Tomatoville® Gardening Forums


Notices

Share your favorite photos with us here. Instructions on how to post them can be found in the first post within.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old May 30, 2012   #61
Crandrew
Tomatovillian™
 
Crandrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: CA-SOCAL-Zone 10b
Posts: 1,202
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by nicky View Post
The bunny's name is Bunita (Bunny spanish for pretty). She was almost Bunnicula (the vampire bunny), but she's a cuddler.

I will definately post pics of her new home when it is built.

The Polish thanks you for the compliments. She still doesn't have a name. I was thinking Dolly Part-hen for the beehivish hairdoo. Plus Dolly kind of suits her.
Bunita

I second the thought of naming the Polish one Dolly Part-Hen

How fun
Crandrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 4, 2012   #62
nicky
Tomatovillian™
 
nicky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 547
Default

Good news! Dolly Part-Hen is a mom!!!

Hubby decided a few weeks ago that he would candle a few eggs & see if we could spot anything. So, we left a batch of eggs in the hen house under a couple of the broody Brahmas. After a few days we took the cache of eggs into our bedroom closet & candled them (with a flashlight). One egg looked like it had a speck of something. So, he put it back under one of the Brahmas with a sharpie-X on it. It was the Polish hen – Dolly Part-hen’s – egg.

Last week we were packing the car to head out to the Buffalo-Niagara Tomato Taste Fest & hubby went out with extra food & water to the hen house. He pushed one of the Brahmas aside to collect the eggs – and “peeeeeep peeeeep.” A chick!

So here she (hopefully) is….



She was definately not a newborn when hubby found her & is already very strong. Both Brahmas are mothering her. She sleeps under both of them! The Polish (biological mom) is not allowed anywhere near her. The Brahmas are very protective. Hopefully she will develope her dad’s spots & her mom’s crazy “hair.” We are calling her she in the hopes that she won’t start to crow & have to be separated. Truthfully, if she turns out to be a he – Hubby will build a new little coop for a second flock. (:
nicky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 4, 2012   #63
kath
Tomatovillian™
 
kath's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: zone 6b, PA
Posts: 5,367
Default

How cute- and what fun, Nicky! The more the merrier, eh?

Ok, I'm going to ask some 'dumb' questions. I understand the concept of imprinting and that the chick will always think the Brahmas are her mamas, but does the real mama show any recognition of her chick? Can they identify their own chicks by smell or something or does it all depend on what happens at hatching time? And I guess it doesn't matter to the 'mamas' that the chick has an 'odd' look, right? At least that's how "The Ugly Duckling" story goes.
kath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 4, 2012   #64
nicky
Tomatovillian™
 
nicky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 547
Default

She definately thinks of the 2 Buff Brahmas as her moms. We also have a dark coloured Brahma who is "allowed" by the moms to come close & check out the chick. She is not allowed to sit on the chick, or hang out more than a few minutes. She seems to act as a babysitter/aunt. It is kind of odd. The dad - Napoleon doesn't come very close, but watches very carefully & is more vocal than usual when anyone is near the hen house.

The Polish hen (biological mom) is the one that they chase away most viciously. I am not really sure if the Polish has seen her or not. She is not a bright bird & often bumps headfirst into the legs of the coop. Possibly her "hairdo" blinds her a bit. She runs around aimlessly occasionally squawking & seeming to be slightly nuts most days. She is the lowest in the pecking order.

The other hens definitely know that she is there & watch her occasionally, but seem to know better than to get too close.

I am curious if the Polish will "know" the chick when it is allowed to mingle with the rest of the flock. I will keep you posted
nicky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 4, 2012   #65
kath
Tomatovillian™
 
kath's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: zone 6b, PA
Posts: 5,367
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by nicky View Post
The Polish hen (biological mom) is the one that they chase away most viciously. I am not really sure if the Polish has seen her or not. She is not a bright bird & often bumps headfirst into the legs of the coop. Possibly her "hairdo" blinds her a bit. She runs around aimlessly occasionally squawking & seeming to be slightly nuts most days. She is the lowest in the pecking order.
LOL!Poor thing- maybe she'll just always find the situation a bit...confusing.
kath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 4, 2012   #66
Zana
Tomatovillian™
 
Zana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,276
Default

Congrats and a belated Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby Nicky!

Zana
Zana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 4, 2012   #67
austinnhanasmom
Tomatovillian™
 
austinnhanasmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Z5, CO near Denver
Posts: 226
Default

Awesome!!

If/when we move, I hope to be able to have chickens!

Here, home owner's associations do not allow them.

So, I want to move to a non-HOA area.

The HOA's also do not allow tree houses, and my son is desperate for a tree house...and the husband wants a bigger yard to be away from neighbors...

It's ALL playing in to my hand for chickens

I love the baby!!
austinnhanasmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 5, 2012   #68
nicky
Tomatovillian™
 
nicky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 547
Default

Some sad news today. Napo, my husbands roo passed away this week.

I did a little obituary on my blog.

He was a fantastic little guy. Really good with the ladies. Keeping the peace & protecting them. You can see the fighting starting already, with the larger ladies trying to beat up the small ones. We will have to get another Roo, but it is hard to replace such a lovely little man.

I am SO glad that we decided to hatch one of his & the Polish's eggs. His little chick is growing very quickly. She is booted, just like him
napo2.jpg napo.jpg napoleon in the door.jpg millie & napo.jpg
nicky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 5, 2012   #69
salix
Tomatovillian™
 
salix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: north central B.C.
Posts: 2,083
Default

Very sorry to hear this news, Nicky. He will leave a large hole in your hearts as well as the coop.
__________________
"He who has a library and a garden wants for nothing." -Cicero
salix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 6, 2012   #70
greyghost
Tomatovillian™
 
greyghost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: southeastern PA
Posts: 762
Default

I'm sorry to hear about this, too. He was a handsome little fellow. A lot of
people don't realize what nice personalities chickens have and what pleasant
interactions small flock chickens have with their owners. I'm glad you have
one of his chicks. Darlene
greyghost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 6, 2012   #71
coronabarb
Tomatoville® Recipe Keeper
 
coronabarb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Roseburg, Oregon - zone 7
Posts: 2,573
Default

I'm so sorry to hear you lost this special guy! If your pen is not covered to keep owls and hawks out, it would be a good thing to do. Our poultry are an easy dinner for a lot of different wild critters. I worry when one of my turkey hens roosts on top of a structure in their pen, instead of the roost pole. It is too close to the top and I worry an owl could possibly strike through the chicken wire and get her head.

I am being bombarded right now with a family of raccoons visiting nightly...making all kinds of loud noise and screaming. The prints go right up to the doors of both the coop and pen. They are checking to make sure I've closed them.

I asked on a chicken forum what I could bait a trap with that wouldn't draw cats...did catch one cat a few nights ago. Found out that raccoons like sweets...the one in the trap right now went for frosting. I was out last night shooting the garden hose at the group trying to get them to leave and my son was trying to pick them off with the pellet gun. One thing is for sure...if I don't get rid of them, they will figure out how to tear through the chicken wire and get either the chickens or the turkeys.
__________________
Corona~Barb
Now an Oregon gal
coronabarb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 6, 2012   #72
kath
Tomatovillian™
 
kath's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: zone 6b, PA
Posts: 5,367
Default

So sorry to hear about Napolean, Nicky- how heart-breaking. Your tribute was beautiful and his legacy will live on.
kath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 6, 2012   #73
Redbaron
Tomatovillian™
 
Redbaron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 4,367
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by coronabarb View Post
One thing is for sure...if I don't get rid of them, they will figure out how to tear through the chicken wire and get either the chickens or the turkeys.
One word solution, DOG!
__________________
Scott

AKA The Redbaron

"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; & of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system."
Bill Mollison
co-founder of permaculture
Redbaron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 7, 2012   #74
remy
Buffalo-Niagara Tomato TasteFest™ Coordinator
 
remy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Z6 WNY
Posts: 2,332
Default

So sorry Nicky. He was a beautiful bird. I'm glad you have a baby from him though.
Remy
__________________
"I wake to sleep and take my waking slow"
-Theodore Roethke

Yes, we have a great party for WNY/Ontario tomato growers every year on Grand Island!
Owner of The Sample Seed Shop
remy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 4, 2013   #75
nicky
Tomatovillian™
 
nicky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 547
Default

We have a few new hens and a new roo! Really pretty!

image.jpg

Some really interesting coloured Silkies and my hubby's favourites Mille fleur, including a self blue.
__________________
Nicky

nickysgarden.wordpress.com
nicky is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:36 PM.


★ Tomatoville® is a registered trademark of Commerce Holdings, LLC ★ All Content ©2017 Commerce Holdings, LLC ★