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#26 2012-12-16 14:26:16

gubi
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From: Walton
Registered: 2011-06-30
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Re: Mille EOs

My two Blondie's didn't change.  My one Blondie is the only non pullet laying at the moment except for the silkies.  The old girls took an extra long moult this fall.  They are on natural lights and I still get enough eggs from my pullets.  One of my best egg customers, the young lad's family that helps me with feeding calves and stuff, got bitten by the bug too and now has 6 ISA's and a pair of calls.  A month ago when we all got together for mom's birthday I had to buy some eggs back from him.  At least I didn't need to go to the store!


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#27 2012-12-20 00:32:56

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
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Re: Mille EOs

This is to show how much they transformed from last year. 

This picture is what they girls looked like last year, much like a Wheaten colour:                                                         This is what they looked like after their molt:
http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/Wycrazy/IMG_0919640x480_zps4d1457e2.jpg http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/Wycrazy/IMG_0921640x480_zps73c42088.jpg
                                                                                                                                                                         This was always a Millie but she got darker this year after her molt:
http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/Wycrazy/IMG_0920640x480_zps8e42bb53.jpg http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/Wycrazy/IMG_0922640x480_zpse84ab689.jpg

Last edited by Flat Rock Farm (2012-12-21 19:03:16)

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#28 2012-12-20 03:01:53

skeffling lavender farm
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From: Wiarton, ON, Canada
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Re: Mille EOs

:net:  That is a big change Paula.  :love:  They got a lot of white rather than the black we see here.  Mine are getting darker though not as pretty as Susan's hens there!

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#29 2012-12-20 06:44:29

dahlisgrams
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From: NY
Registered: 2012-08-06
Posts: 267

Re: Mille EOs

gubi wrote:

She's my original hen, the one that got me hooked onto EO's.  I take lots of pictures I just wish it was easier to post them onto here.  My computer is acting up too which doesn't speed up the process either.

I totally see why! She's a very pretty girl. :love:

Amazing how much they change... always keepin' us guessing!!

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#30 2012-12-21 02:06:10

Micah and Kiah
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From: West Grey
Registered: 2012-04-20
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Re: Mille EOs

Beautiful photos, they are really lovely Paula.  I wonder why they change so much?


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#31 2012-12-21 16:52:55

mikencarol
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From: Oklahoma
Registered: 2012-08-21
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Re: Mille EOs

Paula...Beautiful birds.  Do your birds with alot of black seem to be getting more black?  Mine sure do....I am starting to think that we shouldn't cull for color...even though it isn't the most important thing...until they are over a year old???  Is that right or wrong???  :huh:


I have to keep reminding myself... "It is The Standard of Perfection...NOT the Standard of Quantity that we are striving for..."

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#32 2012-12-21 19:07:49

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
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Re: Mille EOs

Mike, yes they do seem to get darker with each molt.  Theses girls were hatched in Feb/11 so this has been their first "real" molt and the two hens that were dark got darker.  The hen I got from gubi in the summer molted with more black.
I can't answer that for you Mike regarding waiting as I am going into my second season with EO's.  Maybe Claire is better to answer this as she had them longer than any of us.

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#33 2012-12-22 02:26:23

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Re: Mille EOs

I think perhaps this gets to a piece of advice quite a few older poultrymen will give. I have heard (well, read in some cases :oops:) several say to "never hatch pullet eggs, wait at least a year". I think in part it's to ensure the chicks have every advantage in terms of a good sized egg etc. but maybe the other part is seeing how the hen turns out when she matures.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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