The biggest project this spring (other than continuing to fix up our homestead) will be building up our heritage bird flocks.
It really should be any day.
Any day, now [taps foot].
Everybody is in vibrant health and really holding onto their feathers, and there is definitely lots of courting and mating going on. So it's got to be soon!
I probably won't set any eggs until at least next month, but we'll see how things go.
We still need to re-organize our garage to make room for brooders. Re-organize is an understatement, since we can barely get inside the door, at the moment. (Sorry, no pics - I'm too embarrassed.)
It would be nice to upgrade our incubation system from our single, still-air styrofoam unit, but all in due time.
Our main focus will be increasing our breeding flocks, but I have had a good number of inquiries about goslings, ducklings and hatching eggs. I just have to make sure I save plenty for us!
We have a handsome Faverolle rooster, but he has no Faverolle hens (not that he minds, he has a colorful harem).
So we we went ahead and pre-ordered some Faverolle hatching eggs from a family farm up north. We probably won't be receiving them until at least April.
I'm looking into other colorful heritage chicken breeds as well.
I love Marans and Barnevelders. Can we take a moment to admire the Blue Double-Laced Barnevelder?
I'd like to offer a wide variety of feathers in my shop, in addition to preserving multiple breeds.
I also love Cayuga and Ancona ducks. Both are dual-purpose and would have nice plumage for craft sales - and colorful eggs!
Some strains of Anconas lay a rainbow of duck eggs, not unlike "Easter Egger" chickens.
Anconas themselves come in a wide range of colors, and they all have individual spotted patterns: black, blue, lavender, chocolate, silver, lilac and lavender.
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But one thing at a time.
For now I will work on preparing for the hatching season, and eagerly anticipating those first eggs...........