Thursday, November 29, 2012
During winter months chickens need a shelter that keeps them out of the wind and that is free of drafts. It also shouldn’t be damp. Manure contains a lot of water, and in the winter, when the coop is closed up, this can make the air unhealthy and the hens prone to respiratory illness. I keep my coops shoveled out monthly and bedded with fresh hay that I grow out in my fields. Also, good ventilation is a must – it’s best to have vents high near the roof. The wind chill comes from the north so I try to keep the roosting area away from that cold wind. Remember also that grown chickens do not need heat lamps. The reason being that it’s not good for them to go from one extreme temperature to another. They need to huddle on the roost with each other to stay warm at night. A healthy bird has enough body fat and feathers to keep it warm on its own. If a bird has adapted to a heater it will surely suffer when the heater is gone. I like to condition my birds to tolerate the weather extremes here in Texas naturally. Welsummers also tend to be cold-hardy anyways. If you have a rooster with a large comb be sure to slather on some vaseline if you know the temperature is going to drop. When your chickens know that you love and respect them, they will want to be with you as well as enjoying themselves on their own.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
|Look at this happy cockeral, he just adores his owner|
Friday, May 20, 2011
|16 week old cockeral|
|16 weeks old|
I am growing out 9 DG Welsummer cockerals for show birds. Each one is in its own pen with a steady supply of food (20%) and fresh water with Red Cell. They range from 2 to 3 months old. These cockerals are from my DG line. These birds seem to all hatch out and grow fast and keep the same look as their father. I see no faults with them so far. They are lucky because they would make great BBQ chicken. As big and plump as these birds are, they are an excellent dual purpose bird. My hens lay speckled and dark brown eggs. When its really hot my Welsummer eggs tend to get a shade lighter, but these girls lay well in our Texas heat. Its 100 degrees or hotter daily now.
|Dark speckled Welsummer egg - Hen # 1|
|Pullet #2 egg|
|pullet #1 egg|
|Pullet # 3 egg|
|Parents of these cockerals|
|Front row of diverse colored Welsummer eggs.|
|Large Speckled Welsummer Eggs|
|Large Darker Brown Welsummer eggs|
|Cockeral # 4 - 12 weeks old|
Sunday, April 3, 2011
|Young cockeral from DG line|
|3 more cockerals from DG line|
These are the chicks that are pictured below about a month later. Look how fast they are growing. I was feeding them turkey starter for awhile which is 24% now they are on 20%.
I am growing out 9 cockerals that were selected out of 10. They currently are in a pen with other breeds. I am letting these 5 males grow out and will post pics monthly as they progress. They are from the DG line (a trio that I purchased from Don.) Don has already been focused on these birds for 12 years and out of all the Welsummers that I have seen I was partial to these. They had so many great qualities. I will keep you all posted.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
|Continental Class Champion Welsummer Hen|
Monday, February 21, 2011
|One month old cockeral #1|
|One month old cockeral #2|
|More Welsummer chicks|
Saturday, January 29, 2011
|The two chicks facing to the front are males with lighter lines|
|The outer 2 females have the darker eyeliner near the corner of their eyes.|
The 2 in the middle are males.