Nov 15, 2014

Flock Focus Friday, 11/14/14

The coops were winterized this week, which always bums me out for two reasons: first, because that means cold and snow are coming and second, because the plastic sheeting kills all coop charm, particularly in photos. But, alas, it is necessary for the peeps' comfort, health and safety.
Ally McBeak, fully feathered after her molt!
The coops were winterized this week, which always bums me out for two reasons: first, because that means cold and snow are coming and second, because the plastic sheeting kills all coop charm, particularly in photos. But, alas, it is necessary for the peeps' comfort, health and safety.
 Winterizing the chicken coops
Another big change this week was the re-homing of Samson & Delilah. With other boys in the flock, there was just too much testosterone for the ladies to handle and since Caesar decided he would start antagonizing Samson, he was the most logical choice for re-homing. I wanted to send him with a hatch-mate and Delilah, also a Dorking, was the obvious choice. 
Another big change this week was the re-homing of Samson & Delilah. With other boys in the flock, there was just too much testosterone for the ladies to handle and since Caesar decided he would start antagonizing Samson, he was the most logical choice for re-homing. I wanted to send him with a hatch-mate and Delilah, also a Dorking, was the obvious choice.
Samson & Delilah were planning to move to New Hampshire, but the best laid plans didn't pan out as anticipated. Quite unexpectedly, they found their new home on this spectacularly beautiful farm with Ms. Julie and her family less than a mile from us! We look forward to visiting them periodically!
 Samson & Delilah were planning to move to New Hampshire, but the best laid plans didn't pan out as anticipated. Quite unexpectedly, they found their new home on this spectacular farm with Ms. Julie and her family less than a mile from us! We look forward to visiting them periodically!
Caesar (Serama rooster)
Caesar (Serama rooster)
 Pre-winterize coop & run.
 Blue Splash Marans hen, Windy.
Blue Splash Marans hen, Windy.
 Blaze (Black Copper Marans rooster) with the ladies.
 Blaze (Black Copper Marans rooster) with the ladies.
 As the new chicks feather out, it's becoming clear that the parentage is questionable. We still believe the eggs were Serama, but the baby daddy may not be Caesar (Serama). Gasp!
As the new chicks feather out, it's becoming clear that the parentage is questionable. We still believe the eggs were Serama, but the baby daddy may not be Caesar (Serama). Gasp!
Polish egg (white) Olive Egger egg (green) and Marans egg (dark brown)
Polish egg (white) Olive Egger egg (green) and Marans egg (dark brown)
 Freida, White Silkie hen and flock matriarch.
Freida, White Silkie hen and flock matriarch.
 Blue Ameraucana hen, not to be confused with an Easter Egger or "Americana/Americaucana."
 Blue Ameraucana hen
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Thanks for visiting and have a great week!
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

90 comments :

  1. Quent Burris11/15/14, 3:13 PM

    Love the pictures and information.

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  2. Rebecca Blake11/15/14, 3:13 PM

    What beautiful photos!

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  3. Cheryl Prehn11/15/14, 3:16 PM

    Would love to have this for next springs peeps!

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  4. Beth Rowland Seachrist11/15/14, 3:17 PM

    I hope they enjoy their new home!

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  5. I am happy that you will be able to visit Samson and Delilah often! :-)

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  6. Esther widgren11/15/14, 3:19 PM

    COLD here in NC too! Bet my big girls would love to snuggle with that EcoGlow!

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  7. I would love to be able to raise winter babies.

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  8. Would love to have one of these for my silkies...

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  9. Julia Grammer11/15/14, 3:23 PM

    If I were a chicken, I couldn't think of a lovlier place to be!

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  10. Awesome to see them rehomed. Love your little rooster! Please enter me to win!

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  11. Evelyn Qualls11/15/14, 3:25 PM

    Love the possibility of winning the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder. Fingers crossed!

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  12. Carol Volkmann11/15/14, 3:27 PM

    I hope they enjoy their new home

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  13. With all the new chicks in the coming few weeks this would be great to use in this icky winter weather. Woke up to -11f this morning!

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  14. Maura LaPak Zancan11/15/14, 3:30 PM

    Would love to win this! Thanks!

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  15. Would love to try one of these out, looking to do more babies in the spring! Keep on blogging love your site!

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  16. Robin Newhart11/15/14, 3:32 PM

    I would really love to have an Ecoglow. Glad Samson & Delilah found a home close by.

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  17. Kim Collins Hunt11/15/14, 3:38 PM

    Love my ecoglow! With two I could set up a second brooder.....

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  18. Caitlyn Ralston11/15/14, 3:50 PM

    I would love this! I will be hatching and selling chicks as well as keeping some in spring, LOL, so this would be amazing to win!

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  19. ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

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  20. I agree, it kills the charm, but it's much better than the alternative. We've already been well below zero, had two snow storms, and winds over 50 mph. Winter in the great plains is brutal!

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  21. Dennis Doyle11/15/14, 3:57 PM

    I'm in and #5!

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  22. Penny Coffman11/15/14, 3:57 PM

    Love to have one for this springs babies. ๐Ÿฃ

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  23. Maggie Vansickle11/15/14, 3:57 PM

    Would LOVE to win this for the Spring Hatch!

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  24. Ann-maree Rain11/15/14, 4:06 PM

    My five girls (hens) would love this! Cold Utah Winter more ahead.

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  25. Carolyn Domingue Heineken11/15/14, 4:07 PM

    The peeps would love to win!

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  26. Sonya_Morris11/15/14, 4:09 PM

    Beautiful pictures! Count me in to win the brooder! Thank you!!

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  27. Tracy Jenner11/15/14, 4:09 PM

    Winters here but its still spring with me and my peeps :) Hatching makes me feel its never winter

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  28. birdlover smith11/15/14, 4:09 PM

    I would love to save my chickens from heat lamps!

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  29. Would love to win ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“

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  30. K Chapel Hill11/15/14, 4:10 PM

    Pick me please!

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  31. I would love to use this for our spring chicks!

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  32. I would like to try this on my new chicks this spring

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  33. I have my spring list made & would love to have this for my chicks!

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  34. Nadine Stoke-Nadeau11/15/14, 4:14 PM

    Would absolutely love an ecoglo. Love your Maran roo!

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  35. Leigh Ann Fowler11/15/14, 4:15 PM

    Me, me!

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  36. Norma Swartz11/15/14, 4:18 PM

    Love the captioned photos.

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  37. Glad you will be able to visit Samson and Dehlia. I hope I win the Ecoglow brooder.

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  38. Angie Williamson Graske11/15/14, 4:22 PM

    Love it!!

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  39. Going to need to hatch this coming Feb, need to renew my aging flock of girls. I'd love to do it this way, so nice.

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  40. Love the photos and the personalities portraid in them:)

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  41. I've 18 Icelandic chicken eggs in the incubator right now... Just found your blog and love it -so much good information. And the pics are really beautiful!

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  42. Jannell Istre Wells11/15/14, 4:23 PM

    How wonderful to be able to rehome your babies close enough to visit! Love your site and your tips to maintain a healthy flock.

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  43. Lisa Steenberg11/15/14, 4:25 PM

    Yay!! Would LOVE to see photos of Sampson and Delilah in their new home!! I hope the new owners share! :)

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  44. Would love to have one

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  45. would love to try one these brooders. I hate heat lamps...and I have one on now :/

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  46. Sara Clisham11/15/14, 4:26 PM

    I hate winterizing too, ican no longer see my girls playing in the run. But it's for the best, come on spring!

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  47. time to win .... i want this !!!!!

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  48. Mary Catherine Holt-Evans11/15/14, 4:32 PM

    I have the EccoGlow 20 and would LOVE the 50 for this spring. Moving up and bigger!

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  49. Share? I am going to TAKE the photos myself! :D

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  50. Thanks for joining me! Happy hatching your Icys!

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  51. Kristin Ransiear11/15/14, 4:40 PM

    I'm in need of one!!

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  52. Denise Allison Magil11/15/14, 4:41 PM

    i would love this!!!!!!!!!!!

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  53. Yet again, you're awesome.

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  54. Thank you for all of your information! So much to learn! :)

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  55. Yes! Yes! Yes! My daughter has 18 eggs in the incubator, yaaaay!

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  56. Would love to score one of these!

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  57. I think you could be accused of being an "enabler" with this give away!

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  58. Katherine Patricia Tilkins War11/15/14, 4:52 PM

    I would love to win this

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  59. Peggy Denton11/15/14, 4:52 PM

    Wow, what a great tool to have!

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  60. I can't wait till spring. I miss my chickens and this spring, I plan on getting them again. This would be great for a starter for the babies.

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  61. we LOVED the week recap!!

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  62. I always look forward to your photos! How do you manage to get such great pictures?! I'd love to win this EccoGlow! It would be so much better than a heat lamp!

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  63. An EcoGlow would sure help with Chicken Math!

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  64. I would to hatch some chicks!๐Ÿฃ

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  65. Krystal Willcox11/15/14, 5:02 PM

    I would love to win this brooder. I have a few ducklings hatching next week and love keeping them in the house. But worry about the fire hazard of the heat lamp and with an infant in the house.

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  66. What a great thing to have

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  67. The EcoGlo seems so much better than our current setup!

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  68. Karen Nicholas11/15/14, 5:08 PM

    Great gaw...poor little chickies need to keep their feathers warm!

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  69. Heather Snyder Colt11/15/14, 5:10 PM

    I love all your pictures! I love your Flock Focus Friday! And how wonderful that Sampson and Delilah are so close! And oh the scandal it will be if those are not Ceasar's babies. ;)

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  70. Carol Johnson11/15/14, 5:10 PM

    So great you have all these giveaways besides the informative site.

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  71. Carolyn Carney11/15/14, 5:11 PM

    Would love to add this to my chicken brooder house.

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  72. littlechicky11/15/14, 5:11 PM

    what a cool idea! much better than a heat lamp for sure!

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  73. Meg Kapla Oursler11/15/14, 5:12 PM

    I sure could use this

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  74. Kristina Moser Linenfelser11/15/14, 5:12 PM

    This would be awesome, plus one step closer to hopefully hatching some babies this spring.

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  75. Connie Crabb Goodman11/15/14, 5:13 PM

    My chicks would love this!

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  76. Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction11/15/14, 5:17 PM

    Kathy,
    I love all your chicken photos. I would love to have a Blue Ameraucana.
    Annamaria

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  77. Cher Shipman11/15/14, 5:18 PM

    Does the plastic on the coops create any moisture problems?

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  78. I don't put the plastic on the coops- I put it on the run walls.

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  79. oh yes, please and thank you! *fingers crossed*

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  80. Quackydoodle11/15/14, 5:23 PM

    I still think your coops are adorable, plastic and all. :)

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  81. Still hoping to win this and try my hand at raising babies

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  82. I have an incubator full right now! the timing is perfect and I can feel that Rachel approves! :)

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  83. Cher Shipman11/15/14, 5:28 PM

    Ah, thank you!

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  84. I'm starting the winterizing process here in Mount Shasta too. For some reason, I'm not looking forward to this years' snow. Because we didn't have any last year, I'm planning for a huge snow this year!

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  85. Hownice that Samson & Delilah will be so close to you!

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  86. Glad to hear your chicken birds have a home close by!

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