Chickens

Our new Barred Rock rooster

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of SPANKY, the rooster

Meet SPANKY, our new rooster! Though we didn't raise him, he is sixteen weeks old, about a week younger than many of our hens. He has 21 female companions now and already, here is very protective. We just love him already! :)

We got him from a nice couple in Olalla, Washington. We are very grateful. :)

First 'Tween' Egg!

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of little egg

As anyone who raises chickens will tell you, no watched pot takes longer to boil than one watched while waiting for young pullets to lay their first egg! Generally, chickens come into lay at about 20 weeks.

Our 'Tweens' started laying today, at 18 and a half weeks. These are ISA Brown pullets that we got last February. We all them 'Tweens' because we have chickens that are much older and another batch of pullets that are five weeks younger.

Winner winner...

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of chicks on roost

Introducing the second graduating class of 2018! This is our second run of chicks this season. Here, they are pretty chicks all in a row ... Having finally learned how to fly up onto the roost!!

Heading out today to pick up some chicks ...

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of ISA Brown pullets from Tractor Supply in Port Orchard, Washington

Spring is almost here and the chicks are in!!! Yay!!!! Today, I went to the Tractor Supply store in Port Orchard, Washington and picked up 8 ISA Brown pullets. I was hoping they would have the Tints again as I loved the chicks I got last year, but I'll try these. They are supposed to be prolific egg layers - laying through the winter, even. But on the downside, their life expectancy is shortened due to the energies they expend producing all those eggs.... I read they live only two to three years, five at best. So bear that in mind if you keep them as ... well, pets.

Chicken run is ready for Spring!

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of chicken run

Today I hitched up the trailer and brought home three-and-a-half yards of medium bark mulch. I spread it about a foot thick in the chicken run and also in the coop, having recently removed a yard or two of composted organic matter from the run for the lawns and gardens. I can't believe I did all this in five hours, start to finish - with my bad leg, to boot... The chickens are delighted and the whole area smells much better now... :)

First egg from Tetra Tints!

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of small egg in hand
Photo of small egg in frying pan

We got our first egg from the Tetra Tint chickens, at 18 weeks and 3 days! We have two different colors of Tetra Tint chickens - white chickens and red chickens. The white chickens are larger than the red ones, but the first egg came from a red one.

We have had these chickens since last February. I am very fond of them. Thus far, it has been the best flock I've ever had. Very easy chickens to raise, very stable temperaments and large, gentle chickens.

Good eggs, too!

Skidmark - our new hen

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of Tetra Tint chicken named Skidmark

I just had to share with you a photo of one of our new hens. I have named her "Skidmark." I'll let you figure that one out ... (click on the title of this post and then on the photo to enlarge).

She's a Tetra Tint, from the Tractor Supply. Elsewhere on this site, I have posted many times about the Tetra Tints and their progress. This is our first year with this hybrid strain (STRAIN not STAIN) and thus far, we are really enjoying them. And enjoying naming them... :)

Tetra Tints from The Tractor Supply

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of Tetra Tint chicks

Picked up our new chicks this morning from The Tractor Supply store in Port Orchard, Washington.

These are beautiful chicks but as I'd never heard of this breed (or hybrid), I asked one of the workers in the store. He told me they were hybrids bred by The Tractor Supply and said their egg production was to rival that of a sexlink, but that's all he could say. His answers almost sounded scripted, so I took to the web once I got home to see what I could find out.

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