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#1 2012-05-06 02:09:16

riverbendfarm
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Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Hello everyone. I took some time today out of digging vegetable gardens to snap some pics of the youngsters as they had their daily roam about the garden. They are six weeks old today and I am about to switch them to their grower food. They love to hang with me while I work outside, and have rousing games of "keep away" whenever I dig up a juicy grub or some poor unsuspecting worm. Yesterday I lay down on the grass for a break and they all came over and started picking the blackflies off me like they were grooming me! It was so silly I just had to laugh. :thumbsup:

First the boys:

This first pair of pics is of the most dominant little roo in the bunch. We named him Jedi Master G because he seems to have mind powers. He can control the whole flock with a twitch of his aristocratic beak. His colouring is off, as he has far too much white and is banded in black with no buff at all, but what personality! He is my wife's favourite roo.

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My son named this little guy Ham. He is looking like a potential keeper so far. Nice yellow legs, good colouring, brown eyes, minimal side sprig on his comb (unfortunately all my boys have sprigs). He's smaller as of yet and not super dominant, but we shall see.

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This is Patchy, also has potential I think.

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This is Vanilla. He's far too white and has greenish legs. I think I shall gift him to a student of mine who lost his roo Demetrius to a stealthy ninja raccoon. He'll probably inherit a small flock of brown layers and improve them greatly!

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OK now on to the 3 girls!

This is Mary Lou. She's my only buff hen in the batch with even a close approximation to Marraduna colours. Nice markings, yellow legs, brown eyes and sweet as pie! I shall very likely base my flock on her eggs, though I will probably hatch from the other 2 girls just to get some stock built up and pick for traits after I have more to choose from.

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This is Jose. When we named her we thought she was a roo! I love her markings, though not sure what to call them. She isn't close to standard either.

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This last little girl is absolutely beautiful! We called her Kaleidoscope, and you can see why! She isn't Marraduna perfection but I think her checkers are really cool!

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So that's the flock as of today. I hope you have some advice/opinions and comments for us. We need all the help we can get sorting through these new additions to Riverbend Farm.Eep! I just noticed the trash heap in the pics. Its cleanup-week soon and I'm getting the junk ready to go. Looks terrible but it'll be gone soon!


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
~Heraclitus

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#2 2012-05-06 02:25:05

poplar girl
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Your flock of EOs is beautiful! Kaliedascope is a perfect name for your little pullet, she is beautiful even if not to the standard.

My only advice is to keep enjoying then as much as you have so far. :thumbs:


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

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#3 2012-05-06 02:38:24

NaturesPace
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Nice looking group. We have been talking about how the white Roos are the friendlist and biggest. Seems to be a trait that they have.


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#4 2012-05-06 02:54:10

Island Girl
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Very pretty birds and I love all the names you have chosen for them. I have a soft spot for the white ones, I hope I get 1 of those in a batch someday.
XOX Monika

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#5 2012-05-06 03:46:58

appway
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Nice Group you have there
I love the whites and hope to have some one day as well as the solid whites
Thank you for sharing and will look forward to more

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#6 2012-05-06 08:19:46

Micah and Kiah
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Great photos! It will be great to see how they change as they grow.


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#7 2012-05-06 12:31:36

Maggiesdad
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

"Hello, Mary Lou, Goodbye :love: "      She's beautiful.

You'll be amazed at how much they change as they get older. Great looking flock!

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#8 2012-05-06 13:10:19

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Lovely birds River Bend, I love gardening with mine too.  They are great company.  I agree, Ham will likely be your man if he keeps growing like that.  Even Jedi Master G has more brown coming in but it may not be quite enough.  Kaleidoscope will go a deep rich gold, I suspect you'll be able to breed her too.  I have 2 hens that looked like here that just have  a little black on the feather tips here and there..  It seems we all get a darker hen, some with more or less brown, they get called deer or Bambi coloured with more brown, or Lady Jane Grey after Lindy's Lous hens.  Their daddy is one of the nicest EO roos I have seen over here in North America so you have some great genes to start.  Lovely pics, names and stores.  looking forward to more as they grow.

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#9 2012-05-06 13:17:17

Lisa
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Lovely birds RB! :congrats:


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#10 2012-05-06 14:46:37

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Great pictures, lovely birds :love:  Thanks so much for sharing them!!

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#11 2012-05-06 15:30:00

riverbendfarm
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Thanks for the nice comments! For those who missed my first post these chicks are out of Jamie's pair up at Hackmatack Ridge Farms, with lines from Skeffling Lavender Farms. Someone's birds are getting around! Its warming up out there now and I think I'll have them out for a run this afternoon. One more week on the batch that are in my incubator. I have some Columbian Rocks and some Buff Orpingtons in there. I hope for a good hatch rate, but I'm using a still-air incubator so it may be sketchy. I think next hatch I'm going to upgrade it to a turbofan. I'll post news as it develops.


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
~Heraclitus

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#12 2012-05-06 23:09:08

gubi
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Your EO's are looking great.  Your second pullet looks like what some people here call a deer coloured hen and your third could be a millie fleure coloured one with lots of white.  I have some like your third pullet too. 

I have 2 hovabators one with a fan and an old one with out a fan.  I get at least the same if not slightly better hatches out of the still air incubator.


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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#13 2012-05-07 00:24:10

riverbendfarm
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Oh wow, well that's good news Gubi. My chicken mentor (laughs aloud at the thought) told me I could expect hatch rates of 30% better with a turbofan. I candled the eggs tonight, but being browns its sometimes hard to tell whats going on. I definitely see some action in there tho! One week until hatch!:whistle:


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
~Heraclitus

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#14 2012-05-07 00:38:41

Susan
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

Very nIce RBF! Give them time, they will still change a lot! I was worried about some I hatched 6 months ago, and. Ow they are lovely :)

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#15 2012-05-07 00:50:51

gubi
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Re: Riverbend's 7 EO Youngsters (14 pics in this thread)

My hatches are around 60% give or take so nothing spectacular.  I have no turner so I hand turn 3 times a day by rolling them in a zig zag line through the bator.  The egg is never in the same spot in the incubator which helps in a still air.


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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