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Monday, May 3, 2010

Sampson's Legacy...

Sampson has a new home. As a last ditch effort before his slaughter I put an ad on craigslist and he is now living in the country with two Rhode Island hens, one of which is broody. Brian drove him out to meet his new owner. Hopefully he'll behave in his new digs!

The slow food tour came through and we had such a blast showing off our coop and talking about the girls. I made a silly, over the top last min touch to the coop. I'm sure we were the craziest people on the tour.

We also delivered  14 of our fertile eggs (and 22 of our neighbors') to a woman with an incubator in Ennis (just south of Dallas). She hatches eggs all the time in three incubators and she candled eggs for us. We even saw a turkey beginning to hatch - if you held the egg to your ear you can hear it scratching around. There were a few brooders full of new babies - the little geese were excited and just talked to her, trying to nibble on her lips. It was so insanely adorable. Made me want geese chicks (like we need any more animals in our backyard!). I was in heaven walking around her miniature horses, peafowl, turkeys, geese, and chickens. She even has two Great Pyrenees puppies being trained to protect her flock. They live with the poultry!

The eggs went into the incubator yesterday and in 21 days we should have chicks! She'll keep half of the hatch and we will have a few little chicks to add to the girls. I'll be anxious to see how many roosters we have out of our seven possible hatchings. I'm not going to dwell on it until after we get them. Sampson's legacy...

1 comment:

  1. Nice chandelier and pictures... Yes, you're definitely crazy! :)

    When I was a kid we had Geese, and I had one gosling that got stepped on by an adult bird and had a limp. So we let it out of the pen and it imprinted on me. It would follow me around the yard. I used to lay in the grass and it would sit on my chest and make it's happy little sounds. Eventually her leg got better and we put her back in the goose yard. She got wild again along with the others. Eventually she became dinner for the rest of my family. I couldn't eat her though. :(

    The problem with geese in an urban setting is they can get very noisy, and sometimes aggressive. They need a lot of space and preferably a pond or swimming pool to be happy. They foul the water quickly... Not as fun as chickens. But the eggs are huge! And easier to eat them because it's harder to get attached to them because they're not as friendly as chickens.