Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Winter poultry pix

Happy Saturday everyone!

We got a bit of a relief from the snow today ... but another system is just about to pound us. Here's what the last week or so looked like from the poultry's eye view.

Sun chicks:

See the rooster in the front? That's not who you think it is....introducing Little Pansy, Son Of Big Pansy. LP has actually come into a flock-leadership role with the 'power vacuum' now that Fred The Rooster is gone. Actually I'm pretty disappointed with Big Pansy FredKiller.... he just hasn't stepped up. So the ladies seem to follow Little Pansy and I'm guessing he will be the flock sire.  We actually like his conformation (body shape) a little better - he is more evenly proportioned and a bit smaller. We like his small comb and easy going personality.  We think he'll throw lovely chicks.  However, I'm worried that he isn't as protective of the flock as Fred was.. but I think he'll learn. He has huge shoes to fill.

Snow herd o' turks:

Snow ducks:

Winter over the barnyard:


Dodi said...

Your turkey picture is pretty. What kind of rooster is Little Pansy?
YardFarmer Julie

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Thanks Julie! We love the turkeys - probably even more than the chicks. They are really dinosaur-y... and for the same amount of work to dress a chicken you get 5 times the meals from a turkey.

Little Pansy is a mutt mix from Big Pansy, a light brahma, and we think one of the buff orpingtons.

When one of our hens goes broody we grab up all the eggs from that day and stick them under her. So we get a wide range of chicks.

Weekend Cowgirl said...

I love your pictures and the chickens are all adorable. We had all sorts of chickens growing up and I loved that. We have so many coyotes, racoons, skunks that I am hesitant to get started with this venue, but I look at your pictures and sure want to!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

We LOVE the hens... a good strong hen house, a fenced yard, and a couple of hard workin' farm dogs keep all the predators away. Early on I taught the dogs to "walk the line" -- to do a perimeter check...and also pee all over the fence line.

basicliving@backtobasicliving.com said...

What a pretty mix of poultry you have! We're kind of disappointed in our alpha roo too - he doesn't do nearly as good a job as Duke did with protecting the flock. But then, I haven't seen another rooster in this flock that's any better, so I guess it'll have to do!

Very nice pictures.

Unknown said...

Nice One

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Thanks, Queue!

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