Welcome Fall! Let’s talk FROSTBITE!

Winter is coming. Autumn colors in the trees, shorter days, nippy air. Let’s talk FROSTBITE.

What causes frostbite? Chickens poop when they sleep. A LOT. Since they don’t pee, the white runny urates in their poop are the liquid waste, and that creates warm moist air in the coop. Warm air rises. When warm moist air rises it sits at the level of the birds on the roost. Then as the air cools it creates condensation on their combs- boom frostbite. Toes and feet can also get frostbitten if their feet are not protected enough by their feathers and body on the roost

How do you prevent frostbite? You want draft free, with top ventilation to allow the warm moist air to ESCAPE the coop and not sit around the birds’ heads. VENTILATION but NO DRAFTS is the key! I’m going to attach pictures of some of my coops, where you can see the obvious roofline ventilation. I have NO issues with frostbite in these coops. I live in Oklahoma, where we have fairly mild winters. “Coldest winter low” for us is single digits, with averages in the upper teens. If you live further north you may need further modifications than what I provide but the concept is the same. VENTILATION and NO DRAFTS.
To prevent frostbite on the feet, birds need a wide wooden roost bar so they can nestle over their feet and keep their feet warm. I recommend a 2×4 turned on its side so the wide 3 1/2″ side is up. NEVER use anything hollow, this will freeze their feet faster.
As a side note, I see people promoting coating the combs with various things, especially petroleum jelly, to prevent frostbite. This may help a little, but improving the ventilation in the coop is much more effective and healthier for the birds.

How do you treat frostbite? Supportive treatment only. You can put neosporin (without pain reliever) on the comb or feet to help protect and promote healing. The tips will be purple at first, then blacken, then fall off. In mild cases it will be just the tips, in severe cases they can lose their whole comb and look dubbed like a game bird, or their toes or even feet can completely self amputate.

Update on store

Just some administrative information, I have not been in my email for a while and it is taking me some time to catch up.  If you’ve sent me a message I will get to you as I can, or you can always reach me at my cell phone 918-933-4240 if you have something more urgent.

I am aware that the “store” feature of my site has stopped working.  I have given up trying to work with the app developer as they have been very uncooperative in helping me fix it, when it stopped working suddenly at the beginning of summer.  I am in the process of loading everything to a new app which will take some time so please bare with me.  If you wish to place an order please call or text 918-933-4240.  Thank you!

Puppies are here!

We’ve been so busy we didn’t have a chance to get our website updated, but Harper and Merlin are proud parents again!  This is their final mating, both will be retired now and live long healthy lives as spoiled pets.  There are 8 gorgeous rolly-polly puppies in this litter.  Jake already has a home waiting for him when he is old enough but we are taking deposits on the others!

Pups were born September 9 2017. The litter is registered through AKC, although mom is AKC/ASCA. They will have 5 way vaccinations at 6 and 8 weeks, and wormed every 2 weeks from birth. They have had tails and dewclaws removed. Before they go home we will start them on house training and crate training, and a little bit of leash work. They will be exposed to children of all ages, poultry, and goats.
Potential as herding, agility, or companion/pet.

Date of Birth: 9-9-17

Date Ready to Go: 11-4-17

Age Now: 3 weeks

Registry: AKC registerable, application papers provided

Size of Parents: standard (mom 18.5″ dad 19.75″)

Health Testing: Cleared by parentage N/N for PRCD and HC. MDR1 status could be n/m or n/n.

Location: Coweta, OK

Shipping/Transport : (yes/no) Yes will drive two hours your direction, or air ship for shipping cost (roughly $400)

Deposit Amount: $200

918-933-4240 is my cell number if you have additional questions.

Tris are $700.
Merles are $900.
Full registration is $100 more.

Tris:
Rocky (black collar)
Katie (purple collar)
Sadie (red collar)
Holly (gray collar)

Merles:
Jake (orange collar)
Sammy (blue collar)
Ace (green collar)
Millie (yellow collar)

Fall is on the way!

We are cranking up the incubators for fall! We have some test hatches set to start this weekend, snag some great deals by bidding on one of our auctions! Our first adult birds selected to leave are also listed there, an adult quad of the beautiful Gold East Frisian Gulls. Don’t miss out!
http://www.rarebreedauctions.com/other_items.php?owner_id=109926

Breed of the Week: Svart Hona

Svart Hona (pronounced svart hay-oh-na) AKA Swedish Black Hens are a true melanistic breed- black feathers, skin, bones, and meat.​

​​These are a great smaller size chicken, with lots of personality.  They lay small to medium white eggs.  Svart Hona are properly a land race in their native land (Sweden), so genetically there is some acceptable variation.  We currently have solid black breeding birds but birds with silver leakage or white earlobes are not uncommon to pop up from time to time.  One thing that is important to us is the melanization gene, we are careful to only keep birds for breeding with solid black feet and toes, and black or gray mouths.

We find them to be frequent and dedicated broodies, too.

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One day-old Svart Hona chick, straight run. Svart Hona are a melanistic breed- their feathers, skin, meat, and bones are all black.  They lay medium size white to cream eggs, and the hens tend to broodiness.  This is a smaller-size large fowl breed.

$8.00

One Svart Hona hatching egg.  Svart Hona are a melanistic breed- their feathers, skin, meat, and bones are all black.  They lay medium size white to cream eggs, and the hens tend to broodiness.  This is a smaller-size large fowl breed.

$90.00

One dozen (12) Svart Hona hatching eggs.  Svart Hona are a melanistic breed- their feathers, skin, meat, and bones are all black.  They lay medium size white to cream eggs, and the hens tend to broodiness.  This is a smaller-size large fowl breed.

$100.00 $125.00 

Five (5) day-old Svart Hona chicks, straight run.  May be combined with other chicks in an order.  Svart Hona are a melanistic breed- their feathers, skin, meat, and bones are all black.  They lay medium size white to cream eggs, and the hens tend to broodiness.  This is a smaller-size large fowl breed.

Breed of the Week: Silkie

Silkies make wonderful pets, and excellent mothers.​

​Silkies are our first and so far only bantam breed.  They are wonderful birds and make excellent broodies.  They lay a small white to cream egg.  Our birds come from several top show breeders in Oklahoma.  We have blue, black, white and paint in our two breeding pens right now.  There are both standard silkies and Showgirls in both of our flocks although we don’t get many showgirl chicks yet.  Eggs and chicks can be any of these colors.  Occasionally we get a splash or a partridge as well.
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One day-old silkie chick, straight run. Chicks may be any of the following colors: blue, black, splash, partridge, paint, white. They are wonderful birds and make excellent broodies.  They lay a small white to cream egg.

$5.00

One silkie hatching egg.  Chick may be any of the following colors: blue, black, splash, partridge, paint, white. They are wonderful birds and make excellent broodies.  They lay a small white to cream egg.

$55.00

One dozen (12) silkie hatching eggs.  Chick may be any of the following colors: blue, black, splash, partridge, paint, white. They are wonderful birds and make excellent broodies.  They lay a small white to cream egg.

Learn more about silkies at the American Silkie Bantam Club.

Breed of the Week: Mottled Orpington

Mottled Orpingtons are beautiful, gentle giants.​

​A newer and rarer type of Orpington, Mottled Orpingtons have the same huge gorgeous body type as other Orpingtons but with stunning black and white feathering.  They lay a large light to medium brown egg.  They are a very large bird, and are considered dual purpose.  This means they are slow growing, taking much longer to reach their full size than similarly aged smaller, lighter breeds.  But their showy markings make them stand out in any flock!

We have purchased stock from 3 sources and have chosen the best ones to be our breeding stock.  We will continue to select for pure mottling in our breeding pen, with no red bleedthrough as is a common problem in the US mottled lines.  Our Mottled Orpingtons are English type/lines.

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One day old Mottled Orpington chick, straight run.  When grown Mottled Orpingtons lay a large light to medium brown egg.  They are a very large bird, and are considered dual purpose.  This means they are slow growing, taking much longer to reach their full size than similarly aged smaller, lighter breeds.  But their showy markings make them stand out in any flock!

$4.75

One Mottled Orpington hatching egg. When grown Mottled Orpingtons lay a large light to medium brown egg.  They are a very large bird, and are considered dual purpose.  This means they are slow growing, taking much longer to reach their full size than similarly aged smaller, lighter breeds.  But their showy markings make them stand out in any flock!

$55.00

One dozen (12) Mottled Orpington hatching eggs. When grown Mottled Orpingtons lay a large light to medium brown egg.  They are a very large bird, and are considered dual purpose.  This means they are slow growing, taking much longer to reach their full size than similarly aged smaller, lighter breeds.  But their showy markings make them stand out in any flock!

The cockerel above is quite young, under a year.  Each time they molt they gain more white. You can see this below in the older hen on the left compared with the pullet on the right.

Breed of the Week: Jubilee Orpington

Jubilee Orpingtons are a stunning recent import from Europe.​

This variety was our first experience with Orpingtons, and these easy-going giants stole our hearts quickly.  Our flock comes from several sources and we are breeding to the UK show standard.  These chickens are amazing birds, both in their size, fluffiness, and temperament in the flock.  They lay a large light to medium brown egg, and the chicks have yellow down with distinctive light striping down the back.  These are true dual-purpose birds.  As with most dual purpose birds Jubilee Orpingtons take longer to develop but the wait is worth it when these beautiful rare birds finally begin laying! Our Jubilee Orpington are English type/lines.

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One day old Jubilee Orpington chick, straight run.  Jubilee Orpingtons lay a large light to medium brown egg.  They are a very large bird, and are considered dual purpose.  This means they are slow growing, taking much longer to reach their full size than similarly aged smaller, lighter breeds.  But their showy markings make them stand out in any flock!

$6.00

One Jubilee Orpington hatching egg. When grown Jubilee Orpingtons lay a large light to medium brown egg.  They are a very large bird, and are considered dual purpose.  This means they are slow growing, taking much longer to reach their full size than similarly aged smaller, lighter breeds.  But their showy markings make them stand out in any flock!

$70.00

One dozen (12) Jubilee Orpington hatching eggs. When grown Jubilee Orpingtons lay a large light to medium brown egg.  They are a very large bird, and are considered dual purpose.  This means they are slow growing, taking much longer to reach their full size than similarly aged smaller, lighter breeds.  But their showy markings make them stand out in any flock!

$160.00 $200.00 

Ten (10) day-old Jubilee Orpington chicks, straight run.  May be combined with other chicks in an order.  Jubilee Orpingtons lay a large light to medium brown egg.  They are a very large bird, and are considered dual purpose.  This means they are slow growing, taking much longer to reach their full size than similarly aged smaller, lighter breeds.  But their showy markings make them stand out in any flock!

Breed of the Week: Cream Legbar

Cream Legbars are relatively new to the United States.

​Cream Legbars are a beautiful breed that lay a sky-blue egg.  They are also autosexing- meaning their chicks are sexable at hatch. ​  The down color is markedly different between the male chicks and the female chicks.  They are classed as light fowl, kept more for their egg-laying capacity and egg color than meat production.  Although not as rare as they used to be, high quality Cream Legbars are still hard to find.

​I am working with the Cream Legbar Club to approve a standard for the American Poultry Association.  In the meantime I encourage those wanting to better the breed to read the British standard.   We breed toward this standard- cream and crested.  Some people mistakenly call this breed “Crested Cream Legbar” but as all Cream Legbars SHOULD be crested this additional descriptor in the name is unnecessary and incorrect.

We absolutely love our Cream Legbars.  Our birds originate from Greenfire Farms, the only source of Cream Legbars in the USA so far.  Along with other Cream Legbar enthusiasts we have helped to form the Cream Legbar Club, a new organization geared at promoting and bettering this wonderful breed.  Visit the club website here to learn more!

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One day-old male Cream Legbar chick.  Cream Legbars are a beautiful breed that lay a sky-blue egg.  They are also autosexing- meaning their chicks are sexable at hatch. ​  The down color is markedly different between the male chicks and the female chicks.  They are classed as light fowl, kept more for their egg-laying capacity and egg color than meat production.

$20.00

One day-old female Cream Legbar chick.  Cream Legbars are a beautiful breed that lay a sky-blue egg.  They are also autosexing- meaning their chicks are sexable at hatch. ​  The down color is markedly different between the male chicks and the female chicks.  They are classed as light fowl, kept more for their egg-laying capacity and egg color than meat production.

$5.50

One Cream Legbar hatching egg.  Cream Legbars are a beautiful breed that lay a sky-blue egg.  They are also autosexing- meaning their chicks are sexable at hatch. ​  The down color is markedly different between the male chicks and the female chicks.  They are classed as light fowl, kept more for their egg-laying capacity and egg color than meat production.

$60.00

One dozen (12) Cream Legbar hatching eggs.  Cream Legbars are a beautiful breed that lay a sky-blue egg.  They are also autosexing- meaning their chicks are sexable at hatch. ​  The down color is markedly different between the male chicks and the female chicks.  They are classed as light fowl, kept more for their egg-laying capacity and egg color than meat production.

Breed of the Week: Queen Silvia

Apparently we have a love of the breeds created by Martin Silverudd (creator of Sulverudds Blues/Isbars and Cream Legbars), because we just had to add another one!  Silverudd used a mutation color Leghorn and also Rhode Island Reds to create the Queen Silvia.  They are quite rare still.

Queen Silvia are excellent layers of medium to large off white to cream eggs.  Chicks have unique markings that make them stand out from day one!  The adults are very good fliers and good foragers.

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One Queen Silvia day old chick, straight run.  Queen Silvia are excellent layers of medium to large off white to cream eggs.  Chicks have unique markings that make them stand out from day one!  The adults are very good fliers and good foragers.

$7.50

One queen silvia hatching egg. Queen Silvia are excellent layers of medium to large off white to cream eggs.  Chicks have unique markings that make them stand out from day one!  The adults are very good fliers and good foragers.

$90.00

One dozen (12) Queen Silvia hatching eggs. Queen Silvia are excellent layers of medium to large off white to cream eggs.  Chicks have unique markings that make them stand out from day one!  The adults are very good fliers and good foragers.