Friday, May 02, 2008
The New babies!!!
Well, with Spring here, we always seem to get "new babies"...
We decided to order new chicks and such in this year. We went to Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, MO to pick up our order on April 22.
We had ordered 50 quail, and 5 female white pekin ducks. We also picked up 15 Rhode Island Red hens and 1 Rhode Island Red Rooster, and 3 Barred Rock hens.
We decided that the price of ordering new hens every year or two was just too outragous and is only going to get worse, so we are sticking with these 2 breeds and will make our own Rhode Island Reds or Sex links with these breeds in the future, using our newly purchased incubator.
We will also be raising our quail using the incubator for a hopeful endless supply of quail for our freezer.
The ducks are for eggs. I love the larger duck eggs for baking and such and they seem to lay during the winter when the chickens do no lay much. I have had good luck with them in the past and am expecting the same with these.
The quail are so small and cute but are growing quickly. They are so cute to watch as they flutter there and there. This pic is of them pecking at a quarter...see how small they are.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These little ducks are super and they can already swim. They are growing quickly too and have almost doubled in size since we got them. We already have 2 full grown ducks and we will wait till these babies are much bigger to "combine".