Gardening in the Chicken Yard

Rule #1- It’s their yard. You’ll need a sense of humor when they make their own modifications.

Lola re-arranging the pine straw and Max being the look-out.
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Rule #2- Newly added plants, shrubs, or trees are done so on a “Trial Basis” only. Just because you’ve read or heard that they won’t eat it doesn’t mean they’ve talked to the same people or have sought out advise on the internet. 😳 Be prepared to lose money and time.

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Rule #3- Once you have everything tidy, you’ll find yourself spending more and more time in their yard just watching their antics. They enjoy your company too. Consider seating areas

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Rule #4- Plant high or protect. Use planters or hang from tree limbs.

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Rule #5- Never let a fallen limb go to waste! Make natural perches for them. They won’t like them at first, since they are pros at rejecting change, but will in time. Please always do so in a protected area. Remember that they are vulnerable to aerial predators. (Protecting against predators will be a future post.)

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Rule #6- Sense of Humor will ensure successful gardening with chickens!

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My 2014 Breeders- Pros and Cons

Thank you for visiting my humble blog. I hope the information inspires you and helps you succeed in breeding this magnificent variety. Below are my breeders for this year.

Max and Snow

Lola 8 13

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Below are pictures of Lola at various ages.

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One day old 😍
Lola 7 weeks

I was pleased by 7 wks to see that although her parents were the two blondest GL I had, she showed a very dark blk skirt and dark blk lacing. Neither of which her parents did.

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By 3 months, I could see that her lacing was going to be thick. This was new for one of my pullets or hens. I was however concerned with her wing carriage which is a fault of both of her parents and her beak since her mother’s is too big.

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Lola at 5 months had made it to my short list. I loved her head, size, and lacing. Now came the wait to see how her tail would develop, because type is above all…which is easy to lose sight of when breeding a laced bird, and to see if her wing carriage would tighten.

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Lola by the end of her 6th month had proven to be my top breeding choice! I love her head with its compact comb. “Good specimen of the English type”- Walt. Her lacing is so much thicker then my previous generation and her ground color is deep and even. She lays 70 gram eggs 6 out of 7 days. I hope she gives me a replacement cockerel for my second line and hope her daughters are her carbon copy. I begin this next generation with great anticipation and hope.

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Crazy Chicken genetics: You never really know what’s hidden in your line. Also, I believe you can trigger the cock bird to alter the genetics he’s contributing by giving him a break in between matings. Below are Lola’s very blonde parents.

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Victoria’s strengths: 2nd- unrelated bloodline, height, great egg layer, compact comb. Weaknesses: Too blonde with uneven base color, thin lacing, big beak, tail set a bit too low, inadequate wing carriage, bred from Gold Laced Blue/Gold Laced Black.

Rock 9 months

Rock Star’s strengths: can fertilize a rock (LOL), attitude, height, upper chest, chest lacing, stiff tail feathers, skirt lacing. Weaknesses: too blonde, primaries not dark enough, weak right wing carriage, comb base too thin.