May Day, Chick Day

A good day.  This May Day.

A breakfast shared with Larry, in Sanford, where we met at the Cracker Barrel.

Feed run – and 10 new chicks.  We now have 3 Production Reds (PR) pullets, 4 Black Australorp (BA) pullets, 2 Russian Orloff (RO) pullets and a Russian Orloff cockerel.  CUTE, CUTE, CUTE.  And hopefully we’ll be back in eggs by this fall.

May Day chix at LP Painted Ponys

May Day Chix!!

The ROs are on the critically endangered list with The Livestock Conservancy.  Even though these originated with a hatchery (Privett Hatchery) and not from a breeder, we will see what we can do in the future with this breed.  First the girlies need to grow up and so does the little “crower”.

russian orloff

The Livestock Conservancy photo

Skye, Justin and the girls came over and the girls were once again a little spooky about holding the birds, but they did it!  No squished birdies.  Here’s their pics with a couple of them…  Gwen looks soooo concerned!

Gwen holding a May Day chick at LP Painted Ponys

May Day chix!!

Grace holding a May Day chick at LP Painted Ponys

May Day chix!!

On other news – the original 3 Marans and the 5 Silver Laced Wyandotte chickens are doing well.  At 3 months of age, I think one of the SLW pullets is actually a rooster and will soon be crowing and I now believe that 2 of the Marans are pullets while only 1 is a rooster (yay, yay, yay! I didn’t want all crowing boys!).  They are now about 3 months of age and are all feathering in nicely.  While I was at my Aunt’s funeral in Iowa, some of them got out and the family locked them up – but not before the Maran boy lost all his tail feathers (the primaries).

SLW cockerel

5 SLW birds - 3 months old

group of 3 month old SLWs

BBS Marans

BBS Marans – pretty sure a cockerel?

Splash Marans pullet at LP Painted Ponys

Splash Marans pullet – 3 months old

BBS Marans pullet at LP Painted Ponys

3 month old Splash Marans pullet

And last but not least, Ranger, our Shetland pony gelding carried in utero and born on our farm, is 6 years old today.  WOW!  Where has the time escaped to?

Ranger at the Centennial Celebration at Raven Rock National State Park, NC

LP May Day Ranger DOB: 1 May 2010

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Husband and wife team raising shetland ponies, rescuing dogs/cats & becoming self sufficient.
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