End of season
The hatching season has ended a bit early this year. We broke down the chick room to prepare for a wedding we are hosting here at Thunder Creek Farm.
We had such a successful year in 2018! We added Silver and Gold Laced Orpingtons, and our equally as stunning Lavender Marans. We sadly lost our Silverudd's Blue rooster (rest softly, Sid), but had enough of his babies in the brooder to raise up a replacement. While we waited for our new roo to mature, we had some fun crossing Silverudd's hens with a Marans rooster, creating our first Olive Eggers.
Our grow outs were again very popular, and we have sent everyone to their new coops. We plan to raise our replacements and next generation every June, and make the extras available at the end of summer. This works well to utilize the available resources: fresh grass, warm sun, and free labor (the kids take this on as their project).
Our friend and mentor in color genetics (he literally wrote the book on this!) has generously given us a breeding set of black mottled and chocolate Orpingtons. We plan to set up small breeding pens to create a few new colors. Of course, patience is key, as most of the colors take several generations before they are acceptable. We may post our progress here on our blog.
For you early birds: ordering for 2019 is OPEN! You can be the very first to order chicks from our hatches in 2019. We plan to bring the girls back in to laying after January 1st, and the first hatches are planned for February. Of course, the weather and the hens have to cooperate!
One last thing to mention: we will be supporting local artists by selling their chicken related art and products on our website. You may be looking for some unique, handcrafted items for yourself or to give to your chicken loving friends as gifts. Check back, and we will have some great and fun things added to our store.