Happiest 3rd birthday to Doshin Aurora! This little lady is a powerhouse and our best milker. She was skittish when we first got her as a kid. Though, it wasn't long before she came around to wanting scratches and cookies. Aurora is a super long girl. Which she passed on to her daughter, TinyHineyFarmNY S LadyInWhite. Cannot wait to see what this years kidding comes from the repeat breeding of Aurora with Silver.
Aurora is always ready to pose for the camera. Spending time in the barn and catching them doing silly goat things makes the days more colorful. Last kidding Aurora had her first freshening and blessed us with triplets, 2 doelings and a buckling. They were beautiful silver kids. We retained one and sold two. Cannot wait to see how they grow.
This guy right here is Viridis Montis Fatale Rogue's half brother. We were trying to decide between him and another buckling. I thought it was Silver the deposit was put onto. Ummm no such luck. However, there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. He is definitely a happy accident. We ended up purchasing both of them to add to our little herd. Viridis Montis Silver Surfer is quite the ham. He is easy to handle, calm, and friendly. Just might have to say he is our favorite buck. Shhhhh! Don't tell the others.
Last breeding season, Silver proved himself with his first kids on the ground. He had five does to cover, Daze, Snowbell, Aurora, Lapis, and Vixen. All took and were confirmed pregnant. Unfortunately, Snowbell ended up reabsorbing her kids with a stalled pregnancy. The other does gave us ten healthy kids from this breeding. There was a lot of silver and gold. Many of them with blue eyes. We are waiting to see what this boy gives us this year. Special scratches today for him.
This year we ordered some new chicks from Tractor Supply Center and they were delivered nice and healthy from Hoover's Hatchery. Between, great customer service as the Light Brahmas were not going to be ready to ship with the barred rocks. They reached out and asked us if we wanted to wait for them to come together. Of course we did just to keep the chicks at the same age and size.
Here on the farm we keep only a few different types of chickens. It was going to be Light Brahmas, Dark Cornishes, and Buff Orpingtons. Unfortunately, our pup Umma Lumma, has a thing for chicken and the number of Dark Cornishes have dwindled. To make things a little easier in our hectic, busy life we are only doing two breeds. After careful discussion we decided to switch out the orpingtons for the barred rocks.
*Dual Purpose Meat/Eggs
*Large, Brown or Light Brown Eggs
*About 280 eggs a year
*Easy to sex at hatching
*Not normally broody
Out of the ten barred rock chicks that we received, we have 4 that are pullets, 4 that are definitely cockerels, and 2 that could go either way. As the weeks go by we are excited to see how close we were to being correct. Plus, we just added 8 blue barred rock pullets to our barred flock. Looking forward to chicks for next spring 2021.
Have you ordered or brought chicks this year? What type are your all time favorite? Do you raise your own or let the hens go broody? We would love to hear from you on how you handle your flock. Blessings from us to you.
Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Viridis Montis Fatale Rogue!.... We cannot believe that you are three years old today. It doesn't seem that long ago when I made a major flubber with were I was supposed to be and what buckling we put the deposit down on. Let's just call this a happy mistake.
She is always ready to have some goaty antics planned for fun. Loves her crackers and tea isn't bad either. Have to say that Rogue was not impressed with the tutu by any means.
Last year was her first freshening as a two year old. She blessed us with triplets, two does and a buck. Each one flashy and gorgeous. The first one born is Kitty a little doeling we have retained. She is so mischievous. Now we wait for the next kids to arrive from this gorgeous doe. Enjoy your day beautiful girl.