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More On That.

As promised, a little info about what’s going on with our other birds. . . and there’s a lot going on.

You see, when breeding season begins, it really begins. We’re talking springtime in Paris, Valentine’s Day, and lovers’ lane all rolled into one. For the birds, that is. Me, not so much.

Back to the birds.

The turkeys have started laying for the season. A lot.

The Red Golden Pheasant girl has laid two eggs so far. One on Thursday (pictured below) and one today.

Pheasants are something that is completely new to me (we have one pair, Eustace and Esther) and I honestly wasn’t exactly sure what her eggs would look like. Would they be speckled like turkey eggs, tinted like Indian Runners’, pointy, or what have you? And now I know. I learn something new every day 🙂

Of course, here’s proud boy pheasant, Eustace (with Esther in the background – she was patiently waiting for me to quit snapping pictures and leave them in peace so she could sneak back in their house; she’s definitely a bit of a home body).

Anyways, I have a feeling Mr. Boy Pheasant is probably thinking to himself, “Couldn’t she have named me something besides Eustace? I mean, come on, woman!” My reply, “Sorry, boy, but I like it and I’m the resident name-giver.”

The peafowl are not laying, but they are flirting. A lot. And screeching.

The Egyptian Geese, also not laying. They’re a fairly new addition, too, and I’m not sure if I’ve shared a picture of them. So, here they are, Ra and Cleo.

They are also flirting. A lot. In fact, I think Cleo’s giving Ra that over the shoulder come-hither look in the picture above. Huh, maybe she could give me some lessons on that.

No matter, I think this calls for an egg line-up photo op and soon!

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Finally (Parte Dos)

See how I worked in that little bit of Spanish there? 🙂

Would it sound awful if I confess that I had to google how to say ‘Part’ in Spanish (‘Two’ was totally not a problem – easy peasy, you might say)? I told my mom the other week that we really need to learn Spanish. Or well, I need to brush up on my a-little-too rusty high school Spanish and she needs to start from scratch. Spanish is a growing language in the US, after all, especially in our region. But the real impetus behind it is our new obsession with two particular television shows and a desire to be able to understand more than every fourth word without the aid of subtitles.

Grandma may be completely enthralled with Honey Boo Boo (seriously, she even has their book!), but mom and I like something a little bit different: Devious Maids (which I’ve mentioned before) and my personal favorite, The Bridge. I am dying to know who the killers are in both shows (probably not the best choice of words there, is it?). We have a little bet going on about our top suspects. Did you know, I’ve even gone so far as to watch the original Danish/Swedish version of The Bridge.

Anyways, that’s enough about that and on to what this post is really about. . . Peachicks!

In this post here (funnily enough entitled Finally 😉 ), I showed off the eggs that our peahens had finally (I feel like I’m repeating myself) begun laying after a delayed breeding season. I’ve been a bit of a procrastinator lately so this post is two weeks late, but the eggs finally (there’s that word again) hatched at the beginning of this month.

So, Mom brought the peachicks in from their brooder the other day for a little photo shoot:

 
This little guy decided the side of the box offered a better vantage point to oversee everything:
 
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Update on the RP Eggs and more.

Very hectic week for us here with the house undergoing a little bit of renovation (definitely gonna have to share my bathroom’s makeover when it’s done), new pens being built, soap and lotion bars being made, and orders going out

By the way, for a limited time receive 10% off your order from our Etsy shop when you use the code: 10OFFMHF. I’ll be listing two more soaps this month as soon as they’re ready – restocks of Cool As A Cucumber-Cantaloupe and Oatmeal & Tupelo Honey, so watch for them 🙂

Back to the post at hand. . . I thought I would do an update on the Royal Palm eggs: seventeen went in the incubator on April 22nd, and after candling last night, we’re left with fourteen (two were complete duds and didn’t show any signs of development and one had a blood ring).  They’ve also been joined by a few Polish eggs. Time for a couple of pictures:

Not the best picture of a candled egg that I’ve ever taken, but there’s definitely a little turklet in there. 

Polish egg.
Now, this is a much better picture of a candled egg. Check out those veins! One of the best sights to see for a confirmed hatchaholic (like me) ;). Less than two weeks left, and we should have babies. 
And guess what? I heard Ossiris the peacock screeching his head off the other day. Maybe, finally, the girls will begin laying. I can only guess that they’re so late in laying because our spring has been somewhat mild (it was actually in the 40sF – high 40s, but still the 40s – early one morning this week). 
And in other news, we’ve added a Nubian doe, who’s bred, to our herd. So thrilled about her. Our does are getting on up in years and I’ve been wanting to add registered goats to our farm for ages, and this year has been perfect for it. 
Meet Brownie:
What a sweet and smart girl she is (and big, too). She’s learned that I take the weimaraners (Remy first, then Hunter second) out first thing in the mornings before I do anything else. So, unlike the other animals who start making noise and become totally rambunctious as soon as they see me, Brownie relaxes and chills out until she sees me with Hunter. Then she decides it’s time to get up and meet me at the gate to her pen. See, I told you she’s smart 🙂    Hope you have a nice weekend!
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Bashful Peas.

The peacocks have been unusually shy this year.

They can be in the midst of displaying with their feathers all spread out beautifully in an attempt to romance the girls, and as soon as they see me coming with my nifty red camera in hand, they close it up and look at me as if to say, “Keep moving, nothing to see here.” In fact, this is only the second decent picture I’ve managed to snap of either of the boys this year.

What’s cool, is that it’s Osiris, the shyest of the boys. . . Score!!! He’s only ever allowed me to take his picture displaying one other time, and that time, he was in the midst of regrowing molted feathers and was, sadly for him, not at his handsomest. That didn’t stop him from showing off to the girls, though. Maybe that’s where peacocks get the reputation for being vain creatures – though I still think Jim Bob the turkey is worse (I swear he could be the inspiration behind “You’re So Vain”).

But the boys aren’t entirely alone. The peahens have, in their own way, been shy this year. Last year, during the breeding season, we found our very first peafowl egg of the year on April 2nd (I only know that because I blogged about it here. . . thank God for this blog to keep me on track lol) and by May 15th, we’d had our first peachicks to hatch. This year, they’re completely behind and still haven’t laid the first egg 🙁 They’re not alone, either, as the guineas and some of the geese have been tardy with their egg laying, too. I guess it’s just going to be one of those years.

Luckily, the turkeys are more than making up for them. On Monday, I set 17 eggs from our Royal Palms in the incubator! So, sometime around May 20th we should have our very first hatch of Royal Palm babies 🙂

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Bashful Peas.

The peacocks have been unusually shy this year.

They can be in the midst of displaying with their feathers all spread out beautifully in an attempt to romance the girls, and as soon as they see me coming with my nifty red camera in hand, they close it up and look at me as if to say, “Keep moving, nothing to see here.” In fact, this is only the second decent picture I’ve managed to snap of either of the boys this year.

What’s cool, is that it’s Osiris, the shyest of the boys. . . Score!!! He’s only ever allowed me to take his picture displaying one other time, and that time, he was in the midst of regrowing molted feathers and was, sadly for him, not at his handsomest. That didn’t stop him from showing off to the girls, though. Maybe that’s where peacocks get the reputation for being vain creatures – though I still think Jim Bob the turkey is worse (I swear he could be the inspiration behind “You’re So Vain”).

But the boys aren’t entirely alone. The peahens have, in their own way, been shy this year. Last year, during the breeding season, we found our very first peafowl egg of the year on April 2nd (I only know that because I blogged about it here. . . thank God for this blog to keep me on track lol) and by May 15th, we’d had our first peachicks to hatch. This year, they’re completely behind and still haven’t laid the first egg 🙁 They’re not alone, either, as the guineas and some of the geese have been tardy with their egg laying, too. I guess it’s just going to be one of those years.

Luckily, the turkeys are more than making up for them. On Monday, I set 17 eggs from our Royal Palms in the incubator! So, sometime around May 20th we should have our very first hatch of Royal Palm babies 🙂