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Fun Photo of The Week

The Extra Large Egg!

This week our fun photo is this extra extra large egg one of our amerucana hens laid. Next to it is a regular pearl leghorn white egg for comparison – it is almost twice the size! When we cracked it open it was a double yolker – had it fit in our incubator trays we would have tried to hatch out some twin chicks.

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That coops got wheels!

This week we are highlighting the finishing of our first mobile chicken coop! Thus far our breeding groups have been in separate stationary coops around the property with fenced off pasture but now they will be on the move ensuring that they get the freshest pasture possible. One trailer down, two more to go!

More Photos of the inside space saving design to come but for now please enjoy the cuteness of our littlest farm hand helping with the finishing touches 🙂

 

 

 

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Artemis The Broody Hen Gets Some Hatching Eggs 

Last month we had a local chicken lover pick up some of our fertile French Black Copper Maran hatching eggs for a broody hen of her and this week she followed up with this sweet photo!

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She had a great hatch rate and the little maran chicks are now being shepherded around by her Polish/Welsummer cross named Artemis 🙂

 

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Cleopatra The Cream Legbar

So! You Have Some Fresh Baby Chicks. What Should You Do With Them? Why . . . . Dress Them Up Of Course!  Presenting Cleopatra The Cream Legbar Chick


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All Goofyness Aside, The Best Thing To Do With Your Fresh Baby Chick (After You Have Gotten Your Cute “Ya Ya’s” Out Is To Keep Them Warm And Well Fed/Watered In A Brooder Until They Are Hardy Enough To Run Around Outside.

Have some cute pictures of your own to share? Send them to us at Alchemistfarm@gmail.com We will pick the best of the lot and share them on our site!

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This Weeks Fun Photo: French Black Copper Maran Speckled Egg

Why are these eggs sometimes a deep chocolate and other times speckled? The answer lies in how the egg is laid by the hen. A French Black Copper Maran egg has a light brown shell naturally that is given an extra coating of dark protective coloring in the last few hours of the laying process, if you were to scratch the dark color with your finger nail it would begin to come off. When the coating is not fully applied the eggs can have a dinosaur speckled look like this egg laid yesterday. On the other side of the spectrum, the dark coating can be over applied and you can get an extremely dark egg with even darker speckles on top of that. Whatever the pattern you get on a given day is always a fun treat to go collect the days eggs and see what nature has done with the day!

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