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#1 2011-07-02 18:47:28

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My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

My rooster, out of all the chicks hatched so far i still like him the best and he will be the least related to this years pullets.  He came to me through an egg swap with Skeffling Lavender Farmsand is a direct son to Speckled Jim
http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/263962_10150223606576227_556756226_7789356_3804714_n.jpg

My crooked toed, clavel combed hen.  She still is my favorite though. She's hatch mate to the rooster
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My oldest yellow legged pullet.  She must be one of Blondies daughters.  She was hatched March 1st.
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Two pullets I like from my middle hatch. 
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/269424_10150223441806227_556756226_7787124_6474868_n.jpg

same pullet with one of the two white cockerels. The white cockerels both have yellow legs and good combs!
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/270541_10150223440401227_556756226_7787093_3722056_n.jpg

One of my youngest cockerels one that I'm keeping an eye on as a possible rooster.
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/262345_10150223441376227_556756226_7787114_6370126_n.jpg


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#2 2011-07-02 19:11:43

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

They look wonderful. I really like to roo.


Mainly raising Norwegian  Jaerhorn’s, Partridge  Chantecler’s, White Chantecler’s,  Euskal Oiloas, Ameraucana’s, Wheaten Maran’s, Barred Rock Cochin’s, White Silkie’s , Saxony Ducks, Rouen Clair ducks, Australian Spotted Ducks Lavender Guinea Fowl, Welsh Mountain Sheep, Cashmere Goats and Texas Longhorn Cattle.

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#3 2011-07-02 21:08:13

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

Not sure why, but I can't see any pics!  :oops:

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#4 2011-07-02 22:02:55

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

You have some nice EOs there Gubi! Your hen from last year looks like a sweet girl. I have 2 marans hens with crooked toes and I believe it was causes by the incubator temperature being too high last year. Me and the hovabator did not make friends :banginghead:

Do you have plans to raise chicks from them next spring? As you said your last year's rooster will not be as related to this year's pullets and vice versa. It might be neat to see what you get!


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#5 2011-07-02 22:13:10

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

I can see them, try hitting F5, it may make them show up :thumbs:

I like that first roo too, I think is shape looks right the stance is like the Spanish ones.  Speckled Jim is so much thicker, not that slender build his two sons have here.  As much as we love the look of the almost crele ones, I think he is the right amount of lightness.  What a proud lad!

The first hen with the crooked toes looks a lot like the original other hen from the first trio.  Wider and that lovely toffee mottled.  That has to be Blondie's daughter

The ones you kept have the nice yellow legs.  The two pullets together I have a few like that. more like on the right.  My hens are so ratty right now...I just bought some high protein feed to get their feathers back in so I can show them off! 

I think the cockerals will get darker.  Speckled Jim was pretty light but seems to get a bit darker each year.  I am going to post some pics of him at different ages with ages listed to see how they change, same with Blondies.  Just will take a while to go through all my pictures!  Your lats ltiile rooser is a cutie. They are so skinny and lanky at that age...very cute and I bet he is the first to come for attention.  ;) 

It is great to see eveyone's pictures, I think it helps us all...but what a lot of variation!!  :Crazy:

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#6 2011-07-03 00:08:26

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

The picture of my hen is from last year.  She looks really ratty too right now, I took a few pictures yesterday but decided they wont do her justice so I posted the old picture.  Most of my pullets look like the pullet on the right too but some have white legs.  My youngest once are just at the ugly stage where they are just about to be fully feathered.  It is also the time I find that I start to see the leg color better.  I find the Eo's look sickly at that age.  Their eyes look like they are squinting.
I am actually thinking of maybe hatching a few this summer yet from the blondie and the big rooster, but not sure yet, I think she should be laying eggs very soon now.  I have been looking around the pasture but haven't seen any yet. 
When I hatched that hen I was thinking incubator problem too.  I have a hovabator too.  But I hatched about 200 chicks of different breeds in it but only had that problem in the EO's.  It's not pretty but they do just fine.  It's a twist in the foot more then anything.  They walk on the sides of their toes.  I imagine you could fix them with those band aid shoes as chicks but if you do that how will you be able to identify them as adults so you won't breed with them?


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#7 2011-07-03 01:49:53

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

gubi wrote:

The picture of my hen is from last year.  She looks really ratty too right now, I took a few pictures yesterday but decided they wont do her justice so I posted the old picture.  Most of my pullets look like the pullet on the right too but some have white legs.

Ditto!

gubi wrote:

My youngest once are just at the ugly stage where they are just about to be fully feathered.  It is also the time I find that I start to see the leg color better.  I find the Eo's look sickly at that age.  Their eyes look like they are squinting.

Funny I have noticed that, they look so pale and like they have no eyelashes. I think it is when they start to become so friendly if they weren't from day 1.  So you have to love them!

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#8 2011-07-11 23:13:48

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

Eggciting news here.  Blondie Jr. laid her first egg at 132 days of age!  It weighs 38g.  The silly girl flew into baby chick pen and laid the egg on the wire floor of my new chicken tractor!  While in there she pigged out on the medicated chick starter!  This is the very first time ever for me to feed medicated starter.  I had a run in with cocci in the last batch of chicks.  Anyone know the egg withdrawal on medicated chick starter?

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#9 2011-07-12 00:10:10

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

gubi wrote:

Eggciting news here.  Blondie Jr. laid her first egg at 112 days of age!  It weighs 38g.  The silly girl flew into baby chick pen and laid the egg on the wire floor of my new chicken tractor!  While in there she pigged out on the medicated chick starter!  This is the very first time ever for me to feed medicated starter.  I had a run in with cocci in the last batch of chicks.  Anyone know the egg withdrawal on medicated chick starter?

Gubi that is hilarious...you counted the days AND weighed the egg. You have it BAD I do believe!

I am uncertain of egg withdrawal times. Meat is 2 weeks as that's how long turkeys need to be off medicated grower before you butcher. Would eggs be the same? Your girl is just being a misbehaving teenager perhaps!


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#10 2011-07-12 00:30:03

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

These guys were hatched march first and spent a good part of their lives in the basement! 4 months is 122 days plus 10 days is 132 apparently my math skills aren't as good as they used to be either! oops! I did find this handy little electronic scale in the kitchen so i put the egg on it, at least i got the weight right!


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#11 2011-07-12 00:31:19

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

:happycrowd"  Maybe she was craving more nutrients!  :cheer:  What a naughty girl.  :congrats:  Way to record keep! :cheer:

Remember the levels swill be lower in the medicated feed that is your bird had a week or two course of Amprol.  When I got my Amprol from the vet and she looked it up in the compendium of drugs (or whatever)  and it said no.  We figured we didn't want to eat any eggs while they were medicated like that and looked it up online on the Amprol website just to double-check (and she was very new!) and in the US there is a withdrawal period of a week after the 2 week course, and even the two week course  can be extended to three (to be sure!) so we had no edible eggs for a month that summer.  The rules must be different from US to Canada as it was the same drug Amprolium.  It said on our gallon jug there's withrawel for so many days on calf meat.   That's what made me ask the vet in the first place.  I'd go two weeks, but looks like technically you could go a week or no withdrawel if you listen to the drug companies for a full course dose.

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#12 2011-07-12 00:45:14

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

My next thought was well maybe she needs a date with the big rooster and maybe someone else will go broodie here again.  But then I watched one of my young EO cockerels successfully mate with an other EO pullet.


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#13 2011-07-12 02:12:34

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

:chook: Always planning that next hatch!  =D  Sounds like a good idea!

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#14 2011-07-17 01:00:33

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

Blondie Jr. she has laid 5 eggs in 6 days so far.  She's the friendliest and the biggest.
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/268377_10150234968296227_556756226_7904668_33696_n.jpg
I like the color on this girl better and she has a smaller comb then Blondie Jr. but has white legs
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/268877_10150234968966227_556756226_7904671_8298470_n.jpg
My 3 oldest Eo pullets
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#15 2011-07-17 04:12:04

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

Beautiful girls.  Lovely photos!  :love:  They are so typical, scratching around contentedly then coming up to see what you are doing.  The first one is so much like Blondie, yours has a little more black on the hackles but very similar, and your girl even still has light mottling on her bloomers!  I agree on the second, she is nicely honey coloured and nicely mottled too, and the third is so like the  2 pullets we got in the first generation in 2009.  More black and lighter red/brown.  I love seeing these pictures.  Thanks for taking the time to post them.  :applause:

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#16 2011-07-17 04:27:26

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

:love: they are all so beautiful! I do hope that I will have an EO pullet or two someday.

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#17 2011-07-17 04:48:33

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

You will soon enough, any definite plans for them? :EO:

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#18 2011-07-17 05:04:07

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

I am on a list for eggs from Susan if she goes ahead with breeding again this year. I am open to purchasing eggs if anyone has them for sale at this time. I would love to have pullets but there don`t seem to be any available at this time.

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#19 2011-07-17 09:58:57

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

Thanks guys, I think they are pretty special too.  So how long do you wait until you could potentially hatch eggs from a pullet?  They are still too small at this point.


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#20 2011-07-17 11:12:33

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

At least a couple of months I'd think, depends how fast they get up to size.  I thought the first ones we collected in Jan were a good size, but Stefan even you said they got bigger by 2nd and 3rd go round.  The thing with the EOs is their small eggs are the same size as a lot of other breeds year old hen eggs like Chanteclers etc so it is misleading! :huh:  I guess ideally is after 1 year old and even 2 to see how they mature and finish off... :whistle:   I bet the temptation to hatch Blondie Jrs eggs is strong :doI?:

Island girl, we may have some eggs available too in a month or two, but Susan is certainly closer!  :chook:

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#21 2011-07-17 12:35:35

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

Very tempting indeed I would like to see how she will match up with my big EO roo! :doI?: It's getting to be too late in the season anyway. I hatched some Welsummer in July last year and they didn't really mature until late winter/early spring.  They were hen raised so at least they were raised in the flock and didn't have to be integrated into the flock but they sure were the bottom of the pecking order.  I might have to figure out somehow to get them separated in January/February. It sure is nice to get some pullets to start to lay at this time of the year to help with the older girls slowing down in the heat.  It is also very easy at this time of the year to sell off surplus hens.
  I do like big eggs.  My Ameraucana(EE's) and Welsummers also lay large eggs.  The Spitz are medium sized but they are a small breed and the silkies lay a small egg.  These EO's were definitely hatched out of some big eggs.  And my two from last spring also lay very large eggs almost every day.


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#22 2011-07-18 01:50:24

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

We have lots of space here for young ones because of the 2 8 by 16 coop runs we built for the last winter.  Still not sure what we are doing so the deal is if we suddenly sell I go down to 30 birds!  Your wellie eggs were bigger than ours I think!  Those  EO eggs are huge.  When we used to get them graded, we always got a dozen pale brown XLs back from the EOs, never any other colours, except the odd black penny egg!  And don't they lay well!  that was usually a weeks worth for 2!

I am glad ours have slowed down laying, we can't keep up with the eggs!  I think I'll put an ad on Kijijij for eating eggs and honey.  We extracted close to 4 gallons today and have another deep box to take off the other hive tomorrow evening I think.  It's pale and strongly tastes of alfalfa/clover. :eat:  They baled our fields today and it looks like over 400 huge 5 foot+  hard core round bales  of hay! :cheer:  Now the bees are into the 500 or so lavender plants that are flowering! :thumbs:

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#23 2011-07-18 02:39:19

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

yummy honey!  We go through a 10 liter pail a year here!  WE got our second cut of hay done this week now we need some rain to get it to grow again.  My old Welsummers always laid big eggs but not very many.  The Eggs I got from Matthew were nice and big too,  he said his were good layers.  The young girls I have lay OK but nothing like the Eo's!


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#24 2011-07-18 03:18:14

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

Dry hay you say!?! What a lovely notion!

You have some lovely girls there Gubi. Where there others that looked less like marraduna EOs that you are not keeping for breeding? I seem to have SO much diversity in how mine look! There are more that are red or grey than honey colored. And I think there is something in my water that produces side sprigs!

Blondie Jr. Looks like a very nice girl to me. So does the you g lady in the centre of the three.

I have been told by a couple breeders not to hatch pullet eggs. As SLF mentioned, they say to wait until you can truely see how the hen will look. Plus the full sized eggs will produce bigger, healtier chicks.


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#25 2011-07-18 05:47:52

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Re: My flock of Marraduna Euskal Oiloas

skeffling lavender farm wrote:

Island girl, we may have some eggs available too in a month or two, but Susan is certainly closer!  :chook:

Thank you very much slf! I am still hoping for eggs from Susan as the closer distance would give the eggs a better chance I think. I will be thinking good thoughts for her birds!  :happycrowd"

XOX Monika

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