Will you be buying eggs to hatch or ordering chicks this spring? Have you ordered yet? Do you have a specific breed in mind, or are you going to be a little adventurous and order a few chicks of a different breed?
|Copper Maran Chicks-1 day old|
|Percy the Rooster –5 months|
|Copper on head, darker on saddle, green sheen on tail feathers…..our “sweet” Percy!|
of neck. There should be a slightly darker shade of copper on the saddle (swoop of back), and a mix of this darker shade with black feathers as you move towards the wings. On the lower part of the wings, and tail, there should be all black feathers, with a very prominent green sheen. Other parts as you move to the chest and under the wings will also be black, but without as much of a sheen, if any at all. “ (
www.pickinachicken.com) The comb is large, single and red; the legs should be feathered on the outside extending to the outer toe. I noticed when our chicks were very small that it seemed they had disproportionately large feet and feathered legs. (As they grew, their bodies caught up to the foot size!)
|Hatching chicks and their adoptive mother–see how dark brown those eggs are?|
Enter to win a Solway Feeders‘ spiral feeder nozzle!! Keep vermin away and keep your hens occupied. The spiral nozzle feeder is perhaps one of the most widely used feeder attachments for both poultry and game birds. It can be fitted to most types of hopper or barrel feeder, using a 50mm / 2 inch hole in the base.
The Solway Feeders two-part design consists of a plastic washer and a sprung steel coil, and when combined, the composite structure is stronger than welded metal spiral nozzles. The gap between each spring coil is 3mm to minimize wastage and make the birds peck harder for their food.
The versatile nature of the spiral nozzle allows you to make your own feeder using a bucket or barrel. To fit one, just drill a 50mm / 2 inch hole and drop the spiral spring through it. The plastic washer stops the spring falling out and when the feeder is full, the weight of food keeps it locked firmly in place. More info is here …
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