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Old 04-26-2019, 01:47 PM
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Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

Well, I think I have individual threads for each of my birds(maybe. I know I have one for Legs), but this is just easier.



Our flock consists of well over 100 birds. Most are galliformes, a handful of anseriformes, some psittaciformes...


At the moment we have 18 budgies, 1 grumpy old cockatiel, 8 turkeys, somewhere around 100 chickens, 11 ducks. This, however, is just a snapshot in time, and our flock is always changing. In June we are getting a shipment of chicks from a hatchery. We made the order back in December, it is what my fiance and I got each other for Christmas. We ordered the hatchery surprise box(can have 40-50+ baby birds of basically any type the hatchery raises. Last time we got many, many different breeds, 3 ducks, and even a couple of turkeys), we also ordered 6 baby guinea fowl(these guys have a reputation for eating ticks, of which we have PLENTY on the farm), and each of us picked out 6 birds to be special Christmas gifts. I chose to get a boy and 2 girls each of 2 breeds of goose(never had geese before!), and my fiance chose Easter Egger pullets(baby girl chickens) and a boy and 2 girls of blue swedish ducks.



funny story: in the order form you need 3 phone numbers, so when I texted my mom that she was number 3, she replied that I was number 2 on her order form, and that she had gotten us a hatchery surprise box for Christmas. So that is how we went from having 4 chickens to having a massive flock..



Her chicks arrived in March and we ended up buying 6 ducklings and 50 chicks from the local tractor supply because... the others were lonely? IDK, chicken math I guess. Lol


But you figure roughly 50% of the birds will be male and mostly destined for freezer camp(we only need a few roosters). Plus we plan to sell some of the hens right around laying age to people wanting birds for eggs but not wanting to go through the time consuming baby phase. Even selling a few at 10-20$ each would cover the cost of feed to raise them up, and still leave us with plenty of fresh eggs.



9 of the budgies are babies, most of whom with wonderful homes already lined up. They will be ready to go home in a week or two with the younger clutch of 4, and the older clutch of 5 is ready to go, I just haven't told their waiting homes yet(oops! Will probably send out an email tonight). The baby birds are parent raised, but they get fooled with daily starting when they start getting feathers. We send each home with a handmade toy and a stick of spray millet.



We have 7 unrelated adult breeder budgies, have 1 immature male we kept from a clutch this past winter, and also Legs is from that clutch. Legs has severe splay leg, but leads a good life despite her significant mobility impairment. She spends most of the day clinging to meand gets arould well enough when she has something like soft fabric to cling to. I also have bird toy necklaces I wear to help her get around, and to keep her entertained.



Alex is the grumpy old man cockatiel, and I have had him since he was just a baby (just weaned) bird, 17 years ago. He is beyond precious to me and only just recently moved to the farm. He is in quarantine in the bedroom away from all the other birds.



We have 2 adult breeder heritage bronze turkeys, 5 of their 6 month old chicks that we are either going to sell or send to freezer camp soon, and we have one 2 month old bourbon red turkey chick. We think the red chick is a tom, but we are going to wait until we are sure before starting looking for a mate for him(/her). The second red chick from the hatchery order passed away in the days after they were delivered. Turkeys sadly have a high mortality rate when young. The surviver("Turkey Bird") is very very friendly and quite the little character. He is basically a pet.



1 of the ducks(Nibbler, adult) is the daughter of a duck I had as a housepet several years ago. Waddles(adult drake) was given to us, he isn't quite right. We have 3 each 2 month old ducklings of pekin, mallard, and kacki campbell breeds.



That is the flock for now(don't think I am forgetting anyone). We plan to build aviaries and expand our flock over time.. eventually we even want to get emus and maybe ostriches!


Edit: Oops, I forgot the adult chickens(oops!). George is our rooster. I helped him and Nibbler to hatch out. He hatched a week before she did, but I raised them in a brooder together and they got along great. They are still friends today, it's really cute to see them hang out together. The 4 hens we bought off of craigslist as point of lay hens. It took them a while to warm up to george and us, but they are now very attached to George, it's really cute. They are small mutt birds, and they lay small eggs, but they are tasty eggs, and the birds mostly feed themselves from the compost piles, the forest stuff, bugs, grass, and the occasional seed treat. Very good foragers and predator avoiders(knock on wood). We mostly free range our chickens during the day, pen/coop them at night. The ducks and turkeys are in a pasture during the day, and a barn at night. They are overdue for different housing, but we have been busy, and I broke my foot a few months ago and have been unable to walk really.



The hens are named The Fat One, Stockings, Darkfoot, and The Dinosaur. Lolwe also get a duck and turkey egg or two most days. We might set some turkey eggs in the incubator soon, and move the adult pair to proper housing to let them sit a clutch of eggs themselves.
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

A 100 chickens? Maybe I'll ask you about taking care of my chick.

But, I honestly do think this will be a very interesting thread. Can't wait to hear more about your flock!
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

WOW! What a managerie' of birdie's you guys have! Oh oh oh! how I'd just LOVE to see all of those guys and gal's running amok around the farm! Photo's would be AWESOME!! (hint hint!)


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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

I’m going to love following this thread - parrots and poultry . I have chickens and turkeys as well, they are a blast. My turkeys and chickens ended up being pets, I love having them around too much to send any to freezer camp. I haven’t managed to talk my husband into geese or ducks yet....so I’ll just follow yours for now!
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

We stayed up a bit late last night and watched a movie together. 10 budgies were sitting on me at once. OMG it was awesome. :3

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I will have Mr. Bug go around outside and take some photos of the outdoor birds in a bit. It is hot here today so he is going around spraying everyone down with water right now.
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Here is a pic of TurkeyBird hanging out on our mini donkey(Butters)'s back. :3


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Apparently he walked up from Butter's butt area along his back and then hopped on to Mr. Bug's shoulders while he finished feeding and watering the young chickens.
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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

Well, all 4 of our adult chickens have been broody(sitting on eggs to try and hatch them). This AM when we checked the coop we saw this:


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They started sitting at different times and some were still laying in nests others were sitting on... BIIIG mess. Wish Mr. Bug had told me they were sitting earlier, oh well. We will get an incubator set up and that way if the hens leave any eggs when they get off the nest with their new baby chicks we can pop the eggs into a prewarmed incubator and finish "cooking" the little guys.



Mutt chicks, but their parents do well as free rangers and tasty egg makers so I am fine with these little mutt butts. George, our rooster, is a daddy!!!!! Yaaay George! We don't usually have to feed those chickens, but they will get some nice treats today!


We also got a used Trail Wagon side by side yesterday. Needs 2 new tires and a battery, but it will help me get around the farm, since crutches really only work outside on dry days and we have rain coming.



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Re: Farm Flock: follow along with *all* the birds in our flock

Oh, I finally contacted baby budgie parents, and they are going to start coming for their birds this Friday.
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George has been hanging out near the open windows of the house crowing loudly all day. Hahahaha


YES, I GET IT ALREADY. Happy birthday to your babies!
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Quote: Originally Posted by bug_n_flock View Post
Well, all 4 of our adult chickens have been broody(sitting on eggs to try and hatch them). This AM when we checked the coop we saw this:


Attachment 22476


They started sitting at different times and some were still laying in nests others were sitting on... BIIIG mess. Wish Mr. Bug had told me they were sitting earlier, oh well. We will get an incubator set up and that way if the hens leave any eggs when they get off the nest with their new baby chicks we can pop the eggs into a prewarmed incubator and finish "cooking" the little guys.



Mutt chicks, but their parents do well as free rangers and tasty egg makers so I am fine with these little mutt butts. George, our rooster, is a daddy!!!!! Yaaay George! We don't usually have to feed those chickens, but they will get some nice treats today!


We also got a used Trail Wagon side by side yesterday. Needs 2 new tires and a battery, but it will help me get around the farm, since crutches really only work outside on dry days and we have rain coming.



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I want one!!!! My local tractor supply has baby chickens and turkeys and duckys and and and! I want one of each! But you need to buy at least 6 chickens two ducks or two turkeys

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