My mom has been busy setting up all her chickens in breeding pens, so she can gather hatching eggs. A lot goes into her decision on which birds get to go into a breeding pen. She selects the birds with the best body type, comb, and markings for their breed and color pattern. She raises several varieties of heritage breeds, but the Blue Laced Red Wyandottes are my favorite. Not only are they gorgeous, but they are some of her best layers, producing lovely large brown eggs.
I couldn't resist the chance to snap pictures of them while they can't run away, but they still didn't offer to strike a pose : )
Such beautiful lacing. The pictures just don't do them justice.
We had hawks and racoons steal several of our Welsh Harlequin ducks. We are down to only 1 drake and 3 ducks. So I penned them up.
They don't like to pose either.
I gave them a large pan for water, pulled the hose over to fill their pan. Returned the hose and when I got back, this is what I saw.
They don't call them waterfowl for nothing.
Hopefully all our pan washing will be rewarded with ducklings.
I can't wait.