That will leave us at a much more manageable 3 Roos for our 20 hens.

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Early this spring we order 25 day-old chicks that arrived later that summer.  In that order we were suppose to have 11 Icelandic chickens.  We lost a couple of chicks during transport and a few more died within that first week.  We anxiously watched as they grew to see which chicks were of what breed.  Now we are several months down the road and it is apparent we only ended up with 2 Icelandic chickens, which are both roosters and a couple of unknown breeds.  To say the least we are a bit disappointing but we still really enjoy our two guys, they seem to stick out in flock!

 

One of the Icelandic’s, early in the morning.

 

The two together…

 

 

 

 

A little ruffled.

 

Our Icelandic rooster stands out in the flock.

 

We are anxiously waiting the winter out to place another order (with probably a different hatchery!)  of more Icelandic chickens.  We have heard they are quite hardy and lay decently even in the cold, dark winter months making them a perfect fit for Montana winters.  Plus they fit right in with the Icelandic sheep and Icelandic sheepdogs that live here.  😉

Here is some info about Icelandic chickens:

Icelandic chickens are a breed of chicken from Iceland. Called íslenska hænanHaughænsni or landnámshænan in the Icelandic language, they are a landrace fowl which are rare outside its native country. They are an old breed of chicken, having been present on the island since introduction by Norse settlers in the 9th century. However, despite this isolation, the breed has barely survived in a pure form in the 21st century, largely due to the importation of commercial strains of chickens in the 1950s. The few thousand Icelandic chickens in existence today are the result of conservation efforts in the 1970s; a handful of flocks have been exported abroad.

Icelandic chickens are not firmly standardized in appearance, and possess a wide range of plumage colours and patterns, skin colouration and comb types. Some have feather crests.

Despite this variance in appearance, Icelandic chickens are uniformly hardy in winter, have white earlobes, and lay white to light brown coloured eggs. They are also said to be docile in temperament, and hens will readily go broody.

There is another very informative article here.

 

Plus…

Our unknown girl…
What breed am I?

 

I need your help!  🙂

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Pumpkins….

They were a bunch of happy pumpkins…

Until they started to get a bit soft and I decided they needed to relocate before they turned to mush and we had to scrape them off the porch.

Hmm…

Chickens like pumpkins!

Or maybe pumpkins like chicken?

I’m not sure?

Which is it?

I’m not sure, but the pumpkin is looking a bit nervous…

And a bit out numbered!

Aaack!! It’s sheep that like pumpkins!

 (Thanks to my oldest daughter for the fun pictures!)

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Friday Farm Daze…

Chore time…

A little this and that from the farm this week…

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Ole Red…

Vaka, doing her job protecting the cows.

A few of the ewes hanging out chewing their cud.

Mark moving a bunch of icky bottom bales so they will compost down.

Some of our meat lambs, wondering whats going on…

We had scary vampires too!

The rooster crowing…

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One of our Icelandic roosters.

Copper Maran hen…

Headed back to the coop…

Waiting patiently….

Racing round and round…

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