Archive for March, 2010

My new Bantam Wyandotte

From my last post, I mention that I have recently purchase 2 bantam Wyandotte.. this are older girls because I am loosing patient in waiting for my existing birds to lay their 1st egg ­čśŽ

I post my interest of getting bantam Wyandotte on BackYardPoultry forum and received a couple offer from the breeders. I made the necessary arrangement with a very nice lady who offer me the girls at a very reasonably price.  We also made arrangement for me to pick up the girls at the Beaudesert Poultry Auction which we both plan to attend.

Once the wheel is in motion, I have to review at my current arrangement and decide on the best way to accommodate the girls for the first couple of week for quarantine. I have a small back yard which is completely separated from my girls who free range in the bigger front yard.. I have also store my ‘doggie’ chicken coop in that location.. even though I am not very happy with that coop, but it does fit my purpose of a quarantine coop..

For it to be fit for use for the new girls, a few ‘improvement’ will need to be done.. I need to made sure the ‘bed room’ have a floor.. the existing floor was made of plastic and it changed the shape when I leave it out under the sun after cleaning, hence it no longer fit in the pen. We also need to solve the night roost problem. The ‘bedroom’ need a perch off the ground so the girls can roost at night..

I went to Bunning with hubby, we bought a very thin ply wood.. and we cut it so it will fit nicely on top of its existing frame, we also found a couple of off-cut (free) timber which we can use to construct the new night roost for the girls.

The end result..

Bird eye's view - New flooring and night roost for the 'Bedroom'

Side view - New flooring and night roost for the 'Bedroom'

The outcome is exactly what we have planned for the girls. To protect the ply from the birds dropping, I remove the roost and line the ‘floor’ with news paper , roost go on top of the paper and actually help keeping it in place. I than line the floor with fresh sugar cane mulch to give the girls soft landing when they jump down from it.

The bedroom with fresh 'bedding'

The girls quarantine yard..

Their initial set-up, away from the other girls for quarantine..

They will be locked in the pen for the first couple of days.. to let them know where ‘home’ is than they will be let out to range.. once I am happy with their health, I will try to integrate them with the existing flocks..

Alright, let me give a proper introduction to these beautiful girls.

Dottie at 30 Weeks

Wonda at 28 Weeks

Wonda... 2 weeks younger than Dottie, a bit late in maturing.. obvious different in Wattle an Comb

Even though the girls are only 2 weeks different, but the differences in their maturity is very obvious.. Dottie have long hanging wattle and bigger comb compare to Wonda.. Wonda don’t really have a comb to speak of, and her coloring still abit yellowish compare to Dottie..

Dottie and Wonda side by side

Both girls feeling right at home..

The new girls are Silver Laced Wyandotte Bantam.. bantam in the chook’s term mean mini.. they are about 1/3 of the size of a standard chook.. the Wyandotte have rose comb and it is a very curvy type of chooks.. their bottom side have been describe as a “fish bowl on sunshine” round bottom on a pair of yellow legs. ┬áThese girls are by no mean show quality.. as the lacing is not very define and too much ‘peppering’ on Dottie’s tail. Wonda’s lacing are cleaner but the black edging are not solid enough.. but for a back yard chooks.. they are very beautiful.

Their progress

3 week after being with us, the girls been through a lot.. After 3 days in the quarantine pen, I let them out to scratch around (only when I am home).. next thing I know, I found Wonda at the wrong side of the temporary fence.. but it is alright as it is still our side of the house so she is quiet save, both girls are a bit upset as they made lots of noise as the chooks really want to be near each other and Wonda being away from the coop, she has no access to food and drink.

So I went on a rescue mission and ‘save’ Wonda from starvation, I help her over the fence by ‘chasing’ her back over the other side with the fence slightly open.. She ran over to Dottie and both ran back to the coop to recover from the shock.

The next day.. same thing happen.. it is Dottie this time, and she is over the other side.. the side to the carport and the road.. when she can be attack by the neighbor’s wondering dog.. after we rescue Dottie, we have decided to clip their wing..

So that night.. we took them from their night roost one at the time.. with hubby help I clip about 1 1/2 cm off their right wing’s flight feather.. I am hoping that it will stop them from flying over the coops. At the same time, I have also decided not to take the risk and integrate them with the other girls, so they can be in the front yard with high fences around..

To be continue… The Integration.

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The Poultry Auction

Sorry people.. I am so slack… I think it was almost months since my last update…

The following things have happen since than… Lots..

– I went to a poultry auction.. YUP.. they have auction just for chooks and ducks.. very interesting

– I got new chooks.. going for bantam this time.. it is mini chooks.. very cute..

– I ‘renovate’ the old chook house for the new girls quarantine suite

– lots of drama here.. quarantine, and trying to integrate them together..

– We picked up an unwanted rooster from someone.. and he became dinner 2 days later..

– We picked up some cheap chair frame from Ikea (only 5 bucks) and build a mobile roosting perch for my girls

– I covert JouDan’s old sleeping box for the 2 new girls to sleep….

As I am still being slacks ­čśŽ I will cover the Auction only on this post… the rest to follow..

I went to a poultry auction.. YUP.. they have auction just for chooks and ducks.. very interesting

On the last day of Feb, Beaudesert poultry club run a poultry auction.. It seems like anyone who want to sell their birds can be in the auction.. it does not have to be ‘Show’ quality and it does not have to be pure bred..

It is a situation when Supply and Demand come in.. you provide the supplies and the demand set the price… There was a Speckle Sussex Trio (show quality for breeding purpose) went for $320.. yup.. that is for 3 birds only, 1 rooster and 2 hen.. ┬áthat is how much people are willing pay for a good ‘root’ stock..

There are also ‘back yard’ mixed chook going for a few dollars as well.. the price different is amazing..

I have been wanting a couple of Bantam chooks for a while now, and I was having trouble finding breeder who have ‘stock’ to sell… I was having high hope in getting a couple of laying pullet at the auction..

When the catalogue for the auction became available a couple of weeks before the event.. I was very disappointed.. they don’t have what I want.. they are a couple of bantam breed I was interested in.. mainly Silver Laced Wyandotte and Blue Plymouth Rock.. but only SLW bantam available, but it all come in pair – it is a term used for 1 x cockerel and 1 x pullet. ┬áI am in a suburban back yard, therefore.. no cockerel / rooster allow.. there’s also single pullet available, but I want them in pair (my pair mean – 2 pullet :-))…

I made that general comment on the BYP forum where the catalogue was released.. About not having what I want available.. I was contacted by 2 breeder offering me their birds.. at a pre-agreed price and pick up at the auction (as she travel from NSW)..

You cannot imagine my excitement.. 2 weeks leading into the auction, I keep emailing the breeder with lots of questions.. I am surprise she will still sell it to me after that.. but I came home with 2 girls ­čÖé from the Auction..

Back to the Auction.. we arrived early that morning around 8:30.. that is when the birds are caged for inspection.. the inspecting hall was packed with people.. and the variety of birds are amazing.. I came face to face with breed that I have only read about.. the boys was having a lot of fun but M3 get scared by a huge rooster who was crowing his head off..

There was also a ‘rare breed’ stand outside the inspection hall.. the guy was displaying Transylvanian┬áNaked┬áNeck.. the most interesting looking chicken..

After the inspection.. I went to register for a bidding card (who knows.. :-))

My boys and me hang around abit until the auction start at 10:30 in the morning..

I run into a couple of the BYP members.. it was fun to catch up face to face instead of over a computer screen.. learn a lot from them too.. it seems the Trio that go for $320 was from a very well know breeder and her stock is highly regarded, hence the price.

I met up with my SLW breeder in the car park, she show be the birds and I am instantly in love with them.. they are so beautiful… The breeder has just worm the girls and she even supply some wormer for me to do the follow up dose.. so thoughtful..

Meet Wonda and Dottie any new Silver Laced Wyandotte..

Dottie and Wonda in their Quarantine Suite

Over all, it was a very good day out, I did not stay until the end of the auction as my boys are getting restless towards lunch time so I pack them in the car and went home at around noon.. I think want to rush home and settle my new girls in their quarantine suite as well..

The only regret.. I don’t have time to take any photo… Even though I have my camera with me, but I have my hand full with my 2 boys so it was a bit of mission impossible.

That’s it for the segment on Auction.. hopefully it will not be too long before I update with the rest.. ta ta for now..

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