2018 Chicks are Growing Fast

The Bresse chickens (and friend) we hatched out are in the outside enclosure as we moved the five Blue Slate Turkeys to the poultry yard.

They’re Growing Fast

The turkey poults we picked up as chicks on May 5th are three weeks old and getting big.  They are starting to fly up and out of their brooder and are going out into the baby pen tomorrow.

New Turkeys – 2018

Today we drove down to Dallas to pick up our Heritage Blue Slate Turkey chicks.  They are so darn adorable – fuzzy little gray bodies with yellow heads. A little update – – 7/14/2018 The turkeys are eleven weeks old and have moved out into their new enclosure. We pulled them out of the “teenager…

Oregon Blue-Foot Bresse

Our new flock.The original stock, inspired by the Poulet de Bresse of France, was developed by Canadian chicken breeder, Peter Thiessen in the 1980’s.  Thiessen hybridized birds, selecting the best characteristics from seventeen different types of birds in a process that required  11 years. The result was a chicken with a bright red comb, white plumage…

Getting Ready for the new Chickens….

We went down to the old red hen house yesterday to give it a good sweep-out and put up some fencing.  We’re traveling down to Corvallis on Friday to pick up a roo and two hens to add to our small flock of red, white and blue Poulet de Bresse.  The hope is to start…

New Chickens on the Backyard Farm

Over the weekend we added some new pullets to our flock.  We drove down to Corvallis and picked up four poulet de Bresse and one Copper Maran from Fraiser Creek Farm.  They are all about 4 months old and should start laying fairly soon.  This brings our flock up to eight hens and two roosters. The poulet…

2016 Chicks

We started a new bunch of chicks a few months ago (they came May 25th) and I realized that I never made a post to remember when they came and what types of chickens they are. The Parents: The roos in the pen have blue genes (Easter Egger, cream legbar, or isbar) and the hens…

Turkey 2013 1.0

3:30 pm 23 hours 30 minutes and counting…… Turkey This year we are contending with a frozen turkey.  The hens were being naughty, chasing the hens around the chicken yard, and so they went to the processor a bit earlier than usual.  This resulted in smaller birds (15lb and 19lb rather than 40lb), but at…