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A Photo Review Of 2018

πŸŽ‰ 2018! πŸŽ‰

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You have been a year full of beauty and community connections. A year where grace was poured over our farm and we were able to pour it back on our community. Thousands of chicks were hatched – countless hatching eggs wrapped and shipped, all with a smile❀️
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With open hearts and open minds we do a chicken dance into 2019, we took photos of our breeding groups for the coming year and are so elated to share them with you in the coming weeks!

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Do you all sit down and write your intentions for the coming year? We do! It is a tradition I have followed for years, I save each years proclamations and it is always fun to look back and see what we were calling in and how God got us to where we REALLY needed to be 😊
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Let’s call in an amazing 2019 together!

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Trust

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We handle every single animal on our land. I can turn my back to any rooster, bend down in-front of and pick up one of their hens without fear of being attacked. Any of our birds can be flipped upside down, held comfortably on one arm, pet, adored and then respectfully released back into the field.

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Learning the language of animals is something that cannot be taught in a book, it is all field experience. A simple call or stance speaks volumes to me about a birds mood. Each breed has a temperamental theme and each bird within that breed has its own character. I had a gorgeous Marans cockerel last year that did not physically do anything to me but every time I went to feed the flock I could feel that he was thinking about chasing me off. I would stop my feeding, crouch down, look at him and throw the same energy back at him, he would casually strut away knowing his place but even that exchange was one I did not want to breed so let him go. Chickens and roosters in particular are quite emotionally loud if we listen. We start each breeding group with 10 boys and narrow it down to two or three whose personality we want to pass on to future generations.
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It is our hope that over the years we will be able to educate folks that roosters and chickens are safe to be around. There is no reason to keep a mean rooster in your life when there are plenty of good reliable ones that can step up to protect your flock.

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Pictured here is one of our Sage Egger roosters. Sage Eggers are one of the breeds we have available in our 2019 lineup of birds. He is a gorgeous boy with exceptional creole patterning on his saddle feathers. Fun fact, the saddle feathers on roosters are used for fly fishing.

 

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The Making of Blue

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Many people ask what kind of quail lay our blue speckled eggs. The answer is a domesticated coturnix quail. The blue egg layers come in a feather types and are the size of traditional coturnix pharoh quail you may have seen folks keep as pets.
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This photo illustrates how the blue eggs were achieved overtime with selective breeding. From left to right we can see the closest egg to us was laid with a heavy bloom, next is an egg with a blue tint followed by a white egg with a slight blue tint then more and more blue saturation of color as the line continues.
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I love playing with egg colors and and the quail allow me to achieve colors that could take a lifetime with chickens. It takes an average of 5 1/2 months for a chicken to lay. It takes 6-8 weeks from birth for a quail to begin laying.
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With every egg selected and incubated we are creating something beautiful. Our pairing with nature and gift to all of you!
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We are done shipping quail chicks for 2018 but we will be shipping fertile hatching eggs of both the blue and brown speckled quail eggs if you would like to try to hatch them at home! ❀️

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Chicks and Hatching Eggs Available April 2015

Our ladies have been laying dutifully and we have an incubator full of rare cream legbar and isbar eggs. Looking to add some colorful eggs to your backyard laying flock? Look no further we have you covered.

Β Our next batch of chicks is due to hatch April 3rd, just in time for easter!

Β For information on our wait list, purchase and pickup from the farm please email us at Alchemistfarm@gmail.com

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