Sunday, March 6, 2011

Another Disappointing Nest

Last May I bought another batch of hatchlings and this darling is one of the Buff Orphingtons that I had big hopes of hatching out a nest...I'm not giving up yet. I bought 6 pullet chicks and one rooster. I think I have 3 hens left and this one has been sitting on a nest for quite a while. I went out today and, apparently, one hatched out, fell to the floor (or she tossed it out) and left it and moved over to the adjoining nest to work on it. I have no idea how many eggs are under her but it can't too many. That's so disappointing. I want some of my own hatchlings on the farm.

Then there is this one that the rooster literally attacks (you can see the back of her scarred head --and that's not love pecks either) and she has chosen a life of solitary away from the rooster. She stays away from the other hens. Lately, she's been taking solace in the chicken house during the day so I carried her out yesterday to the barn to live with a couple other hens. I thought she would love it away from the rooster but she was back in the chicken yard today. Go figure...

Here's Food On The Table...I thought for sure I'd be rid of him last Saturday but the brakes went out on the truck so we couldn't haul it has to wait another week.. All he does is eat and eat and eat some more....

Oh..and tear up the shed...

I'll be soooo glad when he's gone...

And Button is still acting like a dog and growing those horns longer every day. I wish I could get a good picture of how they are starting to turn at the tips.

If anyone has any great suggestions on what I can do to successfully hatch out a nest, I will welcome them. The only thing I can come up with is to put in a nest box closer to the ground. But I've got friends that have their nest boxes up higher and they don't have a problem.

Happy Trails,


  1. Dear Berte, I don't know a thing about chickens or cows, but I just wanted you to know I dropped by to check on you. Love that little longhorn. It must be quite exciting to raise one. Such a Texas symbol out in your yard.
    Have a good week!

  2. Put a piece of wood to keep the chicks from falling out on the front. How sad to loose a baby. A buff hen can brood close to ten eggs so she may have a few more viable eggs under her.

    Good luck,

  3. Hey Berte - I don't have my chickens yet, but Mal's advice sounds great. Man, that little (?) calf ya'll are feedin' out is rather rambunctious, isn't he! Well, I guess you get revenge, huh?

    Buttons is so cute - I can kinda see a little tip going up over there on the right horn. He'll be so purty!

    Ya'll take care now, ya hear?

  4. I dunno, Berte. I ain't much on chickens and roosters and such. I enjoy eatin' 'em, but I don't like takin' care of 'em. I basically don't understand 'em. I like steaks, too. Have a great week!

  5. Woo hoo...I have another blogger from Texas...I am visiting from over at Vickie's place {Sand flat Farms}. Are those pecan trees I see in your header...My husband grows Pecan trees for a living...
    Hope to stop back by soon..

  6. Hey there, friend! Good to see you back in the blog world again.

    F.O.O.T is one big boy. Bet he'll make some mighty fine steaks very soon. :)
    Will you be using him to stock your freezer or selling him?

    Sorry to hear about the broody/hatching problems. I've had very good luck with our Japanese Silky. She's hatched out two batches of chicks and was a very protective mother, too. She isn't the greatest egg layer, though, but she would sit on a clutch of eggs or chicks through a blizzard and forget to eat or take care of herself before she'd let anything happen to her eggs or chicks. She wants nothing more than to sit on eggs all day. lol!

    Oh and Silkies are wonderful chickens, very sweet and gentle and lovely to look at, too.


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  7. It might sound like a far fetched idea, however, your rooster might be sterile. I had two roosters, one batch of hens with one rooster, had chicks, the other hens with the other rooster, showed no interest. When I took that rooster aside to a holding pen, the other hens started getting broody. Good luck! blessings,Kathleen

  8. I don't know the first thing about farming, but sure am enjoying hearing about yours.

  9. I love your blog. I’m not sure if I’ve seen it before and don’t think I have but would love to invite you to participate in Farm Friend Friday each week at Verde Farm. We have some great farm bloggers there and I think you would enjoy it ;)
    I would love for you to visit Verde Farm when you get a minute too.
    Happy Sunday,
    I’m your newest follower :)


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